Nature, nature, nature… the most popular theme in design today. Many of the products seen on the market now are a reflection of years of concentrated work by young artists of our time. These delicate lights made of bone china are inspired by the aloe plant. Created by New Zealand born Jeremy Cole , each lamp illuminates and decorates in a fantastical way.
The 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair has come and gone, and it was a complete overload of spectacular color and innovative design. While there were a few things my cohort and I deemed “same thing, different colors,” the majority of the show offered a uniquely original perspective on the modern home. And one thing that particularly caught my eye was the fantastic lighting that was showcased. So while I finish processing everything that’s bouncing around in my head, here are a few pieces that were, for me, love at first light.
Salvadoran designer Eugenio Menjivar’s breathtaking Loto lamp series—organically inspired by the lotus flower and crafted from recycled plastics—is best described by his statement on the collection: “An eco-experimental body of work that transforms discarded household materials into precious objects, allowing plastic to be reborn to educate consumers about sustainable design.” Be sure to check out his website, a whimsical work of art in itself.
With all the minimalist design we see around us it was refreshing to come across Ayala Sarfaty of Aqua Creations who makes art that is illuminating sculpture.
Offered in magnificent shapes and natural fibers like silk, mohair and wrapped with a unique polymer skin.
Don’t you wish you could have this in your home?
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Lighting is an important feature of design. Finding the right lighting solutions can be one of the biggest challenges when decorating room, it certainly is one of the most important elements in the scheme of things. You can have style and function work hand in hand with a few resources. Luckily, the days of the Internet have made our jobs a lot easier when it comes to research. I found the company “Lamps Plus” on-line, they have all sorts of styles to choose from.
Winter brings out the best in antler art. Although this decorative art form is not new, it is definitely still kicking. I am not a fan of this product but I have seen it around so much lately that I had to research it and include it as a popular theme in home furnishings. All I think of when I see these things is large furry animals without their best feature… how sad.
Anyway, I did find a few that I thought had some merritt. I do like the one featured here from Roost. More commonly the antler is pointing upwards but these are shown as the base of the lamp. This is a nice twist.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I can’t believe it’s 2010! It seems like a fictional number to me. But it is 2010, and a new year has started.
So, to start the new year with inspiration, light and beauty I decided to review a particularly inspiring artist – Adam Frank. Frank is an internationally known artist and designer who works with light and shadows. For someone who loves photography, this idea is very interesting to me and the mere concept of working with light and shadow as materials for artwork and design is fascinating.
Aside from his captivating installations which can be viewed on his website, Mr Frank has 2 main products for sale: Lumen and Reveal.
Lumen is a series of oil lamp shadow projectors made of acid etched stainless steel. I really loved these.
When they burn, the shadows flicker and move organically on the wall.
So, when we went to pick out our holiday Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago, somebody (ok, me) insisted on the really big Fraser fir in the 7- to 8-foot range. It’s beautiful and smells fantastic, but it’s also taller than I expected and the top just grazes the ceiling—which means the star simply isn’t going to fit on top this year. Which is fine, because in all honesty, it needs upgrading…big time. And in a perfect world, this would be on top of my tree:
All images: Bsweden
Light is the number one most important element to color after the actual paint itself. Without light you have no color, none at all only darkness.
Photo by Deezen
It is important to access the light in the room before you choose the color. The odd shape bulbs by Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans above are definitely mood lighting. If a room has low lighting choose a color that will compensate for that which may have to be a shade or two brighter than planned.