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5 Awe-Inspiring Orb-Shaped Lights

Luminary designers keep the ball rolling with mystic, spherical pendants

By Eric Mutrie

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1 Metallic Mitosis
It doesn’t take a biologist to appreciate the beauty of Viso’s Maggie LED pendant. Shaped like a cell splitting in two, the fixture – available in copper or bronze finishes – includes a magnet attachment that clips onto its spun-steel globe to cast light in the desired direction. $670, at Viso

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2 Phantom Zone
Negative space-lover David Rockwell frames a satin opal gem in a hollow matte-black steel cube. Supported by barely there cables, it’s a floating monolith sure to provoke a few abstract thoughts. $2705, richbrilliantwilling.com

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3 Golden Globes
British designer Lee Broom plays fruit ninja, slicing a cantaloupe-like luminaire into two hemispheres. For added flavour, each half is decorated with a juicy, brushed-brass face. $840, at Klaus

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4 Play Ball
A collaboration between local lighting studio Anony and designer Darryl Agawin, the playful Ohm hovers like a snowball suspended mid-air. Its orbiting chrome shade can be tilted to change the angle and intensity of light. Contact for pricing, anony.ca

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5 Posh Periscope
This made-in-Toronto stunner looks ready to lower down from the ceiling of a spacecraft and scan the premises for alien life forms. One of its eyeball-like bulbs is framed in a brass shade, and the other in hand-blown glass. $1150, at Lightmaker Studio

Originally featured in Issue 2, 2017 as Orbs of Awe.


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