Friday, February 6, 2009


Tom Dixon - Blow

Another jewel in the crown of the wildly successful Copper Collection, the Blow floor lamp is designed to accommodate low energy–use compact fluorescent lightbulbs. It casts a warm glow for interiors, but can now be used as an outdoor flood thanks to its heavyweight industrial tip. It measures 13 inches high by 12 in diameter. 44-20-7400-0529

Vladi Rapaport - Vanitas 

This young designer from Utrecht draws on Dutch still lifes that depict skulls to convey the temporality of earthly existence. His three-piece Vanitas collection includes the Something Dead lamp in leather, steel, and carbon fiber; the Brain ottoman in leather and polyurethane foam, which can also be used as a table; and the Skull chair of plywood, polyester, and glass fiber. 31-624-244-573

Eva Menz - Golden Safari

Historically diamonds are a girl's best friend, but for true bling enthusiasts, Eva Menz just might be the new BFF. Based in London, this German designer takes her cue from couture, using an eclectic assortment of feathers, beads, leather, pearls, and just about anything else glamorous to create bespoke chandeliers.

Snow Queen strings large-scale beads covered in white leather and clear crystals sheathed with translucent chiffon onto jewelers wire, and suspends the strands from a pleated leather frame. In Free as a Bird, 1,000 origami cranes made from a colored, fire-resistant, paperlike material are sewn to a light aluminum frame so they appear to flock around a central light source. Similarly, Red Princess is a custom piece aglow with crimson origami flowers. Ties that bind in the boudoir could be the naughty impulse behind the erotic Little Black Chandelier, in which dyed peacock feathers, silk rope, hand-carved wood serpents, wisps of horse hair, beads, and stones swing from a leather-framed and lacquer-inlaid lighting harness. The Golden Safari chandelier, an odd marriage of Mr. T. and Cruella De Vil, suspends both vintage and new costume jewelry with animal themes from brass chains. If Lilly Daché was right that glamour makes a man ask for your telephone number and a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker, expect all sorts of interesting requests if you install any of these perfect pendants. 44-207-837-4859

Axo - Muse

Bringing a whole new meaning to light pastry, Muse evokes the colorful macaroons and meringues found in Parisian patisseries. 
Made of white painted iron and spandex, the hanging and ceiling versions of these colorful lamps measure 31½ inches or 47 inches in diameter. A floor lamp also is available. 39-041-584-5193

Hudson Furniture - Black Forest 

Black Forest lamps draw their character from bases made of striking claro walnut, which otherwise would have been discarded in the studio. Topped with a linen shade and supported by a steel platform, this composition is a study in earth's harmonious variety. 212-645-7800

   Studio Lawrence - Raising Lantern 

Balance your room's equation with the geometric Raising Lantern stackable lighting system. Created by Patrick O. de Louwere and Bart Eijking, this collection offers 21 design options—10 drums and 11 coolies—to choose from for floor or pendant lighting. Floor lamps can approach 8 feet 9 inches tall. 31-10-225-0464

Pallucco - Nimbo

Nimbo, as its name suggests, is the perfect lamp for creative souls with their heads in the clouds. Two methacrylate shells, covered with fiberglass fabric mesh, overlap; the mesh is soaked in composite materials that give it an appealing touch. Available as a pendant or wall lamp, in opaline white, magenta, and orange. 39-04-22-438-765

Arteriors Home - Belize 

Proving that a trip to the tropics can be an illuminating experience, the Belize authentic shell baluster lamp features natural shells applied to a resin base. It's topped by a hardback polyester shade with an ivory lining, resulting in combined
 dimensions of 40 inches high and 19 in diameter. Accepts regular three-way incandescent bulbs. 972-488-9800

        Leucos - Rondelle 

Never in its 46-year history had Italian Murano glass manufacturer Leucos commissioned Americans to design products for its brand. Not until last year, that is, when the company partnered with New York's Rockwell Group to design the Rockwell Collection. The result: light motifs that are much in keeping with Leucos's decidedly modern aesthetic while honoring the ancient tradition of glass making.

The collaboration's success was no fluke. Building on the Stacking and Ombre lights, three new designs—Jellyfish, Rondelle, and Silhouette—cast an innovative glow on residential and commercial spaces. Jellyfish is available in two sizes: 15¾ inches in diameter by 6¼ inches high, and 19¾ inches in diameter by 7¾ inches high, and is created from a single piece of milky white, hand-blown glass. It takes incandescent and fluorescent lamping. The circular rim is in clear or amber glass. The pendant lamp Rondelle employs 15 floating, differently sized polycarbonate disks that are separated by crystal spacer rings. Rondelle is available in four shades: deep amber, bright orange, smoked gray, and violet, and measures 27½ inches in diameter by a drop length of up to 118 inches. It takes fluorescent bulbs. The Silhouette pendant merges four waved ribbons suspended within a crystal cylinder. It has a 12½-inch diameter and can hang up to 118 inches long. Available colors are green, orange, and white, and the fixture accepts fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. 732-225-0010

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