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5 Illuminating New Lighting Collections

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Even though New York Design Week is a couple of days behind us, our eyes are still primed for scoping out the best goods—especially in the lighting department. Here are a couple lamp collections that incorporate surprising elements in their designs.

American designer and architect David Rockwell had a busy design week, releasing two collections for two different design houses. For New York-based lighting manufacturer Rich Brilliant Willing, Rockwell created three geometric light fixtures—two sconces and one chandelier. The versatile designs, named Notch, Phase, and Witt, were unveiled at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair earlier this week. Rockwell also designed steel lamps for Turkish company Gaia&Gino that were presented by Casa International at WantedDesign Show.

This charming table lamp was inspired by and named after beloved children's book character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. The Elmer lamp, designed in partnership by French studios Guillaume Delvigne and Bellila, features an oak base and broad elephant ear-like metal wings, available in an array of calming colors, that shade and distribute the light. A notch below the "ears" allows the lamp to be "grafted" onto a shelf.

Standing in stark contrast to the Elmer is the Aerial floor lamp, a wispy, ever-so-slightly-arcing light anchored by a solid disk of granite. Norwegian designers Falke Svatun and Bjørn van den Berg collaborated on the powder-coated steel LED lamp, whose height and curvature can be adjusted. The Aerial lamp, which is available in white or black, made its debut at Milan Design Week last month.

And, of course, we loved British designer Lee Broom's "Optical" collection of theatrical lights, which are on display at "Broom Off Broome," a pop-up store located at 63 Greene Street in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. You have until Friday, June 10 to take a look at his wares.