Nothing spawns conversation on a design blog like exclusive design versus mass market. Some of us favor original designs no matter what the cost (isn't that what Ebay is for?). There are also those who just want the look and are not interested in who designed it (hello - budget!). And still others like to do both…
As our fall decorating and entertaining gets underway we challenged ourselves to find some pieces we loved and see what our options were. We urge you to compare and contrast and decide what's important for you and your home. Aren't you glad we have choices?
1. Flameless Candle Chandelier: Kevin Reilly vs. Restoration Hardware
Mr. Reilly, the originator of this design trend, creates customizable one-of-a-kind lighting pieces. His beautifully simple designs have inspired a huge range of admirers.
(above) Kevin Reilly Altar Hanging Light: see website for details at Holly Hunt
(above) Pillar Candle Rectangular Small Chandelier: $629.00 at Restoration Hardware
2. Dining Tables: Prouve vs. CB2
Jean Prouve was a master of beautifully engineered minimalism and his designs are being discovered by a new generation of design enthusiasts.
(above) Prouve Gueridon Table: $2,560.00 at Design Within Reach
(above) Teepee Dining Table: $369.00 at CB2
3. Dining Chairs: Arne Jacobsen vs. Target
The Series 7 Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955, is a true classic. Like all of his designs this chair is simple, functional and still evokes a futuristic spirit.
(above) Series 7 Chair: $534.00 at Design Within Reach
(above) Tendy Dining Chairs, Set of 4: $229.99 - $249.99 at Target
4. Antler Candle Holders: Esque vs. Roost
Nothing says Fall like a good set of antlers. We've seen them in a variety of ways but both of these versions have a graceful beauty in two different materials.
(above) Esque Antler Candelabra: $380.00 at Velocity
(above) Roost Bronze Antler Candlestick: $50.00 at Velocity
5. Fall Dinnerware: Heath vs. Ikea
Heath has been designing salt-of-the-earth ceramic ware in Sausalito, CA since 1948. Fine restaurants around the globe serve food on Heath dinnerware.
(above) Coupe Line: Bread & Butter, Salad and Dinner Plates in Matte Brown: $17.00, $25.75, and $31.50 respectively
(above) Dinera 18-piece dinnerware set in brown (includes 6 of each: dinner plate, salad plate and bowl): $21.99 at Ikea
6. Napkin Rings: Kelly Wearstler vs. Cost Plus
Rarely do we break out the napkin rings but 'tis the season to use cloth napkins and dress up the table.
(above) Kelly Wearstler for Sferra set of 4 "Twig" Napkin Rings: $190.00 at Neiman Marcus
(above) Woven Metal Napkin Rings Set of 6: $23.94 at Cost Plus
7. Wooden Bowl: Simon Pearce vs. Target
Large, wooden serving bowls can add warmth and function to your fall table setting. Simon Pearce, mostly known for his glassware, has called upon artist Spencer Peterman to turn modest wood into beautiful table pieces.
(above) Black Walnut Wood Bowl: $150 - $325.00 at Simon Pearce
(above) Carved Wood Serving Bowl: $29.99 at Target
8. Rubber washtub: Ole Jensen vs. Ikea
Ole Jensen, the man behind design creative Normann Copenhagen, designed this simple tool for the discerning homeowner. We feel that both of these items would work very well for a host of other functions, such as clearing the table or taking out the recycling.
(above) Normann Copenhagen Washing Bowl & Brush: $87.50 at Velocity
(above) Boholmen Rinsing Tub: $14.99 at Ikea