Lamps and overhead lights exist to illuminate interior spaces where sunlight can't reach, but, as the following designs prove, there is no need to sacrifice the natural completely for the artificial. Given our interest in green living, why not try an eco-aesthetics? There are a variety of elements, including the use of organic materials or the mimicry of plant or animal shapes, that help these fixtures bring in the great outdoors.
Its orb-like shape and slightly cratered surface make this overhead light fixture reminiscent of the our original celestial sources of light. It is part of a series of lamps by designer Yena Young, who seeks to make pieces that inspire careful consideration of the objects around us. Each lamp is made with a combination of mulberry paper, hand-made glue and animal gelatin in a process that draws upon Korean Hanji-craft methods.
The playful structure of these lamps imitates the cacti pictured around it. The base of the lamp echoes a flowerpot, creating the illusion that the light is blooming out.
The designer of this lamp, Judith Byberg, creates pieces that she calls 'bioworks', which she aims to be ecologically-responsible sources of beauty. This piece looks startlingly like an object found in the wild, a nest that has been re-purposed as a light source.
This overhead light subtly and creatively challenges the traditional model interior lighting. Made of glass flowers, it nods to a similar style popular in the 70's, but plays with shape and form in a way that makes it entirely contemporary.
This piece is made with fallen branches from designer Jay Watson's own backyard. Rather than use the wood to build a new structure, he choose to keep the integrity of the original tree intact, hollowing out the middle so that they could be fitted with LED lights. The yellowish moss adds an extra layer of detail, ensuring that this light would become the focal point of any room.
This lamp—another design by Judith Byberg—is made of felt, a material she often works with because of its environmentally-minded origins and production methods. Here, fabric is a apt choice as the surface of the lamp is stretched and woven like a spider's web.
Bees, dragonflies, and various birds appear to circle the sun in this intriguing overhead fixture. The figures are constructed of slightly translucent porcelain, allowing the light in filter delicately into your home.