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Noted: Four Designs I Loved this Week

"Art", "Decor", "Design", "Inspiration"Meghan Mary Keeley HarcarComment
This floor by Arbore Historic Floors is based on M.C. Escher's lithograph "Reptiles", which they created for a client in Madrid. While I am not the biggest fan of reptiles (mostly just petrified of snakes), I love seeing art incorporated into everyday living and interior design, and this pattern in particular is both fairly subtle and a clear reference at the same time. You can see the pattern in the lithograph below to compare for yourself.

The "Forms in Nature" chandelier by Hilden & Diaz is partly inspired by the drawings and detailed plots from nature by German biologist, naturalist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel. When lit, the sculpture throws off a 360 degree projection of oversized shadows that depict gnarled, windy trees and roots.  The sculpture is not only mirrored, but turned upside down as well, ensuring the viewer is engulfed by the shadows created.  I am both mesmerized by this piece and kind of scared by it (big bad woods, anyone?).  Regardless, it is absolutely gorgeous.

"After the Storm" is a collaboration from the married couple, furniture designer Chris Lehrecke and jewelry designer Gabriella Kiss.  The wide chest is made from white oak, bronze mushroom inspired pulls, and also incorporates a branch from a dead oak tree. I really love how it maintains such an organic, natural quality, but still looks elegant and polished.  Such a beautiful piece of furniture.

I love this Book vase by the YOY Design Studio.  And I think I love it even more because it is titled "The Life of Plants".  Enough said.

via Laughing Squid / via Colossal / via NYT / via Colossal