I’m always on the lookout for great floor lamps that are functional & look beautiful on or off. If a client doesn’t go ahead with our first choice, we often go through a second option phase where we assemble a range of other ‘maybes’. I thought it might be interesting to see some of our favourites. Things that I look for in a great floor lamp are; 1. Scale: if its going to sit next to an armchair then it needs to be fairly petite & complement it as if it was the other half of a pair. There is nothing worse than having a large floor lamp that dwarfs the chair or a sofa that dwarfs the lamp, 2. Adjustment: can you move or angle the head up or down, side to side, these are all part of the finishing touches to pulling a room together & pointing the light to where you need it, 3. Dimming: a cosy mood is never creating by interiors blasted with light, being able to adjust the lighting down to a moody glow when you need it is the secret to a gorgeous interior. I spend my life in lamp light, we all look better that way!
From top to bottom, left to right: “Fork” by Diesel for Foscarini, “Perf” by Diesel for Foscarini, “Kapelo” by Chris Connell for Ism Objects, “Lean” from Workroom, “Grasshopper” from Gubi, “K-Tribe” by Phillippe Starck for Flos.
Tucked into the backstreets of Collingwood, in a fantastic warehouse space is another one of Melbourne’s design industry gems – Temperature Design. After finding our way there late last week, we knocked back a strong coffee & chocolate treat before getting stuck into looking at all the fabulous pieces from Temperature house brand – a great range of furniture staples, Jonathan Adler – for that quirky, fresh & colourful twist on everything & Ercol Furniture – the most beautifully crafted wood furniture made the way it should be.
I stumbled onto Tigger Hall Design whilst doing a bit of background research on Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the keynote speaker at Decoration & Design recently held in Sydney. He does a really interesting range of fabrics stocked exclusively by Tigger Hall. After having spent a couple of afternoons in her showroom, poring over all her gorgeous fabrics & hearing about how she gathered such an eclectic range together I consider her to be one of the best kept secrets around. I mean, we source everything from the sublime to the ridiculous in our work, so when I come across a genuine person with a real commitment to going against the norm & doing what she loves, I sit up & take notice. Tigger has worked long & hard to assemble a fabric range that draws from the more obscure names who have not previously been represented in Australia like Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jed Johnson, Laura Lienhard, Sequana, Vanderhurd, John Stefanidis & my new favorite Raoul who do the most fabulously huge range of hand block printed fabrics that have the wonderful quality of being fresh but incredibly timeless all at the same time. I spent a couple of hours assembling my own Raoul box of samples organized into colour stories that I can’t wait to use for window seats, kids rooms, anything. Not to mention the outdoor range which is better than anything else I’ve seen. So if you are looking for that effortless european ‘I just threw this together & it happens to be amazing’ old but new look, Tigger Hall is for you. We’ve also fallen for the Nautic lighting from Tekna which is going into two of our current projects. Beautifully detailed, definitely not cliched, classic weathered brass wall lights & lanterns… a bit Copenhagen-esque.