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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Love Story: The Lamp

When I did this Cookie house tour, I thought the Todd Boontje hanging lamp looked really cool. But I figured it belonged in a nursery...

But then I saw the same lamp in the bathroom of Pia's Paris apartment. So sexy!

Yesterday, I stumbled upon the lamp again in the amazing home of stylist Cheri Messerli.

Hmmm, maybe it is a grown-up lamp. What do you think, dear readers? xo


trupeach said...

definitely fun for all!

Alicia said...

I think it's pretty versatile...the place where I get nails/waxing/etc done has some exposed brick with touches of fuschia and a couple of the big silver ones hanging in the totally works!

erica said...

i love the metallic one for hallways and smaller spaces.

please sir said...

I think it can go either way, which makes it such a great design. Personally I really like it in the bathroom.

★Jasmine said...

visiting here ;)

Jessie Cacciola said...

it can do anything; it's a magic lamp.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

my mom has two of those lamps that hang over the bar in the kitchen. it's such a nice way to add a bit of flavor to a space that's always so hopping!

Meggy_FFW said...

I have mine (the silver one) in the kitchen, of all places. But I love it there -- it makes the place seem more magical.

Anonymous said...

i have one in the kitchen over the table and it looks great! i agree...magical. xx

Mila said...

Yes, it's a gorgeous lamp...
Tord Boontje makes really beautiful and original designs...i like his patterns. And he's from Holland! ;)

Thanks for posting!


La Belette Rouge said...

I think yes. I have long wanted the chandelier from the French movie Blue--but I have never found it. This amazing lamp may finally fill that longing. Merci, Joanna!

Ana said...

The last 2 lamps are from HABITA and I have both. Love them, the light is really beautiful.

karina said...

I could put one in my bedroom, and I am an adult woman!

Paul Pincus said...

i'm not fond of the midsummer light (first image)...but it works in that room.

i love the garland light in the 2nd and 3rd images. we piled on four extra garland light shades (silver) over the original garland light in silver to create a gigantic garland chandelier : )

ps everyone should check out tord boontje's blossom chandelier for swarovski! it's a steal @ $29,000 ; )

Anna at D16 said...

Actually, the lamp in the first photo (Midsummer) is made of Tyvek (tear-proof paper) is very different from the one in the other two photos (Garland), which are actually made of very thin metal.

I've had a black Garland light in my closet for almost three years, unused. I think my ceiling are too high for it, because whenever I try to hang it, it looks too small for the space. I think it would be perfect in a tiny alcove area or a very small bathroom.

Anonymous said...

love you have convinced me to get one!!!!!

Stephanie said...

I love all things Tord Boontje - like many others have said, his pieces add a little bit of magic wherever they go. I do think the garland lamp is lovely in any small space!

Christina said...

I think they all look so perfect and fantastic in each setting, because of their slight differences.

Kate said...

I used to have that lamp, but it looks so different in person. It looked very college dorm in my apartment, which was dissapointing. It was also completely frustrating to put together! I ended up giving it away when I moved, as it would look even more ridiculous in my current tinier apartment.

Maki said...

I would love to have the lamp in the dining room.. I love all these little cute lamps; I used to have four of those star lamps. They're still cute, but not for my house anymore.. Very nice posting with cute pics! Thank you again:)

Anonymous said...

I have the silver metal garland one in my dining room as a chandlier. I bought two garlands to make it larger for the space. I love it. They are 1/2 off right now at CHIC-life. I am tempted to get the midsummer lamp now.

alice said...

Definitily a lamp for everywhere.
And there are also the colorful paper ones, besides the white, silver and gold.

Crochet by Momma J said...

I agree with your first thought - think it's better in a nursery.

Jane Flanagan said...

I think they're versatile enough (especially in white!). Especially if everything else sets a grown-up tone...

You are my fave... said...

I fell in love with this light when I saw it in a pic of this adorable apartment:

Definitely grown-up.

kat said...

I have a black one. It feels grown up for me but the rest of the room is quite stark. I agree with Jessie - it's a magic lamp!

RiverMist said...

I like.

Liz said...

I blogged about his lights on Sunday :) how funny! I was actually searching for his Until Dawn fabric I saw in the Apartment Therapy book. It was being used over a shower curtain and looked so beautiful. But then I saw the lights and fell in love.

Maison Luxe said...

I have this (in white) in my kitchen, everyone loves it...such pretty light, and totally unexpected. Fun all around!

Sarah said...

I love the garland shades but I agree, they are a pain to put up and seem to look better in the shop but it gets all tangled at home! I have 2 gold ones in my hallway. I also have a White Midsummer shade but haven't used it yet. Luckily I got it on sale :)

Dallas Shaw said... ...there is a photo at this link of the paper lamp that will prove that it's not just for the nursery! (Also a great website)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

oooh...I love this lamp so much! Grown up or nursery for me! I have been wanting to put it in my entryway forever.....:)

Savvy Mode SG said...

how darling. for sure, this is an adult light.

Poppy said...

My mother has a white one in her bedroom. I have also seen a bright green one at an art gallery.

kara said...

yay, from Artecnica! (

milk tooth's rain said...

I've got that lamp too...I gave my heart to Tord Bontjie when I see his projects

Famapa said...

we have a gold garland in our downstairs loo and it's perfect in there... I didn't find it difficult to hang up but I might think differently when I need to change the lightbulb...

read me... said...

i think that they all picked just the right thing for their spaces! these pictures are so lovely. i have an unused one... just waiting for the right room in the right home...

Jane Flanagan said...

I posted an old tearsheet with the lamp for you :)

SimplyGrove said...

I adore Tord Bontjie and this lamp:)

Kaylovesvintage said...

see them a lot in shop's, love ht silver one, you can get them at

Hanna said...

Well, I have the gold lamp in my room, my sister has the silver one, and my other sister had some of the paper ones when she was in college, so I'd definitely say not only for children!

Anonymous said...

Those are actually two different lamps - the white tyvek one is called Midsummer Dream I think and the metal one is garland - in silver or gold. Moma store carries them. Very cool.

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