For many years, we've seen representations of birds in home decor — songbirds adorned nearly everything. Countless pillows, rugs, and pottery feature a single bird and the ubiquitous stick or branch. How refreshing to see the minimalist work of Shanghai designer Zhili Liu! Her Bird series of lighting represents feathered creatures in a whole new light.
Bird uses bakelite sockets that are very inexpensive and common in China. Zhili Liu reworked the everyday design so that each socket holds the bulb at an angle.
"The sockets are made of bone china, which is translucent, heat proof and electrically safe. Work with incandescent, CFLs or LED bulbs with a standard E-27 base."
I love these and the idea that using a couple, or thousands, would produce very different but very attractive sculptural lighting!