This Gramercy Park home mixes whimsy (a fireplace filled with vinyl and stacked books, as well as an Ingo Maurer chandelier) with straight-up glamour, seen in the draped, heavy silk curtains, antique kilims, and velvet furnishings. Take a complete tour of the home when you read more
In general, I think German lighting designer Ingo Maurer can do no wrong. But in the case of his Seven Rats Table Lamp ($4,680), which depicts seven plastic rats locked inside a steel, gold, brass, and plastic cage structure, I think he's done bad all by himself. If you like caged-rat art, and you like art in lighting form, then this is for you!
I love the look of this dining room. The organic, rough-hewn table and chairs are juxtaposed with the modern chandelier, hanging above. The contrast works perfectly, and creates a space that's both thoughtfully composed and casually inviting. I've seen this chandelier before, though.
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Ever since I spotted the Ingo Maurer Birds Birds Birds Chandelier ($5,928) in Christiana Coop of Ferm Living's dining room (shown here), I've been praying for one of my own. Made of aluminum wires that can be turned, bent, or stretched, and are attached to goose-feather wings, the chandelier resembles a flock of birds fleeing the coop, taking on a life of its own and allowing for a bit of personalization. I'm a huge fan of the German artist and lighting designer; I love the eccentricity that he brings to his pieces. Of course, there are countless crave worthy chandeliers out there, but Birds Birds Birds is a statement piece that speaks wonders in an uncomplicated interior, such as Coop's.
Lighting guru Ingo Maurer (he was appointed Royal Designer of Industry by London's Royal Society of Arts in 2005 and has decades of history in the design industry) is displaying some hi-tech lighting in conjunction with his London based design collective, Random International, and the results are simply marvelous darling. Simply marvelous.
Random International and Maurer used their famous UV printer, which is able to print random images on UV film - they disappear after a few seconds - to create the exhibit. Maurer was trained as a typographer in Germany and Switzerland.