Thursday, March 18, 2010

Constellation: Designer's Notes

We thought you might be interested in seeing how our upcoming Constellation series all came about.

Says Adam Pollock, the designer:
"This is one of those development ideas that abides its own schedule. Ten years ago I was inspired by the moiré patterns created with alternating panels of perforated stainless steel sheet metal. I fabricated a small 1ft star as a mockup but then set it aside as my attention was drawn elsewhere. This seed lay dormant for years.

For the past two years I have been staring at a tiny paper star-shaped night-lantern that hangs in my children’s bedroom. Every night it would remind me of the long-lost metal star. Finally its own time arrived and that seed was nurtured to maturity with the help of all the staff at Fire Farm."
Below, the original sheet metal star that started it all, and the paper lantern that re-inpsired the idea.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 8

[This is a recurring post dedicated to highlighting snippets of "Chapter 7: Lighting" from Fire Farm's copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, published in 1956. To see all posts from this series, click here.]

Raise your hand if your phonograph is properly lit. Anyone? No? Well that's a shame. How ever else will you listen to music if you can't set the needle correctly? Read on and learn how to fix this very modern-day problem. No? Well, read on anyway.

Built-in light is convenient

"Brighten up your storage shelves with built-in lighting, and add both beauty and convenience. Inside the phonograph you could add a light which turns on when you raise the lid. Or install such a light in the box where you store winter blankets and clothes.

If you're annoyed by a tangle of appliance cords around the night stand, 'build' light into stand so only one cord runs to the wall outlet. Use a 'table tap' like an extension cord with a flattened double outlet."

[Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Publishing Company, 1956. Print.]

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Constellation Sensation

Last week we gave you a sneak peek of our upcoming Constellation series, but as gorgeous as still images of these pieces are, it's nothing compared to the effect of walking around them.

So, we walked around them for you! Here's a video shot last week (we were shooting stars... heh heh heh) to show the fantastic color changes of the dichroic diffusers as you move around the fixture. Incredible, right?

Constellation Series

Available in:
3ft, 6ft, 9ft, and 12ft approximate diameters
Black, white, or stainless steel perforated metal points
White or color-changing dichroic diffusing petals
Incandescent or fluorescent lamping

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Star Light, Star Bright...

Yet another internal project of ours is nearing completion, almost ready for an unveiling. You'll notice from the sneak-peek photo above that the piece resembles a star. A bright, new star. A piece of star light. Oh, the pun-ny possibilities!

And so we ask you, dear readers, what witty wordsmithing should we employ in our upcoming starry, red-carpet rollout? Calling all pretty puns and corny quips, please!
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