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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Would You Stand Underneath a Chandelier Made of Scissors?

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Our pals over at iittala sent over this video and it gave me a nice little eye candy work break today. It’s of a group of very creative people putting together an amazing pavilion at their parent company, Fiskars. I’m not sure how long it took, but the video gives you the satisfaction of seeing it all come together in a little over two minutes.

I love the chandelier made of Fiskars orange-handled scissors; it’s so clever and beautiful, but adds tension to the space. Which begs the question, how comfortable would you be standing underneath it? I think I would be a bit nervous, yet I would want to see the view from directly beneath it.

The pavilion opened in May of this year at Fiskars Group headquarters in Arabia, Helsinki. Pentagon Design created the installations  from various products from their brands, including Iittala, Fiskars, Gerber, Arabia and Hackman.

The installation includes Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) glass pendants and Kastehelmi votives designed by the likes of Kaj Franck and Oiva Toikka creating a pixilated art piece that lets the light through.

Toikka also designed the many beautiful iittala birds I’m constantly coveting. Right now my favorite is the Whooper Swan in Gray, but tomorrow it will probably be the owl or the magpie!

Have you ever seen a really cool installation made of something unexpected? One that sticks out in my mind was a lampshade made of aviator sunglasses at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair years back.

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: An Upcycling Double-Entendre

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I was really glad we received an email from Carolina Fontoura Alzaga. She makes elegant, Victorian-style chandeliers out of recycled bike parts. I love to see projects where I have to look really hard to figure out what the parts were in their former lives.

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Art Arrangement

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Today I’m admiring the lovely home of rorie brennan oconnor on flickr. Love the prints. Love the typewriter. Love the turquoise. Love the paint colors. Love the flair for vintage. Love the chandelier. Also love how she describes herself: “Blasé art historian turned attorney who loves pretty things.”

all photos from flickr member rorie brennan oconnor.

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