Black is the New Black: 8 Great Black Designs
The Dear Ingo challenges preconceptions about everyday objects. Composed from 16 individual task lamps, the whole creates a dynamic chandelier. The spots can be directed, and the shape of the chandelier can be changed. Created in homage to the famed German lighting designer, Dear Ingo is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pros: It’s short and squat, but this lamp's stubby looks—matte black shade, oiled oak legs, and aqua cord—grew on us. Changing bulbs is a breeze—just reach in from the top. The design also accommodates LEDs, which are often awkwardly sized. Just keep ’em at 75 watts or under.
Cons: This was our favorite lamp of the group. Too bad it takes four weeks to get. Each one is made by hand in Iacoli & McAllister’s two-person Seattle studio
Fifty chair by Dögg & Arnved for Ligne Roset, $1,435 (chair), $525 (footstool) Inspired by Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair from 1950, this pair of Danish designers created this outdoor set by weaving 1,148 feet of rope around a black steel frame with an upright back.
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German designer Ingo Maurer created this playful piece out of metal and wings of actual goose feathers in 2005. Designed for rooms with low ceilings, it features ten low-voltage bulbs and transparent cables.
Dimming the bright overheads and lighting a few candles at the dinner table is a sure way to take the edge off of a harried day. The understated shape of designer Francis Cayouette's cast iron centerpiece will allow the four wax flames you choose truly shine, and you'll be relaxed before you have to blow them out and go to bed. Heima is available in the US from Zinc Details.