Can we take the simplicity design concept too far?

Cheryl Kees Clendenon Design Disasters, Interior design 13 Comments

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Ok, so really I know that many of my blog-o-buddies may cry foul here but I simply do not think this is good design. Not now, not ever.
I keep thinking there surely is a guy strapped to a chair underneath these hanging “pendants” waiting for Igor to finish him off with the nipple clamps…. “good design” or dramatic attempt at “we have no money but lots of style”?
a bit better but still am not buying it…do like the bulb though…if it were inside something
the “finish” of this is much better but hey, it is still just a lightbulb hanging in space
I like much of Ingo Maurer’s work. Missed the boat here though…reminds me of high school and visits to Spencer’s Gifts
Now, I do like the conceptual idea of these lights…but come on folks, they need a shade! Try these on for size!
This is interesting for the right space. Images from Remodelista
Like it! But pricey at 630.00 Image from Remodelista
Here are a couple of alternatives from Arteriors that I think work with a simplicity in design approach.
Way less expensive of an option that the similiar one above
The Franklin from Arteriors. This is probably my favorite look of this genre and will be using it in a powder bath soon. Pix will follow!
So what are your thoughts on this trend in lighting? The bulbs are pretty cool I will admit. I have several of these lights with the glass globes in my shop at the moment but the light they give off is not great so bear that in mind when doing the lighting plan if you are choosing this type of fixture! Please comment!

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    Dang Paul, wish I had thought of that line! I am not even sure I like the glass globes with the exposed bulbs but I think there are a few that have merit…in this powder bath, is perfect foil to the rest of the design..meaning it does not “fit” with the look and thus I like it:)

  2. I like the Edison bulbs… very Steam Punkish I think. In the right setting they could be awesome. I just don’t think I would want to design a space around a light fixture– they just don’t carry enough value compared to the other things going into the room to merit it. I like to find fixtures that fit into the space I’m designing.

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    I like the bulbs too but within moderation and appropriately done. I agree Pam, you must light around the space and the style and maximize visual impact…all the while making sure there really is enough light to actually see!

  4. Funny, one of my clients and I were just having this convo. on Friday about which direction for the bulbs and shades at the island. Bulbs facing up or down? The vote was was face up. We want proper coverage over the bulbs.

  5. Hi, Cheryl,

    Thanks for the post. I kind of like the unshaded bulb. I have used it myself for quite a while now.

    But I think there is more going on here (culturally) than the simple, visual aesthetic of a bare, unshaded bulb.

    Perhaps the popularity of incandescent filaments glowing through clear glass is a reaction against the illuminated horror of CFL’s and LED bulbs (which are perfect if you happen to own a morgue.)

    I suppose that the “bare bulb” is both an aesthetic and cultural statement.

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      Thanks For stopping by Donovan….I agree is a design aesthetic that is specific to a particular project but I think it is a trendy look that will not wear well over the long haul…I do like the exposed Edison type bulbs and have them in my shop…but with a glass shade. Some, like the one from Jamie Young are much better done than others…..

  6. Leave it to you to come up with the nipple clamps! I was reminded of the torture scene with the rope in one of the Daniel Craig bond films.

    I see clear glass bulbs and shades and I think how disgusting the dead bugs will look trapped against them.

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  8. Geez, I hate this G-rated blogger persona I have invented for Internet purposes. The real me is a total garbage mouth and lustily applauds the comment on the first bare-wire lighting. Do people really design something like that, meaning they did it on purpose? And did they get paid for that design, meaning someone else approves? For myself, I don’t like ANY of these lighting objects. Especially the first one. I have a bare-bulb lighting fixture for the shop that I put together with a modicum of skills some 26 years ago that looks better than that piece of, um, stuff.

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  10. A trend, as you say – I remember when a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling was something to be ashamed of (yeah, I’m old). I think of this trend as a lament and farewell for the Edison lamp – 100watt lamps were banned in Europe a year or so ago, and will soon be banned in the US by federal law. Incandescent lamps of all kinds are due to be outlawed in California in 2012 – so lets enjoy them while we can, before they become musem pieces.

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