Once thought to be found only in the rooms of babies and children, mobiles have been given a new spin by designers over the years. After the one featured on Apartment Therapy yesterday, and the one we spotted this weekend in Alexandria, we've begun to rethink this childish piece of décor. • 1 We loved this wooden bird mobile, found at Chinoiserie in Alexandria. Most mobiles have to be made with care taken to weight, as no one wants a mobile that droops to either side. This one hangs from a branch, eliminating that problem and adding a rustic touch.
• 2 This is the piece of wood that the bird mobile was cut out from.
• 3 The classic Flensted "Flowing Ribbon" mobile in rainbow.
• 4 Moon-lily mobiles by Jan R. Carson
• 5 "Spectrum" mobile by Brigitta and Benedikt Martig-Imhof
Maybe the whimsy is good for grown-ups too, as we can see the wooden bird mobile hanging over our desk at home.
Other mobiles found on Apartment Therapy:
"As the Crow Flies" mobile by Contexture Design
Etsy Find: Beer Bottom Mobile by Western Art Glass
Look! Mobile at Rare Device
How to: Make an Abstract Mobile
HEX Mobile by Walter
Calder's Mobiles, On the Small Scale
(Images: 2, 3, Lindsey Roberts)