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Light fixtures are to decor like jewelry is to fashion. They are that final but important touch that make a room literally come to light. These fun pendent shades are a super duper way of adding a spark of mod to create a stunning centerpiece to any room. The Profileshades, by British brand Sonodesign, are made of acrylic, come flat packed and are extremely easy to assemble. Aren't they sweet?

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I think this weekend is calling for an easy DIY project, so I felt this fun and chic lamp by Riikka Kantinkoski at Weekday Carnival would do the trick. Riikka created this striking pendant without any welding involved. She basically used four thin and hollow metallic tubes, tied a twine through them, and started folding them freely to create this interesting geometric shape. Once she had the shape down, she tied the ends of the twine to keep the structure together and placed it on a Nud´s Base lamp. Isn't gorg? I saw it and fell in love with its simplicity and great lines. Great job, Riiika!

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Don't you sometimes stumble upon certain things that just make you grin? Well, let me tell you how I couldn't stop giggling when I came across these hilarious lamps by English artist Whatshisname. They're absolutely hysterical. According to the artist, he created the Good Boy and Good Puppy lamps “as an item of everyday use that makes user uncomfortable with every use.” What's even funnier is that one actually has to step on the dog's fake business to turn them on and off. The lamps were designed to be part of an exhibition on London Underground stations, but sadly they were banned as they felt they were offensive. That's a shame. I guess they didn't have a sense of humor. Happy weekend!

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Once a year, New York City welcomes furniture and home decor designers and manufactures from around the world to showcase their new creations at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). So yesterday afternoon I headed over to this great spectacle ready for a design overdose. My expectations were surpassed. I was excited to see a lot of new talent among the veteran design houses, especially in wall coverings. The variety of materials and interpretations in wallpapers, tiles and finishes was quite extensive—actually more than I've seen in previous years. Another biggie was lighting (or maybe it was just me since I have a weakness for everything that illuminates). But seriously, the array of alternatives and designs was glorious. Last but not least, I was very happy to see a great deal of attention paid to the outdoors with a gorgeous and stylish selection of furniture and accessories for the patio and backyard. Overall, I spent a delightful afternoon drooling over such wonderful and inspiring work, but the cherry on the cake was running into design guru Karim Rashid. The fair will be open until tomorrow, so if you happen to be in this part of town, I recommend you stop by and see for yourself what's new and happening in the world of design. If not, here are a few of the many things that really caught my eye. Enjoy!

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Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most beautiful. It just takes a splash of good design and a drop of creativity to create that one piece that screams perfection. The Flask falls into that category. This limited-edition pendant lamp, designed by Florian and Sebastian, Schneider impresses through its simplicity. All it takes is a metal lampshade, an electric cord and a bulb and voilà, you've got a super chic fixture for your home. Flask was designed to hang either straight down or on a 90° angle, and it comes in white, sulfur yellow and mint green. Happy Friday!!

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Inspiration via un peu d'air sur la terre



Here's a tale of a small and great idea that gets a chance to be part of the Scandinavian design tradition. Bright Sprout is a wooden fixture designed by Danish Jonas Hoejgaard for Nordic Tales to hide the light bulb sockets on energy saving bulbs. With its clean Nordic design it turns an important everyday object into an aesthetic experience. Like with every other Nordic Tales product, Bright Sprout tells a story. And you're part of the story-telling as you get to choose from seven bright cord colors and the wood finish (soap finished or smoked oak). Besides its coo and minimalist design, the fixture arrives in a special designed packaging, inspired by a nutshell, that can be reused as a vase, pen holder or a fun decorative accessory. These are very cool, especially if hung as cluster.

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Inspired by the classic crystal chandelier, these funky pendants are designed by Czech design duo Peter Mikošek and Michael Vrátníková of BOA Design. The Neoline Collection of chandeliers is designed especially for hotel and restaurant interiors, spaces large enough to allow their avant-garde design to shine. The look of these lamps bears fluid lines with unconventional minimalism and simplicity.

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