Tuesday, January 26, 2010

......the light fantastic!

The primary function of providing illumination has been elevated to an art form and pure fantasy with these extraordinary and delightful creations.

Archeo Venice Design has captured the ethereal beauty of Mariano Fortuny's original works in art glass. Stunning as shown in Neutral, also available in Amber, Aqua, Green, Ruby and Salmon.

The Cascade Luminaire Grand is available in custom sizes by Boyd Lighting - Kentfield Collection. Imagine a 10' long cascade over a staircase!

Created in 1956 by Tony Duquette for the opening gala of his Robertson Blvd. studios, the Splashing Water Chandelier, in the form of a fountain with drops suspended in mid-air, has been lovingly recreated by Remains Lighting. Shown in Ecru/Tea, and also available in his signature color combinations of Teal/Coral and Forest Green/Red.

Harco Loor Design twists lighting into the magical Diamond Flower Double/Red.

A gift from the sea - Ironies serves up the shell-encrusted, 12-Light Pallas Chandelier.

The Abalone Chandelier was originally unveiled as part of Duquette's one-man exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The original hangs in his own home, Dawnridge. The circa 1952 chandelier has been reproduced in exacting detail by Baker Furniture.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Triple threat

"Three-legged" and immediately recognizable, the tripod comes in a variety of forms - camera stands, easels, stools, tables - but none more varied than when inspiring lighting.

Grand in scale and size, the Royal Marine Tripod Floor Lamp from Restoration Hardware, shown in brown with antique brass hardware. Also available in black with polished aluminum hardware.

With an old-world, European aesthetic, the Middleton designed by Michael Amato through Urban Electric Company.

Porta Romana tops the sinuous Twig Floor Lamp with a sensuous silk shade.

The brilliant Alison Berger Glassworks' Surveyor's Floor Lamp for Holly Hunt.

In bronze, polished nickel, or hand-rubbed antique brass, Circa Lighting's Pimlico Tripod Boom Arm Pharmacy Floor Lamp.

A capiz shell drum shade and antique gold base are a perfect marriage in the Serena Floor Lamp by Oly Studio.

An iconic shape for an iconic era, this all original floor lamp with brass legs, solid walnut detailing and original linen shade. Designed in 1950 by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Offered by Modern Living Supplies through 1st dibs.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Painterly pieces

From the dreamy to the quirky to the sophisticated, painted furniture adds just the right stroke to a room.With as much charm as a treasured family heirloom, a scene of colonial life in America, from Hamptons Antique Galleries through 1stdibs.

The surprise of brilliant blue makes the Armoire from David Michael Furniture striking indeed.

Imagine a pair of Patina's Loire Tables as nightstands; simply sweet.

The Harlequin Hall Cabinet from Grange, also available in pink and black!

Beautiful posies ring the Floral Mirror from Julia Gray, Ltd.

Witty to a fault and extraordinarily detailed, the Piccadilly Table by MacKenzie-Childs.

No sunnier way to start the day than breakfast at this happy Pedestal Table by Brighton Pavilion/Jane Keltner Collection.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Meandering through time

The Greek Key was the most important motif of ancient Greece, and the most common decorative element in Greek and Roman art. It is common in present day architecture as a neoclassical element. It symbolizes infinity and unity, and provides the geometric basis for fretwork. Rather suprisingly, it is also known as the Meander, recalling the twisting and turning path of the Maeander River of southwestern Turkey. The path leads us to these striking accents ~

Hand painted floral details, three drawers and intricate fretwork make for the perfect Mirrored Desk, through Pieces, Inc.

Michael Berman's Midtown Lounge Chair is looking decidedly uptown!

With the classicism and formality that typifies Wedgewood, the gold-rimmed Dynasty.

Inlaid mother of pearl and silver leaf accent the Cicero Occasional Table from Belle Meade Signature.

Exclusive for Kravet Couture, Grand Key/Taupe #9307.16, is 118" wide, made from CS Trevira.

The Galon Athenee Tape (1-1/2" and 3" widths, 25 colors) from Clarence House and the Aristotle Greek Key Border (5/8", 1-3/8", 2-3/4" widths, 17 colors) from Samuel & Sons Passementerie provide the perfect finishing touch.

Leontine Linens contrasts terra-cotta linen with tan poplin trim in their Pamela bedding.

Borrowing from the past for a fresh look for today.