Following on the heels of the successful launch of their first collection with CB2, (I still LOVE that multicolor Family rug) The Novogratz duo has designed a second batch of furnishings for CB2, dubbed the Brasil Collection. Its inspired by Bob and Cortney’s tree house vacation home in Trancoso, Brasil (above). Accordingly, the pieces have a colorful, playful vibe. The collection launches at CB2 in May.
Brit design great Sir Terence Conran of Conran & Company has entered into a partnership with the very American retailer JCPenney. Obviously its following wannabe-thought-of-as-high-end collab happy Target, though this enterprise is meant to be long term. The collection is called Design by Conran for JCPenney, and the first wave of products (58 on the website) just launched in approximately 300 JCP stores (apparently monogram monikers are the way to go these days) and online. It doesn’t seem to be getting much hype, or maybe I’m just sorely out of the loop somehow, but the products are fantastic looking. So much so, I’m tempted to drive out to the ‘burbs for a touchy feel. More likely I’ll just order something. UPDATE: Many of these pieces are now on sale. Definitely time to shop; click through for the reduced prices.
In addition to wall-to-wall carpet, pink bathroom tile, and misplaced doorways, the Delray Beach condo doesn’t really have overhead lighting—except for one oddly placed linear suspension lighting fixture. If you can get your eyes to focus beyond the nautical fanfare, you’ll see the fixture above the former owner’s dining table. We are changing the layout, so that spot will function as an entry area, probably with a console table and/or bench. (The entry door is to the right of the table.) As I mentioned yesterday, the carpet and fake wood floor will be ripped out, and a plywood floor will run throughout. So, for the purposes of this post, the question is: What to do about replacing that light fixture?
I perused the usual suspects to figure out my options—Lumens, Ylighting, Lightology, Lamps Plus, etc., and found more ceiling lights, including an interesting option I didn’t see on the US ones (#6) on the British site Argos. (And I learned a new term in all this: linear suspension lighting.) I would love to know what kind of light you think would work best. Remember, it will be an entry space, not a dining area. Ideas please!
S H O P P I N G
1 Pinto 1 Linear Suspension by Eglo, $372 at Lumens.
19 Sonneman Puri Four Light Pendant, $990 at All Modern.
20 Cellula Swarovski Crystal Chandelier, $2,730 at DWR.
21 Helix LED Linear Suspension by ET2, $1,328 at Lumens.
22 Flexxxibile Long Suspension, $2,009 at Lightology.
23 Long & Hard Suspension by Philippe Starck for Flos, $1,895 at Hive.
24 Long Light by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, $814 at Hive.
25 I-Club Small Suspension Light by LZF, $1,713.60 at Ylighting.
26 Troag Suspension Lamp by Luca Nichetto for Foscarini, $1,488 at Hive.
27 Cirrus Linear Suspension by Hinkley Lighting, $599 at Ylighting.
28 T-2205 Series Island Light by Estiluz, $1,008.80 at All Modern.
29 Tolomeo Double Suspension by Artemide, $720 at Hive.
30 Revel Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting, $1,200 at Lightology.
31 Artcraft On the Spot 3-Light, $342.91 at Lamps Plus.
32 Forecast Alexis Nickel 3-Light Rectangle, $665.91 at Lamps Plus.
33 Scandia Three Light Oval by Artcraft, $347.43 at All Modern.
34 Louvre Suspension Light by Established & Sons, $3,020 at Unica.
When choosing a light, be sure to note what kind of bulbs it requires, and if the wattage is bright enough to light your space. A guide to choosing the right GU10 LED or other similar guides light might provide helpful information.
To follow up on last week’s Montage: 32 Kitchen Island Pendants, here are 41 styles of modern kitchen lighting pendants petite enough to hang over the island. You can see I tend to veer to an industrial sort of style, and certainly favor the bare bulb aesthetic. I detest the red and cobalt cylinders so often found in newly built kitchens. I included a couple of colored glass specimens here, but they’re either a semi-translucent sky blue, if opaque, in a mid-century modern silhouette.
I actually don’t have pendants over the island in Boston or the Cape. (I do however have a trio of #13 over the kitchen banquette table.) I prefer the clean look of recessed lights over an island, but if I had to have some, I really love these. My favorites are #5 and #41. These and more from StyleCarrot partner sites.
I’m trying to come up with a spot in my apartment where I could install one of these super long-armed wall lamps. I’m over the industrial factory look (for my own space anyway). I like the bare bones minimal ones and also the Italian vintage styles from the ’50s, though I fear they’re a bit on the whimsical side for me. I think #15 is my favorite. Maybe in the family room, over the sofa? That room could use a little architectural-like interest. It’s much more practical than an annoying floor lamp. Many of these are pricey; the style hasn’t been knocked off in a frenzy by the usual suspects yet, so I didn’t really find any truly “low” options.