The perfect mashup of Japanese cool and midcentury style, origami pendants add sculptural elegance to any space. Made popular by George Nelson (Herman Miller's design director from 1946 to 1972), this saucer-shaped pendant from Design Within Reach is the sort of investment piece that never goes out of style. The crisscross pattern looks spectacular when illuminated, but it's even lovely during daylight hours. Still, the $359 price tag categorizes it as a lighting fixture you'll be committing to for a while.
If I were eligible, there are several pieces that I'd buy in a heartbeat. I'd start with Davey Lighting's Oval Bulkhead Light ($350, bottom right). This lighting company is said to have designed lights that graced the decks of famed ships like the Titanic! Wouldn't it look dashing against a a dark wall? I'm thinking onyx or midnight blue.
The Almoco Flatware 5-Piece Setting ($40-$60, middle row, left) in matte black would be a great addition to any modern table setting. I would choose a tablecloth covered in jewel-tone blooms like magenta, emerald green, and deep purple. Metallic versions are offered as well!
I have a thing for crocs. They have an element of elegance, exoticism, and danger that feels exciting to me. This Lucy the Crocodile ($115, middle row, right) sculpture by David Weeks Studio for Areaware captures the beauty of the animal in a playful manner. Since the wooden material gives it a casual, organic feel, I'd glam it up by grouping it with a lucite box and colorful agate coasters on a coffee table.
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If I were eligible for the giveaway, I have a few pieces I'd love to add to my home with the $1,000 gift card. I'd start with the Tom Dixon Etch Pendant ($375, top row, middle center). This unique shade is made by employing the same industrial process used to produce electronic products such as circuit boards. This method allows for intricate patters to be cut directly into the metal. I love how the very high tech production method results in a very organic and delicate looking piece.
Speaking of organic, the Alma Allen Bronze Candleholder ($275, second row, left) has that covered and then some. This unique piece is part of a limited edition series of 250, and is hand cast out of solid bronze. I'd love to mix this with other metal tones on a mantel or coffee table.
I'd also love the Woolly Pocket Tina Plant Container ($20, second row, middle). Though these planters look and feel like felt, they're actually made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. Since they won’t scratch tabletops or leak onto surfaces, they're a perfect addition to any surface in your house. Fill it with a mix of gorgeous succulents and use it as a living bouquet for your dining table, or fill it with edible herbs for a kitchen window garden.
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When we're talking about a design icon like the Le Corbusier LC2 Armchair, I hate to use the phrase "Out with the old, in with the new." But after seeing the LC in its hot new color options, I can't imagine ever going back to basic black and white. The revived palette, ranging from orange to olive, is just the boost the ubiquitous classic needed, and with new fabric options like durable canvas, the chair is not only more affordable, but also more user-friendly. Better yet, the manufacturer Cassina has also introduced seven stylish colors for the chair's metal frame, including matte and gloss black, and gloss gray, light blue, green, bordeaux, and ochre.
While I give much applause to Cassina for giving the LC a fresh face, I can't help but be reminded that the manufacturer wasn't the first to dare to go there. Several years ago, San Francisco-based interior designer Martha Angus reupholstered a pair of Le Corbusier chairs in absorbent, blue terrycloth for a residence she designed in Portola Valley, CA. Back then, I was struggling with the idea, but in retrospect, I really love it. As much as I think that an iconic design like this one — which is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — doesn't need to be altered, I also appreciate the irreverence of Angus and the bold spin she put on a classic. Of course, if a designer were to make it over in busy, floral, eyelet fabric, I might be singing a different tune.
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Fifty-seven years after Charles and Ray Eames designed their iconic multicolor Hang-It-All, it's still a crowd favorite. But as useful as the design is for hanging coats, hats, scarves, and more, those cheeky, candy-colored balls are too lighthearted for some tastes. So I'm ecstatic to see that Herman Miller, the original manufacturer of the design, has debuted a limited-edition version of the Hang-It-All ($250) reimagined with a black steel frame and solid walnut balls.
Quite dapper and more reserved, it's a gorgeous new interpretation . . . and considering how trendy walnut is these days, I'm sure it will do well. That's not to say you can't have both; this wonderful walnut creation would look delightful alongside its older, livelier sibling. If you're interested, work fast: it will only be in production until early next year.
In the darkly funny and sweet indie drama Shrink, Kevin Spacey's Hollywood psychiatrist protagonist is going through an inner turmoil so profound even his movie star-status digs can't cheer him up. I, however, couldn't get enough of the snazzy sets. I was especially drawn to the sleek, curvaceous poolside chaise lounge Spacey passes out on in the film, but I hadn't given it a second thought until I saw it in my latest DWR catalog! Keep reading to see the drool-worthy lounger.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! Design Within Reach is celebrating the holiday just like the rest of us . . . outdoors! Through June 28, you can save up to 25 percent off of a vast selection of outdoor items. From furniture to rugs to planters and garden tools, the store's got everything you need to give your outdoor spaces a face-lift. Better yet, through tomorrow, many specially-marked items will ship for free! I'm swooning over the Bordato Illuminated Planter ($318); if only I had the space for it. Here are a few more of my favorite items to help you get started shopping!