Posts about 'lighting'

marcel wanders’ skygarden lamp

marcel wanders, reflecting on his lovely plaster aluminum alloy and glass skygarden pendant lamp:

“in my former house i had a fabulous antique decorated plaster ceiling. i called it my skygarden, it always looked good and it didn’t need water or sun but would live only on the warm rays of the electrical light under it.”



find it in four colors at hive.

here there designs lamp collection

i am still sick but i think i have enough energy today to hop back up on the saddle and ride for a little while, which is a positive thing. please enjoy these pretty and delicate looking lamps from the folks at here there designs. do you like how these pieces look like pods? i do. they are made from abaca fiber, concrete and steel. in addition to these materials being non-toxic, renewable and sustainable, the collection is completely recyclable. that’s good enough for me!


see more and place an order through their website.

via the ecosalon

cool lamps and lighting (round up)

let’s celebrate the longer days and brighter afternoons that are coming with a fun selection of contemporary lighting for the home…


graphic printed table lamps from catherine david


ceci n’est pas une lampe pendant by sander mulder


montana table lamp


twitchen silk lampshade and meridian jumbo pendant lamp


paso doble table lamp from sabine leuthold


page marker floor lamp with scrunchy paper shade from andrew aloisio


droog’s 85 lamps chandelier (i don’t care if this is from 1993 i still love it)


inflatable orca pendant and bubbles chandelier from puff-buff


pendant lamps from modiss


napoleon by the nile table lamp by tore ahlsén


oz lamp from romain duclos



cubix lamp and the celebrity lamp (yes those are sunglasses!)

david weeks castlight (candle flashlight)

right now i am wondering why i have an ugly blue plastic flashlight sitting my my utility drawer, when i could have something more stylish, like this castlight flashlight and candle holder from brooklyn designer david weeks instead? it’s got a rubberized grip, runs on three aaa batteries and emits light from bright led bulbs.



this would be so much easier to find if it’s sitting on your coffee table when the lights go out.

purchase this item for $40 right here, and look at david’s website for other cool stuff.

via betterlivingthroughdesign

traffic light lamps by greenlight concepts

old stoplights normally spend their final days at the landfill as cities replace them with more modern and efficient versions. now, thanks to a savvy san francisco company called greenlight concepts, these glass beauties are being reclaimed and upcycled into striking contemporary ceiling fixtures and floor lamps.

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bonus: a clear ceiling pendant option, taken from reclaimed train signal lenses.

what a great way to reduce waste and still maintain your stylish interiors!

see the full $90-$240 collection over at greenlight.

via inhabitat

best of the week on roadside scholar

well, hello there lovely people. did you have a nice week? i hope so. if not, maybe this wrap up of some of the most popular posts this week will cheer you, in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the companies and items.


a few questions for jared may and soner ozerc’s cmyk lamp shade


thomas broomé’s wordy illustrations and wallpaper animals from inke heiland


a fun and informative visit with the women of the excellent better living through design

this week chicago welcomed the beginning of spring with a heaping serving of wet, heavy snow, and what i thought was beginning to sprout was buried beneath a sparkling white blanket. it hasn’t deterred my zest for finding new and interesting things though – yee haw! thank you for always helping to grow that spark by stopping over and saying nice things all week. i wish you a good weekend and look forward to chatting with you about next week’s selections, including a miniview with a fun collage artist, a great let’s chat! with a spectacular glass artist and a beautiful necklace round-up. ever forward!

better living through design: let’s chat!


if you love contemporary design as much as i do, you’ve got a list of places you visit regularly. perhaps you’re familiar with the finds that katie hagar and kris bernard show us on their fabulous website, better living through design. katie, a former product and interior designer (and current editor of the site), and kris, a kitchen and bath design instructor and information technology expert, tirelessly hunt for the most clever, functional and well made products and accessories for our homes. the spare design of their website is a blank canvas for the great breadth of selection featured; it consists of four sections including products, remodeling, books and travel. i appreciate the fact that their personal love affair with design and style grew into a tremendous one-stop resource that we all benefit from. let’s have a chat with katie and kris and find out more!


q: where do you live and where do you work?
a: katie: i live in houston, tx, and i work in my home office/studio.

kris: i live in los angeles, ca (silver lake) and I work in downtown la.


q: how did you meet, and how did bltd come into being?
a: katie: we met in dallas at some art show. i guess we had mutual friends, but it wasn’t until we started talking about architecture did we realize how we both liked the same sort of stuff – that turned into exchanging ideas about floor plans and home design and then kris actually came up with the idea of bltd – she thought it would be a good idea to create a site where we could keep track of all the great products available on the internet.

kris: ditto what katie said, but she left out that we were actually pen pals for a while, which is how we exchanged ideas about our floor plans. i thought that was important to add because it shows how truly nerdy we are about design. as far as how bltd started, i had actually purchased the domain about a year before we started the site. i really liked the feeling that the domain evoked, but i wasn’t sure what i was going to use it for. then somehow the idea struck me to start a website and i asked katie to join me. the funny thing is that we had only really talked in person that one time when i asked her to do it, but now three years and 2500 posts later i probably talk to her everyday.


q: what is your criteria for including pieces on your site?
a: katie: i think it’s fairly intuitive. most of the time the item has to stand out in some way – good design that meets at least one of the following criteria: affordable, useful, or spectacular.

kris: also, it needs to be available for sale online. very rarely do we post anything that’s not available online. we really wanted the site to be a comprehensive resource for anyone who’s looking for the perfect table or wallpaper, etc, so we try to include important design pieces as well as lesser known items that may meet a need for a space.


q: do you have a favorite category? if you do, why is it your favorite?
a: katie: i love home furnishings in general, but i’m quite fond of miscellaneous accessories – i guess because they’re more affordable (usually) and an easy way to make a small change in your surroundings.

kris: my favorite is our new “remodel” section which we launched a few months ago. it’s for people who are looking to make a major change in their space, such as surface treatments like changing flooring or wallpaper, or for remodeling their kitchen or bath. i used to teach kitchen and bath design at the college level, so i’m pretty excited we added that category. i really get giddy over fixtures.


q: can you name a few current design trends that you love?
a: katie: i like the new crop of products that have been designed with sustainability in mind, not just because it’s a trend, but because it’s interesting to see how designers are pushing the boundaries a little, and how manufacturers are more likely to take a chance considering the recent “green” movement.

kris: i’m kind of an urban nomad right now, so i really like the new “flatpack” trend, which is furniture or other items that are easily packable and movable. i also like the modernization of older styles; for example, the digitization of older baroque styles like the pixelated tables by salad industrial in spain.


q: what do you think is the biggest challenge in writing a design website?
a: katie: finding the words to express how i feel about something without reverting to “i love this”, “this is awesome”, “holy”, and “dude, you have to buy this” all the time.

kris: we try to keep it affordable but that’s not always easy. there’s a reason good design is expensive. a great sofa can last 50 years, not only in terms of construction, but also being relevant aesthetically. but not everyone has the budget for that so we try to find the less expensive items too. unfortunately they don’t last as long, and that has an environmental impact. so, i’d say that’s my biggest challenge: trying to meet the needs of all our readers’ budgets but at the same time trying to strike a balance between providing enough interesting content but making sure the pieces are relevant.


q: can you finish this sentence? the future of design…
a: katie: looks promising.

kris: looks exciting! i can’t wait to see what people come up with next.


like-minded design connoisseurs can hop on over to bltd and see lots more substantial picks. i don’t think you’ll be disappointed!


thank you katie and kris!

sea urchin table lamp

if you enjoy the shapes and textures of the ocean, you might like these sea urchin lights from california company lacor. they are crafted from chopsticks placed in cast resin.


simple and stylish.

see more products and contact lacor on their website.

via contemporist

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