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Droog Explodes Green In Contemporary Lighting

Reusable and recyclable items turn into glowing works of art when presented by designer Tejo Remy. Brilliantly displayed by Droog, a Dutch based company known for its use of industrial and recycled materials, simplicity reins supreme in the whimsical and productive use of everyday items for the theme of modern lighting.

Remy’s Milk Bottle light is reminiscent of the Dutch 50s when a case of milkbottles were delivered to homes. Plastic reusable shades provide the right amount of soothing light for hanging in a home or use for display in today’s museums. A symmetrical grouping of twelve or singularly, this uncanny light can be used overhead or inches from the floor. Also popular in restaurants and commercial buildings, the creative expertise of old and new come together to form a delightful change.

Fifteen year old Droog has been making a difference with green innovative products in style and purpose and was once again a popular choice at this year’s ‘A Touch of Green’, held in Milan. A company demanding a change without compromising style, Droog is based in Amsterdam but has independent designers as well as clients all over the world.

Droog regularly taps the talent of young designers including Rody Graumans. Selected for inclusion in Droog’s first design collection, Graumans’ 85 Lamps Chandelier was also chosen for the permanent collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Comprised of 15-watt bulbs and a bundle of black cords and sockets, this stunning display of light is used in many museums. Never could one imagine that simple discards could be arranged in such a graceful way. Less and more, the entire unit only weighs fifty-five pounds.

Creative in everything he touches, Arian Brekveld, designer, has a background in environmental and industrial projects and brings to Droog the Soft Hanging Lamp. By utilizing the old fashioned PVC drip method, he molds the traditional lamp into a soft, flexible globe for safety and beauty. Hanging blissfully from a matching cord, the plastics mesh as one to present a binded marriage and to make one wonder, ‘how do they do that’?

Illuminating the way into a green future with astounding new talent makes Droog a leader in modern lighting. Having the foresight since 1993 to see a need for change, they are far ahead of many designers in preserving our world with beauty and style.

Appropriate Bathroom Lighting should be Simple

Bathrooms in the house should also be remodeled when rest of the home is being redone. This room of personal hygiene often contains a bathtub, a shower and a water closet/bidet. The bathrooms containing a toilet are often referred to as a restroom in the US. Many other countries a separate toilet is usually available. Rather than being simply a functional unit, these bathrooms are treated as areas for relaxation. So, these need to be spacious and well lit to give the space a pleasing ambiance. A well-designed lighting can make this area truly relaxing and pleasing. Best bet to achieve your goal is to work with a contractor who is well versed in the intricacies of bathroom remodeling and lighting. Energy audits will help keeping your design optimal.

Lighting needs for a bathroom

The task lighting has to ensure the functional areas are well lit, and no ambiguous shadows are present. The accent lighting could be indirect to make the ambiance soft and provide a warm and fuzzy feel. Lights used in shower stalls will be useful in brightening up the stalls. Reading lights near the toilet will be useful in a relaxing session with your favorite book or a magazine.

Mirrors need to have lighting such that it is not too harsh and does not create any shadows. The light also must not distort colors. Quite often, you get best results with light placed around the mirror at about 60 inch height. Lights 28 inch apart help avoid the shadows on the face. Once again, consult your lighting designer working with your bathroom remodeling contractor.

Other Lighting needs

A dimmer that softens the mirror and other lights can be a very useful addition. Lights under cabinets and other places that help find your way around at night will help a lot. If you have senior citizens living in the house, this is an absolute necessity. If you read while relaxing in a hot tub, you will need a reading lamp around the tub. Shower and the tubs need to have a set of lightings that are bright enough to help you clean the stall and the tub. A central fixture with an appropriate lamp will enhance the elegance of your own personal spa. Do work with your bathroom remodeling contractor closely to achieve what you set out to do at the beginning of the project.