Object Found

{Object Found} Kilim Cushions

by kate on June 21, 2012


As I flipped through the pages of Issue No. 7, hunting for the perfect selection for this edition of Object Found, my eyes kept landing on this pile of patterned cushions in the Los Angeles home of interior designer Frances Merrill. Often made from old Turkish kilims, a type of flat tapestry-woven rug, these cushions create a casually cool mix when piled together in the corner, but each design would also stand alone well if scattered throughout the house. Another benefit to these textural, abstract cushions is that they would look just as amazing as the only pop of pattern in a completely neutral, minimalist interior as they would in a room exploding with varied colors and prints.

Coincidentally, I’ve been on a hunt for vintage kilim cushions for a while, so when rounding up a collection for today, I went to some of my favorite sources—each has a constantly rotating collection of styles to choose from. The sellers below carry an amazing array of prints and sizes, but if you still don’t find just the right mix, a search on eBay for “kilim cushions” would also yield some great finds. My advice is to follow Frances’ lead and buy a small grouping; mixing and matching patterns is part of the fun.

{Image above: a selection of some of my favorite cushions from Etsy sellers Sukan, Yuner, and sofART. }

{Image above: a pair of cushions from YASTK.}

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There are many drool-worthy interiors in our latest issue, and it was hard to pick which items to feature for Object Found. I kept flipping back to page 108 and staring at these lustrous copper globes in the home of Rachel Franke, until finally I decided I simply must seek them out. There have been many knock-offs of this style over the years, and a very fortunate shopper might find one tucked away in a thrift store or estate sale. If you’re looking for the “original” copper globe lamp, however, there are actually two prominent styles available, from two very different designers working in different eras and in different mediums. Read on to find out more about these gorgeous lamps!

Designed in 1968, the Globo di Luce lamp is made from finely hand blown glass which is then given a rich copper metallic finish. Its creator Roberto Menghi was a well known Italian designer and architect whose award-winning, futuristic designs are still reproduced widely today. The lamp is available in two sizes and two finishes (silver and copper), and hangs from a nearly invisible cable to create a stunning illusion of gravity-free suspension. The official Globo di Luce is sold exclusively through Design Within Reach. At $955 for the medium and $1355 for the large, it is a significant investment, but admittedly the craftsmanship and quality of handmade glass work like this is hard to match.

If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive option, the Tom Dixon copper shade is the second well known version of this type of light. Using one of the newest forms of vacuum metallization technology, Dixon explodes the metal into the interior of a polycarbonate sphere using an electrical charge, creating a seamless, highly reflective surface of pure copper. The lamps are about 18″ in diameter and are available from YLighting for $550. Dixon also has a couple variations on the design, including a floor version and the miniature apple-shaped Void light.

Here’s a few images for inspiration: while they certainly do look amazing in clusters, or in a pair like Rachel Franke has done—just one copper globe looks stunning  over a desk or dining table. If you’re saving up for a dramatic statement-making piece of decor, I would definitely consider these lovely artful lamps. If you’re a lucky owner of one already, please send us an image! We would love to see how you’ve chosen to show off the piece in your own interior.

{Images, from top: Anthology Magazine; DWR; YLighting; House to Home; Jakob Solgren for Elle Interior}

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This is one of my favorite images in our fourth issue. It’s on page 78, and it’s from the camping trip we took with Derek and Lauren in San Rafael. Lately, the weather in the Bay Area has been perfect for a fall camping trip, and I thought there would be no better time for this edition of Object Found. Pendleton throws have been a staple in homes for many years, and their quality and craftsmanship remain excellent as always. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites available below, and with a little DIY effort, you can soon be camping with your very own personalized Pendleton blanket.

You might notice the message of love on the corner of this Pendleton blanket tucked into Lauren and Derek’s trunk. If you’d like to make a personalized Pendleton of your own, you can follow Derek and Lauren’s felting tutorial here.

The Pendleton company was founded in 1863 and is still creating blankets with their classic patterns today. You can pick up one in their online store or visit them in Portland, Oregon.

You can also find a variety of similar throws elsewhere, like these Pendelton travel throws and the Avoca plaid blanket shown above, both from Terrain.

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There is plenty of visual candy in the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, as Jen Siska showed us in her hi- and lo-tech photo shoots from Issue 2. As you may know, the hotel’s interiors were outfitted by the king of Palm Springs chic, interior designer Jonathan Adler. This particular chandelier from Jen’s photos caught my eye, so I decided to get in touch with Jonathan’s people to find out more. Evidently, the details surrounding it remain a mystery, but they informed me that is it a genuine vintage piece of Italian design.

Since I wasn’t able to locate an exact replica, I decided to search for other chandeliers that share some of the characteristics of this Italian beauty. Below are a few of my favorites. (They are a bit on the pricey side, but they would certainly stand out in any interior, and their modern, artful shapes would never go out of style.)

This first chandelier is the work of one of my favorite designers, Jason Miller. Jason is known for producing conceptual, innovative furniture designs. The Modo chandelier shown above is probably the closest in shape to the original, although with the larger glass globes and the thick black metal bands, it has a slightly more substantial, masculine feel to it. The Modo is custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum and is available in three different sizes from The Future Perfect in Brooklyn.

If you were drawn to the brass finish of the vintage Italian chandelier, then the Branching Bubbles chandelier series by Lindsay Adelman may be right up your alley. The handblown irregular glass orbs and branch-like structures have a more organic feel than the geometric structure of the fixture in the Parker, but her designs are every bit as showstoppingly beautiful and elegant. Every one of her pieces is custom made according to your specifications, so you can be sure it complements your interior perfectly. If the price is a little out of range, Lindsay also provided a great tutorial for how to create your own branch chandelier.

Lastly, who better to turn to for a chandelier that echoes the style of the original than the designer who scouted the vintage design in the first place? Jonathan Adler does swanky, desert chic better than anyone, and his Meurice chandelier series has a great vintage luxury feel. They are also extremely versatile, and I can see the Meurice looking equally at home in a minimalist masculine space as it would in a more decadent, high-glamour interior.

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{Object Found} Vintage Barware

by kate on April 21, 2011

Spotted in our second issue, in the chic and happy home of San Diego stylist Kelley Lilien (aka Mrs. Lilien), on her bar table and in the hands of her guests, are these lovely retro cocktail glasses with thick silver ombre around their rims. If they look familiar to you, it’s no wonder—they are an iconic design from the mid-century, and have been making a huge comeback lately in stylish homes worldwide. I decided to dig a little deeper into the history behind Mrs. Lilien’s excellent barware collection for this edition of Object Found.

This signature design was created by Dorothy Thorpe, a prolific ceramic and glassware designer working in the forties and fifties, whose designs have been admired and emulated to this day. Thorpe was born in Salt Lake City in 1901, and after graduating from the University of Utah she moved to Glendale, California, in the 1930s. There, she began designing glassware and ceramics.

She did not blow the glassware herself; instead, she purchased prefabricated glasses and used different techniques to manipulate the material, like sandblasting patterns and adding the thick silver bands you see here. Heisey Glass Co. produced some of her stemware with etched floral designs, and her work was mostly sold through upscale department stores.

Dorothy Thorpe tumblers with trademark

Now, many of the silver banded and ombre style glassware you see available today are not her original designs, but rather reproductions of that style. Her pieces all bear her trademark stamp or sticker on the bottom (shown above), so when shopping for this type of glassware, be sure to keep your eye out for the Dorothy Thorpe originals, as they hold some value. However, if you’re simply looking for a cocktail set that shares the classic minimalist beauty of Thorpe’s design, such as the ones below, you can find many options on Etsy, eBay, and other online auctions that range in size, condition, and price.

If you do acquire a Thorpe-style cocktail set, I can think of no better way to celebrate than to throw an impromptu soiree in the style of the fabulous Mrs. Lilien, one that harkens back to a classic era of entertaining. You can read more about the party on page 120 of our second issue, still available in stores now!

Set of six ombre roly poly glasses

Ombre roly poly glasses with caddy (no longer available)

Vintage tumbler glasses

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