Sculptural wall sconces sit at the intersection of art and design. We shed light on nine of our favourites.
The wall sconce has the subtle power to transform any space in the home – be it in the hallway, beside the bed, or in the living room. Originating from the Middle Ages, where a fixture held candles or torches, the wall sconce began to make a statement through the Art Deco period and the mid-century modern movement. In this feature, we’ve sought out nine unique, contemporary wall sconces that explore an artistic approach to materials, shape and most importantly, light.
Part of Articolo Lighting’s elegant ‘Float’ collection, the Float Hover wall sconce has a mouth-blown glass structure suspended in a long, vertical cylinder. Each bespoke Float Hover wall sconce is unique, available in varying glass hues and brass finishes.
As its name aptly suggests, the Articolo Lighting Fizi Ball Sconce features a distinct bubbling glass ball against a modern brass plate. When lit, the air bubbles within cast a mesmerising light display.
The Stilnovo Diablo Sconce reflects 1950s Italian design. The patinated brass wall light features two sockets that let you adjust the light to any desired angle.
The intricate Apparatus Studio Talisman Loop Sconce, designed by Gabriel Hendifar in 2018, was inspired by the fine details found on statues at the ancient Iranian city of Persepolis. The wall light features Agate, Jasper or Jade beads on a leather-bound brass structure.
A space can resemble a moonlit sky when it features the Melt Mini Surface Lamp by cutting edge designer Tom Dixon. This unique wall sconce is a distorted glass globe, which gives a molten glass effect.