Lighting at the Las Vegas Market 2014: Light Up Your Life

To round out my review of some of the awesomefurnishings and home decor items I saw at the Las Vegas Market, let’s talk about lighting. Lighting can be functional: It can give you vision in an otherwise dark room; It can provide an ideal reading spot; It can help you see your food and friends at the dinner table. But lighting can also be decorative, beautiful and exciting. An interesting lamp can completely change the look of a room, and a unique chandelier can be the centerpiece of a space. So here is a collection of interesting lighting that I hope will inspire you.

This chandelier is part modern sculpture, part theatrical marquis. It could be really interesting in a large, open loft space.

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This is kind of a more organic version of the light above. I love the little globes around each tiny light bulb.LVMarket2014_141 These pendant lights remind me of fireworks! I love this whole vignette, with the firework-like pendant lights reflected in the mirrors on the wall behind, both in literal reflection and in similar shapes.LVMarket2014_133These pendant lights are also firework-like, but much more mid century modern. They’re striking and sophisticated, but still very playful.LVMarket2014_170Probably the most interesting use of these antler-shapes that I’ve seen.

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This task light is a little modern, a little art deco. Kind of reminds me of the Rocketeer!
LVMarket2014_143 I love these little table lamps, and especially that they come in a variety of colors!LVMarket2014_165 These are also great little lamps. Notice the inverted, open design of the one in the middle.LVMarket2014_172On a more traditional note, I do love this style of light as well. The combination of polished metal and linen shade are very sophisticated. This could be a great light for a formal dining room.LVMarket2014_167 I like this one as well, maybe for a living room. (I’m considering it for my own!)LVMarket2014_180 This light immediately caught my attention when I walked into this showroom. Such an interesting use of the organic tree branch shapes. I love that the branches are bright gold.

LVMarket2014_181 And this one is like fabulous jewelry for your lighting. Talk about making your lighting the central piece of a room!LVMarket2014_186

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market. Next week, one of my favorite shops to visit in New York’s SoHo.

Let’s catch up. I’ve missed you.

Well, it’s been a wild two weeks! Between my awesome new job and final projects for three classes, let’s just say there’s been no time to feel bored. So what have I been up to?

I made a lighting fixture out of birch veneer strips. (It lives in my guest room now.)

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I designed a lighting  plan for a theoretical Downtown LA loft.

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PS. I love these table lamps I used in the lighting layout!

I redesigned my living room. (Stay tuned for a low budget “how-to” living room makeover, with a partial execution of this plan!)

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I created a repeating pattern with gouache paint.

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I finished a full rendering of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

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And I bought an awesome second-hand drafting table. After a little elbow grease it’s as good as new! I’ll be spending the better part of the next three month at this set up.

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I’m looking forward to getting back to regular blogging again. I’ve missed you! Have you missed me?

Happy Tuesday, Anecdote Lovers!

Happy Tuesday everyone, and I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I just wanted to post a quick update. For the first time since I started this blog, I am taking a short hiatus while I finish up my final projects for the summer quarter. I miss writing, and finding new adventures to write about! But I promise to be back in two weeks with new anecdotes.

Here’s a peek at one of the projects I’ve been working on. Enjoy!

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Pendant light made from birch veneer and copper wire.

The Parlour Room: Vintage Lighting for an Intimate Dive Bar

Today I’m taking a break from vacation photos (and maybe you need a break too!) to share a little bit of what I’m working on in one of my classes. In my lighting design class, we were tasked with essentially doing a case study in lighting on a bar, restaurant, or hotel lobby. So I gathered the troops (aka a few willing friends) for a night out in Hollywood to check out the Parlour Room for my project… and for a few cocktails, of course!

Note: These pictures were taken without a flash and are intended to highlight the lighting elements of the space. The colors have not been altered, and are a fairly accurate representation of the warmth of the actual lighting in  the bar.

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The Parlour Room in Hollywood is known for its “dive bar” atmosphere. Its small space and dark, high contrast lighting give off pockets of lit areas where you feel as though you should have a whispering conversation with close friends. But more than your typical “dive bar,” the furniture, wall coverings, and chandeliers lift this one into a much more trendy status, but also seem to imply an old-world mentality, as though this bar could have easily survived since the early twentieth century.

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The ceilings were decorated with wonderful vintage chandeliers that provided only very low amounts of ambient light throughout the space. It was just enough light to give you a sense if the pattern in the wallpaper surrounding the room.DSCN3086

I was very surprised to notice the amount of candle light used to actually light the space. Im more farmiliar with a little candle on a cafe table at night to provide ambience, but here the candles on each of the cocktail tables were necessary to light the space. They even used candles to light this brick wall, which significantly helped brighten up this corner of the space. Also, if you think about how low candle light is and notice that the chandeliers are about an equal amount of light to the candles in this photo, that will give you a sense of just how dark and cozy this bar is.DSCN3085

The bar itself still had pretty low light, but a lot more of it. I’m sure this is a huge help for the bar tender, and also helps you as a patron see what they have to offer on the shelves behind him.DSCN3078

I’m not a fan of these red track lights, but I have a feeling they are pretty necessary so no one trips on the raised platform where these super comfortable sofas lie. The lighting is the same here, only lit by very low chandelier light, candles, and a couple of downlights bouncing off of the dark, warm, patterned surface of the wall.

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I love this mirror over one of the sofas, and it definitely helps reflect some more light into the space.DSCN3088

Even the short hallways were lit with this very low light coming from (smaller) vintage chandeliers.
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Once we discovered the back bar (which we overheard someone talk about), we parked it here for the rest of the night. Same low lighting, but with a fire going in the center of the space to contribute to the intimate atmosphere. This is my kind of drinking spot! It wasn’t cold when we were there (it is summer, after all) but if it was, I’d happily sit right next to the fire all night with one of their delicious cocktails.
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I especially loved the vintage sconces they had outside, much more suited for the outdoors since they have more of a covering over the top of the bulb, but still with the same vintage feel.DSCN3087Plus, the back bar was open air! We caught the tail end of dusk there, but I would imagine in the winter when the sun sets much earlier, this opening doesn’t provide much light at all. It does, however, provide a nice amount of air flow and a little bit of glow from the surrounding lights of Hollywood.

What do you think of the lighting? Would you like to settle in here for a beverage or two?