Category Archives: Lighting

Lighting: I can see clearly now…

Inspired by styles from the 1930’s, School House Electric Company has a new “very scientific” looking line of clear glass shades.  The “Clearly Modern” collection features ceiling lights, pendant lamps and wall mounted fixtures. 
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Catch the Sunlight in a Jar

sunjar These clever UK designers have created and eco-friendly Mason jar that will store the sunlight during the day and shine at night!

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Design styles: Art Deco

I see a trend coming and it looks like Art Deco…
Chrysler Building NYC
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The spire of the Chrysler Building is typically Art Deco which is also known as Sky Scraper Style.  This alluring style was inspired by the optimism of post WWI design and is noted for its sleek, even lines.  Modern in nature, Art Deco stands apart from today’s minimalist style and is noted not only for its beauty but also for its comfort.  This style was first popular in Europe in the 1920’s and later in the United States.  

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Store Review: Montreal – Country Living

I met Judy Weiss at a Digital Eve Israel event. She is an architect who until recently was busy working in hi-tech and raising four kids, and is now looking to get back into architecture. I told her about Tchochkes, she sent Patti and me a sample of her work – and we were sold. Judy has an amazing eye (as you’ll see in the post below) and I hope all Tchochkes readers give her a warm welcome (in other words – write a comment!).
A couple of months back I was in Montreal, when I stumbled upon an American country-style store in this big city.
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It looked so inviting (especially since it was -6 C outside!) that I just had to step inside.

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Young, hip New York designer: Michele Varian

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Silk Pillows by Michele Varian
I have not seen Michele in a long while, but what I do see is that her sense of style and love of luxury has not changed one bit. Along with her growing website, she also has a brand new Interior Styling service.
Michele Varian is both a person and a store. The store is filled with gorgeous home furnishings made from the finest materials in the most current fashion colors. From her website I see that she has also added unique lighting and furniture to her repitoire of wonderful things.

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What’s hot: LED’s at the Milan Furniture Fair

NEW Ledino Lighting Collection from Philips
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Photo by Shuli Beimel
The Milan Furniture Fair or “Salone Del Mobile”, which happens every year sometime in April is THE place to see and be seen for people, furniture, lighting and all things in the world of design.  My sources (Shuli went to the MFF) tell me that current trends in “light- emitting diodes” or LED’s are someting to keep an eye out for.  Pictured here is the new lighting line from Philips, a Dutch company that has an edge in the industry of LED lighting.

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Incognito light bulb

CFL Energy Saving Lightbulb
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Just when the world is getting used to the looks of the CFL spiral light bulb, a change is on it’s way.  I came across a new product by General Electric that is a CFL disguised as a light bulb…

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Lighting Trends

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This morning I visited Cabasso Lighting in Jerusalem. I saw some new trends emerging in the technical and aesthetic aspect of lighting. When it comes to light sources, halogen and incandescent lighting seems to be being phased out in favor of the more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.

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Artist review: Diane Graves

Hanging Lamps by Diane Graves
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The hanging fringe on this lamp is what originally caught my eye,  I can surely appreciate creative lighting when I see it.  Diane Graves is somewhat of an artist disguised as a lighting designer.  Her one of a kind pieces are whimsical with a spiritual touch.   The fringe on the lamps here are found objects, a theme that is carried out in many of her lighting designs and a touch that personalizes much of her work. 

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Lighting store review: Lumos

I’ve come to the conclusion that Israeli’s like two types of lamps – ceiling and wall – they do not do table lamps. And for these to types Israeli artists create pieces which are modern, creative and unexpected. Forget traditional, I’m not even sure there’s a word for it in Hebrew. The closest you’ll get is a chandelier.
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Lumos (they don’t have a website yet – but they will soon) is located at 45 Yedidia Frankel Street in Florentine (south Tel Aviv) and features original lamps by a group of Israeli designers. I really loved the pink chandelier featured above, it also has some great wall lights that went with it – but weren’t too matchy matchy in style. 
Of course, I forgot to bring my camera with me, so these photos are courtesy of Lumos.

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