The Arco Table Light is designed by Chicago-based sculptor Arielle Pollock. Inspired by gemstones, the top and bottom halves of Arco are made from a translucent PLA that creates a lovely diffusion when lit, emitting a glow that’s creates a calming ambience. The table light is made by Gantri, using an unique 3D printing process that combines advanced machine-engineering and meticulous hand-finishing, all done in the Bay Area.
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A few months ago I had the chance to hold one of Margaret Spacapan’s perfectly shaped half-dome bowls, she had to talk me into it because I can be a klutz and they looked so delicate. I marveled at how it felt in my hands and kept thinking about how a human had created this thing. All of Spacapan‘s sculptures and forms with function are completely without flaw and attract me like a crow to something shiny. But for the time being I’ll just have to settle for the hope of someday owning one of her bowls.
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The dining room is my favorite room in the house, for a few reasons – it feels the most complete decor-wise, it’s the best interpretation of my own personal aesthetic, and it’s usually the cleanest. (I’m nothing if not honest.) I love that when I’m entertaining it’s the place we all tend to congregate, so I want it to feel comfortable but I’m also not opposed to visitors thinking I know what I’m doing when pulling together a space.
You can check out the current-ish room design here and here, but I’ve been thinking about how a large round table might change the dynamic. Of course that got my mind spinning with the possibilities of an entire room redesign! Because my dining room is painted such a light color – and that isn’t something I’m anxious to change – I’m daydreaming about filling it with some darker materials like walnut wood, leather, and brass.
I’d balance all of those heavy tones and weights out by keeping the tableware and serveware in check with lots of glass, ceramic and porcelain, and lightly colored marble. This large acacia print would anchor everything together and bring a nice dose of nature into the decor.
Candlesticks and hurricane lanterns, along with that beautiful three-armed chandelier, are all I’d need to set whatever mood I’m going for – moody and dramatic or light and bright. I’d say the look of this reimagined room might be called Casual Industrial Modern and I’d happily welcome it into my home!Posted In floors, furniture, house and home, lighting, living, walls
The Dewy Floor Lamp and Dewy Table Lamp are blown frosted glass domes meant to evoke the feeling of early morning. The frosted glass references morning dew and the new day with its delicate light, while the dome shape is an attempt to keep the light trapped inside like the cozy bubble of the day’s first light and all its promise.
The MRND Lamps trio are a a tribute to master still life painter Giorgio Morandi. Each is a modern reinterpretation of the bottles he focused on often in his work, in this case they’re taken off the canvases he used and brought into the 3D world with soft colors and textures.
The MILO lamp is made of handblown glass and intended to either be suspended or set on its base. The uniqueness of this piece – and a smaller version – is that it’s meant to house a plant. The interior planter come in three finishes that juxtapose nicely against the glass and greenery.
The Elmetta Smart Table Lamp has a great silhouette with a fresh look and an anodized aluminum shade available in silver, black, red, blue, and green. Its convenient handle makes it easy to move if necessary.
HALO is a blown glass table lamp emphasizing the circular fluorescent light positioned at its center. It’s open top design gives the silhouette a vase-like feel that’s sure to appeal to mid-century enthusiasts. HALO is available in a rosy pink, watery blue, and clear glass.
The Bub Table Lamp is simply designed with function in mind. Part objet and part lamp, the olive tinted blown glass piece is a study in bare essentials that’s sure to play nicely with whatever your decor style might be.
Lollipop is a collection if table, floor, and pendant lights made from amorphous glass shapes in various colors. Each relies on a metal rod for support and structure, giving the lamps the look of their namesake.Posted In house and home, lighting, living
Seletti is forever full of surprising, satiating designs – like Alphacrete. Concrete and glass are used to form the letters of the alphabet, brightening living spaces while also sending a message. Use the letters on their own or create words, these guys are designed for both indoor and outdoor use and can either be hung or stand upright.
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Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.
Lamps Plus, the nation’s largest lighting retailer, has a rather deceiving name – because the Plus is quite impressive as well. Working with them over the years, I’ve added several pieces to my own home from several of the different lines Lamps Plus houses under their proverbial roof. And over the course of time a few lines began to separate themselves as I found myself going back to their pages when I was in need (or want) of something new.
So, I thought I’d share my two favorite Lamps Plus brands with you.
First let’s talk about lighting since that’s what they’re known for, my favorite being 360 Lighting. What really draws me to this line is the breadth of their design offerings, which leans in the bohemian, mid-century, industrial direction. Table lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps, and pendants, they’ve got it all and in finishes that I’m drawn to like a moth to a flame. I have a pair of the Helene Ceramic Table Lamps above on the nightstands in my bedroom and love the texture they bring to the space. Lately I’ve been eyeing a replacement for the arc floor lamp in my living room and keep coming back to pharmacy lamps as a possible option. The Dawson below is number one on my list, and you really can’t beat the price!
Now, let’s get on to the plus because it’s just as fantastic. Doing a quick inventory of my home I realize I own a bench, a bookcase, an armchair, two dining chairs, and a throw pillow from Lamps Plus. And that’s just on the inside! I may love the outdoor pieces even more, two of which are from Teal Island Designs. A few years back I picked up a set of red DelRay Accent Chairs (above), and they adorned my front porch before moving to the back deck this year to act as extra table seating. This spring I took full advantage of the current wicker trend by adding two Hyacinth Accent Tables (below) to the porch for plants. (More to come on that in the next week!) Teal Island’s pieces are made to be used, meaning they can take some wear and tear. Such an important quality when it comes to furniture that’s going to be exposed to the elements.
If you’ve seen something you’d love to add to your own place, or want to browse Lamps Plus a bit, you’re in luck because they’re kindly giving one reader a $250 gift card! Check it out, there are 22 ways to enter but only 48-hours so get going!Posted In behind the scenes, house and home, lighting, living, outdoors, series, shameless plug, win it
Lighting is perhaps the element I most look forward to when designing a room – the right finish, the perfect glow, everything comes together to set the mood in that just right way. Chandeliers in particular are the icing on the proverbial cake of decorating, and I don’t think they’re utilized often enough. Think past the dining room and entryway to the bathroom, the bedroom, and beyond to take any room to the next level.
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