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Friday, January 13, 2012

Lighting with driftwood and pebbles

There's nothing like having something on your mind and then seeing it everywhere. Yesterday I received an email about a new catalog from a French company that uses recycled products, mostly reclaimed wood and pebbles, for their products. Bleu Nature designs furniture, lighting, accessories and textiles (not made of pebbles or driftwood).

Part of what's unusual about their designs is that they're using rustic materials to create pieces in a contemporary (aka modernist) style. They're not the first company to use that combo, but it's hard to carry off, and they're not exactly successful at it. Some of their indoor furniture is interesting, and I can imagine their outdoor folding screen in a commercial setting. I've seen similar pieces in art galleries.

So here's one of their driftwood chandeliers.

Here's one of their chandeliers made of "pebbles" although the pebbles seem big enough to be stones.

My home may be eclectic, but I don't think rustic modernism will fit in. Eclectic design doesn't mean using everything you find on a beach.

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