YLighting Reveals the Stories Behind the Most Iconic Designs

Dec 16, 2014, Walnut Creek, CA

From the Saucer Lamp to the Arco, YLighting uncovers the inspirations for these storied designs.

YLighting, known for its selection of premier designs from leading international brands, shares the fascinating stories of some of the most iconic modern lighting fixtures. From the industrial origins of the Saucer Lamp, to the bamboo-cane inspiration for the Twiggy, YLighting uncovers the little-known facts behind these classic creations.

Louis Poulsen’s PH 5 was designer Poul Hennigsen’s attempt to “tame electrical light” and eliminate visual glare, which he accomplished with three reflecting shades. Half the homes in Denmark feature a PH 5 and it even appeared on a postage stamp.

George Nelson’s Saucer Lamp was inspired by a photograph Nelson saw in the New York Times of ships being covered in netting and self-webbing plastic for storage. He located a manufacturer of the self-webbing spray and tested a plastic-covered light that turned into the Saucer Lamp, a classic to this day.

One of Britain’s most identifiable designs, the original Anglepoise was created in 1932 by an automotive suspension engineer who developed a spring that would remain perfectly in position after being moved. Famed industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange’s update, the Type 75 Anglepoise, appears in the Bond film Skyfall in the MI 6 headquarters.

About YDesign Group
YDesign Group is an online-led retailer offering the best in modern and contemporary lighting, furnishings, and decorative plumbing to design driven consumers and trade professionals. Our extensive, yet carefully curated selection ranges from iconic mid-century designs to today’s most innovative products.

YLighting, our flagship brand that launched in 2001, is the leader in modern lighting sold online in the US. YLighting’s extensive selection of modern lamps, pendant lights, contemporary chandeliers, modern track lighting, table and floor lamps and ceiling fans represents the best modern designers and brands. The assortment features more than 10,000 designs from top international brands like Artemide, FLOS, Nelson Bubble Lamps, and Louis Poulsen.

In 2008, we launched YLiving to provide our customers access to exceptional modern furniture and accessories. YLiving offers thousands of modern furnishings from such renowned brands as Herman Miller, Knoll, and Kartell, as well as from up-and-coming companies. In 2013, we expanded into the decorative plumbing category and in 2014, we launched YBath, our third store.

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