Designer John Procario creates striking lighting objects by bending strips of ash or white oak to the point of breaking. This results into creative irregular shapes that seem to pay more tribute to art than practicability: “The idea for the lamps began by thinking of wood as a metaphor for the body. Wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like a bone or muscle, wood has its limit“, explained the designer.
Due to the “limits” in every material he employs, no two lamps are the same. The method used to create the final versions is steam bending, a process where thin strips of wood are placed into a steam box, making their fibers pliable. Then it is up to the designer to manipulate the strips and laminate them together to form a rigid object. A LED strip is further glued to the product and added Plexiglas to diffuse some of the light.
And who says recessed living areas need to be indoors? Your outdoor space can benefit just as much from sunken seating, as evidenced by this elegant, stone-lined patio by Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes. And for one final dose of sunken living room eye candy, feast your eyes on this over-the-top living area by Chris Barrett Designs. The former estate of Johnny Carson features giant windows overlooking a cliff in Malibu, so it’s no wonder a safe and plush sunken sofa was added to ground the space.
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.