What is it? It's a Danish modern floor lamp, circa the 1950s. Most people associate Danish modern with light woods and colored plastics, but that's more of an 60s-70s look. The forties and fifties were all about dark metals iron and rosewood, which suits me better. The later stuff reminds me of the knockoffs that seemed to populate American junior high schools when I was growing up.
Where did you get it? When I first moved to Denmark, I was staying briefly at the flat of a colleague, who lived in a neighborhood of row houses. The elderly man in the row house across the street had died, and his children put up fliers inviting the neighbors to take what they wanted before the kids carted the rest away to the dump. I got this lamp, which was very dusty and had shabby old straw lampshades at the time. I also got a clothes iron and a rosewood beside table.
What do you like about it?
What do you like about it?I like the angles between the stems. You see a lot of similar three-leg lamps in Danish second-hand shops these days, but most lack the angles, which tie them all together. And I like the way you can angle the lamps any way you want - up, for diffused lighting; down, if you need light for sewing or reading; or away from sensitive guests' eyes.
How does it inspire you? I like the way it is spare, beautiful, flexible, and practical. Really good design.
Is it your usual taste? Yes, I'd say so. My home is a mix of bought things and found things, but the found things are so pretty I think it would be hard to tell which is which.
Would you trade it for anything? If yes, what? I can't think of anything. I've accumulated my furniture pretty carefully over the years. I dread the day I move in with a partner and we have to do triage between his stuff and mine!
After months of begging and pleading, I've finally succeeded in getting my dear friend Patrick Folliard to contribute to my blog. Welcome to My Favorite Thing, a spirited Q&A, featuring inquisitor extraordinaire (PF) and global guests.
My Favorite Thing #1
Jenny Hampe Endreson, Farmer/Artist
What is it? It' a bottle cap candleholder.
Where did you get it? I made it.
What do you like about it? I love the fact that it's made from all recycled materials, and that it's so colourful in a Mexican folk art sort of way. It's g.d. BEAUTIFUL. I marvel at it daily.
How does it inspire you? It makes me want to erect a Bottle Cap Cathedral. It makes me want to nail bottle caps unto every surface of my dwelling.... including the chicken-house.
It makes me ponder all the endless possibilities for recycling in this life.... and how to cut back on consumption, whilst increasing production. And the joy of creating is simply indescribable....
Is it your usual taste? Yes, it's my usual taste, as my "usual taste" is utterly eclectic, but leaning towards folk-arty.
I must confess that I set my weekday alarm to NPR at 6:36 am. I'm sure many of you know exactly why, but for those who are scratching their heads, that's when The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor airs in rather compact form. While some have a "bedroom" voice, I would say that Mr. Keillor has a "morning" voice and when applied to reciting writers' biographies and poetry it becomes, in my book, the world's best way to start the day.
So, because I love this quote and because today is Patti Smith's 65th birthday, I forward a bit of wisdom from Patti that I heard this morning thanks to Mr. Keillor:
"In art and dream you may proceed with abandon.
In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." Patti Smith
Next up: Local Design (and this time I mean it.)