Thursday, July 8, 2010


One important detail to any space is lighting. Whether it be outdoor or indoor, why settle for something blah when something fabulous can do the same job? San Simeon was full of interesting lamps -such as the gilded wood figure above in a bedroom suite.
The very streetlamps in Chinatown, San Francisco were works of art. I love the gilded lizard crawling up the green pole! Do those bells actually ring I wonder?
A building in the financial district of San Francisco had heavy bronze caged sconces. They're not messing around!
These poured concrete terms (not caryatids as I originally stated) surrounding the outdoor pool at San Simeon also caught my eye. A simple mold must have been made which was then used over and over again inexpensively with common concrete. Now thats a bright idea!
Many thanks to Sandra Jonas for the designation 'term' on the last lantern.


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Totally is one of the most important aspects of room design.

Francine Gardner said...

Love chinese lanters. I was in awe of the intrictae lanters in the Forbidden city. I have a very soft spot for the simple Morocan lanterns...perfect for a dry climate..not so for our humid East coast summers though

BWS said...

Love the Chinatown lantern. Don't remember even noticing them. Thank you.

David Toms said...

Absolutel love the last two!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Will - and outside!
Francine - I'll have to look up those lanterns from the forbidden city!
BWS - they were down the main street, maybe it was just this one section near the Ritz.
David - you prefer the 'grand' fixtures :-)

Kwana said...

These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

little augury said...

I have to say-lanterns-they light me up. Much prefer the look of them to any lighting on a post or wall. Especillay the colonial sort-the more rustic the better.