In 2015, Philippe Starck announced what would be the start of a revolution in contemporary lighting. Speaking after the launch of the Bonjour Unplugged Table Lamp he declared that the era of cables was over and that “everything that can disappear, has to disappear.” It started in the garden with brands like Foscarini and Contardi revealing new battery-powered lights that offered freedom and flexibility for alfresco living. Over recent years, this technology has slowly crept indoors, as brands started to develop what they have coined “contemporary candles”. These clever cordless lamps offer illumination exactly where you need it, helping to create an intimate atmosphere at a moment’s notice. With developments in lighting technology moving at breakneck speed, it’s a trend that will only increase, granting more flexibility to homes than ever before.