8 Luxury Outdoor Lanterns to Light Up Your Next Summer Fete

Designer Alfredo Paredes and landscape architect Anooshey Rahim weigh in on the brightest new launches.

on the right are silo black and white portraits of alfredo paredes and anooshey rahim  and on the right are two lantern with handles
Paredes: Laurel Golio; Rahim: Graham Laird Prentice

We’ve all spent countless hours considering our indoor lighting, from what chandelier will best suit the foyer to what table lamp will brighten up the bedside—but what about outdoor illumination? Pool parties and alfresco dinners are delightful ways to entertain this summer, so best make sure your guests can see each other (and their surroundings) for your next after-hours bash. Here, we asked interior designer Alfredo Paredes and landscape architect Anooshey Rahim for their thoughts on the most statement-making outdoor lights on the market.

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1 The Others by Stephen Burks
3 string handwoven lanterns of varying sizes with candles or tea lights inside casting a lovely glow against a dark background
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Alfredo Paredes: These are fun! They’d be great hanging over a table in an island setting like Mustique.

Anooshey Rahim: I love how they have a presence during the daytime. The portability is great too—you can grab a lantern and explore more remote parts of your space.

18" dia. x 19" h., $1,145; 18" dia. x 25" h., $1,315.


2 Bollicosa Nautilus
white oval pendant lamp on a long hook

AR: The thing that intrigues me most is the scale. It feels like a big globe of light.

AP: It has a nautical vibe—perfect for a covered terrace with a pool. 16" dia.; $1,475.


3 Middlebury Pendant
pendant lamp in blush tones with a handle peeking out from beneath

AP: I’d use it indoors, too! It would be good to install over a billiard table.

AR: The leather and brass components provide a nice contrast with the softness of the textiles. 29" dia. x 29" h.; $2,600.

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4 Hydra by Rogan Gregory
a free form standing lamp that looks like an amorphous palm tree with 6 frond like extensions on top

AR: Really cool. It’s compelling to have sculpture and lighting as one object.

AP: I imagine these on a beach path to light the way. 33" dia. x 63" h.; price upon request.


5 Captain Flint by Michael Anastassiades
red geometric captain lamp with cone shaped hood

AP: It’s a little Memphis. I’m picturing it in a modern version of a captain’s house on Cape Cod.

AR: This looks different from each angle. Head-on it shows one character, but then from the side it has different geometries. 8" w. x 12" d. x 11.5" h.; $1,545.

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6 Pekin by Gabriel Teixidó
floor lamp with dark blue green lamp

AR: It has an indoor quality. I love that it’s a bridge between inside and out, traditional and contemporary.

AP: I like the idea of having this peek out from behind a sofa or in a corner over a card table. 88" w. x 85" h.; $1,925.


7 Sparkler Lantern by Kensaku Oshiro
gray mesh pear shaped lantern

AP: These must cast amazing shadows. I see them in the desert.

AR: It hits that minimalist note but still has a lot of character and texture. 26" dia. x 32" h.; $2,710.


8 Lanterne by Zanellato and Bortotto
two morrocan style lanterns with pillar candles inside

AR: The leather is very in line with what Louis Vuitton does. It’s a bit like a chic handbag.

AP: These scream “Morocco.” I’d have them in multiples. 10" dia. x 20" h., $7,050; 12" dia. x 28" h., $9,350.

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