Category: Lights

Light it up x

Planning out the study has become my default setting with the spotlight of attention now focused on lighting, which at present is an issue in the room:  Unlike the other ceilings in the house which are Victorian high, the ceiling in the study, mainly because of its position on a mezzanine level in the back overlooking the garden, is lower. So sadly a large, feature light is out of the head-hitting-question.

Which is a shame, because oversized standout lights are rather delicious.

But then the symmetrical scales fell away from my eyes: Who says a main light has to be in the middle of a room? And why, like we do in kitchens over tables, can’t a light be strategically placed over a desk? And even if the central symmetry does add something (love a bit of symmetry), why can’t a cunning hook in the ceiling direct a beautiful fabric cable to just over the desired spot? Allelujah!

(A sort of reverse of this really (Note the carefully positioned photo to disguise his bruising on the left side from continual light bashing))

And so the magical world of lighting has opened up again…

(All pics Pinterest)

(Except if I’m totally honest, whilst I love this mental breakthrough enough to share it, the desk is going to be opposite the central  window…and it riases the question, would a light block out the light? Would it actually be an oxymoron in physical form?)

 

I fear More thought is needed..

 

Laters, Kate x

Going Global x

A vintage globe: So many joys hidden in plain view.

A delight as an object..

Alight as a light..

A map of many travels..

(All pics Pinterest)

A desk light to dream by.

It’s nothing if not honest.

Laters, Kate x

Light up x

Northern Lighting, an international company based in Oslo, describe themselves as a creative force led by original ideas, in a place where traditional design seems like a thing of the past. Interesting.

Certainly each light is different and beguiling..

(All pics Northern Lighting)

This has to be the perfect corridor light.  It just wants to sit on a long, thin piece of foxed glass.  Heaven.

 

Laters, Kate x

Switched on x

We still have no starting date for the construction of the garden office pod.  But that hasn’t stopped the dreaming.  I’ve found this company – Loomlight Design– based in Leicester, that specialise in creating unusual reclaimed and salvaged lighting plus a little bit more…

Like industrial cast aluminium light switches made from recycled alloy wheels.

(Which can even be personalised with dimmers and text of your choice.)

And check these out..no-nonsense door handles.

(All info LoomlightDesign)

Roll on start date..

 

Laters, Kate x

Twinkle, twinkle x

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Somethings are meant to go together –  bread and butter, Kate and John, gloves..earrings. So what do you do if one goes missing?

If you’re artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell you turn them into a work of art – The Chandelier of Lost Earrings.

It’s a concept of multiple layers – the power of many, making something out of nothing, the transformative power of change.  More than 3,000 earrings were donated by people who wanted to be part of the project originally linked to St Mary’s maternity hospital in Manchester.

Along with earrings, letters and stories were attached from each donation.

(Links here)

Collectively it’s a jewel of a piece.

I’m just glad they never considered socks.

Laters, Kate x

Light touch x

Light mood, sunny day, perfect design.

Made with the absence of hype.

And silence is such a rare commodity.

(All pics Atelier Areti)

But these lights don’t need the bluster.

Enjoy.

Laters, Kate x

Custom cool x

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Want a beautiful light? Look no further than Rothschild & Bickers handblown offerings.

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Available in a variety of options in colour, metal finish and flex style.

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Charming, glorious with an authentic ambience.

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They’re high voltage candy.

Laters, Kate x

Thank you Dievca x

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In response to my post about Mark Champkin’s flower lights, the lovely Dievca sent me a link to Studio Drift’s Shylights at the Rijks Museum in Holland. I’m so grateful because they are a wonder to behold…

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I thoroughly recommend watching the film they made during the making process: The attention to detail, the care…the joy.

Laters, Kate x

Innovation x

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How about this for a super cool design: A light that opens up like a flower..and closes again.

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It’s the work of the Science Museums Inventor-in-residence, Mark Champkins. Inside the petals are bi-metallic strips – a sandwich of copper and steel.  The copper responds to the heat of the bulb by expanding, the steel doesn’t, resulting in the realistic bend.

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Whilst I love it, It’s small and I’m not convinced it’s working to it’s true potential..Just imagine it as collection together designed as a blossomed branch huge chandelier..

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Or inside a large eye-filling glass pendant: Three in a row over a kitchen island unit…heaven.

Laters, Kate x

Curtain call: Design hero..

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I’ve been trying to write this post all morning and failing miserably – head is all over the place as really, all I want to do is start nesting in the new spaces and get them ready for Easter/before the kids break up.  But there is a subject that’s caught my eye: The Great Interior Design Challenge has just finished on BBC 2 and it was compulsive viewing (for good and bad reasons) for anyone interested in the story telling of interiors. The overall winner was Sarah Mitchenall who’s designs were a true delight to the eye – she excelled at rooms where the raw ingredients appeared completely wrong (the orange medieval room par example)  – but the end mixes proved to be both balanced and exhilarating with Everest sized visual impact and inherent cool.

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Like the greatest creatives and raconteurs she has the power to dazzle with what is simply there and squeezing it to it’s enth degree, stepping out of the box, defying convention and believing in what just works.

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All these pics are taken from her visual treat of a Pinterest page  under the name Black Parrots  – named after the company Black Parrots Studio she has co-founded on the back of her winning success.

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Luckily for us mere mortals the company isn’t limited to just designing interiors: They already have their own lighting with the aim to design more products, wallpaper, textiles and more.

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Look how the stem becomes the flex, and the flex becomes the stem. Genius: Definitely one to watch.

Laters, Kate x