Lighting

YSL's BOJA lamps......?

For many years IKEA has sold a bamboo rattan egg-shaped table lamp called BOJA.  It always seems a little askew and has the stink of IKEA on it, so I was surprised when it popped up in the sets of Yves Saint Laurent (2014). 

 Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

They're freakin' everywhere....

The movie isn't great, but outside of these lamps, the sets are pretty sumptuous.  So much so that I wondered if this was actually a classic lamp and IKEA just created a knock-off......but nothing on the internet corroborated that suspicion.

Lamps aside, shout out to this art nouveau restaurant:

The Crown: Shout Outs

I completed the full season of The Crown and got pretty sucked in towards the end.  There are gorgeous manors and castles and palaces throughout, so here is just a hodgepodge of things that stood out to me.  

The sofa fabric in Clarence House is lovely.  I can now see why this style of furniture was once considered high class, before it's descent into 90's Country Style.

These lamp posts are exquisite.

Best two minutes in the whole show is when Elizabeth goes to her underground fashion lair for a dress parade. 

If I dig deep down, I can honestly say I might murder someone for this wallpaper.  

Lucky for me, two weeks ago Town & Country Magazine posted and image of Aerin Lauder's office on Instagram, with a wallpaper credit, which lead me down a Google rabbit hole until I discovered Lee Jofa's Beaujeu Wp Multi.  It is the wallpaper of my dreams. 

This is why I do this...

Last night I was watching Daredevil, and the characters went on a romantic date to an Indian restaurant....

 Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

As soon I as I saw this, I knew I had seen this restaurant before......and the people were on a date.....and it is a movie set in New York......and it's an indie.....and it's KISSING JESSICA STEIN!

So I did a quick google, and found this screen shot from Kissing Jessica Stein (2001):

And that's why I write this blog.  Because a set in Daredevil reminded me that 15 years ago, when I was still in high school, a similar location (can't confirm it is the same) was used in an indie movie about lesbian experimentation.  And I need to get this useless information out of my head. 

And I want to go to that restaurant!  

 Panna II

Panna II

 Milon

Milon

Daredevil is clearly filmed at Panna II, in the East Village.  You can tell because the wall padding is the same.  

But per this NY Times article, Panna II is in a feud with Milon over who thought of hanging a bajillion string lights first, and there are other East Village copy cats.  I think they should settle this like men:  Highest electric bill wins.  

A Perfect Pendant

 Girls: Season 5, Episode 5 - A sun soaked breakfast buffet at a depressing retreat for divorced women. 

Girls: Season 5, Episode 5 - A sun soaked breakfast buffet at a depressing retreat for divorced women. 

 Mr. Robot: Season 1, Episode 7

Mr. Robot: Season 1, Episode 7

There they are again!  The same flawless pendant lights that I noticed in Mr. Robot!

I did a cursory google to see if I could track down more information on this light fixture, but all I found was a similar (but not as good) version at Restoration Hardware.  

 Restoration Hardware, Circa 1900 Gaslight collection

Restoration Hardware, Circa 1900 Gaslight collection

An old Frenchy

  Sarah's Key  - Apartment of an old French lady

Sarah's Key - Apartment of an old French lady

While watching the movie Sarah's Key, I had to stop the film to inspect the matchy-matchy lampshade in this old friend lady's Parisian apartment.  The wallpaper is awesome to begin with, and then this lady went the extra mile. 

I know this space feels stuffy and old, but just imagine that you repainted the lower halves of the walls and moldings white, and removed lots of the knickknackery.  It would be stunning.  

Jack Stand Lamp

 Elementary: Season 3, Episode 4

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 4

Couldn't help but notice the jack stand table lamp in the background of a scene in Elementary.  It caught my eye because my friend Nathan made jack stand pendant lamps for his design company, Eastchester & Orange.  

Out of context, there is something surprisingly elegant about jack stands.  They have a balanced pyramid shape with an attractive use of negative space.  

Unfortunately, Nathan has sold out of his lights, but I found a similar table lamp at Conant.

 Conant Car Jack Table Lamp $285

Conant Car Jack Table Lamp $285

Blown Glass Pendants

These blown glass pendants caught my eye (over $2000 a pop so they aren't for real people), because they are elegant while still feeling very handmade.  

The line of pendants is called Neverending Glory, for Lasvit.  It was created by Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus.

I was so wrapped up in appreciated the fixtures, that I didn't even realize that each of the lights is modeled after chandeliers found in famous theaters.  

  Palais Garnier in Paris

Palais Garnier in Paris

  Palais Garnier in Paris

Palais Garnier in Paris

 Estates Theater in Prague

Estates Theater in Prague

 Estates Theater in Prague

Estates Theater in Prague

 Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

 Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

 Online boutique The Line created The Apartment, a remodeled Soho loft where everything is for sale

Online boutique The Line created The Apartment, a remodeled Soho loft where everything is for sale

Halt! I have seen that before.

 Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1, Episode 1 - Conference room in a tech company from back in the day.  

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1, Episode 1 - Conference room in a tech company from back in the day.  

I watched the first episode of Halt and Catch Fire, and was pleasantly surprised.  There are some great, smart-mouthed, characters, and dated computer tech.  The last scene takes place in a conference room that looks mighty familiar.  

    Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Director: Stanley Kubrick, Production Designer: Ken Adam

 

Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Director: Stanley Kubrick, Production Designer: Ken Adam

 Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

It all started with the War Room in Dr. Strangelove.  Someone thought of hanging a drop-down, over-sized light fixture above a conference table, and the rest was history.  

This style of lighting will be forever linked with serious decision making.  When someone sits under these lights, their face is illuminated, and the rest fades away.  It is a place for a Master-of-the-Universe to share their thoughts. 

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight recently brought our attention to the design of the FIFA board room, which was directly modeled after Dr. Strangelove.  He jokes that the people who run FIFA are pretty much evil overlords, and their decor does nothing to disguise that.   

 FIFA

FIFA

 The Hero - A place for heros to "beast" it

The Hero - A place for heros to "beast" it

I also had the great privilege to work on the TNT show, The Hero, where the Production Designer, Stuart Frossell, created his very own War Room (I picked out those horrendous modern sculptures, per the producer's request).  

 Me and The Rock!

Me and The Rock!

Calling it: Deco

I have decided to put myself out there and claim that Deco is going to be the next hot trend.  We lived through shabby chic, glam damask, industrial, mid-century, etc....and now it shall be Deco.

I know I might have been blinded by my love for The Great Gatsby, and my own long-standing personal tastes, but I feel like deco is on the rise.  

So I am going to start by highlighting this deco-ish light I notice:

The Optimus lamp has been released by the Barcelona-based design brand Tcherassi Vilató.  It was designed by Angelica Tcherassi and Jacob Vilató (who have amazing euro-designer names).

This is a perfect "calling it" example, because the lines and style are clearly deco, but it is wired for LED lighting, so it is not trying to pass as vintage.  It is a contemporary re-imagining of deco style.  

I will be keeping my eye out for more things like this.

Matte Black Magic

When shiny black is used in decor, you run the risk of coming off as goth or glam or too modern or american psycho.  But the same doesn't go for matte black.  When that shiny surface is stripped away, you are left with something warm and velvety.

Check out how it is used on doors, walls, furniture, tile, hardware...Sky's the limit!

  Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

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 Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from  Living Etc

Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from Living Etc

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 John Pawson Staircase

John Pawson Staircase

 Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

 Wythe Hotel, New York City

Wythe Hotel, New York City

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  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

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  Rast IKEA hack

Rast IKEA hack

 Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

And here is a great article that backs me up:  Is Black the New White?

 Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Hello Neighbor

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I had no idea that the furniture maker, whyrHymer, was just around the corner from me (figuratively).  They make beds/chairs/tables/etc, but it's their lighting that really stands out.  Each piece is more lovely than the next.  

The table lamp with the brass rods has my name all over it.  Maybe I should go into the shop and just write my name on the bottom of it to make sure that they hold onto it for me until I'm ready to spend $625

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Floor Lamp Heaven

 Being Mary Jane: Season 1, Episode 1 - Living room in the home of a successful black news anchor (spoiler alert.....he's gay)

Being Mary Jane: Season 1, Episode 1 - Living room in the home of a successful black news anchor (spoiler alert.....he's gay)

Just look at that floor lamp!  Stunning!  

You need to have a gigantic room to pull something like that off, but if you got it, flaunt it.

Also, I don't normally watch things on BET, but Being Mary Jane is pretty good, so I'm going to keep at it.   However, all the "rich people" sets are slick and contemporary, so I hope they start mixing it up.  

Calling it: Brushstrokes

 Ross Cassidy

Ross Cassidy

One of the stand out rooms in the second season of Million Dollar Decorators (a.k.a. best show ever made for planet earth), was the bedroom and sitting room for Amber Valetta.  The room was designed by Ross Cassidy, the right hand man at JAM.  

It's way too pink for my taste but the brushstroke ceiling is fabulous.  It makes the room.  I just wish I could have found a better picture of it.  

 Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

I didn't know this was a trend until I saw a post on Chinoiserie Chic which featured burshstroke walls. 

I adore this Kelly Wearstler room.  But maybe I'm biased because I think I could live the rest of my life in only Kelly Wearstler rooms and be happy.    

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But wait, there's more:

 Bunny Williams lamp

Bunny Williams lamp

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 Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

In theory, you could turn this concept into a DIY project, but if you have lots of disposable cash, you could have your very own brushstrokes walls curtsy of Amanda Nisbet.   

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