When vintage meets modern: 5 barn lamps that achieve a contemporary aesthetic

When vintage meets modern: 5 barn lamps that achieve a contemporary aesthetic

Characterized by a simple structure and a gabled roof, the traditional farmyard typology responds to its original function: to house farm products and livestock. In recent years, however, the aesthetics of the barn have evolved enormously, attracting designer interest with its enduring rustic charm, minimalist form, refined ornamentation and modularity – qualities that have long made it popular in country huts. Reinterpreted to adapt to a contemporary style, the vintage typology has conquered modern projects that seek to offer an escape from the hectic and dense reality of urban life. Whether renovating historic farmhouses or building new homes designed to look like barns, architects drew inspiration from the industrial origins of traditional backyards, but added a modern twist.

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The Farm / BXBstudio Boguslaw Barnas. Photo © Piotr Krajewski

This can be seen in several examples; from The Farmhouse, a historic agricultural space transformed into a contemporary home, to Art Barn, a renovated barn whose interior features a sleek, minimalist art studio space. As with both of these, when it comes to achieving that modernized barn aesthetic, blending old forms with contemporary components is crucial. This involves incorporating certain design elements that match the vintage style, but are made with new materials, finishes and technologies in order to adapt to more modern buildings. Of all the pieces that can be incorporated to achieve this look, artificial lighting can definitely make an impression.

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Art barn / Thomas Randall-Page. Image © Jim Stephenson
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The Farm / BXBstudio Boguslaw Barnas. Image © Rafał Barnaś

The gooseneck lamp, also known as shed light, is a clear example. The combination of a traditional look with new technologies results in an attractive product that is not only ideal for barn architecture, but also for all kinds of residential, commercial or corporate buildings looking to create a modern inspired aesthetic. vintage. These lamps became common in the early 20e century, at a time when electricity was barely reaching cities. Their popularity was largely due to their ease of installation into walls; since there were no conduits, switches, or electrical outlets to connect lamps, electric lights could only be installed by direct wiring.

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Gooseneck lights. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Integrate new materials and technologies

Thanks to their timeless appearance and functional design, gooseneck lamps remain an ideal choice for both exterior and interior applications. But what is crucial to their widespread use in contemporary projects are several technological and manufacturing advancements. Cocoweb’s gooseneck barn lights, for example, use modern and durable construction materials, attractive colors and, above all, more efficient bulbs. By using LED technology, these have a long lifespan, consume up to 90% less energy than incandescent lamps, contribute to durability and are versatile in temperature and intensity. The pre-installed LED achieves a warm 2700K color temperature and is powered by 1600 lumens for a warm glow, while securely secured by a plastic cover for weather protection.

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Old age gooseneck light. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Similar to the gooseneck lamp, there are many other classic light fixtures inspired by the barnyard aesthetic that incorporate new technologies and advanced materials. To explore their possibilities, we present below The diverse range of barn lamps from Cocowebas well as their functional features and stylish look.

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Lightweight gooseneck styles. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Modern lamps with a touch of antiquity

All barn lights from Cocoweb include pre-installed LED technology, are energy efficient, can be easily mounted on flat surfaces and have a color temperature of 2700K. They are highly durable by being constructed with damage resistant everlasting steel, as well as using powder coated finishes that help prevent the lights from fading, chipping and scratching. All in all, this results in a high quality product with a sleek industrial look that never seems to go out of style. And with multiple shells, arms, colors, and finishes to choose from, each model is completely customizable, offering great design flexibility that can bring updated barn style to any modern space.

Gooseneck

Gooseneck barn lamps stand out for their distinctive design. Featuring a white shell and displaying a curved arm that is shaped like a goose’s neck (hence its name), the lamp is able to effectively reflect and direct most of the light emitted downwards.

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Calla gooseneck lamp. Image courtesy of Cocoweb
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Calla gooseneck lamps. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

sconces

Barn sconce lights, on the other hand, feature a shade with a much shorter gooseneck arm. Designed to fit close to the wall, they can easily light up tight spaces that are usually difficult to light, such as bathroom vanities, doors and columns. Plus, their versatility allows them to serve as accent or secondary lighting for larger rooms, as well as outdoor applications like outdoor walkways.

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Black dot wall lamp. Image courtesy of Cocoweb
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Peony wall lamp. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Pendant

Suspended from braided nylon cord, pendant lights offer a stylish way to light up large interior rooms or accent areas such as tables and kitchen islands. They can also be used outdoors – patios, outdoor barbecues or sitting areas – if paired with a multi-length suspension rod that protects them from high winds and water.

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Oldage suspended ceiling lamp. Image courtesy of Cocoweb
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Old age suspended ceiling lights. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Job

When it comes to achieving a cohesive look and providing enough light to promote safety, Barn Light Post Outdoor Post Lights are a good alternative. They can be installed along driveways, in parking lots, patios, gardens or anywhere additional lighting is needed.

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Iris floor lamp. Image courtesy of Cocoweb
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Pole light. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Sign

Signal lamps feature a unique joint that allows the shade to rotate in a 180° arc and are paired with a gooseneck arm that allows the shade to rotate towards (or away from) ) a wall. These are particularly suitable for illuminating a storefront, sign or billboard, achieving the perfect angle to grab attention. And like the rest of the Barn Lights, they are fully customizable, efficient, simple and elegant.

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Calla sign light. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

Even though the design is constantly evolving welcoming new trends, high quality, functional and elegant pieces always prevail. In this sense, although Cocoweb’s Barn Lights refer to a vintage industrial style common to the classic barn typology, they are updated to fit a contemporary aesthetic that expands their possibilities in modern architecture. With their timeless qualities, they become a classic example of the encounter between traditional, historic lighting and modern design.

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Gooseneck light. Image courtesy of Cocoweb

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