Look! X Bar's Lamps

Look! X Bar's Lamps

Abby Stone
Aug 14, 2008

We've blogged many times about how hotels and restaurants inspire us so when we go out, we're always looking to see what's new, inspiring or just plain unusual. Recently, we slipped into the X-Bar at the renovated Century Plaza Hotel. We'd never noticed the lamps in the booths before (we're usually heading straight for the generously sized outdoor area), but this time, we stopped on our way out to take a closer look...

Airy, light and lit from within, from afar they resemble small clouds wafting through each booth's grove of trees. Upon closer examination, they seem to be made of peanut-sized styrofoam pieces threaded onto hair-thin wire surrounding a single bulb. We've heard they're Italian and we'd be very curious to know the designer. Does anyone have any clues?

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