Lighting Trends for 2017 – Florals!

LeiManu Designs

Pua Malama Torch (TM)
The original Malama Torch design (TM)

At LeiManu Designs, we’re all about staying power, not trends. We’ve been making lighting since 1967 – that’s long enough for the great grandson of the founder to be making college plans.

But if you are around long enough, and if what you are doing is quality, eventually, the tends will catch up to YOU!

What we are hearing is that lighting trends for 2017 involve flowers, artisanal—wait, I think of that word as relating to cheeses and beers—let’s say “fine handcrafted metalwork,” interesting shapes, organics paired with metals, mixed metal textures and shades—with a lot of gold, and bold pops of color.

Cheesecake Factory
The modified Pua Malama Torch (TM) welcomes diners to the Cheesecake Factory in Waikīkī.

Back to the future! The original Malama Torch (TM) designed in 1967 by Don Yuen is the Pua, still a strong seller, and still proudly lighting the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. (If you are going to go retro, rock an original!)

Mahalo, Maria Killiam. Yes, we at LeiManu Designs certainly approve of flowers in lighting decor! Many of our fixtures are inspired by the flowers of Hawaiʻi nei. The basic Pua design can be modified in a number of ways, from a shorter form with the flowers extending above the rim to electric pendant lights, to table-top and torchiere floor lamps. And, of course, we are always happy to work with clients to create unique custom designs.

Malama Torch (TM) - Lauaʻe
The lauaʻe, maile-scented fern, is featured on this Malama Torch (TM).

Style Spotter Marie Flanigan agrees that organic colors and mixed metals are strong, predicting that brass and gold will remain, and that polished nickle and silver are coming back.

That means the stainless steel Malama Torch (TM) designs are right there with temper colors of silver, bronze, and gold.

According to MamaMia, bright but warm metals paired with organics like terra cotta and natural woods, with swaths of matte white are on-trend, and those earlier-mentioned pops of color are showing up in jewel-toned green couches. But, soft greens and yellows paired with deep earth tones are also on the 2017 palette And, as far as furniture goes, retro styling is in. I guess my 1950s big green sofa is right on point!

The Big Green Sofa
My Nana’s mid-century Big Green Sofa (came back into fashion a few years ago), and her terracotta floor are on point for 2017!

He Ua lā, He Ua! – Tips for helping your electricals through the rainy season

Well, it certainly FEELS like the winter rains are here! It’s a few weeks ahead of what I think of as the start of Makahiki, but it was such a long, hot, dry summer, it’s certainly nice to have Lono resounding through the skies—without a makani pāhili!

He Ua Lā, He Ua

He ua lā, he ua
He ua pi‘i mai;
Noenoe hālau,
Hālau loa o Lono.
Ō lono ‘oe
Pā ‘ā‘ā nā pali
I ka hana a ‘Ikuā
Pohā kō‘ele‘ele.
A Welehu ka malama,
Noho i Makali‘i
Li‘ili‘i ka hana.

Iʻm predicting a long, wet winter!

So, between the rains and the winds, our local electrical systems take a real beating. Mildew grows in the seals and contacts, water seeps in, condensation can occur inside componants. Outdoor fixtures can fill with water and short.

Take some time to go check all your outdoor fixtures. Clean and repair any damaged seals and gaskets. Refrigerators and freezers also have a hard time in this humidity. The seals can get mildewed and start leaking air. Clean them thoroughly.

Utilities have a hard time, with the constant humidity affecting connectors. Even without wind, you may experience flickering power.

If this happens, turn off all unnecessary electricals to reduce draw on the grid. You may also want to turn off the freezer and refrigerator until the power stabilizes. Low and fluctuating power can damage motors, and power surges can damage microprocessors—which most appliances from washing machines to microwave ovens seem to have these days.

Once the power is stable, turn things back on one at a time.

LeiManu Designs Lights up Margaritaville, St. Thomas!

Jimmy Buffett likes our lighting. You should, too. 🙂

Pretty thrilled to get a photo of one of our fixtures lighting the night at Margaritaville in St. Thomas. Wow! If you are headed that way, send us a photo of yourself with one of our lights and win one of our candleholders! Two prizes! The first photo received, and our favorite of those submitted.

It is so amazing to live in a world where a small business in Hawaiʻi is selling products globally! Mahalo to Beachside Lighting and Design for doing such an awesome job of marketing our lighting!

Find our full page on the Margaritaville project HERE.