Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

The Smoked Edison Lamps by Bulbrite. Our clients ask us daily “Do you have any of those old style lightbulbs?” Yes we do! And with all trends there is a new spin on this hot item to keep the momentum going. Bulbrite has introduced Nostalgic Smoked Edison Style Lamps. The same classic shapes and fancy filaments now with a sultry, clean 60’s smoke colored glass. Meticulously handcrafted to preserve the look of early 20th-century lighting, Bulbrite’s Nostalgic Collection is the perfect complement to any vintage or contemporary décor. Recognized for their antique finish, defined steeple and intricate filament design, these bulbs are ideal for any transparent light fixture, both indoor and outdoor. Buy Smoked Edison Bulbs by Bulbrite at...
Something Bent…Like an Elbow

Something Bent…Like an Elbow

Akimbo Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting. Tech Lighting continues it’s exploration into Modern Industrial lighting fixtures with the introduction of Akimbo at the 2014 Dallas Lighting Market. Jagged lines, asymmetrical shape and exposed Edison-style lamping combine to create a visually stimulating linear fixture inspired by the beauty of leafless winter tree branches. Available in two factory supplied stem lengths of 3′ and 4′ for various ceiling heights. Buy the Akimbo Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting at...
Lightopia’s 2012 Hot List from Dwell on Design

Lightopia’s 2012 Hot List from Dwell on Design

Our hot list from Dwell on Design 2012 showcases the latest ingenuity for the modern lifestyle.   Whether you are interested in prefab homes, airstream trailers, or how the Montana Mountain Pine Beetle is responsible for some snazzy eco-friendly Apple accessories we have the latest finds from the fastest growing design show in the country! Casa Bubblicious One of the most eye catching designs in the Dwell outdoor area was the playful Casa Bubble.   Immersing you directly into your environment is a frameless, virtually roofless turbine inflated bubble that not only helps your fort keep its shape but also renews the air and eliminates pollen, humidity and condensation.  If you were ever jealous of John Travolta in the 1976 hit movie  ‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’, then  this can be your  chance  to be on the inside looking out.  If that’s not your cup of tea, try a beautiful thermostat controlled evening under the stars without the mosquitoes and bugs.  We wonder if they have accessory curtains?   U-Socket Outlet of the Future No more charger clutter!   This amazing find at Dwell on Design eliminates the need to have those clunky AC adapters hanging off the wall of your kitchen counter by utilizing a built-in USB port that can recharge most mobile devices.   Editors Note: if this clutter really bugs you, you may have chronic clutter syndrome!   You would be able to retrofit any regular receptacle outlet to take this new device that actually just adds the USB ports while still having the normal receptacles to function normally.   The U-Socket also amazingly is...
How to Build a Green Home

How to Build a Green Home

We’ve all heard the term Green Home but what does it really mean? I sat down with Sustainable Designer Kim Nadel and Architect/Builder Brett Farrow after they completed Kim’s new abode in Cardiff California to find out how they defined Green Building. What I found most interesting is that there is no one formula. Each and every home is uniquely designed for climate, location, and setting. We decided what was important based on our own criteria for Southern Coastal California. Our criteria included: orientation, locally sourced material resources, solar energy, passive solar energy, water conservation, energy efficient lighting, natural cross ventilation, and natural daylighting. Also, we are in an urban area so we can walk everywhere and are not dependent on a car for basic living needs says Kim. There are a lot of benefits involved with building green in addition to being energy efficient. If a light fixture comes from China and is energy efficient versus a fixture locally made, there may be some other factors to consider. In regards to local impact Brett said Building green in California is a natural solution due to its well regulated and rigorous standards. We used local west coast forest products, western red cedar for exterior siding and redwood for decking. Because we know where they come from, we can track them for assure sustainable forest practices, so it’s a matter of being smarter with our choices. Kim and Brett were very conscious of new LED lighting technology and eager to incorporate into their design. They used LED in the kitchen in order to comply with Californias Title 24 Energy Code...
Designer Interview: Maurice Connolly

Designer Interview: Maurice Connolly

I recently had the opportunity to ask  Maurice Connolly a few questions about his fascinating work.  Please enjoy: How did you come across reclaiming wine barrels for your work? I was traveling north of Napa in California about 5 years ago when my girlfriend spotted a small object made of steel hoops from a wine barrel. With 20 years of woodworking experience and a small amount of metalworking, I thought I could piece together something similar, and a week later I had made 2 pieces. Once another friend took interest I made more, I began shopping them around, and down the rabbit hole I went. What brought you to connecting these shapes and light together? Completely accidental, like everything else in this little journey. I was photographing one of my more complex pieces when I noticed the light I was using was casting an unusual shadow on the wall. I started thinking of the piece as more of a chandelier than a garden sculpture, and I began experimenting with lighting sources, candles, halogen, LED, and incandescent and noticed that the single source lighting created the most distinct shadows. With multiple bulbs you get a web of shadows, overlapping and sometimes indistinct, but with a single bulb it creates a copy of the piece- a better design makes a better shadow. How long does it take to make one of your sculptures? To paraphrase designer Paula Scher: 25 years and about a day. Every photo, sketch and scribble I’ve made of buildings, furniture and lighting in the past has led to making these objects. It kind of makes me feel...