Riding the wave stirred by last year’s licensing boom, lighting vendors hold fast to the popular trend. While some sweeten their inventory with new celebrity-tagged lines, others bolster their existing brands with updated product. Here’s what’s new in the name game:
|Bill Sofield Collection by Baker
What’s new: Bill Sofield lighting to complement the designer’s existing licensed collection.
Renowned designer Bill Sofield has coupled once again with Baker to add lighting to his successful and extensive collection of upholstery and furniture, which was introduced in 2001. Tying in elements from 19th and 20th Century design, the new branded line will feature sconces, chandeliers, table lamps and floor lamps that reflect Sofield’s part-traditional, part-adventurous signature style.
|Tommy Bahama Fans by Emerson
What’s new: More Tommy Bahama ceiling fans.
With this month’s launch, Emerson is building on the success of its existing island-chic Tommy Bahama line. The company is also expanding its licensed series of Kichler fans in January.
|Dick Idol's Appalachian Weave by Pacific Coast Lighting
What’s new: A new Dick Idol lighting line.
Pacific Coast Lighting has high hopes for the latest Dick Idol-licensed line, set to debut this month. Characterized by organic textures in bamboo and mahogany with metal and reed accents, the collection is as classic as it is versatile.
|Thomasville Lighting by Progress Lighting
What’s new: An Energy Star-qualified version of the International series from Progress’ Thomasville line.
A strong player on the green scene, Progress will launch the new energy-efficient fixtures this month. The release is among the first to bring brands boasting significant consumer awareness to the Energy Star program. Designs will continue to reflect a clean, masculine aesthetic, while employing an energy-wise compact fluorescent lamp.
|Liora Manne by AF Lighting
What’s new: Fresh looks from Liora Manne.
Known for her innovative designs and her patented Lamontage and Montique methods for creating textiles, designer Liora Manne has updated her lighting line with AF Lighting for this year’s markets. Manne's new lamps and fixtures will feature shades printed with her unique rug-like patterns and embellished with die cuts and grommets. Manne is taking her textile-inspired designs onto ceramic lamp bases for the High Point Market in April.
Hot Off the Press
The word from the wire is that these licenses will launch or expand later this year:
Murray Feiss will introduce a new line of Bob Mackie lamps at the High Point Market in April. The collection will combine gold and nickel finishes with geometric shapes for a sophistication that echoes downtown Manhattan chic style.
Minka Lighting has hinted at plans to release a Casa Cristina lighting collection in partnership with hispanic journalist Cristina Saralegui. The line will coordinate with her existing furniture and accessories for CBK, Jaunty and Pulaski Furniture.
One of Dale Tiffany’s core brands, the PBS-licensed Antiques Roadshow will continue to evolve over the next year, beginning with new designs at High Point featuring natural materials, such as crystal, marble and metal, and hand-painted details.
AF Lighting will be busy this month. In addition to expanding its Liora Manne line, the company will stage a soft launch of Candice Olson’s lighting line at the Las Vegas Market, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. The full line will debut later this year.