While visiting DWR in Providence last month, I felt a little weak in the knees when I saw the new Frank Gehry cloud lamp floating in the air – stunning! So much more dramatic in person than in print, I think the whole creative process involved in how they were designed motivates me even more to start looking at common objects a little differently.
This goes back again to an earlier post about pushing past your design comfort zone. Canadian born Architect Frank Gehry found a new way to look at common packing paper cups and using staples, he transformed them into a cloud lamp. Of course, the DWR light fixtures aren’t made of paper, he opted for flexible, tear-resistant, fire-retardant polyester instead. Good choice. The cloud lamp may have transformed into a fireball!
Tip: If you’re ever shopping at DWR in Providence, ask for Marc Gelinas, store proprietor. He’s very down-to-earth, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable, which will make your entire shopping experience that much more enjoyable.
By the way, if the name Gehry sounds familiar to you, he recently designed the new Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at MIT here in Cambridge, MA. View the amazing photos of the Stata Center here. Robert Campbell, Globe writer, calls the building “a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention.” I was over there the other day peering upwards in awe. If you’re local, you should bring your camera and go check it out.
Koo de Kir. Wallpaper and Travel + Leisure voted them “World’s Best” for home accessories. “Improper Bostonian” honored them as “Boston’s Best” home boutique three years in row. Doug Wilson from Trading Spaces even shopped there for his $50,000 room. Now it’s your turn to check them out and cast your vote.
Koo de Kir is a stylish retail haven offering modern fresh homewares in chic Beacon Hill. For those of you that aren’t in Boston, you can visit their online store to shop their impressive selection (not as ahhh-inspiring as the real thing since their online selection is limited). This stylish retail environment also offers interior design services, and a gift registry. You’ll find merchandise that you’ve seen in Elle Decor, Shop etc., Breathe, Lucky, Domino, and all the other big glossies, so they’re right in step with the latest trends.
I like Koo de Kir because they carry items to suit every budget, the location is excellent, and you’ll always find something new to add to your favorites list. Plus, strolling along Charles Street with a latte in hand, stopping at The King + I for Thai, then hopping over to Koo de Kir for some retail therapy… it’s far too perfect of a day to pass by.
Koo de Kir (Coup de Coeur), “?a strike to the heart?”
(Photos: TOP LEFT: Midsummer Light $74, Koo de Kir. All photos below also from Koo de Kir.)
I can see it in your eyes. You like your paper lantern hanging light. It hung out with you during college and now, six apartments later, he’s still hanging around illuminating your way, hardly noticed. He’s your old faithful. The many battle marks he wears from being folded and unfolded, moving with you from house to house, aren’t that obvious. It doesn’t really matter anyway, it’s only a light.
Dear Lord what did I just say? Ahem. Ahhhhhem.
Note: Clearing ones’ throat is a sure sign of lying.
If though, you would consider another light fixture (major hint), why don’t you give Publique Living a go. You can still keep Mr. Twinkle, just relocate him to your storage closet. Publique Living’s, “Woven Veneer Lampshades” are made from strips of wood (walnut or maple) woven together to form an attractive shade. They are stylish without being so supertrendy that your space will look dated in 6 months. For the locals (Bahstun), I heard that Abodean in Cambridge carries some of the Publique Living line, so give them a call. It’s also good to note that Publique Living creates other great design objects for your home, so their website is worth checking out.
Hey, did you know that a stylish new lamp will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex and give you some major clout in your social circle?
(Photo:RIGHT: Woven Veneer Lampshades from Public Living.)
I‘m so ready to make a believer out of you. You need to save your soul from living in space that doesn’t reflect who you are because you can’t afford the stuff you really love. It’s time to believe in the power that is Urban Outfitters! They should be bookmarked el pronto for all things trendy and affordable. Take this amazing “Tabouret Side Table”, in lime, for only $120. These tables are everywhere right now, in case you haven’t noticed. This fashionable wood side table is also available in a funky coral color (although the coral one scares me). Then, of course, there’s good old-fashion spray paint. You can always order Tabouret and spray it your color of choice… I’d like to try painting the top white, the legs black, and the bottom white – all high gloss paint, of course. (Creative tip: Collage the top with quotes, colorful graphics, photos, and so on. Super fun + easy!)
Another fresh find from Urban Outfitters starts with the arabesque patterns back from the days of kings with the, “Outside In Shade”. The wallpaper on the shade isn’t really on it, it’s inside, so when you turn on the light, viola! Pure aristocratic chic! It’s 100% amazing for only $24. The base is sold separately and is called, “Vintage Glass”; it’s also $24. For $48 you can have a great lamp, or you can simply purchase the shade for $24 and pop it on a hanging light cord set and position it over your dining room table. Another tip – refresh that sickly little lamp you have with a funkalicious shade!
One last pick from the Urban Outfitters vine… the “Decorative Canopy” for only $80 and the “Bar Cart” for only $120. Martini’s never looked so good.
Run along and browse for yourself. It’s about time you found some trend items that are also affordable.
Amen to that!
(Photos: TOP: “Tabouret” table. BELOW: “Outside In Shade” with “Vintage Glass” lamp, “Decorative Canopy” and “Bar Cart”. Photos from Urban Outfitters.)