I have a serious love for funky lighting. Of any kind. I think you could call it an obsession. It's pretty bad considering how many light fixtures I have acquired in the last 4 months or so (there was this one, then these, then this one, then this one, then I made this one, then this one, and finally this beauty). But honestly, i would give up all those if I could get my hands on a Jieldé. It is the coolest industrial style lamp and I just love them to bits. Here is a bit of history on Jieldé lamps: They were created by Jean-Louis Domecq whose requirements were to create a simple and robust lamp that articulated in order to adapt to all working stations. They were first produced in France in the early 50's and in 1953, Jean-Louis created a company dedicated to the marketing of his lamp whose name was formed from his initials : Ji eL Dé. They continue to be produced today. I have scoured eBay on numerous occasions looking for a vintage version, but they are really expensive. Sadly, no stores in Ottawa carry them. Alas, one day I will get my hands on one, preferably a 6-arm floor lamp, but I won't be picky. I'd settle for a table lamp, wall lamp, whatever (but not a reproduction). Anyone else out there in love with Jieldé?
Photographer time for me today and I'm loving the portfolio of German snapper Heiner Orth. Look at that chalet! Look at that fox in the bathroom! Heiner has a great eye and his shots have a lovely clean line. Can I say that? Beauty and style straight up, no fuss. There's something that Herr Orth does better than interiors though and that's photographing dogs. OMG you must go to his site and lose yourself in the canine fun. Simply stunning! I'll give you just a taste after the jump.
Architectural photographer Jim Stephenson (of clickclickjim) shared some photos with Jo and I the other day and they are FAB so I thought I'd share them with you all. They are a selection of the contemporary homes he has shot in the last year or so.The architects are Conran & Partners, Charles Meloy and Alan Phillips, and all the homes are in England. I've always loved photos where the photographer captures a person in motion - it makes the spaces feel REAL and Jim appears to be a fan (and a talent) of this technique. Thanks Jim!
It's a Turkish delight. Fashion designer now interior designer Asli Tunca takes traditional and ramps it up. Great architectural bones help but what she puts in those rooms is just delicious. I want that red bed soooooo bad it hurts. The gentleman's bathroom is a tailored treat and don't get me started on the shell grotto shower. OTT is just so wrong that it is just so right.
The following email was sent to us from Jewel Weeks: I am a psychology grad-turned-interior designer (sort of) in Toronto who got this amazing opportunity last year to design someone's loft carte blanche... a young bachelor with no possessions for his new loft aside from a mattress! The client's basic requirements were that he wanted something fun and laid back with a retro-chic feeling- and no purple. Then he let me go to town with a blank slate in total faith. He was the most amazing client ever and let me work by intuition. Most of the stuff you see is all from craigslist or vintage shops with a few Ikea and Home Depot items thrown in. It's not 100% to what kind of standard I'd like to achieve, but I was pretty happy with it for a first project- mostly because my client was so happy with the result. I love the finished product...superb hip retro vibe, fun colours, and HELLO, it was featured in the Sept 2010 issue of Style at Home magazine (with help from the beautiful photography of Aristea Rizakos). I think you've got something here Jewel!! (Check out her website in the future for more of her projects).