light box by jo meesters

what a beautiful light by dutch designer jo meesters. it looks more like a substantial credenza or other piece of furniture from the way it is crafted. made of wood, 8,000 holes have been carefully drilled and plugged with resin so that when lit from within, the pattern resembles low growing trees.



what a gorgeous, glowing room divider this would make, on or off.

see more from jo on his website.

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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.

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glo canvas lighting by chris duffy

i love the simple ideas that give great impact in a room, so these glo canvases from london-based designer chris duffy intrigue me, especially because you can provide your own images to create a truly one of a kind lighting fixture.




so, what image would you have hanging from the ceiling? because you could hang one up there. and please don’t say farrah fawcett in that swimsuit.

the canvases are offered in small (35.4″ square) and large (55″ x 35.4″), as well as custom sizes. check them out at generate.

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!)

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.

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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.

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skogstad/vold product design: let’s chat!



ever since i caught a tiny glimpse of their work on designboom, i have been charmed and slightly obsessed with the clean, youthful designs of petter skogstad and haakon vold, for their company skogstad/vold. the items they have included in their collection are fresh, playful and inviting all at the same time. the designs have a flexible versatility, which make them appropriate for use in a variety of applications. to me the outstanding consistent theme here is the focus and balance of both masculine and feminine qualities. i love their stealth lounge chair (above), which was inspired by modern military aircraft, but it also reminds me of the opening petals of a flower. i enjoy the minimal lines and strong material of the steel break vase (below), which softens and transforms when flowers are placed within it. and of course this balance is clearly demonstrated in the graphics on the appropriately named fun wall clocks. these are the thoughtful qualities that compel us to appreciate, seek out and live with quality design everyday. let’s have a chat with haakon and petter and find out more!


q: where do you live and where do you design and make your collections?
we both live in oslo, norway, and we are senior students at akershus university college of product design (bachelor). we make most of our prototypes in the workshops at our university, but for bigger projects and production processes we use other companies with the competence we need.


q: what is your top priority (or the most important element) when designing furniture?
a: to create products for the future. we focus on making contemporary products where aesthetics, function, environment and high quality play a big role.

q: who or what are your main influences?
a: we get inspiration from nature, specifically norwegian nature and clean shapes. this is further enhanced by exploring new materials and technology. we also have some favorite designers: ronan and erwan bouroullec, konstantin grcic, stokkeaustad, norway says, arne quinze, karim rashid and mid to late century scandinavian design (in the 60-70’s).


q: are any of the pieces in distribution yet?
a: no, not yet, but we hope some of our products will be in production soon. we have a catalogue and website and have been in contact with a few manufacturers.


q: do you have a favorite material you prefer to work with?
a: we are trying to work with new materials, new technology and new production processes all the time, so we have no favorite material.



q: what is the best single piece of advice you have received as designers?
a: keep it simple and focus on the details.

q: how would you finish the following sentence? the future of design…
a: the future of design will have more focus on the environment and it will be important as a designer to focus on the whole life-cycle of the product.


skogstad/vold will be exhibiting these pieces and some exciting new prototypes too at the milan international furniture fair, from april 16th-21, 2008. they will be located in the area considered the launching pad for young designers, called saloneSatellite. i have high hopes that production with a quality manufacturer will begin soon, and look forward to seeing their pieces here in chicago someday.

thank you haakon and petter!

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