30 September 2011

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and some amazing lighting

I spent last Sunday at London's Design Centre Chelsea Harbour along with my fellow participants in Modenus' Blog Tour 2011. The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is a trade-only super mall of home products, furniture, carpets, fabrics, lighting a whole lot more.

The building itself is pretty spectacular, here's a shot I took through one of the building's atriums as the clouds rolled over London on Sunday afternoon.

London's the only city where I've ever been that gives New York a real run for its money when it comes to sophistication and the amount of stuff available. In a lot of ways London exceeds what's possible in New York but don't tell any of my New York friends I said that.

We started off the day with Samuel Heath, a purveyor of amazing bath fixtures and accessories. They're worth three or four posts of their own and I'll get back to them over the next few weeks. If you want a preview though, click on that link but be prepared to salivate.

After a series of meeting in and around the Design Centre, we were free to explore on our own. What I saw in total is fuel for more posts than I can count but something that really stood out was a series of deconstructed chandeliers from Vos Kristall.

I love a deconstructed chandelier. It epitomizes the impulse to take an iconic object and reduce it to its parts and then put something back together that invokes the original but is entirely new on its own.

Here are some of my admittedly bad photos of Vos Kristall's work.

Each component that would make up the chandelier (candle, bobeche, candle cup, prisms and pendalogue) is suspended by a single filament and lit from an LED in the ceiling directly above. The effect is both massive and ethereal at the same time.

For more lighting inspiration, check out the rest of the lighting in Vos Kristall's web gallery.


  1. They have that ghostly beauty to them. Although they do(and don't hate me for saying it) have that slight jellyfish feel to them. Of course I find a sea of floating jellies to be a thing of beauty. So YMMV.

  2. Anything that invokes the natural world is OK by me. I think jellyfish are beautiful too and thanks for pointing out that connection, I'd never noticed it before.


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