The beautiful collection of lamps by our Dutch-Egyptian brand, Zenza, has become a firm favourite with customers and is one of Pomegranate’s best-selling ranges. This fantastic and extensive collection of lighting, furniture, textiles and accessories seems to capture the heart and the imagination of anyone who sees it.
At trade shows, their stand is always majestic, sparkling with magic and light and teeming with designers, buyers and customers, all taken in by the beauty and intricacy of their wonderful lamps.
The Zenza stand at one of the Maison & Objet trade exhibition
The first time I saw the Zenza collection (at a trade show of course), I remember practically tripping over myself to get to the stand and see this range close-up:-)!! And, when I launched Pomegranate, I knew I simply had to carry this brand and am pleased to say it was most definitely the right decision!
The Zenza lighting collection is large and there are all sorts of sizes, patterns and designs, so how do you go about choosing the right Zenza lamps for your home? Well, let’s take a look at some things to keep in mind when making your choice.
Firstly, let’s consider the space. What room do you want your Zenza lamp/s to hang in? Is it the living room, dining room, bedroom, staircase, TV room, office, entrance hall, kids’ playroom, conservatory?
How is this space used and by whom? Is it a place where lots of people gather daily? Is it a social space, or a formal room? Is it a dining room that possibly doubles up as a home office & a place for kids to do their homework? Is it a bedroom that perhaps requires a softer more relaxing feel? A TV room where family and friends gather regularly?
It’s important to consider this, because understanding what the space is used for and by whom, will allow you to make decisions on the type of lighting you need in it. It’s very possible that the space is used for various purposes, which means that the lighting also needs to be layered and multi-functional.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHTING IN A SPACE
Most spaces in our modern homes benefit from having a mix of ambient, task and decorative lighting. Ambient lighting sort of lives in the background, generally lighting up the space, not creating too much interest but providing a good general light to see by. Downlighters, recessed lighting and uplighters are good for this type of light.
Task lights, as the name suggests, are more focused and directed at a desk, work surface, drawing board or whatever ‘task’ is being done in the room. Desk lamps, under-counter lights and spotlights are good examples of task lights.
Decorative lighting is where the magic happens though! Table lamps, floor lamps, pendant lights, chandeliers and wall lights are all examples of decorative lighting and this is what really helps give a room character, charm and ambiance. This is the sweet spot where Zenza lighting excels.
And of course, one of the most important light sources to consider is natural light. How much natural light is there in the room? Are there large windows or doors that allow natural light to flood in, or are the windows small, restricting the amount of natural light that enters?
Zenza pendant lights and table lamps are most definitely decorative and not task or ambient lights, so if you are considering these, and your intention is not to create a moody, atmospheric space, it’s important to make sure the room has sufficient ‘other’ light so you can make full use it.
Most Zenza lamps can take up to about 60 watts (some of the smaller lamps take only 25W), and because of their ornate pattern, you do lose a bit of that wattage (I know I’m supposed to be speaking in lumens these days, but I still think in watts, don’t you?), so the effect is pretty, shadowy and ornamental – and quite beautiful!
PLACEMENT OF YOUR ZENZA LAMP
The next thing to consider is where and how the lamps are going to hang? Above a dining table? In the centre of the living room ceiling? Maybe in an entrance hall? Or perhaps either side of a bed as bedside lamps.
And because the pendant lamps from Zenza lend themselves to being hung in clusters, perhaps also consider whether you’d like it on its own or as part of a collection of several lamps.
One of the biggest mistakes I see is pendant lights hung too high, too close to the ceiling. This really diminishes the effect and impact of a pendant light, especially those from Zenza because of the wonderful patterns and shadows their lamps create. These benefit from having a little space to move and dance around :-) !
Don’t be afraid to make an impact with your Zenza lamp or cluster of lamps. And when in doubt on what dimensions to choose, go bigger rather than smaller!
Ok, I know this might be slight overkill! But it's a great example of using the full height of a space for a big mix & match display...
Hanging your Zenza Lamp Above a dining table
No matter the shape of your dining table, the lamp/s should be hung so they fall bang in the centre of the table. This applies whether you’ve decided on a single lamp or on a group hung in a cluster or in a line. If this means creating an extension from or above the ceiling, then so be it, but there is nothing worse than a lamp hung just off centre to a table.
Next, consider how low you should hang the lamp/s? Well, naturally this will depend slightly on your ceiling height, but the lower the lamp is hung, the stronger its impact will be. Keep in mind that the distance from the top of the table to the bottom of the pendant light should be low enough to create a strong impact, but not too low as to be in the way when having a conversation with others at table. A minimum distance of about 65 cms should do the trick.
If you are installing a cluster of lamps, then make the lowest one about 65 cms above the table and move upwards and outwards from there.
This cluster is perhaps a little extreme for a normal dining room, but you get the idea! The distance between the top of the table and the bottom of the lamp should be enough to make an impact whilst making conversation at table easy
The Zenza Cosmos lamp is a great piece to hang above a dining table. Here it's shown in a set of three, but it works beautifully on its own, especially above a round table.
Hanging your Zenza lamp above coffee, side & bedside tables
A Zenza lamp or group of lamps look wonderful hanging above a coffee table in a living room. Again, consider going lower rather than higher when installing them, especially over side tables that are placed in corners as this will amplify the shadow effects created by the lamps.
And the same goes for bedside tables. A client of mine had hung a pair of small Zenza lamps low and slightly asymmetrically above bedside tables either side of a double bed and they looked just wonderful! Of course, Zenza table lamps would also work beautifully in a bedroom, especially as wiring pendant lights in may not be that easy retrospectively.
Hanging your Zenza lamp in an entrance hall or stairwell
I’ve had several customers purchase Zenza pendant lights for their entrance halls or staircases. And why not indeed?! They’re a great choice for these spaces.
Just a couple of things to keep in mind for these areas. For an entrance hall, make sure there is enough space between the bottom of the lamp and the top of the front door or other doors sharing the space, especially if it’s not especially large.
And for staircases, Zenza lamps tend to look especially impactful when hung in a small cluster of even just 3 lamps, but at very different levels, accentuating the height of the space and maintaining the strength of the patterns & shadows along the staircase. Oh, and make sure the lamps are easily reachable to change lightbulbs or to clean them! :-)
This type of cluster would work really well in a staircase are. There are smaller sizes as well, so you could still create a similar effect with smaller lamps.
CHOOSING YOUR ZENZA LAMPS
Now that you’ve taken into account the space, the placement and the height you have to work with, it’s time to choose the style and design of your Zenza lamp. And there’s certainly no lack of choice!
There are many shapes to choose from and several patterns to consider. The nice thing is that many of the styles come in varying sizes to allow for different spaces and budgets. Consider what type of shape you like, if you’re choosing just one lamp, a pair, a trio or a larger cluster.
Patterns to choose from
There are quite a few patterns to choose from with Zenza, but let’s take a look at the three best-sellers. And these are popular for good reason – they’re simply gorgeous, effective and really easy to mix and match.
The Filisky Pattern
Filisky is the simplest of the Zenza patterns, with a uniform ‘dotty’ design of little holes punched through the metal.
This design works really well in more contemporary interiors and can even be mixed in with scandi-style schemes, which call for clean lines and minimal pattern. It’s also great if you like the effect of the light and shadows created by Zenza lamps but are not quite ready for the full-on pattern ‘experience’!
Quite a few of the shapes are available in the Filisky pattern, so there’s plenty of choice.
Examples of various lamps with the Filisky Pattern
The Filigrain Pattern
Filigrain is the most elaborate designs that Zenza make and probably the most reminiscent of its middle eastern origins. It’s quite magical with its intricate pattern which creates massive impact!
This is a wonderful design to choose if you’re a pattern lover and it will bring bags of character to a space.
Like with Filisky, there’s a huge choice of lamps available with the Filigrain pattern.
The Filigrain pattern is available on lots of different lamps
The Fan Pattern
Fan is a very interesting pattern as it brings a touch of art-deco charm and sophistication to a very traditional craft. And it looks truly marvellous!
This design is nice for both contemporary and more traditional spaces as it’s reasonably easy to integrate.
The Fan pattern mixes art-deco charm with a traditional middle eastern craft
As we’ve seen, Zenza’s famous patterns are full of impact and character, and they do look wonderful when mixed in a group or cluster. Just remember that each lamp creates patterns and shadows that will bounce off the walls and ceiling, so do keep this in mind when deciding on the patterns to mix.
It may be an idea to limit these to a maximum of three, so the designs don’t become overwhelming and end up competing with each other!
Sometimes mixing just two patterns is enough to make a great impact
Here is a mix of the best-selling Ball Filisky and Filigrain lamps looking rather spectacular
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING ZENZA LAMPS
Zenza lamps are made from a base metal of brass, which is then silver-plated and carefully polished to achieve their wonderful soft silvery colour. But, with time and depending on the environment, the colour will begin to change and oxidise. The speed and level of oxidisation varies greatly, but you should expect the finish of your lamp to mellow and change over time.
Zenza make a couple of products to help in case you're not a fan of the oxidised finish. One is a spray that can be applied when you first receive your lamp/s, and which will prolong the time it takes for the oxidisation to start.
And the other is a silver 'plater', which is a sort of polish containing real silver, that you can use to remove the oxidisation and revive the silver finish. This works brilliantly, but it does need to be applied using a bit of pressure, so it will most likely be necessary for the lamp to be disconnected, so it can be cleaned on a table, rather than dangling in the air.
Both these products can be purchased at Pomegranate.
Zenza lamps are reasonably well-priced and lamps of the same model and size are priced the same, regardless of the pattern. As you’d expect, the larger the lamp, the higher the price, so do keep this in mind when making your choice. And remember that a group of smaller lamps can have as much impact as one or two large lamps.
One more thing to remember is that lamps that are not in stock at Pomegranate can be ordered for you, so there will be a small additional shipping charge as they need to ship from Holland.
Zenza Special Orders
Zenza’s range of lamps and other accessories is very large and I cannot present or carry it all at Pomegranate (as much as I’d love to!!). So, if you see anything from Zenza that you’d like to order but that isn’t shown on the Pomegranate website, please just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help.
Well, there we go. If you’re thinking of purchasing a Zenza pendant light or table lamp, I hope this post gives you some food for thought and helps you in making your choice. And don’t forget, I’m but a phone call or email away if you need any help!
‘till next time…
P.S. If you'd like to find out more about Zenza, please read this blog post which I wrote a while ago.
Image of Zenza stand by Nicole Antar. All other images by Zenza.