15 February 2013

look closely.

The "Urchin"

I love when artists use found objects to create pieces of art. This interesting and very textural light fixture is from Stuart Haygarth, a lighting designer in London. At first glance you may not be able to tell what the unique fixture is made of. However, when you look closely, you discover that the ceiling mounted piece is actually created from thousands of spectacle arms that are linked together. This is not just lighting, it is art! The flush mount light fixture comes in three different forms and houses strings of LED lights. The illumination from the fixture is smooth and refined. It is definitely worth a visit to Stuart's website. His light fixtures, such as the "Urchin" shown here, are all made from a variety of found objects, etc. My recommendation is to look very closely and enjoy.

Spectacle arms are linked together to create the "Urchin" light fixture.

Another variation in size.

Look closely!

06 February 2013


I like the contemporary sensibility of the Callan chair from Room and Board. The chair looks comfortable, well made and offers an elegant profile with a soft, fluid and uncomplicated shape. The seat and seat back appear to float inside the chair frame adding to it's somewhat Danish Modern appeal. I like the fact that the chair can work with so many design styles from modern to transitional. It has it's own personality which makes it a terrific accent chair. It's also made of solid walnut which tends to be a hallmark of fine quality and craftsmanship.

05 February 2013

look who is back!

Ever since I designed the Show house for the HGTV competition series, "Showhouse Showdown", I have found the Cockatoo  a fun and quirky imsgr to place randomly in a home. For the show, I placed a large limited edition print of a Cockatoo above the master bedroom bed just for the fun of it. Granted the room was designed to capture the interest of a television audience, but why not be silly with design sometimes? Tastefully silly! An unexpected accessory, such as the pillow above, can start conversations, place a smile on someone's face or bring cheer to each day. This vibrant orange and marigold colored linen pillow has the image of a cockatoo. The 20" x 20" pillow, imported from Australia immediately made me chuckle so I thought it would be an uplifting blog entry for today. Check it out from Apartment 48 in New York.

A limited edition photograph of the head of a cockatoo adds a touch of whimsy to this bedroom I designed for HGTV's competition television series "Showhouse Showdown"