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Posted on Wed, 2 Nov 2011 by midcenturyjo

… and damn clever. Found in the portfolio of photographer Lesley Unruh. (Don’t you just love the simplicity of this shot?). From Home from the Hardware Store: Transform Everyday Materials into Fabulous Home Furnishings by Kathleen Hackett and Stephen Antonson with photography of course by Lesley.

Light lust

Posted on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 by midcenturyjo

I love the Giogali chandelier designed by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1967. Love. I’m thinking of one in my dining room. I’m also loving these fabulous photos featuring the Giogali in all its glory by Jim Bastardo (via Big Leo). Makes my decision so much easier. Just what a good commercial photographer should do. Capture an image that captures your dreams. (You can see Kim’s post on Jim Bastardo here.)

Reader request – bedside pendant lights

Posted on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 by KiM

Finally – a reader request! It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to do one of these posts (sorry to all those readers who have sent in requests and I haven’t been able to get to them). This week’s request comes from Candice: We are renovating at the moment and my husband has agreed to have bedside pendant lighting in our bedroom, so I was wondering if you had any good examples. I love rice paper lanterns but would probably go for something long and skinny rather than round. I agree that something on the slimmer side looks best but as you’ll see below, there are many options. I love bedside pendant lights as they aren’t really a typical option for that location.


Richard Powers


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Jieldé – an obsession

Posted on Thu, 20 Jan 2011 by KiM

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 there was this one, and finally this beauty). But honestly, I could (maybe) give up all those if I could get my hands on a Jieldé. They are the coolest industrial-style lamps 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 the lamps whose name was formed from his initials : Ji eL Dé (pronounced in French). They continue to be produced today. I have scoured eBay on numerous occasions looking for a vintage version, but they are expensive. Sadly I have never seen them sold here in Ottawa. 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?

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Reader request – pendant light

Posted on Thu, 18 Nov 2010 by KiM

Today’s reader request comes from Sandy: “Now I have the following “problem”: I’m about to move into my first own flat and am searching desperately for an (affordable) ceiling but modern lamp. The furniture is at the moment made from pine in the natural color but I will eventually glaze it white and add some stylish accessories so that it will turn into french style with some modern pieces (side table, chairs, lamps). So the lamps should be modern (60ies), unfortunately I have only found verner panton to be likable and out of production or affordability. Do you have some pics or ideas of studio flats with ceiling lights, which are modern, that you could share?” Sandy’s request is a tad specific, so I searched through my photo stash and found some photos of some pendants that I think look fantastic, and many of which could either be DIY projects or purchased fairly inexpensively, and aren’t necessarily 60s era (why limit yourself?). I really do think if there is a really tight budget that this is a PERFECT opportunity for a DIY. For example, check Ikea as they always have the best lighting – but maybe think outside the box a bit in that case so your choice is not the same as a zillion other people with the same light fixture. Tomorrow I will be posting a reader’s home where she created a pendant light out of several Ikea fixtures wired together. Or perhaps check out your local thrift store for a lampshade, where you can rip off the fabric and just have the “cage” hanging. (I have done that recently to a lampshade I bought for a few bucks at Habitat for Humanity, and plan to hang it on one side of my sofa). Or there is this gorgeous DIY light project that Grace blogged yesterday:

I’d also suggest checking out Etsy because I am always on the hunt for funky lighting and they have TONS of handmade light fixtures at great prices. But first, some inspiration for you Sandy, that I think will give you lots of ideas for your dilemma.

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