by Christine Liu - 156 Reviews - 111 List
Don't be left in the dark, dear home decorator. Instead, get glowing with lamps that work magic in function and form--all available at Boston's best lighting shops. Whether your goal is to combat New England-style seasonal affective disorder or to create a mood that's more sophisticated than bare bulbs on a wire, shopping for lights is one of the easiest ways to brighten your day--and night.
(Photo: Neena's by Christine Liu)
Updated: September 24, 2009
With multiple showrooms sprawled across Boston, Neena's (pictured above) is a prominent local fixture for designer lighting. This extensive and overwhelming Back Bay showroom, gleaming out from its two-story storefront, suspends architectural street-cred brands like Artemide, Kartell and Venini. Though most of the inventory is high-end contemporary, you can head into the lower level for close-outs and discounts.
This petite, yet comprehensively curated showroom sits on a quiet block of Fort Point, a South Boston neighborhood home to artists and designers galore. An outrageously enormous floor lamp anchors the industrial setting. Go in with a plan to navigate from dramatic glass-sphere cascades to a chandelier composed of Campari-filled bottles, or consult with the friendly on-site staff to strategize your ideal lighting options.
A suspended cloud of heterogeneous lamps hovers near the rear of this South End showroom that embodies the utopian minimalist, modern, ridiculously well-designed lifestyle. From large pendants to seemingly weightless poufs, the light selection exudes tasteful aesthetic quirkiness. Feel free to request certain lamps be switched on or off for the best view.
For those completely smitten with vintage lights (we plead guilty), Cambridge-based Abodeon should be a frequent stop. The proprietor scours, cleans and repairs beautiful old lamps, from boxy retro pendants to ornate chandeliers, which hang in a random array over the boutique's merchandise of vintage and contemporary furniture and home accessories.
Whatever illumination situation you're conquering, this comprehensive business will help you see the light. Explore the Brighton showroom, make a consultation or plumb through comprehensive lighting options with the "lighting labs." The self-proclaimed experts work with homeowners, interior designers and architects to provide ideal services and solutions.