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11 unique lamps that will light up your day

There’s nothing like a little interior design to brighten up a brisk winter day! Here are 11 beautiful - yet affordable - European light fixtures bound to leave you in awe.

11 unique lamps that will light up your day
Light fixtures by QAZQA

Time for a change at home? Want to look at things in a different light, perhaps?

Bad puns aside, Dutch brand QAZQA has been providing quirky, elegant, and high-quality lightning fixtures for years. There are hundreds of models available – and dozens on sale right now – but here are a few of our personal favourites! 

1. His and hers made of wood 

There's some real electricity between Adam and Eve! You feel better already, right? These adorable little lamps are made by QAZQA, a brand that aims to make “being unique” accessible for all. Plus, constantly seeing a little helper with a lightbulb for a head is sure to inspire some bright ideas of your own! 

2. Art-ichoke

Is it just us or does this ceiling lamp look a bit like a tasty green veggie used for dips and pizza? Or perhaps a porcupine?

Either way, statement pieces like this are great conversation starters. Put one in your living room and you'll never have to fish around for small talk when guests come over – they're sure to say something!

We love the way this lamp works as a spotlight in the middle, while still emanating slices of warm light from deep within its leaves. Ambient lighting at its best!

3. A truly striking fixture

Now here's some light(n)ing with attitude. This fun wall lamp is perfect for children's rooms, but also a sassy addition for any fan of  pop art, neon signs, Las Vegas, Grease Lightning, thunder storms, Bolt the dog, Harry Potter…the list goes on!

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It's another QAZQA design; founder Erik Jansen was inspired by a lamp his dad made over 75 years ago especially for kids, and he's devoted to making his own fun designs to continue the legacy. Luckily so for us kids-at-heart!

4. In the spotlight 

Tired of having the same Ikea floor lamp as all your friends?

This unique, heavyweight floor lamp of wood and steel is ideal for task accent lighting – quite literally putting the spotlight wherever you like. Remember what we said about statement pieces? This is definitely one!

5. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Shabby chic is a huge trend in interior design lately, and it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon. So embrace it – this birdcage pendant lamp is a perfect addition. 

One great way to spice up boring beige walls – without upsetting your landlord – is to add a pattern to your lighting. The bars of this unique little lamp leave plenty of space for the light to radiate outwards, but also contribute texture to the surroundings without being jarring. 

6. Floral fan-tasy

Ceiling fans all kind of look the same, don't they? Not this one. It retains hints of the classic shape, but with shorter blades and a soft spiraling shape, it's more reminiscent of a flower than a windmill. 

7. Think outside the box

…like in a cube, for example. Accent lighting shouldn't be overthought, but it should be thoughtful – these little fixtures are a subtle but stylish alternative to traditional wall sconce lighting. The three-pronged pattern emitted from the cube adds texture and depth to any room without being overpowering. 

(Oh, it's designed by QAZQA – surprise!)

8. Rustic simplicity 

Industrial meets hipster in this simple wall lamp. It's got a rough, unpolished, no-frills look while still being soft with its round back plate and curved bulb. This lamp is perfect for task lighting or just to add some warmth to an otherwise cool scheme. 

9. Daisy decadence

Or, if you're a fan of flower power but want to keep things glamorous, there's nothing quite like coloured glass flowers sprouting from the ceiling. Even better, put a vase with fresh flowers on a table directly below for a slightly surreal but always elegant Alice in Wonderland, world-turned-upside-down experience. 

10. Twisted torch

A touch of medieval magic can't be wrong – if you do it tastefully! This elegant fixture will make your home feel like a castle and add a perfect dose of drama. One is great as an accent piece – or light up a whole staircase with multiple fixtures for a truly decadent and delightfully renaissance feel.

11.    Basic brass

Decadence isn't your cup of tea? Sometimes the best route is to keep things simple. This fixture is humble and plain, but the polished brass acts as an accent in any dark colour scheme. The unique shape is interesting but not loud, moden yet classic and never overdone – perfect for lighting the dinner table! 

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This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by lampadaeluce.it

DESIGN

Inside the world of Italy’s designer to ‘the 0.001 percent’

Florence-based luxury designer tells of super-rich customers who shop by private jet, and his experience of dressing the Pope.

Inside the world of Italy's designer to 'the 0.001 percent'
Italian luxury designer Stefano Ricci (C) poses with his sons Niccolo (R) and Filippo, during a preview of his Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Photo: AFP

Italian luxury clothing designer Stefano Ricci and his sons are touring the sumptuous Reggia di Caserta near Naples by horse-drawn carriage as they unveil their latest clothing collection.

The tour the vast gardens at sunset, stopping to sip champagne as models in impeccably-tailored suits in grain yellow, flaming red and galactic blue pose near an ancient fountain.

The grounds of the Reggia di Caserta palace  near Naples. Photo: ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

The decision to host an intimate preview of their Spring/Summer Collection 2020 at the UNESCO world heritage site, rather than during Milan's frenetic fashion week, is emblematic of a brand the New York Times dubs “Clothier to the 0.001 Percent”.

The Florence-based menswear and accessories brand, founded in 1972, has outfitted celebrities from Andrea Bocelli to Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise, as well as world leaders like Nelson Mandela, and even Pope Francis.

The latest collection, which features pinstripe suits, colourful knitwear, field jackets and a tux, is named “King for a Day”.

Models wearing Ricci's creations. Photo: ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

In an era where designer goods can be bought online or snapped up in outlets, Ricci says he offers the world's wealthiest men a personalised experience in buying Made in Italy items created using traditional Florentine sartorial techniques.

“Our customer still needs to experience the emotion, to touch the product. Have it explained to them in person, see the tailor, have his measurements taken, be told a story,” Niccolo Ricci, the company's CEO, told AFP at the preview this week.

“He wants to be pampered for an hour,” he said.

Collected by private plane

“Sometimes we have superstitious customers who want trousers, a suit, shirts for example for important appointments, and given the extremely tight deadlines they give us to deliver the clothes, they send their private plane to get them on time”.

Whether hankering after a 5,050 euro suede jacket or a 1,600 euro silk-and-crocodile baseball cap, the typical client is an “alpha-male”, preferably an outdoorsy type with “a love of antique art”, according to Stefano Ricci.

Stafano Ricci. Photo: AFP

“The Ricci man loves the mountains, the woods, dogs and – I'm not afraid to say it – hunting,” he said.

The bearded designer, 67, a keen hunter himself, says his passion for high-end tailoring is “a virus”.

“When it gets hold of you, you produce more, more, more, until you say 'what the heck can I invent now to better this?'”

His latest challenge? “Creating a material which has a compact structure but is at the same time extremely soft… and luminous, not like polished glass but like the skin of a beautiful young girl”.

“No price limit”

Focusing on the richest segment of society in emerging markets like Russia, China and the Middle East – the brand is about to open a shop in Turkmenistan – has shielded it from factors weighing on sales at other luxury houses.

“We've found there is no price limit if the customer finds himself with a quality product,” Niccolo Ricci said.

READ ALSO: The richest Florence families in 1427 are still rich today

“So even for a suit that costs 25,000 euros, if the customer understands the work that has been done on it, the quality of the fabric, our commitment to sourcing quality raw materials for our exclusive collections, then the customer is on board”.

The 2018 financial year closed with a turnover of 150 million, and the company registered a five percent growth in the first quarter of this year “despite difficulties such as the tariff war between the US and China, (and) Brexit or no Brexit”.

Photo: AFP

“I have been lucky enough to do something I love, to work with my wife, my family, and I've now passed the baton to my sons,” Stefano Ricci says as he stands at the top of a vast marble staircase leading to the royal apartments.

“I design the collections a bit, I give guidelines, I participate in the process, but I'm much more relaxed now”

Among the highlights of his career is a white silk vestment made for Pope Francis in 2015.

“I dressed the pope! I can't do better than that, it's the truth,” he laughs. “I couldn't hope for more”.

READ ALSO: The little-known tax rule that's got the super-rich flocking to Italy 

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