Sonneman Grapes in a cluster

Light changes everything. It illuminates. It emphasizes. It creates mood and ambience. Steven Spielberg likes to film during a certain time of day when the sky produces shafts of light he dubbed “God light.” We’re not quite that picky, but we do see the importance of proper lighting. Award-winning designer Robert Sonneman has created his own take on American modernism with a devotion to form and function and clean lines, drawing from both the “evolutionary and the revolutionary.” His work is vast and varied, inspired and inspiring. Here are out three must-haves:

Grapes by Sonneman

Sonneman Grapes close-up

Grape Expectations
Our favorite is his line of radiant LED spheres called Grapes, sleek in their organic, versatile beauty. These shapely luminaries come in three sizes, and one can choose from polished chrome or satin nickel. They look great solo but especially impressive in clusters – after all, they are “grapes.” This is how they work: “a metal hemisphere with an infinity wave captures a crystal semisphere through which LED illumination is projected. “ Crystal clear, correct?




Sonneman 4-Light-Bar-Pendant

Wild Child
Our next choice from Sonneman’s collection is a wild child, exploding in a whole rainbow of colors, changing as we shift our point of view. The dichroix 5-Light Square Pendant key element is an optical filter made from multiple coatings of metallic and silicon oxides on the glass. There’s also the dichroix 4-Light Bar Pendant.



Sparkly Wands
This Jerry Garcia of lighting might be too bold of a statement for many homes. So for sophisticates, we single out the chic yet urban Champagne Wands 9-Light LED Round Pendant. Fans of sparkling wine and clean lines will appreciate the way light plays off the bubbles inside the acrylic LED illuminated shapes. Just as with the above Grapes, these wands work marvelously as a single, attention-grabbing statement but look fantastic in groups.

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