12 Things Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman Can't Live Without

From home decor to cars, these are some of the lighting innovator's favorite things.

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When she was younger, found herself going to parties and standing in kitchens with fluorescent lighting. “I would be trying to find a dimmer switch, or looking for candles,” she says. “I thought, I should just turn this into a career.”

Adelman worked alongside fellow alumnus David Weeks for nearly a decade before opening her New York studio in 2006. Today, her instantly recognizable chandeliers and sconces — which combine elements of the organic, mechanical and celestial, with metallic limbs arranged into cages, vines and starbursts — are owned by such fans as Cate Blanchett and Kara Walker. Adelman’s projects continue to grow bolder: She’s working on a five-story fixture for the staircase of a Tokyo department store.

“I get excited by spaces that are empty — ceilings and walls and corners,”she says. “I’m accentuating the absence of things with light.”

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1 Ruth Asawa’s Wire Sculptures
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"They blur the line between interior and exterior and look like they could continue indefinitely. The photos of her making them surrounded by her children are so inspiring."

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2 Lindsey Adelman Catch Box Sconce
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"It reminds me of a wild force whipping around an urban block of buildings."

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3 Calico's Aurora Wallpaper
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"A beautiful combination of subtlety and boldness. I love the deep nighttime mood of the Well color way."

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4 Rockhouse Hotel In Jamaica
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"If you like jerk chicken, dance-hall music and snorkeling off your own private cliff, you will love Rockhouse. I know my husband, Ian, and I did."

5 The Eagle Huntress
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"This movie, about a rad 13-year-old girl in Mongolia, was produced by my close friend Stacey Reiss."

6 Lange Ski Boots
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"The Surefoot foam lining is molded to your feet for the most comfortable fit ever — although I really ski for après-ski."

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7 Carlisle Broom
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"It gets corners in such a satisfying way."

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8 Flowerboy Project

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"I love the mix of one-off embroidered ponchos, ceramic vessels, notebooks, espresso and flowers at this tiny shop in Venice, California."

9 MASS MoCA
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ALAMY

"One of the best art destinations in America is in North Adams, Massachusetts. It’s worth the trip to see Nick Cave’s biggest show to date right now."


10 Land Rover Defender
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"When I take my son, Finn, and his friends to the beach in this truck, with surfboards on the roof and Jay-Z on the stereo, I’m the mom I always wanted to be."

11 "Dior and I"
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IMP Awards

"I am endlessly curious about creative people’s processes. In this film, it’s fascinating and moving to see Raf Simons build up to his first haute couture fashion show at Dior."


12 Rick Owens Shearling Jacket
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"It gives me something to look forward to when summer fades away."

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