Let’s kick off the week with a collection of 10 photos from the 1980s that celebrate dramatic lighting! I recently purchased The Lighting Book by Deyan Sudjic, and I highly recommend it. Published in 1985, the book is packed with design photos, as well as helpful info on ’80s modern lighting. Above we see a prismatic image that illustrates refraction. Ready for more?
Above is the London home of architectural critic Charles Jencks. The room features classical-style columns that conceal light fittings. Not to mention, the ceiling showcases low-voltage downlighters set in reflective panels. So grand! A collection of bare bulbs decorates the ceiling of the ’80s bedroom below. By using low-wattage bulbs, a festive sparkle is created (rather than an overwhelming glare):
There are no words for this ’30s-style lighting statement achieved with a series of uplighters hidden in custom cavities. Goodbye ordinary stairway!
What’s better than circular mirrors in an ’80s bathroom featuring checkered tile? Circular mirrors with a trio of built-in fittings that hold tungsten bulbs!
In yet another ’80s bathroom, we see tungsten bulbs over the sink, as well as recessed downlighters on the ceiling and a subtle neon strip around the top of the wall:
Oh, the magic of recessed downlighters featuring special reflectors. Why are they special? They direct the light toward the wall instead of straight down to the floor…
There’s nothing like a back-lit specialty wall in the dining room. Stellar style!
Custom lighting towers take center stage in this living area. Not only do they match the blue of the chairs on the bottom left, they feature stretched paper shades:
Suspended ceiling panels camouflage overhead lighting in this bedroom. And of course, concealed strip lighting on the steps and the bed platform make this sleeping space relaxing and swanky:
Now who’s ready for an afternoon nap?! Sweet dreams…