6 Fantastical Lighting Fixtures

These 6 fantastical fixtures light the way to whimsy.

Wink sconce in rayon and iron plated in 24-karat gold by Houtique.
Lapilla magnetic wall lamp in powder-coated aluminum by Ronda Design.
Glenn, Ted, and Bert sconces in ceramic and aluminum by Moooi.
Stalagmite table lamp trio in glazed ceramic by Roche Bobois.
Conduit Incline table lamp in stoneware and brass by John Sheppard.
Owl lamp in aluminum and braided nylon by Jamie Wolfond.

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London’s SelgasCano-Designed Serpentine Pavilion is About to Land in LA

Interior view of the SelgasCano-designed Serpentine Pavilion. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

Since its inception in 2000 with Zaha Hadid as its first designer, the Serpentine Pavilion on the Kensington Gardens lawn outside the permanent Serpentine Gallery has been created by such architectural supernovas as Sanaa, Sou Fujimoto, Peter Zumthor, Bjarke Ingels, Diébédo Francis Kéré, and a collaboration between Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.

The SelgasCano-designed Serpentine Pavilion will soon be installed in LA’s La Brea Tar Pits. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.


In 2015, the Madrid-based studio SelgasCano, the first Spaniards commissioned, created a charming cocoon-like work of a colorful membrane fabric. This summer, that construction will be reincarnated and transported to Los Angeles, marking its debut in the U.S. Visitors will be able to experience the architects’ themes of light, shadow, color, transparency, and materials as they enter through various openings and proceed through the structure. The venue is the La Brea Tar Pits, the historical site that is mere steps from LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Second Home will use the Serpentine Pavilion for free events throughout the summer and fall. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

The LA installation, running from June 28 through November 24, coincides with the Hollywood opening of the London-based co-working venture Second Home, which is sponsoring the endeavor with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. Encompassing 866 square feet, Serpentine redux will be a meeting ground for public talks, film screenings, music and cultural events. So far, named collaborators include BBC host and DJ Gilles Peterson; the film streaming and distribution firm, Mubi; and the Goldhirsh Foundation addressing LA’s future with its initiative LA2050. Everything will be open to the public and free.

Interior of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, set to debut in Los Angeles on June 28, 2019. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

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Swarovski and Mass Beverly Name Brilliance of Design Winners

Ever the mentors and proponents of design with a capital D, Swarovskiand LA’s Mass Beverly showroom initiated the Brilliance of Design competition. The charge was to push the potential of crystals in three categories: lighting, home décor, and architectural surfaces. Talk about global entries. The 56 submissions came from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, and Poland, as well as from New York and Los Angeles, closer to home.

Josha Roymans’ Aurora Borealis pendant is a wave of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs. Rendering courtesy of Josha Roymans.

Josha Roymans, with a multi-disciplinary studio in Amsterdam, won the lighting award with his proposal for Aurora Borealis, inspired by the so-named northern lights. The design is a wave-like pendant of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs that allow for color changes.

From left: Josha Roymans, Tilman Bartl, and Bahata Saha.
Rings of crystal in differing sizes and gradations of color stack in Tilman Bartl’s flexible and contemporary vase. Rendering courtesy of Tilman Bartl.


In home décor, German product designer Tilman Bartl won for his vase of stacking crystal components. Cited for its flexibility and strongly contemporary approach, the product has another plus. According to Mass Beverly founders Mary Ta and Lars Hypko, it is predicted to be eminently sellable.

Bahata Saha’s architectural surface has Swarovski crystals arrayed in organic patterns between layers of translucent white marble. Rendering courtesy of Bahata Saha.


A Parsons School of Design student, Bahata Saha, took the award for her architectural surface—panels based on two layers of white translucent marble sandwiching crystals arrayed in organic compositions simulating abstract veining.

Each winning designer will receive a $5,000 grant for future crystal projects. Collaborating with Nadja Swarovski, who oversees the company’s corporate branding and communications, the judges were Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based Fuseproject; Mary Ta and Lars Hypko; and Interior Design’s deputy editor Edie Cohen.

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See the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Photography by Marco Ricca.


Springtime holds a special place in the heart of New Yorkers; as the city thaws and NYCxDesign draws ever closer, the annual reveal of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House never fails to kick off the season on a high note. This year was no exception. A total of 23 designers overhauled the 22-room, 12,000 square-foot Upper East Side residence chosen to host this year’s Show House.

The show of top talent in architecture and interior design draws thousands of visitors per year to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each designer was given seven weeks to completely overhaul their assigned rooms in the residence, which opened to the public on May 2 and will remain open through May 30. Kohler, AJ Madison, Hearst Design Group, Morgan Stanley, Benjamin Moore, Cambria, The Rug Company, The Shade Store, New York Design Center, and Schumacher sponsored this year’s Show House.

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Highlights from the transformed property, located at 36-38 East 74th Street, include Sheila Bridges‘ delightfully playful Salon des Chiens near the entryway. What would traditionally be the home’s reception area was transformed by Bridges into a space for dogs and their walkers to clean up after outings about the city and relax.

Upstairs, designer Young Huh turned the top-floor aerie into a feminine artist’s studio. According to Huh, the “environment of strong silhouettes, bold strokes of color and pattern,” celebrate the act of contemplation and creativity. A floor-to-ceiling collage—a wallcovering by Fromental—is evocative of Cubist master George Braques, while eclectic artwork from Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art compliments the mood of playful exuberance. 

Several designers, including Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates, Eve Robinson Associates, Paloma Contreras, and Sarah Bartholomew Design, created refreshingly bright studies and libraries for the lady of the house. 

Keep reading to see every room from the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The residence is open through May 30, 2019.

Charlotte Moss. Photography by Nicholas Sargent. 
Christopher Peacock. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates, LLC. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Cullman & Kravis Associates. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Delaney + Chin. Photography by Luis Sanchez Hernandez.
Eve Robinson Associates. Photography by Marco Ricca.
Gluckstein Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
J. Cohler Mason Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Jeff Lincoln Interiors, Inc. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Jim Dove Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Katherine Newman Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Matthew Monroe Bees. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Paloma Contreras. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Pappas Miron. Design Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Peter Pennoyer Architects. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Richard Rabel Interiors + Art, LTD. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Robert Passal Interior Design in collaboration with Daniel Kahan Architecture. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Sarah Bartholomew Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Sheila Bridges Design, Inc. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Studio DB. Photography by Matthew Williams Photography.
Vicente Wolf Associates. Photography by Vicente Wolf.
Young Huh LLC. Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

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Mean Noodles by OpenUU Wins 2019 IIDA Award

Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.


Kevin Lim missed laksa, the spicy soup he slurped as a child when visiting relatives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “It was my comfort food,” recalls Lim, who is an architect as well as a trained chef—he attended Le Cordon Bleu, the now-closed culinary school near Boston, after attaining his architecture degree. Now back in Hong Kong, he’s the co-founding partner of OpenUU with his wife, design director Caroline Chou. The soup and other Southeast Asian dishes conceived by Lim have debuted at their first restaurant, Mean Noodles, the winner of the Will Ching Award for a project by a firm with five or fewer employees.

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Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.


The 600-square-foot space was a food-production facility when Lim and Chou, who also own and run Mean Noodles, came on the scene. They opened up the kitchen, leveled the concrete floor, and left exposed ceiling pipes to recall the ad-hoc aesthetic of hawker food stalls. Then the pair specified durable finishes in a Chinese jade palette: Green grout runs between the porcelain subway tiles behind the 12-seat dining counter and patchwork wall mosaics “really resemble Asian batik patterns,” Chou marvels, even though the ceramic is from Spain. Meanwhile, the golden canvas upholstering  the custom steel-frame chairs coordinates with the glow coming from the bulbs in the above 7-foot-high, stainless-steel letters spelling out mean. The eatery not only draws customers who can’t wait to Instagram the food and interior but also serves as a sales tool for OpenUU’s prospective hospitality clients.

Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.
Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.
Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.
Mean Noodles by OpenUU. Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot/OpenUU.

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Ministry of Design Creates User Experiences at Durasport Flagship in Singapore

Between the Climb zone’s circular display cages is Singapore’s first “Freedom Climber,” a non-motorized climbing wall with a rotating surface upon which customers can test shoes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.


“How do we make a physical store relevant?”

That’s what the team at Ministry of Design asked themselves, says founder and director Colin Seah, when they got the chance to design a Durasport sporting goods flagship in a new mall in Safdie Architect’s Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Their answer? Make the space an experience, make furnishings as high-performance as the products themselves, and—like any good athlete—ensure flexibility.

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LED tube lights by Unitrio Trading form an “X” logo across the entrance’s stainless-steel gates, featuring a hairline finish, by Sin Leong Ann Metal Supplies. Photography CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 


The result is as much an R&D lab as a shop, with 2,000 square feet divided into four zones of activities incorporating state-of-the-art products (co-curated by Ministry of Design) and futuristic displays that include virtual fitting rooms, foot-powered climbing walls, and bicycles ready for a test-pedal. 

A dynamic display at the entrance sets a mannequin within a ring of steel and LED tubes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 


“The custom display system required lots of design and prototyping,” Seah says, “but it enables a wide range of products which are different in shape, size, and display requirements. Also, each time Durasport brings in new products, they are able to ‘clip in and clip out’ to configure a new shelving display.” All that, plus new visual identities such as mylar shopping bags, silver foil name cards, and acrylic display tags create a true exercise in retail relevancy.

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The Cycling zone includes bikes, helmets, and shoes displayed within a faceted corner of stainless steel. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
Custom acrylic LED signage announces the Arctic zone, featuring a “Magic Mirror” that allows customers to photograph themselves in simulations of the skiwear. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
In the Trizone area, as throughout the Durasport store, ceilings are painted in Nippon Paint‘s Stiletto Grey and floors are Unitrio Trading’s Artigo high-performance anti-slip rubber. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.

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Back-Painted Glass Is The Sleek Solution For Inspiring Spaces

Teal back-painted glass (Lacobel T) used as wall cladding for a pop of color. Photography courtesy of AGC North America.


Thanks to increasingly impressive technological developments, designers today have an astonishing array of surfaces to specify for their projects. From completely new materials, such as technological quartz, to ancient options that have been improved with modern tech, like glass, the variety can make a designer feel like a kid in a candy shop. Despite all this abundance of choice, a designer’s task still comes down to the same riddle for every project: what material will look the best and stand the test of time?

Back-painted glass is one such material that is extremely prevalent around the world, and is gaining in popularity in North America. It retains the sleek, modern appearance of glass while also enabling designers to insert fun pops of color and texture into their projects. Back-painted glass is equally at home in residential or commercial settings as wall coverings, tabletops, shelving, partitions, furniture, and doors.

In this Prague hotel, three different colors of back-painted glass (Lacobel) are combined for a bold, modern look. Photography courtesy of AGC Glass North America.

AGC Glass North America, the world’s largest glass company, recently unveiled four new back-painted glass products for the North American architectural market: Lacobel, Lacobel T, Matelac, and Matelac T. These products are not only aesthetically pleasing, but environmentally friendly, as well. They are produced using high-quality, low-VOC paints and are certified Cradle to Cradle Silver.

Back-painted glass (Matelac) can serve as a functional design element, such as these kitchen cupboards. Photography courtesy of AGC Glass North America.


The Lacobel T and Matelac T product lines are comprised of float glass that are back-painted and can be quickly and easily tempered to create a true enameled glass. They are both coated with a high-quality temperable paint that can result in either a glossy finish (Lacobel T) or an acid-etched satin finish (Matelac T). Each line comes in an attractive palette of 10 design-forward colors. Both Lacobel T and Matelac T are heat, UV, and shock resistant, making them suitable for indoor or outdoor applications.

A motif can also be applied to back-painted glass (Lacobel) which serves as the wrapping for a Prague airport refreshment kiosk. Its clean, contemporary lines make a statement in the busy terminal. Photography courtesy of AGC Glass North America.

AGC Glass North America also carries two interior-exclusive lines: Lacobel and Matelac. Similar to the aforementioned products, Lacobelis a float glass that features a glossy finish. Metalac is a float glass that has been acid-etched on one side, rendering a satin-like finish.

The differences between the tempered and non-tempered product lines comes down to the color and customization options. Lacobel and Matelac come in 20 trendsetting colors (of those 20, 14 are shared between the two lines). There is also an option for designers to specify a custom color for Lacobel or Matelac, which is ideal for someone working in the commercial sector.

Lacobel, Matelac, Lacobel T, and Matelac T are available for specification now.

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On the Move: Recent Top Promotions and Hires


Roberta Silva (pictured at left) has been named CEO of Flos. She was selected by the group’s shareholders together with Piero Gandini, the entrepreneur who sold Flos to Design Holding. As CEO, she will carry forward the brand’s history of excellence and guide the company into a new phase of growth.

York Wallcoverings

Vincent Santini has been named vice president and general manager of York Brands. He will oversee all sales and support for York’s residential and commercial businesses. The company, approaching its 125th year in 2020, hopes to grow its reach in over 85 countries.


James Slade has joined the design team at WeWork as VP of architecture. He will work with SVP of architecture Michael Rojkind and chief architect Bjark Ingles on all ground-up projects. Slade co-founded Slade Architecture with his partner, Hayes Slade, in 2002, and has built projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Ware Malcomb

Joshua Thompson (pictured at right) has been promoted to studio manager, interior architecture and design in Ware Malcomb’s downtown San Diego office. He previously served as senior project manager for the past five years in the Phoenix office. He will lead Ware Malcomb’s interior architecture & design studio in San Diego and manage select projects.

R&A Architecture & Design

Culver City-based R&A Architecture & Design is rebranding their firm to OfficeUntitled and expanding the leadership team, made up of principals Christian Robert, Benjamin Anderson, Shawn Gehle and Lindsay Green. Recent projects include Woodlark Hotel in Portland, The Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica, and the Harland in Beverly Hills.

The Switzer Group

Sabrina Pagani has joined The Switzer Group’s Manhattan team as principal. She will oversee a number of high-profile workplace interiors out of the nationally ranked interior architecture firm’s New York studio.

BDG Architecture + Design

BDG Architecture + Design is opening a new studio in New York, expanding into the North American market. BDG’s global chief creative officer, Colin Macgadie will provide creative direction for the studio. Kelly D. Powell and Rebecca Wu-Norman will be studio leads.


Ericka Moody has joined TRIO as regional vice president. Moody is a 30-year veteran of the interior design industry and has overseen hundreds of successful national and international projects. TRIO has expanded its work in California significantly over the last several years and has recently completed dozens of projects, including work with Touchstone Communities, Shea Homes, and Simpson Property Group.

Perkins + Will

Maha Sabra has been promoted to associate principal in the New York studio of Perkins + Will in support of the healthcare practice. In the past five years at the studio, she has transitioned from a design practitioner to project manager. As a senior project manager, Sabra plays a central role leading the studio’s healthcare teams.


Kimberly Dowdell (pictured at right) has returned to HOK as director of business development in Chicago. Dowdell is a licensed architect with a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, design, project management, housing policy, and real estate development. She previously worked in HOK’s New York studio from 2008-2011.

Wilson Associates

Kathleen Lynch has joined the Dallas studio of Wilson Associates as operations director. Lynch has 15 years of professional experience as a LEED-accredited interior designer and field manager. She will oversee teams on a roster of hospitality projects in Nevada, California, and other areas across the Southwest.

WRNS Studio

Kevin Wilcock has joined WRNS Studio as associate principal. He brings 25 years experience leading affordable and market-rate housing projects. He will be based out of WRNS Studio’s Honolulu office, guiding the studio’s multi-family housing practice with a focus on the Pacific region.

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Musen Design Lets the Light into a Taiwanese Hair Salon

Custom wine racks serve as a screen near reception, bordering a bar area with custom pendants and stools. Photography by Hey!cheese.


Musen Design has made a name for itself throughout Taiwan for its artful residential interiors. The firm’s signature minimalism recently transformed a former restaurant in a rundown building into vibrant new location for Turning Around, the salon of a well-known stylist in Tainan.

The 1,000-square-foot space, with an addition 300-square-foot exterior space, utilizes the original arched, load-bearing wall to form separate salon and social spaces that retain illumination from vast windows overlooking a neighboring park. “Because of the surface lighting and reflections from the custom mirrors, the pure, white theme, which met the proprietor’s demands and also suits the brand, brims with life,” says design director Eric Cho.

A custom mirror hangs over the bathroom’s custom vanity, with refurbished windows overlooking the park. Photography by Hey!cheese.


Small details add interest, such as a small forest of potted plants arranged throughout and metallic wallpaper applied to the interiors of the arched passageways between spaces. “We applied gold lacquer in some details,” Cho says, with a nod to the previous incarnation of the space, “which lets the shop’s customers enjoy a visual feast along with their salon service.”

Views of a nearby park reflect on the main salon’s flooring, which alternates between polished concrete and epoxy. Photography by Hey!cheese.
The custom reception desk is marbleized melamine veneer. Photography by Hey!cheese.
Turning Around salon is located in a space in Tainan formerly occupied by a restaurant. Photography by Hey!cheese.


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Material Bank Lab, Offering Speed and Sustainability, Debuts at NeoCon

Material Bank Lab debuted at NeoCon in theMART and will operate there for at least a year. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Material Bank debuted its first physical location, Material Bank Lab, at NeoCon today. The first-floor location at theMART in Chicago (#113) will remain a permanent storefront, giving specifiers a place to explore, discover, and collaborate.

Adam Sandow, CEO and founder of SANDOW, developed Material Bank’s revolutionary platform.


“We opened Material Bank Lab with the intention of creating a completely new way for designers to discover and interact with brands and the products they create,” says Adam Sandow, CEO and founder of SANDOW, who developed Material Bank’s proprietary platform to answer the architecture and design community’s need to streamline and speed up the material searching and sampling process. And Sandow would know as the owner of leading design brands, including Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, and ThinkLab.

Material Bank Lab will give design professionals access to the platform’s new cutting-edge Material Desk technology and Smart Swatch system. Photography by Eric Laignel.


The Material Bank Lab will also give design professionals access to the platform’s new cutting-edge Material Desk™ technology and Smart Swatch™ system, as well as to Material Bank’s material experts. “Our Smart Swatches are a revolutionary system that dramatically improves the efficiency of sampling by seamlessly bridging the physical to digital,” says Sandow, adding that the interactive Material Desk™ will also help designers create digital palettes and sample with a click of a button.  

Thousands of physical materials are on view at the new Material Bank Lab at theMART in Chicago. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Material Bank’s powerful platform, which is becoming the go-to resource for designers when it comes to samples, allows specifiers to search textiles, wall coverings, flooring, paint, solid surfacing, and other materials from more than 160 leading manufacturers—in one place. What previously took two-plus hours trolling 12 websites and entailed five packages delivered over many days is now reduced to three minutes of browsing on one centralized site. And an order sent in by Midnight (EST) is delivered in a recyclable box by 10:30 am the next day.

Material Bank Lab works in a revolutionary new manner that can ship materials overnight for sampling and specification. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Material Desk technology makes it easy for design professionals to access materials from over 160 leading manufacturers. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Material Bank Lab is located on the first floor of theMART (#113) in Chicago. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Interested in exploring materials in a revolutionary way? Visit Material Bank Lab on the first floor (#113) of theMART in Chicago. 

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