This is My Next Project

At the V&A Museum in London, I was totally wowed by this amazing installation of colorful glass lights in the lobby, several stories tall. My photographs cannot possibly do it justice:

image

image

A week later, we went to the V&A Museum of Childhood across town and I saw this:

image

image

While it wasn’t as mind-bogglingly amazing as the first installation, this paper lantern extravaganza was colorful and fun and (in my eyes) a perfect poor-man’s version of the original. I have no idea if either museum’s installation was intended to relate to the other, but I certainly saw a connection. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about how I can use colorful paper lanterns en masse to add color and fun to my home. I’m thinking about using them in my bedroom, which is very large with a vaulted ceiling and hardly any windows (and even after 6 years in this house, nothing on the walls!) I think these would brighten it up considerably. And with the lanterns only costing a dollar or two each, it won’t be too expensive of a project! They come in an amazing array of colors and sizes and you can even add remote-control lights inside.  I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out.

While we’re on the subject, check out the use of tiny paper lanterns and colorful paper chains on the Christmas tree at the Museum of Childhood:

image

What a great way to add color and whimsy to a tree! Perfect for a children’s museum!

Back from London!

Welcome back! Happy 2014! I’ve just returned from 2 weeks in London and I have SO MANY Design Finds to share. I took zillions of pictures and realized upon my return that I should have taken even more. My trip was mostly about visiting family and showing my kids the sights of London, but I did manage to sneak in a few design-related stops. While I gather my thoughts, I thought I’d share this amazing pile of sticks doing double duty as a dresser. It blew me away.

Spotted at the Victoria and Albert Museum:

image

 

image

image

The amazing thing about this – other than the fact that when the drawers are closed it looks like a pile of sticks and not a chest of drawers – is that you could actually make this. (If you were just a bit handy/crafty.) It’s made from manufactured drawers, with the wood sticks applied on top. I’m thinking anyone with a saw, strong glue and some patience could do it. The sticks here are made of walnut. Let me know if you decide to try!

image

 

image