Furniture designer Misha Kahn’s work exists at the intersection of design and sculpture, exploring a wide variety of media and scales. Kahn’s approach melds an array of processes, from casting, carving, welding and weaving, to imaginative and singular modes of production. According to John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design (where Kahn earned his BFA in furniture design in 2011), “Misha creates work for a parallel wonderland, where traditional perception of material and structure is pushed to the edges of the room to make space for one big party.”
This whimsical wall sconce, with its crown-like polished bronze fixture and extended lime green glass hand takes its name from the French word for ‘enchanted,’ which is commonly translated as ‘nice to meet you.” You might also hear “Enchanté” uttered by a character in a cheesy movie while kissing the back of a lady’s hand, which I am told is considered rude.
This piece is produced on-demand and can be purchased for $18,000 at this link.
Photographed in the Friedman Benda Gallery Booth at The Salon Art and Design in New York.
In the first week of December, I was invited to a fantastically fun Tree Trimming Party at The Norwood House, a private Arts and Culture club located in a multi-story townhouse on West 14th Street in Manhattan. The club is filled with beautiful contemporary artworks, rare collectibles and antiques, and eye-catching oddities throughout its many rooms. While I was exploring, I spotted this string of large, irregularly-shaped colored lights, which were draped around a bust nestled on a stairway landing, and they grabbed my attention right away. Because, colored lights.
A close examination revealed that the lights are made from a variety of empty plastic bottles, which have been dyed a spectrum of colors and fitted through the bottom with a single light in each. Crafty!
Is this a likeness of Rasputin? Who knows!
I did some Googling to see if I could find instructions on how to make this specific style of upcycled plastic bottle lights, but I was unsuccessful in my quest. Perhaps you can scrutinize these pictures to figure it out for yourself! Good luck!
The MGM Table Lamp was designed by ‘radical’ Italian designer Lapo Binazzi and manufactured from 1960 to 1969. The MGM name comes from the lamp’s resemblance to the iconic Movie Studio Logo.
MGM Table Lamp (Far Fight) shown here with Binazzi’s Scarica Elettrica and Dollaro Table Lamps
I spotted this piece way back in May of this year during NYCxDesign at R & Company, a gallery at 64 White Street. The extremely beautiful Pink Enamel-finish lamp is now quite a collector’s item that can sell for as much as $14,000!
Every Spring, NYCxDesign runs for two weeks leading up to the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), but the Saturday evening prior to the kick off of ICFF is a festive night of open showrooms down in SoHo. Anyone who’s been to Open Showrooms knows that it means one thing; parties, and one of the best parties is hosted by Italian lighting designers Foscarini, which is where I like to start my evening. This year, I was completely smitten by Foscarini’s Orbital Floor Lamp, by architect and designer Ferruccio Laviani. The Orbital lamp pairs mid-century modern shapes with soft illumination to create a playful lamp for bold, contemporary interiors.
The Orbital Floor Lamp, a 1992 design by Laviani, features five glass shapes with large screw details. The glass shapes are individually backlit. Constructed of polished metal and silk screen-printed glass, the Orbital makes a timeless statement. Shown here in a multicolored lacquered finish, it is also available in white.
The Orbital Floor Lamp has a price point of $2,026.00 and is available online through a variety of outlets, or at any Foscarini Store globally.
How lovely would it be to float off to sleep to the soft, Pearl Pink glow of this super functional, 12″ Illuminated Globe, which is imprinted with a vintage map? Imagine the dreams of far off lands that you might have . . .
I just wish had a photo of it in the dark! This awesome Pink Globe runs on an LED light bulb that uses 90% less energy than halogen or incandescent bulbs, and it can also be powered via a USB connection. Part of the Wild Wood collection by Wild & Wolf, this piece would make a great addition to any desk, office, or study, as well as the Bedroom! Available from Amazon at This Link!
Photographed at the New York Now Gift Show at Javits Center.
Brand new at this spring’s Architectural Digest Design Show is a fabulous piece of lighting from the folks at Providence Art Glass that’s so new, it’s not even on the company’s website yet. The Morning Glory light fixture can be described as a six-foot vining wall sconce/sculpture comprised of twelve glass buds in an opalescent, pale blue hue, all hand-fabricated with brass and copper with a green patina. To create the buds, according to artist Rebecca Zhukov (who owns Providence Art Glass with partner Terence Dubreuil) each blue globe is blown into a copper floral frame, where the two materials meld together.
Morning Glory Wall Sconce, Detail
The Morning Glory Wall Sconce can be created to-order in any size, with any number of glass shades. The price for the Morning Glory shown here is $14,000, but with prices starting at just $1,000 for one globe with eighteen inches of vine, you can afford to customize this beautiful bespoke art glass for your own home!
Providence Art Glass Booth, Installation View
Check out other unique glass lighting and furniture works from Providence Art Glass online at This Link!
Are Unicorns still trending? Who cares! Are you perhaps even a grown adult women who needs to own Pink Unicorn String Lights for her bedroom or bathroom? Well, here you go! And at only $8.00, what a bargain!
Spotted in the Flying Tiger Store on Third Avenue at 73rd Street in NYC.
If you happen to live near, or be visiting, the city of Glendale, California — as I was over the Christmas Holidaze — and you also love Neon signs and other types of neon-based artworks, be sure to stop by the Museum of Neon Art. MONA is small museum, just one big room basically, with a rotating collection of vintage neon signs and other neon artworks, as well as temporary exhibits, and its admission price is $10 well-spent for this non-profit venue that also hosts Neon Art Making classes! Towards the rear of the museum gallery is small niche that’s easy to miss if you don’t explore thoroughly (it was pointed out to me by a docent) where you can see vintage plasma tubes and spheres, including the one seen in this post, on which the ubiquitous commercial Plasma Balls that we all owned in the 1980s (I still have mine) were based. Neato.
MONA (Museum of Neon Art) is Located at 216 S. Brand Blvd. (Corner of Caruso) in Glendale, CA 91204
New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for thinking way outside the box. Always on the look-out for interesting materials, he aims to strike a balance of artistic and practical qualities of design, and his sense of humor often ends up in the mix. In this case, Errazuriz obtained the bodies of taxidermy chickens (which died of natural causes) to create these fun and unique Chicken Lamps. Who says upcycling has to be dull?
In one model, the light bulb is seen emerging from the bird’s hindquarters, just as an egg would.
In an alternate design, the chicken’s head has been replaced by the light bulb. These lamps stand on the chicken’s two feet, mounted on a plexiglass disc. Available from R and Company.
Photographed at The Salon Art and Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.