Light Up A Room

Decorative lanterns in Zen to artistic-Chinoiserie styles are enhancing the design essence of homes in the Western world.

  Mint Dragon Lamp , 9 mintinteriors.ca, 604 568 3430
Mint Dragon Lamp , $799 mintinteriors.ca, 604 568 3430

  Niche Stargazer Modern Pendant  , Price Upon Request providehome.com, 604 632 0095
Niche Stargazer Modern Pendant  , Price Upon Request providehome.com, 604 632 0095

  Baker Pagoda Table Lamp , Price Upon Request broughaminteriors.com, 604 736 8822
Baker Pagoda Table Lamp , Price Upon Request broughaminteriors.com, 604 736 8822

For those wanting to bring an Asian-inspired vibe to a room or create an unexpected statement, replace a traditional chandelier with a beautifully designed lantern. Dress up your fireplace hearth with a collection of them, or place a large decorative one on the coffee table for a dramatic centrepiece.

Varying in shape and structure, ornamented with symbols of traditional Chinese culture such as dragons and bamboo, and constructed of materials as diverse as ceramic, wood or paper, lanterns have the capacity to bring an exotic element to a space, evocative of the folklore and festivals where lanterns originated.

  Moooi Juuyo Koi Carp Tattoo  , ,059 livingspace.com, 877 683 1116 
Moooi Juuyo Koi Carp Tattoo  , $1,059 livingspace.com, 877 683 1116 

  Feiss The Remy Collection 2 - Light Shade Pendant , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339 
Feiss The Remy Collection 2 – Light Shade Pendant , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339 

  Barrymore 4-Light Roman Bronze Pendant , 0 jordans.ca, 604 733 1174
Barrymore 4-Light Roman Bronze Pendant , $840 jordans.ca, 604 733 1174

“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart,” reads a romantic Chinese poem often recited during the Lantern Festival. 

Its message lives on with the moon-shaped lanterns often paraded by children in the festivities marking the end of the Chinese New Year. The Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, this year being the 5th of March. On this brightly-lit night, thousands of lanterns line the streets, hung from homes and storefronts, setting the stage for processions and colorful performances.

As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 25) the Festival held great significance, gaining in momentum and brilliance each year. During Emperor Xuanzong’ reign (Tang Dynasty), lanterns were festooned on a grand scale — 50,000 cast vivid colours into the evening skies.
Like the artisans of days gone by, designers today are limited only by their imaginations, giving us an array of delightful lighting choices to consider. Some futuristic, others whimsically inspired by nature, or, like the lanterns lit outside the palace hundreds of years ago, nodding to the past.

 

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Moe’s Whisk Floor Lamp  , $239 moeshome.ca, 604 688 0699

  ELK Lighting Alitalia 4 Light Floor Lamp , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339
ELK Lighting Alitalia 4 Light Floor Lamp , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339

 Mint Parker Club Floor Lamp, ,050  mintinteriors.ca , 604 568 3430
Mint Parker Club Floor Lamp, $1,050 mintinteriors.ca , 604 568 3430

 
  Roche Bobois Turbine Lamp , starting at ,270 roche-bobois.com, 604 633 5005
Roche Bobois Turbine Lamp , starting at $2,270 roche-bobois.com, 604 633 5005

  Swarovski Blossom Crystal Chandelie r , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339
Swarovski Blossom Crystal Chandelie r , Price Upon Request thelightingwarehouse.com, 604 270 3339

  Mint Meurice 30 Light Chandelier , ,399 mintinteriors.ca, 604 568 3430
Mint Meurice 30 Light Chandelier , $1,399 mintinteriors.ca, 604 568 3430

  Baker Bracelet Lantern , Price Upon Request broughaminteriors.com, 604 736 8822
Baker Bracelet Lantern , Price Upon Request broughaminteriors.com, 604 736 8822

  

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