When it comes to interior design, the final element that ties the room together – while enhancing the standout décor pieces – is lighting. The intricacies of this particular interior design item will be beautifully showcased by lighting experts, Fundi Light & Living at the 2019 Decorex Cape Town taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 5 May.“Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed watching the emergence of lighting as a dominant design feature, rather than an afterthought,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “The product variations, styles and materials available nowadays offer the perfect lighting solution for every interior and exterior space. We are thrilled to welcome Fundi Light & Living – leaders in this industry – to feature at the latest Decorex Cape Town installation, The Lighting Project.” Cathy Newton, Managing Director of Wire World – exclusive manufacturers and distributors of Fundi Light & Living – explained that the choice of lighting can completely transform the mood of any space: “To achieve the proper atmosphere, you need to first understand the different types of light and how they interact with each other. Ambient, functional and accent lighting all need to be considered when the function of the room is determined.”
She said the incorrect lighting method could have disastrous effects on the overall feel: “A restaurant owner would not put harsh fluorescent lighting above his dining area tables, nor would a business owner put dark ambient lighting in his office area.”
Lighting is also an affordable option for home or office renovation, as Cathy explained: “Often one gets bored of your interior and envision having to spend thousands on expensive furniture to update the look. Lighting is often overlooked as an affordable option instead.”
Fundi Light & Living share the top 3 lighting trends for 2019:
1. Artisanal Lighting
There is a gravitation to artisanal lighting with an increasing number of creative entrepreneurs emerging in the lighting industry. People appreciate handcrafted items more as a move from mass produced goods. These uniquely-made lights create a talking point in any room and offer the feeling of exclusivity. Touching on the Decorex Cape Town theme ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’, Fundi Light & Living products are emerging with a unique African flare that incorporates texture and different materials.
Minimalism is key as people migrate away from cluttered interiors. There is a strive to ‘decongest’ our lives which is why Fundi Light & Living has brought out a range that is scaled back in detail, simple and void of any embellishment. Colours have become quite subdued and more emphasis has been given to bringing new textures and fabrications to the foreground. Accents are brought in with hints of dull copper and gold making the product quite versatile, as these blend with most pallets already in the home.
Still ever-prevalent is the movement towards energy-efficient bulbs and sustainable products. The world is becoming increasingly aware of the damage that it is causing to mother nature through heavy industrialisation which is why Fundi Light & Living procures material that is sustainable wherever possible.
Get to Decorex Cape Town where Fundi Light & Living will showcase a trendy selection of table lamps, floor lamps and pendants in The Lighting Project. Expect inspired lighting solutions such as woven lights in resin and recycled t-shirt yarn; contemporary lampstands in birch ply and sustainable oak; and lighting selections in wire, covered in a variety of fabrications – all of which are proudly South African made.