Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Funky, upcycled, organic and industrial lighting

When it comes to decorating your room, lighting is probably the most important feature.  I know I talk a lot about color, but it's just because I love it so.  Lighting is just as important, if not more so.  But that doesn't mean it has to be boring.  I am really loving all the industrial, upcycled and organic lighting I've been seeing lately.  Like everything else in your room, be sure to have fun with it.  There's only one rule - make sure you love it!  Here's some lighting that I'm in love with, any of these would fit well in the romantic, edgy, neutral schemes that have been occupying my thoughts of late.  Hope you enjoy!

I've featured architect/designer Victor Vetterlein on this blog before (see previous posts here).  He never ceases to amaze.  This is his upcycled egg carton lamp.  Victor's lamp was part of the Inhabitat and Philips Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition.  It is also being featured in MoMA's collection this Fall.  Congratulations, Victor!

This artisan goes by the name CrudeOil.  I adore these lamps made of chicken wire so much that I had a hard time featuring only a couple of them.  I could see these in a edgy, modern, urban loft.  Wonder how they would look with pink bulbs.  I kinda like that idea, the pink might be a nice foil to the edginess of the wire.  Kind of yin and yang.

I adore these burlap creations by Splurgeavl.  These would really work in the romantic, organic, neutral spaces I've been describing lately.  I adore the flower shaped chandelier, and I got so excited the cord was wrapped in the same fabric, well... suffice it to say that I am swooning.
Love the geometry of these pieces.  Love them hanging in multiples and at staggered lengths as shown.  Khalima Lights.
My friends think I'm crazy because I'm always noticing (and photographing) lighting at restaurants.  Just kidding, to be honest, my friends are used to me.  They often take my design advice, and no longer think I'm crazy.  In fact, they have all developed the habit of looking thoroughly at the unexpected.  It's contagious.  And fun.  Have you ever been in Chipotle?  I love their chicken burritos, and the industrial vibe of their restaurants, although I wish they'd vary it up a bit.  They all look the same.   I've always wanted to experiment with putting corrugated steel on a wall, and I love how the sockets are exposed on these lights. Image by Peggy.

Swoon.  As you already know, a pop of pink fits in any room.  This is a nice subtle way to achieve that pop, yet still be thoroughly modern.  I'd love to see this globe hung in multiples.  Fizz sphere pendant at ABC Home.
I love this lamp!  I think I need to start making hanging lamps.  Image Lo Bjurulf via Agent Bauer.
Here's another one I'd like to attempt.  Love the strips of fabrics, and the tiniest smattering of embellishment provided by beads.  Image via Annaleenas Hem.
The block lamp designed by Harri Koskinen, has always been one of my favorites.  It's a little witty for my own personal environment.  I'd love to design an edgy teen bedroom around this lamp.  Available at MoMA.
The Akari Beehive lamp by Isamu Noguchi (one of my favorite designers) has been my long-time favorite lamp.  It would look great in a neutral scheme, or indeed, in any room.

1 comment:

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I don't know why but I can't stand that egg carton lamp. It gives me a creepy feeling. My favorites are the wire ones. Now those would mix in well with my country decor, give it a little industrial updated flavor while keeping the farmy decor that I love.


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