Lighting can be an easy solution to instantly transform your interior space. Begin the process of transformation by researching interior styles or trends and narrow down the style you would like to incorporate, and then source functional fixtures for your home.
To gain more insight into the world of lighting design, we caught up with the EBB & FLOW founder and lighting designer Susanne Nielsen who shares the inspiration behind her designs, introduces her latest design creation, and provides lighting tips for the home.
Light through colours and the use of colours in glass inspire the designs created by Scandinavian lighting company EBB & FLOW’s founder Susanne Nielsen
‘I have a foot firmly placed in the classic world of vintage glass and colours, and I aim to translate this into modern design classics that will also be great to look at years from now.’
A decade ago, Susanne came to the realisation lighting was either purely functional, very low budget or extremely top budget and asked, ‘Where was the warm beautiful lighting in the middle?!’
From there, ignited the idea for her artisan lighting company EBB & FLOW. All lights at EBB & FLOW are designed by Susanne who’s designs are inspired by perfume bottles, jewelry and British antique markets.
Susanne's lighting designs focus on organic shapes, raw materials and eye for detail and are handmade.
We spoke with Susanne and asked her to share more about the lighting designs, ideas for lighting up a home or space, and she reveals her latest lighting creation, the alluring A-Spire pendant light.
#As a designer, what are your favourite materials to work with and why?
SN: ‘Crystal, glass and brass… all organic materials that are hand moulded and alive.’
#Favourite object designed for EBB & FLOW?
SN: ‘Futura… it’s a modern woman!’
#What trends are you seeing in lighting?
SN: ‘Personality, individuality and warmth and colours are a big part’ of trends.’
#Could you please describe your style.
SN: ‘My style is very personal and quite quirky. I like to mix old with new.’
#When selecting lighting for the home or interior space, what should one look out for?
SN: ‘Pick a main colour or theme for the room and let that be the guide. Brass or silver metal tone can be the base colour.’
#What would be your light recommendations for the home or interior space from EBB & FLOW lighting range?
SN: ‘For a small space, the Uva glass pendant lamp which is delicate yet expressive.
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A large space would call for larger lamps. But in general, the height of a room as well as the general space available is key… you want lamps to be a great installation but not overtake the space. The taller the space, the taller the lamp.
#Tell us more about your latest lighting collection for EBB & FLOW.
SN: ‘A-spire is the latest model, it’s a brand-new technique using borosilicate glass, not mouth-blown, so in effect more strict than any other model in EBB & FLOW collection.
Susanne Nielsen Picks from peppersq.com furniture collection
Passionate about the world of art and decor, Susanne shared her favourite items from PEPPERSQ.COM furniture collection and explained what attracted her to make this selection
#1 Tamara 3-Seater Sofa - ‘Fab colour and lush fabric – this would add elegance and warmth to your sitting room’
#2 Trento Oak Transforming Coffee Table – ‘Solid look & shape with the natural wood details are stunning.’
#3 Margo Blue Velvet Armchair – ‘You could disappear in this beautiful chair, simple & effectful details.’
#4 Ella Check Pattern Armchair – ‘Confident yet comfy. Can see this as an occasional chair.’
#5 Pure Extendable Oak Dining Table – ‘These appeals to my Scandi love of simplicity.’
#6 Berlin Cane Armchair – ‘Love the woven back and the round shape of both seat and armrest.’
#7 Ozzy Chest of Drawers – ‘Reminds me of a Danish 1950s teak, the look and details are simple and stylish.’
#8 Level Leather Day Bed – ‘A stunning piece with beautiful leather details.’
#9 Jakarta Light Rug – ‘Hand craft details highlighted through the simple pattern, very stylish.’
#10 Ryan Desk – ‘Great wood detail on this home office desk. Stylish as well as practical.’
About Susanne Nielsen and EBB & FLOW
Susanne Nielsen founded EBB & FLOW in 2009. EBB & FLOW is based in Svenstrup, Denmark and consists of a small, dedicated team committed to bringing sophisticated lighting designs to people throughout the world and to add personality to private homes & professional spaces.
All lights are handmade in Europe and hand-built and finished in Denmark. Glass and crystal are mouth-blown using traditional techniques. Fabric lampshades are handmade with high quality, designer fabrics often implementing well-known fabric designers, such as Christian Lacroix and Designer’s Guild.