The 10 Most Iconic Lighting Designs from the Past 10 Decades

From Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern to the over-the-top ‘80s, each era has had its defining style. And further defining each era’s style are its most iconic designs. As specialists in modern lighting and design, we asked the YLighting team to name the 10 most iconic designs in lighting in the past 10 decades.

There’s the industrial ingenuity of the 1930s in George Carwardine’s 1227 Desk Lamp for Anglepoise. The epitome of 1970s Italian glamour comes in the form of Vico Magistretti’s Atollo Table Lamp for Oluce. A one-two-punch of midcentury forms with Greta Grossman’s Grashoppa Floor Lamp for Gubi in the 1940s and Poul Henningsen’s PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in the 1950s. Ingo Maurer’s Floatation Suspension Light is 1980s futurism at its finest. And the bling-bling era of the early 2000s is perfectly encapsulated (and exuded) by the Hope Suspension Light by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan. See all of our picks for every decade in the infographic below…


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