Mobile Chandelier 7

Designed by: Michael Anastassiades

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Balance, stillness, mindfulness. Oooommm.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

What a light.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Every element is super paired back – super edited.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Take this top section for example. The joint between the top of the lamp’s arc and the fixture is simply a little repeat of the heavy fixture above it. All cylindrical, all tubes.

The arch could have just gone through the fixture itself but Anastassiades chose to drop it down a length, extending the elegance and the potential swing of the lamp, making it look all the more spectacular in its balance.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Anastassiades’s work  reminds me of Miro’s bats paintings (thats not their title – I just think they are batty) and, as has been remarked by interiordesign.net, of Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures.

Miro as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The materials are lovey, rich choices. Black patinated brass for the tubes and hand blown opalescent spheres for the lampshades. You can order whatever length of rod you wish (within a certain limit of course) and they vary the rest of the dimensions themselves for balancing reasons.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Interior Design.net / Michael Anastassiades / Carwan Gallery / TES

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Melt (pendant)

Designer: Tom Dixon and FRONT

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

I feel like I should really like Tom Dixon’s work. It has all the shapes I like. He uses metallics and angles. Often together! Yes – good stuff. So why doesn’t it sing to me in the way it seems to for others? Bit too Marcel Wanders-y for me maybe, too “out there”? I figured it out a bit yesterday, while having a browse through the glory of the ‘designjunction’ Milan aftermath. I found a really beautiful, swelling pendant that gives the impression of just-blown glass.

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

Brief bit of info on the pendants themselves; they are vacuum formed polycarbonate with copper, gold and chrome particles applied to their interior. So that’s a whole new thing. They also do the hide and seek game – when you turn the light off, the lack of light behind this new material changes the level of transparency as you can see in the photo above. Charming by day, mysterious and transcendental by night.

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product EditTom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

As far as my personal er, non-connection with most of Tom Dixon’s designs, my new found opinion is that they work best in commercial spaces. And I’m just not in the habit of thinking in terms of public spaces like theatres and retail parks yet. I love these pendants, I love them in herds, shoals and parliaments (isn’t that owls? A parliament of owls? Hah) Their liveliness feeds off each other in a really striking way.

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

But they look a bit lost on their own, or in threes. And that how I usually think of products. Big commercial, industrial stuff is all really popular now for urban home interiors and I am not adverse to that at all (heck I too have a photographers floor lamp in the corner of my living) so why don’t I enjoy the image I get of a couple of Dixon’s of lighting pendants or bits and bobs scattered around the home?

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

I think it’s because the utilitarian or commercial use items that we now have in our homes are from designs created decades ago. Because Dixon’s forms are all so new, we’re just not used to his particular way of mixing up his personal style, chosen material or colour, and the context.

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

For now, in our minds, it is hard to accept these bizarre objects into our cosy homes that we’ve been filing with mainly ceramics, wood and textiles for thousands of years.

Tom Dixon's 'Melt' as seen on The Product Edit

Give it a decade or two though and I think things like these strange creations will be lighting up our dining tables.  Just like that industrial lamp you have over yours now.  Though, in fairness, weren’t hover cars meant to be a staple already!? C’mon Honda… power of dreams and all that?

Image Credits: BN DeStem Wonen / Tom DixonCore 77 / PSFKDeZeen / Plus Shop (on instagram) / Casa Vogue / Inred Hemma

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Radiant Wall Sconce

Designer: Rich Brilliant Willing

Radiant Wall Sconce as seen on TheProductEdit.uk

I don’t know a human who does not love wood.  Some of us are a little bats for it in a 70’s inspired way, which can be a little daunting! I  have to restrain myself. Pretty strictly…

The problem is that we are drawn to wooden objects when we see them out and about, which is great. But when they are brought home and sit near other wooden furniture, side tables or Welsh dressers etc. it can all get a bit much.

Radiant Wall Sconce as seen on TheProductEdit.uk

This wall sconce is a wooden lighting fixture that I really would keep as the only wooden thing in the room. It will need a lot of negative space around it for us to really be able to bask in its yumminess.

walnut Radiant Wall Sconce by Rich Brilliant Willing on The Product Edit

Yum, yum, yum.

And a rectangular version for luck…

Radiant Wall Sconce

Image source and where to buy: Rich Brilliant Willing

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Christmas Cozyness

How my home feels at Christmas is important to me. No flashing multi-coloured lights (sorry Dad, I know they’re your fave). I love candlelight, soft cusions, and making sure that the house smells like an Alpine lodge in a Wham video.

Here is my edit of twelve products to help you feel snug this Christmas.


Get the candles out

Beeswax Candles Tall by Camphill Community as seen on The Product Edit

“Beeswax Candles Tall” by Camphill Community.

Irish dipped beeswax has a luxuriously rich colour to it. The gentle, natural taper that the traditional candle dipping method produces is reason enough to group these beauties all along the mantle. Special mention to the Irish shop that sells them, Makers and Brothers. They have keen eye for well made, timeless products. The shop resides in (purposely unpolished) converted stone outbuildings just up the road from where I grew up in Dublin. www.makersandbrothers.com

“Christmas Candle” and “Heima Block Candle Holder” by Anne Lehmann and Francis Cayouette respectively as seen on The Product Edit

“Christmas Candle” and “Heima Block Candle Holder” by Anne Lehmann and Francis Cayouette respectively.

This candle will count down the days to Christmas with you. Much prettier than chocolate advent calendars… though i’m certainly using both. The holder designed specifically for the candle significantly improves the outline and balance of the product. www.normann-copenhagen.com


Christmas Decorations

Decorations, for me, work best with simple shapes and repetition to get the best effect in a room. Though ‘full on’ traditional does have appeal to me too.

“Christmas Decorations” by Sebastian Cox as seen on The Product Edit

“Christmas Decorations” by Sebastian Cox

Cox’s team have individually turned the British grown wood for these hanging ornaments meaning you don’t get to chose the shape when buying online, but you can specify a type of wood. Not knowing what you’re getting would be half fun I think, as they’re all stunning. It would be your very own christmas surprise from the Cox team. www.sebastiancox.co.uk

“Origami Star Decs” by Deja Ooh as seen on The Product Edit

“Origami Star Decs” by Deja Ooh

These stars look easy enough to reproduce at home if you’re crafty, but who on earth has time for it the week before Christmas? Maybe set the kids on the task and put their adorable, tangley messes on the tree every year, like my parents still do. If no tiny helpers are available supporting a small business like this is always a good thing. www.dejaoohfurniture.co.uk

"Eleven Inch High Julbock" by Straw Shoppe as seen on The Product Edit

“Eleven Inch High Julbock” by Straw Shoppe

Swedish Santa is a goat don’t cha know?! Same beard, much cuter. www.strawshoppe.com

"Spanbaume" by The Erzgebirge Glaesser Factory as seen on The Product Edit

“Spanbaume” by The Erzgebirge Glaesser Factory

Traditional decorations have been made this way in Erzgebirge, east Germany, for centuries. This Spanbaume (Christmas tree) is being made by a worker in the Glaesser factory in Seiffen. Spanbaume are made from one piece of doweling, carved by hand, to produce remarkable uniformity. Photo Credit: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters. www.glaesser-seiffen.de

“Metallic Ceramic Bauble” by Twenty Seven as seen on The Product Edit

“Metallic Ceramic Bauble” by Twenty Seven

The matte ceramic surface of Twenty-Seven’s baubles are fantastically tactile. And the unassuming bump that the decoration hangs from is a refreshing change from plastic cap style tops that eventually lose their grip on the bauble itself. http://www.twenty-seven.co.uk


The Smelly Stuff

Here are a couple of things to entice that scamp George Michael into your imaginary log cabin with wafting aromas of Christmas.

“Log Cabin Incense Burner” by Paines as seen on The Product Edit

“Log Cabin Incense Burner” by Paines

A simple enough mini structure to be on just the right side of kitsch. The real ‘balsam fir’, condensed logs burning in this cabin will fool the noses of us folk not lucky enough to own a house with an open fire and rolling forest out the back. www.cabingeneralstore.ca

“Dried Orange Slice Ornaments” Amanda at Small Home Big Start as seen on The Product Edit

“Dried Orange Slice Ornaments” Amanda at Small Home Big Start

How simple and beautiful can you get for a decoration? Homemade too, this is one I definatly will have time for. Pretty much slice the orange, leave it alone and you’re done. You could stick a few cloves around the edge for extra oomph. Space them out though as the fruit slices will shrink as they dry. www.smallhomebigstart.com


Year Round Comfort and Joy

Three things caught my attention will last year-round. Two of which I have long coveted. I’ll start with those two.

“Candle holder” by John Pawson as seen on The Product Edit

“Candle holder” by John Pawson

Holy Moley. This candle holder, from the When Objects Work collaberative, makes my heart skip a beat. I’ve been sneaking to Pawson’s site late at night since my university days, just to make sure its still for sale. It is. For €242. I’ll keep checking in… www.designobjectshop.com

“Crest Bottle Opener” by Fort Standard as seen on The Product Edit

“Crest Bottle Opener” by Fort Standard

Fort standard designed these handsome, solid brass bottle openers that got a lot of press recently, and for good reason. They are ultra glam and at the same time feel very industrial. No mean feat. They are made for casually waving around at drinks parties feeling like the king of the castle. www.makersandbrothers.com (again!)

"FaLaLa Pillow" by Bright July as seen on The Product Edit

“FaLaLa Pillow” by Bright July

Caitlin Halberstadt’s new cushion seems obviously festive but if I saw it in June I would be thinking of running around singing, in a sun drenched field of wheat, not Christmas tunes. The script lettering is appliquéd, not printed, a good indication of quality. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BrightJuly

Do you like the simple stuff or the traditional decorations? Will you buy me a €242 candle holder? You’ll be really, really glad you did. Promise.

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