I will forever love lanterns, especially the dramatic, oversized variety. Illuminated, they cast the most perfect soft, amber glow over the space they grace, reminiscent of the full moon. They come in different shapes, sizes and price ranges. I think the lantern is a pretty impactful, dynamic light fixture for the money. It provides a lot of design bang for your buck! My absolute favorite lantern is made by Noguchi, albeit on the higher end in terms of pricing. They call theirs “light sculptures,” and they are pretty magical! For the most part though, there’s an abundant, reasonably priced selection of lanterns online, just a google search away. One resource I like is Hay. Their rice paper shades range from $25-$65 (you’ll need to add a light cord set). IKEA has a super cheap version.
I actually purchased a gigantic lantern for our new house from the Finnish Design Shop, spec’d for our pool house. I received it before I realized the garage door would open over where the lantern would hang… sigh and ugh on this design mishap. So I still have a lantern with no home. I paid almost the cost of the lantern in shipping so returning it wouldn’t have been the most cost effective. I actually still have it and am hanging onto it with hopes of finding a spot for it. Or perhaps it’ll find a home in my next house! While I’m working on that, here are some of my favorite spaces with Japenese-inspired lantern lights.