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Turn Me On

Check out French photographer and designer, Marianne Maric‘s Lamp Girls.

Her explanation:

These “lamp-girls” were first conceived as an illustration of the woman as a thing conveyed by the “entertainment world,” but gradually ascending to a state of consciousness. These photographs were part of a broader vision: once the costume was finished, the “living” model put it on and took place on a white rotating base into a dark room. The public had the choice to turn on or off the lamp, the dress, the girl, the room. I wanted to “immortalize” this moment when a woman become a simple household appliance. That is how these photographs were born.

I don’t know it I believe that mumbo-jumbo but I do agree this is clearly a step-up from A Christmas Story‘s leg lamp

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My fourth installment of All Things English… 

I had a feeling this would become a trend given peoples reactions to my previous post Tide Chandelier


This, my friends, is literally glowing trash art… a.k.a. another trash chandelier.  And once again, it looks pretty cool. 


This design is by David Batchelor, who although actually Scottish, lives his life as a sculptor, artist, writer and currently tutor at the Royal College of Art in London.

You were wondering how I was going to make this English, weren’t you?  Yeah, me too!

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You Light Up My Life

People who say timing is everything have never been in a dressing room lit by florescent lighting.  Clearly “baby light” is everything… not only to my fragile ego but also your eyes.

Lighting that rocks…

The Arco Floor Lamp was designed in the 1960s.  The lamp was intended to illuminate the dining table and by providing overhead lighting that doesn’t require ceiling suspension.    It is characterized by the dramatic arc of its stainless steel stem and the counterpoint provided by the weighty Carrara marble base. The hole in the marble base is designed to allow transport with a broom handle and has become one of the lamp’s signature design elements.


The Polar Pendant Lamp by Fido (via Mailboxtees).  This lamp is awesome – this organic shaped pendant lamp is made from mouth-blown glass that flows from a milky opal color to clear transparent.  These are as awesome as the old fashioned light bulbs at the SoHo Grand… but then again, I think everything in NYC is awesome.


And then there is the Pablo Bel Occhio Lamp that creates both ambient and spotlight.  The white cylinder tucked inside the acrylic sphere is cradled on a base allowing infinite spotlight adjustments… wowza!  I cant get the image to with the white cylinder to load so check out the orange one in the meantime.


And last but not least, this gorgeous Mouth Blown Glass Cluster Lamp by Michele Varian…


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Argh… Where’s me Eyepatch?


Cross Bones

This chandelier is at the Theatre of Obsessions in the Jordaan section of Amsterdam.  I don’t even want to estimate how much that sucker weighs or the size of the house you would have to have in order to hang it but I love it… I am scared of it… but I love it.

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Tide Chandelier


 This pretty light fixture is a creation by Stuart Haygarth called the Tide Chandelier.  Need a close up?

tide chandelier close up

Now let me explain… this piece is made out of a collection of man-made debris that Stuart found over the past several years washed up on the Kent coastline.  He chose the sphere shape “as an analogy for the moon which effects the tides which in turn wash up the debris.”

Although it is sad that all this “junk” was at one time floating in our oceans, it is always interesting to get a new perspective and see how people are incorporating the “green movement” into their product offerings.  For more cool sustainable design that doesn’t suck, check out the Good Magazine’s article titled, Looking at Sustainable Design that Doesn’t Suck.

Unfortunately, now I want to dump loads of random stuff right off the Kent coastline in hopes that Stuart will make more of his sold out beauties

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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