After looking back on some of the unique designs I’ve come across this past year, I’ve picked a few that highlight things I look for in good design.
Personally, I’m most interested in fixtures that represent me or challenge me to see the world from a different point of view. After all, good design isn’t just about being “cool” or functional. It’s about bringing out the best in a room and ultimately bringing out the best in us as individuals. Great design doesn’t just decorate — it inspires.
Here’s just a few designs that I found to be the most inspiring in 2011.
Arteriors Caviar Multi-Light Pendant
Designed by Laura Kirar, the Caviar Multi Light Pendant by Arteriors is a modernistic take on sunlight reflecting off a school of swimming sturgeon. The look of the pendant is ethereal and somehow natural despite its contemporary form and finishes. It’s relaxing and thought-provoking at the same time (which I inspire to be) and symbolizes luxury without being gaudy.
Wastberg Table Lamps – CKR w08lt1 & CKR w08lt2
As modern as they are, Wastberg table lamps make me feel like I’m huddling around a small campfire in the middle of nowhere. The light is bright and yet somehow personal and intimate, reminding me that I’m not just a robotic button pusher but a flesh-and-blood individual. And since my calendar just gets fuller, the days just get shorter (or so it seems), and technology is more prevalent than ever, I love knowing there’s a light that brings a sense of peace, solitude and humanity to my workstation.
More Inspired Lighting is on the way.
Though the new year has barely begun, I’ve already seen some exceptionally inspired designs that “give wings” (hint hint) to home decor. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!
And please share what looks inspire you. There’s nothing more inspiring than someone else’s source of inspiration.