There is this natural wood desk light that I’ve been spotting more and more, last week in London it waved to me from a shop window and this week in Hannover it called out to me from another store yet again. Thinking it was a million dollars, I didn’t bother to investigate further. Then last night at home I decided to google it and discovered that it is called the Wood Lamp designed for Muuto, a company inspired by the Finnish word muutos which means “new perspective” and this is exactly what they give everyday objects – a new take on the ordinary. And it’s affordable, well you know… sorta. It seems to be around $200 USD which I guess is fine if you compare it to most designer lamps on the market.
By teaming up with some of the most talented Scandinavian designers they are able to not only represent the best in modern Scandinavian design but also to give each designer an opportunity to share a personal story through the objects that they design for Muuto. I could easily have any of these things in my home — but it’s the wood lamp that I crave most for it’s simple form and materials yet strong presence – a good conversation piece!
P.S. If you love wood, don’t miss the blog of the week: I Heart Wood. It’s great!
Lighting is so vital to good design, without proper illumination the entire space — no matter how pretty — can make your home (and even you) look less that the best. Crate and Barrel has some great lamps out this season, some are quite mod and the colors are all very lively and there are some fun shapes in the mix, too. My favorite is the Lasso black desk light because it looks very Scandinavian and I can see it on a white wooden desk with a black and white striped throw rug beneath and misc. decorative accents in emerald green or perhaps even an emerald green wall behind the desk. I’m really liking the color combination lately of green, black and white for some reason. Oh that would be pretty. Here are few lamps from C&B that caught my eye, but I’m going to wrap this up with a budget tip for those of you who aren’t looking to lay down the bucks on a lamp right now…
Some of these shapes make you think twice about those ugly lamps sitting in the second hand shops for $5 don’t they? What I mean is that if a lamp has a good shape to it, why not imagine it in your favorite color — take it home and transform it into something special if you cannot always afford a brand new lamp – just spray the base with paint – bring blue, pink, white, orange… You can even buy a simple white drum shade to top it from a store like IKEA or Target and if you want to coordinate the lamp shade with the base, glue some grosgrain ribbon around the top of the lampshade and again around the bottom and there you have it – a lovely lamp for a low price.
(images: crate and barrel)
Oh, oh, oh! This is hot. Moonbasket in South Africa has some mind blowing crochet designs on their website like crochet pendant lamps, cuff bracelets, stools, and votive candles made out of cotton string and jute twine. Cape Town designer and artist Dani Le Roy launched Moonbasket and works alongside business partner Laura Summs to design and make pendants and other home accessories out of mostly natural materials. Stunning!
So tactile, and very grandma’s house gets a mega modern makeover! And you know what I learned about crochet today that I never once thought about? This.
“Crochet is one of the few crafts that cannot be replicated by machine. The unique quality of each handmade item produced becomes the most essential part of its luxury.”
Is that not the coolest factoid ever? I think yes. I mean, it’s like crochet is untouchable, it’s the ultimate handmade product. I really like the simple, modern styles of Moonbasket. What do you think?
Would you like to see a fantastic new concept that combines a pendant light with the work of your own hands? LampGustaf in Sweden recently launched the Stitch pendant and it’s the best… leave it to the Swedish to combine craft with function and do it without one ounce of kitsch. The idea behind Stitch is that you can make your own design by hand, so it’s a little bit DIY rolled into a fantastic pendant light. You can watch a video of a few people making their own design here on YouTube to get a better idea on how this works. LampGustaf will soon launch a site of inspiration for Stitch with downloadable embroidery designs and the ability to upload customer photos and more.
In addition to the crafty modern Stitch light, LampGustaf carries a large selection of lighting that ranges from traditional to contemporary, mid century to elegant, they have a myriad of stunning floor, table and pendant lights to choose from. The Stitch is my favorite though, so original and fun!
A special thanks to reader Helena from Room And Serve who first told me about this darling light yesterday. Thanks, Helena!