American designer Bec Brittain is the mastermind behind the SHY light, a geometric light fitting that has a highly adaptable shape. Brittain, who studied industrial design at Parsons, earned a BA in philosophy from New York University, before gaining an architecture degree from The Architectural Association in London, chose the name of the light by combining her grandmother’s initials.
By using thin LED tubes, the function of Brittain’s light fitting creates its form and vice versa. She was inspired by the shape of crystalline structures and the way that they grow so the light mimics this. The modular hardware can be configured in a number of ways and new shapes can be created depending on the requirements of the room in which it is to be used.
The light can also be hung in any orientation or for those who prefer, it is also available as a floor lamp.
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Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.