These one-of-a-kind gourd lights by Calabarte are a great way to add unique lighting to any space. The Senegalese gourds are carefully dried and hand drilled and patterned by the artist. Since each gourd is a unique shape, the light and patterns from each lamp is different. It’s amazing to compare how the unlit gourd looks to the lighted one.
These unique works of art seem to be sold by the artist on eBay and through direct consignment. The last auction I could find sold for $1,329.00. For more information, visit his Facebook Page.
Italian mosaic tile manufacturer Bisazza teamed up with Spanish designer Jaime Hayon their first collection in their new division Bisazza Bagno, which is dedicated to the production of luxury bathroom collections. For their second collection, they teamed up with Famed Designer Marcel Wanders.
This collection recalls the glamour of the 1930s with a Scandinavian touch and feminine shapes,” says Hayon. “The bathroom is the most important room in the home and it should not be hidden. With this collection, it becomes an area you want to show, a place you can keep open. The bathroom becomes a stylish room, full of charm and style, with a strong identity.”
In addition to sinks, tubs and faucets, the collection will include mirrors, lighting, console tables, cabinets, shower screens and decorative accessories.
Finishes for the collection include chrome, gold, copper, white, light green, and black.
The second collection for Bisazza Bagno is an entirely different aesthetic than the first Scandinavian influenced collection. Marcel Wanders combines modern whimsy with Baroque influences. This extravagant collections intermingles large modern soapstone bathtubs with intricately carved consoles in true Wanders fashion.
In Marcel’s own words he describes the concept for the collection:
“The original concept for the collection came from a fantasy I had of taking a bath in a bar of soap. The ultimate clean! This idea I held for a long time, before Bisazza helped me realize it. Bathing, like clothing, is one of the most personal components of daily life. And interior style, like all style, has become a mode to evaluate the anxieties of contemporary society. The haste and fuss of ordinary life is only getting faster and it is getting increasingly difficult to switch off. People are surrounded by other people all day both physically and digitally and so I was looking for a way to offer a sanctuary from the world. I consider bathrooms to be the one space you can be alone so I designed this collection to provide a fresh, beautiful and solitary space where one can focus and take care of themselves.”
While the majority of the Wanders collection is black and white, red handles provide a vibrant pop of color. The chandelier shower heads are by far the stars of this collection.
You can purchase the collections from the flagship stores in Miami, LA and New York.