Year in review: 8 top-pick lighting products that launched in 2023

Lighting is without question one of the gamechangers when it comes to interiors in general and hotel interiors in particular. As the year comes to an end Hotel Designs writer Pauline Brettell looks back on some of the lighting designs that have caught our attention…

lighting over table designed by Sybille de Margerie for Gabriel Scott

Lighting, the technology behind it, how it can be used to facilitate wellness and the integral part it plays in the designer toolkit, have all been subjects under the spotlight at the Hotel Designs roundtables. Whether boldly architectural or purely functional, the lighting choices are always an important element of the design story and the eight lights on our list, all bring something a little different to that story.

Welles Reimagined by Gabriel Scott

white clay chandelier design by Kelly Hoppen for Gabriel Scott

Image credit: Gabriel Scott

Canadian luxury handmade furniture and lighting brand Gabriel Scott, launched the lighting collection Welles Reimagined, in collaboration with six global designers and architects to celebrate the brands 10th anniversary this year. The designers reinterpreted the studio’s most iconic fixture, the Welles Chandelier and the six fixtures have been formalised into six capsule collections which include chandeliers, sconces and pendant lighting.

MS Series lamp by Fritz Hansen

minimalist desk lap on a pile of books in front of a painting on a shelf

Image credit: Fritz Hansen

Danish architect and designer Mette Schelde is behind the latest series of lamps from Fritz Hansen, infusing her signature functionality and style into three harmonious lighting designs. The MS Series is synonymous with clean lines and clear function. Crafted in steel, the floor, desk and table designs each have their own identity while being discernible as a series.

Tubs Modular by LedsC4

stone counter in front of brown tiled wall with architectural tubular lighting above from LedsC4

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Tubs Modular is the most decorative facet of the Tubs collection and offers more solutions for architects and interior designers to explore the bounds of their own creativity or that of their clients. Thanks to the virtual configurator developed by LedsC4, it is possible to create without limits and fine tune the final shape and style that best fits each project. New tubes, tracks, connectors and decorative accessories in different shapes — spherical, cylindrical or tubular — in transparent glass, opal glass or honeycomb panel. Tubs is a design by Nahtrang Studio.

Bayreuth by Northern Lights

art deco style glass wall lights against art deco wallpaper design

Image caption: Bayreuth | Image credit: Northern Lights

The mix of luxury raw materials and the brand’s attention to detail and finish, brought tactility into focus with the Northern Lights SS23 collection. Referencing the style and lines of the 1920’s, the Deco-inspired Bayreuth chandelier and wall light was designed by Donna Gridley Head of Creative and crafted by the master artisans in the Northern Lights factory. Inspired by Fritz Lang’s brutalist lines in Metropolis, they epitomise the styling of 1920’s Germany but are softened by the use of beautiful elliptical alabaster and glass shades.

Corallo by Abalon

handcrafted dark grey porcelain lampshade with wood

Image credit: Abalon

Championing the handmade, this collection by designer Ana Bridgewater, is made from recycled porcelain and recycled wood and slightly dipped in gold to elevate the piece and open the conversation of what truly is precious in our world and how nature’s blessings truly are the jewels of our planet. In addition, as the design pays tribute to coral formations and the endangered state of coral reefs and oceans, a share of Corallo’s profits will go to save the ocean’s destruction and combat its acidification.

Tranquil Lights from Crosswater

six ceiling lights suspended from concrete beam from the Crosswater Tranquil Lights Collection

Image credit: Crosswater

Moving into bright new territory, 2023 saw bathroom brand Crosswater expanding its growing product portfolio into the realm of lighting. The new Tranquil Lights collection has been designed to pair effortlessly with the brand’s brassware solutions, the new collection allows for metallic accent linking across the whole bathroom. Available in three versatile designs – a Pillar, Pendant, and Halo fixture – the Tranquil Lights collection is designed to enhance the mood of the bathroom.

Helix by Chelsom

helix chandelier suspended above a plinth in silhouette against a terracotta background

Image credit: Chelsom

Part of the Edition 28 collection from Chelsom, the spiralling metal tube of this design is decorated with glass globes at random points along the chandelier structure. Suspended by discreet strainer wires, the helix structure can be customised to suit different size, shape and finish requirements depending on the interior space.

Galaxy from Franklite

galaxy gold sphere chandelier from Franklite with contemporary minimalist chair in foreground

Image credit: Franklite

With bubble lighting on trend for 2023 this range could not have been introduced into the Franklite portfolio at a more perfect time. Galaxy is a comprehensive range of single and multiple suspensions in satin nickel with clear cable or aged brass with black cable. The range is available with a choice of clear, amber, smoked or matt opal glass spheres in various sizes.

Chelsom, Crosswater, Franklite, Fritz Hansen, Gabriel Scott, LedsC4 and Northern Lights are Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Gabriel Scott