The Maple Edison Lamp strips the lighting process back to basics. The lamp consists of an original Edison 40W Filament bulb, supported by a clean maple base. I find Edison bulbs very stunning and aesthetically pleasing on their own and the minimalist design of this product allows it to shine – pun absolutely intended. I’m also very fond of the flip switch, which are increasingly rare these days. They bring back memories of near electrocution from the Victorian building where I went to school. Fond times. The design is so simple that it almost looks like an experiment being carried out in a Science class. In an industrial setting, it’d be the perfect form of lighting.
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On Wednesday, I featured an article on Iron and Glass Windows. This bookshelf from Project Decor is another example of these two materials working together to produce something aesthetically wonderful. The bookshelf has a clean, minimal design, but is enhanced by the smaller details. Firstly, the fact that the shelves are not all the same adds a little quirkiness to the product – almost a geometrical effect. Also, the frame of the bookshelf is made out of ridged iron (see image below), rather then the straight iron often used for furniture. This adds an interesting border, but does not overbear the simplicity of the design. Even though they have an industrial feel, I think that this bookshelf would fit in with most interiors.
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.
If you’re a dedicated follower of Glassed Blog, you’ll be more than aware of my penchant for minimal, industrial design. Simple and effective, these glasses from Uncrate are a beautiful example of that niche. The concrete section of the product works as an excellent base for a tumbler, providing a stability and weight that avoids spillage. The harshness of the concrete is counteracted by the simple delicacy of the glass top. The end product is a drinking glass that mixes masculinity and femininity in perfect proportions. A glass as elegant as this can be used for any kind of beverage.
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.
Grand architecture has long been adorned with overarching stained glass ceilings. They beautify buildings, whilst also generating a lot of natural light when the sun filters through the coloured panels. The beauty and light work in harmony to create a poignant focal point for visitors.
The most impressive stained glass ceiling which I have personally stood beneath is the one at Printemps department store in Paris. Eating in the restaurant below the majestic Art Nouveau dome was an affecting experience, fully enhanced by the vivid light glowing through the multi-coloured glass panels.
Like the dome of Printemps, the Wintertuin dome in the Ursulines Institute in Belgium is also an enchanting illustration of Art Nouveau design. This is one of the most beautiful, understated examples of glass design, in a building which still serves as a school.
Despite the alterations in architecture, glass ceilings can still be relevant features in modern buildings. One way of incorporating a glass ceiling into design is to make the ceilings between floors out of transparent glass. The ability to see between different tiers compliments modern minimalism and is perfect for creating an illusion of greater space.