Pendant

Rattan's Moment

I have been a big fan of wicker/rattan/bentwood furniture for ages and wanted to give a shout out to Carol's bed in the third season of The Last Man On Earth.  

This type of furniture is hugely popular right now, and it makes sense because we, as a culture, have moved away from our 60's-Mad-Men-Mid-Century obsession and are squarely living in the age of 70's revival.  You know a trend has been fully embraced when even IKEA has made room for the style in their collection.  Here is a sampling of what is going on at IKEA right now:

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

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

Lighting at Tantalo

I was recently working in Panama City on a reality TV show called The Hero (watch it please!), and I was generally unimpressed by the interior design down there, until the last night of my stay when I went to a restaurant/bar called Tantalo in Casco Viejo (old town).   

Now I know that hanging some Edison bulbs from the ceiling is nothing new (thank you every restaurant in Brooklyn), but there is something about how they used the wires to create this web/netting effect which was really beautiful.

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They also had this two story wall covered in greens, with glowing orb lights hung all around.  It was really stunning.  

Once again, these pendant lights are not new.  What is great about them is how they are paired with the plants and the height.  

If I had any interest in avant garde theater, there would be a staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream under these lights in a heart beat.