Favorite Finds: Let There Be Light (and Fire)

Dwell on Design 2011

Sometimes seeing is believing, which is why I enjoy shows like Dwell on Design. Reading about a beautiful object is one thing, but actually experiencing it in person is a lot more convincing -- or not. Now that I'm back in Seattle, I finally had a chance to take another look at everything I saw in L.A. this weekend. Up first: lighting and fireplaces.

Images 1-2: My heart went pitter-patter when I peeped these outdoor fireplaces from Modfire. Talk about retro appeal. I think these fireplaces, with their clean lines and bright colors, might just replace my obsession with Malm.

Images 3-4: David Trubridge's kitset lighting has gotten a lot of ink in recent years, especially the spherical Coral light. What I didn't realize is that the designer's "seed system" means that now, even his largest lighting fixtures can be shipped as kitsets in tiny, flat packages. Trubridge's bamboo plywood lights make a modern statement, from the illuminated painted interiors to the intricate shadows cast on the ceiling and walls. (Photo 4: David Trubridge)

Images 5-6: My in-person photos didn't turn out, but I was really impressed by the three-man team behind Cerno, an industrial design company specializing in LED lights. One of the founders, architect Nick Sheridan, humbly explained that his favorite new product is the Cubo. Made of a solid walnut body, the bedside fixture has an aluminum arm that can be extended, transforming it from a sconce to a focused reading light. Photos: Cerno.

Images 7-8: I love fireplaces, but hate the idea of cutting a vent into my ceiling to accommodate one. While Brasa's ventless fireplaces might be a bit sleek for my space, I dig the idea and appearance of their products. (They actually make an insert if I already had an existing hearth, which I don’t.) For a product I thought was pure show, the fireplace on display threw off an admirable amount of heat. Brasa's Bill Price told me the company's products run on "moonshine" -- or clean, renewable bioethanol fuel, if we're being exact. You can even add bottled fragrance to the burner. Photo 6: Brasa.

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