ICFF 2013: My Favorite Hanging Lights + Pendants

One of the first things I do when I, or any of my friends, move into a new apartment is look for lighting I can swap out. Most NYC apartments come with those awful “boob” ceiling lights, so the first thing I do is find a new medallion or cover and replace them with a pendant. As much as I love a chandelier, there’s not always the ceiling height in a city apartment that you need for something that large, so a pendant is always a good quick fix. At this year’s ICFF I made a mental note to keep track of all the pendants and hanging lights that would make for great city apartment lighting. From pretty silver globes lights to the delicate pendants above, I hope these new designs will inspire you to try something different at home. xo, grace

Image above: Tiny pendant lights (also in sconce and tabletop form) from Nervous System

The pattern of these silver globe lights from Tom Dixon was so beautiful- especially in shimmery silver.

These pendants from 100xbtr were made of Corian, but were deceptively light. They also remind me of Pac- Man ghosts. Score!

I loved this simple little strand of lights of Grain Design.

More pendant lighting from ICFF 2013 continues after the jump…

I love the woven texture in these white pendants from Artecnica

The left two silver pendants from Artecnica were some of my favorite.

Modern hanging lights from Mary Wallis

Wayward Projects continued their splattered paint style from cushions to tiny hanging pendant lights.

A silver globe pendant by Tom Dixon.

Roman and Williams‘ Woodrum Light

Purple glass pendants by Marianne Andersen

  1. Rob Robinson says:

    Love this post. You may want to check out some of Gabby Decor’s pendants and chandeliers, like the Susana, a throwback to the 20’s, or the Robert, a wooden beaded iron design.

  2. I am going to have to time a visit next year to attend the ICFF all of your posts have been amazing!

  3. Russell West says:

    Pendant lights can really change the look of a room. You can have a variety of different pendants to hang. Change for each season or change for holidays and special occasions. I have a friend who has spider lights she hangs at halloween. Simply changing the lights can make for a different atmosphere.

  4. Karen judge says:

    Those “boob” ceiling fixtures are all over San Francisco apartments too! Do you have a replacement suggestion that’s not too spendy?

  5. Jessica says:

    thanks for featuring our lamps!

  6. cocoweb says:

    Glad I found this post. All of these are great options over the NYC “boob” lights! The woven texture white pendants lights are fantastic.


Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.