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Patio Lanterns Lighting Up Our Lives

10 outdoor luminaires so lovely you’ll be whistling Kim Mitchell’s 1986 smash hit by the end of this post

By Tory Healy

Above left: An old-fashioned design with 2017 convenience, this modern take on the portable oil lamp is lightweight and, thanks to LEDs, will never burn or blow out. In addition, it’s wireless, has three settings and is available in eight translucent colours. Transloetje by Fatboy, $169, at Neat.

Above left: The prettiest little lantern we ever did see. Designed by Norm Architects, this LED table lamp is portable and rechargeable. Save a bit of space when you settle in by detaching the handle from the steel base. Carrie by Menu, $205, at Gron & White.

Above left: Here’s a two-for the price-of-one option – this lantern doubles as a portable speaker. The lightweight design is waterproof and its rechargeable battery allows up to 20 hours of light and/or Bluetooth-enabled music. Aglow by Kreafunk, $240, at Bergo Designs.

Above right: Multi-functional makes the most sense when it comes to small spaces and that’s why we love this light-slash-seat so much. Made of steel rods and utilizing LED, you choose from matte lacquered khaki, green and off-white. Meridiano by Vibia, at Lightform. Call for pricing.

Above left: Forgo the fairy lights in favour of patio lanterns with more impact and lasting power. The brass interior of these spun aluminum pendants cast a warm LED glow. Choose from black, white or a mix of the two, as well as from three shapes. Swell String by Pablo, from $990 for 3 pendants, at Urban Mode.

Above right: Woven natural materials are back in vogue and where better to add a touch of fashionable texture than outdoors? Paola Navone’s suspension lamp combines a modern form with crocodile rattan – the fringe a hippie dippy bonus. Croco 96 by Gervasoni, at Radform. Call for pricing.

Above left: Something new but still old school – a candle-lit torch by Scandinavian architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. Used all year long in Stockholm, trust that these anthracite grey powder-coated steel torches will light the way to your annual patio party. Marfa, $200, at Mjölk.

Above right: No backyard decor can ever go wrong with a classic. Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1926, this three-shade bollard with its sandblasted matte glass interior directs a memorable and warm downward light. PH 3/2 by Louis Poulsen, at Klaus. Call for pricing.

Above left: Shaped a bit like a lamppost, this LED lit number comes with a 200 centimetre-long cable, allowing you to clip it up wherever you need illumination. Made from aluminum and glass, it’s also available in floor and suspension models. Tolomeo Lampione, at Artemide. Call for pricing.

Above right: One for the minimalists, this lantern is little more than a polyethylene shade and powder-coated aluminum handle. Its generous bar – available in seven colours – allows you to hang the dimmable lantern from a hook. A matching upright stand sells separately. Balad by Fermob, at Augustus Jones. Call for pricing.


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