With modern décor, classic chandeliers have a tendency to look out of place. It is difficult to compliment the ornate sophistication which they ooze against a minimal backdrop. This Urban Hanging Chandelier by Uncovet bridges this gap, warmly welcoming the chandelier into the 21st century. The fixture consists of multiple light bulbs which are hung from reclaimed plywood. The plywood itself is hung from the ceiling with thick metal chains. The result is an industrialised light fixture that would look great in an urban inspired room. The product is enhanced further with the light bulbs being an array of shapes and sizes. This makes the item visually more appealing and will also create wonderful effects with light. The ambitious task of tackling a classic has been pulled off perfectly with this modern take on the chandelier.
When it comes to designing a unique vase, the one thing you want to avoid is making the vase the focal point. After all, the purpose of a vase is quite simply to hold flowers. This is why glass works perfectly. The transparency is not overbearing and it also allows you to see the entirety of the flowers. This doesn’t mean that glass vases cannot have a certain quirkiness about them. Just take look at the three original and understated vases below:
I love this DIY Light Bulb Vase designed by Tim Park. There’s something about the shape of a classic light bulb that is timelessly elegant. Transforming a light bulb into a vase is a simple and cheap way of creating a unique item from something which would otherwise be thrown away. You can follow steps on how to create the vase here
As with the light bulb vase, this SOB (Save Our Bottles) vase is another example of recycling items in an innovative way. Human Republic wanted to make a use of plastic bottles which are so often used and thrown away. This is the beautifully simple creation which they came up with.
The Tourbillon Vase by French studio designers A+A cooren is simple, but very clever. The inner vessel of the vase is a spiralling vortex, which looks like water corkscrewing to the bottom of the vase. As in the photo above, I think that the vase works well against the strength of decorative twigs. I think that the vase works well by itself too – the inner illusion is strong enough to make it work.
When it comes to home designers, there are few more inventive than those building for fish. I can only assume that designing for an inhabitant whose complaint will never be voiced must be a very liberating task. Below I have selected what I think are five of the best designs out there:
The Umbra Fish Hotel by Canadian designer Teddy Luong is a very cool fishbowl design. Fashioned on modern day homes, the tank has glass windows surrounded by a plastic outer shell. The design also caters for the use of multiple tanks which can be stacked on top of one another to form a condo-like tower. Find out more about Teddy here: http://teddy-teddy.ca/
This tank by Pslat Design looks as if it’s on the verge of toppling over. Worry not, though – the edge hanging over is perfectly counterbalanced with the weight of the other side of the tank. The result is a visually unsettling aquarium which is bound to get noticed. Not really recommended for the anxious sort, but fully recommended for those fish dabbling with suicide. The tank can be purchased here: http://psaltdesign.co.uk
The idea of an oversized light bulb working as a fishbowl is creatively quite simple. What I like about this product though, is the added details which make the idea a little more refined. Firstly, I think that the blackness of the base compliments the glass more than a traditional silver base would. Secondly, in a borderline sadistic way, I like how the black fibres within the bulb look like they could electrocute the fish at any given moment. I’d of course like the design less if they did so.
For those owners a little too attached to their goldfish, this is the perfect tank for you. The design allows you to take your fish for a walk! Why one would wish to do so is beyond me, but I do like the design of the product. It’s like a modern take on the fairground fish bags, only a little more ethical.
For my final choice, I’m going for the timeless classic. In spite of the quality of design out there, I’d always opt for the iconic fishbowl. There’s something about the simplicity of a goldfish and water being the only components required to make a plain glass bowl aesthetically remarkable.