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Whenever I spot a design I’m head over heels for, I’ll catalog the image for inspiration to reference in the future. Yet sometimes, months later, I’ll find something that a few images all share in common. In this case? Multiple lighting hanging in an unexpected way.
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Whether you choose to get the look with a clustered pendant or you simply DIY a version by hanging a trio of individual pendants, the design can elevate nearly any space. Bedroom, dining room or living room – you name it, the look works.
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A good excuse to go big or go home, yes?
… go completely crazy with the paper lanterns? Sure, you’ve seen a cluster or two in the corner of a nursery, or perhaps a few appeared in the latest birthday part you attended, but have you ever seen so many in one place?
I love how the look is playful, yet surprisingly sophisticated when combined with neutral decor and layered, natural elements. What do you think, friends? Would you give it a go?
… use outdoor lights – inside!
Inspired by this image at vtwonen, I love the idea of stringing your favorite outdoor lights as a garland or decorative statement in any room. A chic take on the dorm room tradition of year-round holiday lights (surely I wasn’t the only culprit, right?), the right string of lights can contribute to a serious upgrade in style.
My favorite pick? Pleated string lights ($225) from Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Made to order, each string is a sculptural delight overhead – perfect for dinner parties, impromptu guests – or everyday use.
I’m a big fan of paper-mache. I can’t think of another medium like it. It requires a sculptural sense, patience and a tactile tolerance for all things slimy and gooey. Paper Mache is not just for kids. On the contrary, in the hands of a talented designer and artist such as Enrique Romero, the sky’s the limit. Or at least the ceiling is.
The Pulp Lamp embraces the handmade, unique qualities of paper-mache. Translucent, sculptural and made only of a paste of recycled newspaper, this lighting collection offers functional objects of art. The application of the building process, working with paper paste, creates a series of layers of varied thickness and texture. This medium is perfect for lighting, as the finished object has a handmade individual form, and the transfer of light through the dried paper is absolutely beautiful. Enrique explores object scale in the design of his Pulp Lamp fixtures and by doing so, he creates a dynamic product; one that begs you to touch, and experience three dimensionally.
Spanish born Enrique Romero is a multi-diciplinary industrial designer, who speaks five languages, and has an affinity for detail. Talented and prolific, he is working with Pantone on color development, as well as developing his own design work. Creating lighting, packaging, exhibits, and even an interesting design for a scooter, his work is varied and distinct.
Kind-of makes you want to get your hands dirty doesn’t it? Nothing like finding inspiration in the simple things. Fill your balloon, and get to it.
Good news; industrial lighting is still a major trend in today’s design industry. Whether vintage, antique or simply inspired by a previous era, industrial lighting adds a touch of aged perfection to any room. Below, find my favorite picks for every space, budget and style!:
1. I’d install this wire dome pendant over a living room side table for a cozy, stylish accent. ($398)
2. For a retro-inspired dining nook, try a vintage pendant in enamel steel. ($125)
3. An industrial floor lamp is as sculptural as it is functional; this design is absolutely stunning. ($798)
4. I’d love to see these workshop cage lights in a Scandinavian-inspired washroom. ($195)
5. Love color? A cheery enamel factory pendant might be the way to go in your home. ($238)
6. Try a barn light over your kitchen window and bring the outdoors inside! ($143)
7. This mini pendant would look smashing centered in a group over a traditional kitchen island. ($230)
8. Want a touch of nautical style in your spare bedroom? Try a gunsmoke sconce for the perfect getaway. ($143)