A blog dedicated to great design and the artists behind it

Glo Spheres


My eye follows glass spheres…they are a street stopper if I pass them in a store front.  Sometimes they are for sale,  sometimes they are used for displays.  Glo Spheres,  also known as Glo Lamps or Orb lamps are a calming addtion to any room and look particularly good on teak mid century pieces due to their complementary contra-lines.  The designer uses satin blown white glass as a main distinguishing feature and shapes it into very appealing forms. In some designs the globe will sit delicately on a vase like base.  These lamps add a calming-effect glow while appearing like a piece of sculpture or floating extraterrestrial peaceful being. Glo lamps were very accessible in the 50s and 60s.  Some mid century manufacturers come to mind:   Laurel manufactured a comprehensive line of lighting in the shape of and named the acorn, the mushroom, and the egg.  Each piece is sculptural, smooth, and a true piece of art.

Today, Glo lights can be quite expensive and are made in a variety of sizes.

One of my personal favorites are by the Italian design firm Fontana Arte.   A number of skilled designers have produced beuatiful forms of glow lighting.  Forms that come to mind by name:  the Uovothe, the Bianca, the Darumathe, the Chesire, and the Blom–all table lamps that glow and have an excellent rendering of sculpural effect.  Kudos to these designers for producing art in the form of glass and light.

Companies today that manufacture successful versions of a pure glo round light are Flos and Artemide.  Lumens is a good distributor of this lighting form,  taking care to provide a very good representation of designers and manufacturers..

There are some companies that manufacture outdoor lighting for entertainment purposes.  I have noticed these at restaurant tables and patios.  Check out Smart and Green and ZeroLighting.

I will contiue to add to this blog entry as I continue to research the many artisitic forms of  glo lights.




Pottery and the Art of Displaying Forms


American pottery was popular in the 1930s-1950s.  Most pieces were produced for sale and signed by the potter.  Today I find the most beautiful pieces of pottery during my travels to NorthEast, Western and SouthWestern United States.  Two pieces in the above photo are actually Korean celadon found in California and a Japanese piece found in New York, unsigned.  In fact most pieces I find are unsigned and origin diverse.   Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are havens for some great pottery that are priced very affordably. What surprises me is few pieces are sold by the distributer with information on the artist.  Shame.  I think every piece should be sold with a small card with artist information.  Because of my lack of access to follow artists,  I generally collect not by artist but rather by form, color, and texture and see one in relation to the other.  I would gladly collect by artist if the previous statement applies,  but as I state often the piece is not accompanied by information on the resource.  However,  I pay homage to all potters and appreciate the work and vision that goes into good pottery.  I do like some Jonathon Adler pieces,  but due to the marketing of those pieces today they are more easily attainable.

I do not actively collect this art.  Collecting should be a slow process. The pieces in the above photo were collected over 25 years. The pleasure is bringing a piece home as I find it,  and for the love of the piece,  then to see how it can be displayed in complement to another form.  This creates pleasing visual edges and negative space.

I rarely display pieces individually.  They are in full view and are displayed one next to the other.  Often I will display American, Japanese, and Korean pieces next to each other, glazed or unglazed.  Its all about form and complementary color hues.

Native American Pottery and other pottery is an art in itself and worthy of a seperate discussion on technique, inspiration, and culture..

Most importantly, show your chosen objects, show your stuff.  Point of focus or not, they will complement everything else.  Whatever makes you happy.



The Grand Tour: All Design

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Welcome to my blog about Design,  all design and what makes it achieve its purpose.  I discuss all designs varying from objects of everyday living, industrial design, art, color, public spaces, and urban design.

My blog was an idea that was inspired by a trip I took to Copenhagen; a city of architects, designers, modernity, clean design, and style.  When I walked around the city I immediately felt the good feel of “at ease” because  I was surrounded by artful things..a familiar satisfying feel ..  It was here that sustainable design came to full view and was everywhere.  Then comes the conversation, naturally.  When I see good design I want to talk about it.  My daughters patiently accompanied me to Denmark’s Design Museum and transversed in and out of Danish design shops.  I feel compelled to discuss design.  It occurred to me that maybe by writing about it would connect me to those who genuinly love design and like to fully engage in discussion about why it positively alters a space.

What’s visually appealing to one is not appealing to another.  I respect that.  But the common core to good design are features that enhance personal comfort,  add to efficiency and ease of living, and makes a connection to what is important to any one person.

My blog allows me to share my love for design, my vision for design, explain why any design may work or not work, and enables me to share ideas for improved design. I will post updates in the Design world, and will also discuss the interplay between design and everyday living.

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