Best Modern Pendant Lights
The clocks going back might mean that our mornings are a little more bright it also means that our evenings are that much darker. Lighting plays a key role in our homes all year round but we rely on it even more during the latter part of the year. We've previously discussed our picks for the 10 of the best table / desk lamps so today we turn our attention to pendant lights - pendant lighting being defined as any lamp that is suspended from the ceiling by cord, chain or rod. In this guide we're going to focus on modern pendant lights that are minimal, understated and versatile enough to fit into almost any interior design scheme.
What do we use pendant lighting for?
Pendant lighting can be utilised in almost every room of your house for a range of different applications ; to provide task lighting above a kitchen counter, ambient lighting when used with a dimmer in your living room or as a statement piece in your hallway / foyer to give just a few examples. You can even use a modern pendant light as a replacement for a TV like Juan of Boreal Abode. Juan decided that his round coffee table should be the focal point of his room and so he made use of a low hanging pendant light to create an inviting space to meet and enjoy time with friends & family.
We've listed 10 of our favourite modern pendant lights below but there are a ton of other fantastic options available to buy online now at Utility, so make sure you check out the full selection here.
The Asteria ceiling light from Copenhagen based Umage (Formerly Vita Copenhagen) has a sleek, minimal design and built in LED technology that ensures an even glow, making it perfect for hanging over the dining table. Available now in 6 colour options, the Asteria is a statement lighting piece that's beautiful in its simplicity.
Gubi Semi Pendant
Designed by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup in 1967, the Semi Pendant Light from Gubi is an instantly recognisable suspension lamp. Elegant yet with a modern expression, the Semi Pendant was designed so that the lamp could hang without being too dominant and the use of a half-mirrored light bulb casts light around a room without dazzling. Charlotte from interiors blog Le Petit Fika chose to add the lamp to her dining room and commented on how it instantly felt cosier and cleaner.
There could quite easily be two lamps from Lightyears on this list but whilst the best-selling Caravaggio would be a worthy inclusion, we've opted for the Danish company's more recent lighting release. The Suspence pendant light, designed by GamFratesi is created through a process called pulling which causes a unique tip on the top of what is on the whole, a soft and organic shade. An infinity diffuser at the bottom of the lamp concentrates the light, prevents glare and contributes to creating an elegant optical illusion.
Ferm living Collect
The Collect lighting series from Ferm living offers a seemingly infinite range of shape and colour combinations, allowing you to create customised and contemporary light fittings for every room in your home. With a host of shade and socket sizes, colours and finishes to choose from the only problem you'll be facing is deciding on your favourite!
Unfold from Muuto is a beautifully simple pendant light that won't break the bank. The shade itself is made from silicone rubber which gives the lamp a modern and warm appearance. It also means it is lightweight, unlikely to damage and can be easily packed up should you wish to move home. An acrylic diffuser at the bottom provides an even light cast from any standard bulb and with a selection of colours to choose from, the Unfold is the perfect addition to any room.
Menu Bollard Lamp
The Bollard Lamp was designed by Shane Schneck for Menu. Incredibly versatile, the lamp can be used as a modern pendant light, spot light, table or floor lamp simply by adjusting the position of the cable. We feel as though it's best used as a pendant light next to a bed / over a bedside table. Available in 5 muted colours the Bollard is perfect when styled on its own or in clusters to create a colourful, illuminating light display.
Another Scandinavian entry to the list, the Annular Pendant light is possibly the most unique of all the lamps featured. The conical shape of the lamp gives it an understated aesthetic that makes it perfect for any interior application but underneath is where this design really shines (if you'll excuse the pun). Rather than using a light bulb, Annular has an LED ring built into the rim of the shade - a feature that adds a boldly graphic and resolutely contemporary edge to a classic pendant form. Annular will look great when hung in multiples over your dining table or alone in the centre of any room.
Perfectly balanced and beautifully elegant, the IC light designed by Michael Anastassiades for Flos was inspired by ideas of weightlessness and stillness. IC consists of a mouth-blown glass orb that hangs lightly from a brushed brass beam, illuminating your space evenly and with warmth. These sculptural, decorative (and most importantly, functional) lamps are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms and hallways. Truth is, wherever you hang a Flos IC Lamp, you're going to create impact!
Normann Copenhagen Bell Lamp
With a robust expression and simple form the Normann Copenhagen's Bell Lamp strikes a perfect balance between industrial and friendly. The idea behind the bell-like shape was to allow the user to create a cosy place to gather in a room. In terms of application, we think the larger Bell lamp is perfect when hung over a dining table whereas the smaller versions are excellent alternatives to bedside lamps.
Louis Poulsen PH/5
Last but certainly not least in our rundown of the best modern pendant lights is the design juggernaut that is the Louis Poulsen PH 5 Pendant Light. Designed back in 1958 by Poul Henningson, the PH 5 was a revolutionary piece of lighting design that allowed careful distribution of the light. The light distribution is controlled to perfection through the use of carefully arranged shades that eliminate glare from all angles. This beautiful, design classic light fixture is now available in a whole host of colours so you're bound to find one that's perfect for your space.