Lighting Thursday!

September 17, 2009

This Thursday, I found a couple great fixtures.

 

Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern

Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern

 

 

The first fixtures is the Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern. The Sola is extremely customizable which is one of the reasons I really like it. You can choose the ring size (24″, 36″, 48″, 60″), the ring color (Brushed Nickle, Polished Nickle, Architectural Bronze, or Matte Black), the glass shape, and the glass color and orientation (some of the shapes can be mounted to the top of the ring). This is one of those fixtures that would be perfectly suited in a number of applications because of its flexibility. I could see it in an entry way, over a dining room table, or the focal point in a large living room.

 

Jenny Chandelier by Oly Studio

Jenny Chandelier by Oly Studio

 

This unique fixture is the Jenny Chandelier by Oly. The Jenny Chandelier is made with natural shells with antique silver hardware. It comes in both a large and a small size. The dimension of the small size is 21.75″ in diameter by 30″ in height and the large size is 27.5 in diameter by 39.5″ in height. The shell colors are either blue/green or ivory. Shown above is the blue/green fixture. Obviously this would be great in a beach house, but, if done correctly it could also be used in a very modern house for a touch of nature.

Quotes To Design By

September 16, 2009

“Design is the term we use to describe both the process and the result of giving tangible form to human ideas. Design doesn’t just contribute to the quality of life; design, in many ways, now constitutes the quality of life.”

-Peter Lawrence

 

Art Gallery of Ontario by Frank Gehry

Art Gallery of Ontario by Frank Gehry

 

Scream Chair by Project Import Export

Scream Chair by Project Import Export

 

Romeo & Juliet Bench by Kown Baeyens, Stijn Goethals and Basile Graux for Extremis

Romeo & Juliet Bench by Kown Baeyens, Stijn Goethals and Basile Graux for Extremis

Modern Malibu Weekend Home

September 15, 2009

I saw this 700 square feet modern weekend home on the LA Times website and loved how the house was designed and some of the unique features of it.

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

 

After losing 2 homes in wildfires in 1993, architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner designed and created this sustainable weekend home to be fire resistant. By using fire resistant materials such as corrugated Rheinzink panels, fire-rated drywall, cellulose insulation, dual pane windows and a fire rated composition roof top,  the shell of the home was entirely fire resistant.

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

The interior of the home was designed with an open floor plan with sunken levels to accomodate the dining room as well as a work space and a loft bedroom above. The architects created the sustainable home by using materials like concrete flooring on the first floor and bamboo flooring on the stairs. The walls are clad in oriented strand board and the team used sliding glass doors and a skylight to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

To me, this home is a great example of innovative sustainable living for the future. More pictures and information can be seen here.

Lighting Thursday!

September 10, 2009

I love when a product serves two purposes…which is exactly why I love this light switch!

OFF- Light Switch Hook

OFF- Light Switch Hook

 

To encourage people to save more energy by turning off the lights in your house, the people at Amron Experimental bring you the OFF Light Switch Hook.  The switch is fully functioning and when it is in the off position, you can hang something on it!

 

Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF

Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF

This lamp is the Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF Lamps. The lamp is made of Polywood and comes in two different table lamp sizes as well as a wall lamp. You can get any of the three fixtures in 8 different colors and it uses either incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs. I love the fluid nature of this lamp. The organic shape is refreshing and the bright colors give it a whimsical style.

Planters

September 8, 2009

Here are some great planters that could work both indoors and outdoors, because I will do anything for summer not to end!

 

Nature Planter by Design Night

Nature Planter by Design Night

 

This first planter is from Design Night  and is called the Nature Planter. This great planter is 18″ tall x 22″ wide and comes in the three colors above and is priced at $375.00 . The planter was designed for a larger plant whose roots need to go deeper to be in the center with several smaller pockets surrounding the larger plant, and three drainage holes on the bottom. Each planter is hand made using a six part mold in Portland, Oregon.

 

Pods by Pad, from Pot-ted

Pods by Pad, from Pot-ted

This planter, Pods, is from PAD. The Pods are made of 100% recyclable aluminum and come in 6 different colors- black, white, red, orange, gold and seafoam. The Pods also come in either a full skirt or a half skirt with stands of either 15″ or 22″ tall. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications and range in price from $45-$165. They can be purchased at Pot-ted (a favorite garden store of mine) as well as a number of other retailers that are listed on their website.

Quotes To Design By

September 2, 2009

“Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.”

-Louis Kahn

Home of Anna Sui

Home of Anna Sui

 

Housetohome.co.uk

Housetohome.co.uk

 

Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C.

Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C.

 

Get This Look!

September 1, 2009

I saw this dining room on Dwell this morning and fell in love with it!

Pacific-Heights-Remodel-Dining-Room

Pacific Heights Remodel Dining Room by Nicole Hollis

 

The room was designed by Nicole Hollis of Nicole Hollis Interior Design and is located in Pacific Heights. Check out the full article for more information on the entire space.

I thought I would put together a few piece that could help you replicate this space in your own home.

First, the farm house table:

Modern Farm Dining Table from West Elm

Modern Farm Dining Table from West Elm

 

With the farm house bench:

Modern Farm House Dining Bench from West Elm

Modern Farm House Dining Bench from West Elm

Along with the modern wing back chair:

Gates Chair from West Elm

Gates Chair from West Elm

All three of the pieces above are from West Elm

Once you know the placement of your table, have an electrician install two j-boxes above the table and install two of these fixtures:

Besa Lighting Pendant Light- 1KV Tamburo Collection

Besa Lighting Pendant Light- 1KV Tamburo Collection

This fixture is by Besa Lighting and can be purchased from Form Plus Function.

The last major piece is the mirror. A mirror this size can be fabricated by a local glass shop. Have them put a simple frame around it and prop it against the wall and secure it to achieve the same effect as the picture above.

Add some clear glass tableware and you will have a great room!

I saw this great project on MarthaStewart.com. It is a DIY console table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

 

To make this great hallway staple, you need an old dining table, some paint or stain, a 2″x2″ piece of wood and some screws.

The best kind of table is one that has a removable leaf because you can then just split the two pieces from each other by removing the extension device underneath the table top. If it does not have a leaf, you will have to saw the table into two pieces.

Sand, prime, and paint or stain the table to the desired finish.

Screw the 2″x2″ piece of wood to the wall at the correct height, then secure the table to the wood by screwing from the top down into the wood. Fill the screw holes with wood putty sand it down and paint/stain to match.

That’s all it takes to create a one-of-a-kind console table which can often cost upwards of $500.

Let me know how yours turns out!

Quotes To Design By

August 26, 2009

“Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response”

-April Greiman

 

Dayton Residence, Dwell

Dayton Residence, Dwell

 

Bedroom, Apartment Therapy

Bedroom, Apartment Therapy

 

Oherlihy Residence, Dwell

Oherlihy Residence, Dwell

Sustainable Fabrics

August 25, 2009

Here are a few sustainable fabrics I have found that I am loving…

 

Bukhara in Oasis, by Pollack

Bukhara in Oasis, by Pollack

 

This first fabric is called Bukhara in colorway Oasis from Pollack. This Jacquard print is woven in India and is made of 53% silk and 47% cotton, both rapidly renewable fibers. This print is best used in applications that are considered light duty (light use). There are five different colorways. For more information and to see all five of the colorways click here.

 

Habibi, by Rubie Green

Habibi, by Rubie Green

 

This fabric is called Habibi and is by Rubie Green. The unique geometric print is made of 100% certified organic cotton that has not been bleached. They are printed with inks that contain no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and use a printing process that lowers the amount of water used. Habibi comes in black, brown, and red and is $90.00 per yard. To see all the colorways and for more information click here. I would love to use this fabric on an ottoman or a few pillows.

 

Modular Textiles, by Ensuk Hur

Modular Textiles, by Ensuk Hur

 

Lastly, check out this modular textile, Nomadic Wonderland, from Ensuk Hur. This amazing concept was produced out of a textile project in which Hur had the idea of creating a textile that would be “an interchangeable modular system of textile pieces”. In Nomadic Wonderland Hur has used materials ranging from leather, to cashmere, to wool, to wood and has created the pieces using laser cutting and a variety of printing processes. I look forward to seeing more from this great designer!