My eye follows glass spheres…they are a street stopper if I pass them in a store front. Sometimes they are for sale, sometimes they are used for displays. Glo Spheres, also known as Glo Lamps or Orb lamps are a calming addtion to any room and look particularly good on teak mid century pieces due to their complementary contra-lines. The designer uses satin blown white glass as a main distinguishing feature and shapes it into very appealing forms. In some designs the globe will sit delicately on a vase like base. These lamps add a calming-effect glow while appearing like a piece of sculpture or floating extraterrestrial peaceful being. Glo lamps were very accessible in the 50s and 60s. Some mid century manufacturers come to mind: Laurel manufactured a comprehensive line of lighting in the shape of and named the acorn, the mushroom, and the egg. Each piece is sculptural, smooth, and a true piece of art.
Today, Glo lights can be quite expensive and are made in a variety of sizes.
One of my personal favorites are by the Italian design firm Fontana Arte. A number of skilled designers have produced beuatiful forms of glow lighting. Forms that come to mind by name: the Uovothe, the Bianca, the Darumathe, the Chesire, and the Blom–all table lamps that glow and have an excellent rendering of sculpural effect. Kudos to these designers for producing art in the form of glass and light.
Companies today that manufacture successful versions of a pure glo round light are Flos and Artemide. Lumens is a good distributor of this lighting form, taking care to provide a very good representation of designers and manufacturers..
There are some companies that manufacture outdoor lighting for entertainment purposes. I have noticed these at restaurant tables and patios. Check out Smart and Green and ZeroLighting.
I will contiue to add to this blog entry as I continue to research the many artisitic forms of glo lights.