Design Crushes: Color and Clarity

Combing through endless items to enhance our interiors (yours, mine, and the world’s), the pieces I most appreciate these days have intense colors, and clear forms. Simplicity is refreshing in the sea of over-designed items. Here are a few pieces I am crushing on right now. Some luxury with soul.

Design Crushes May Interiors Inspiration Color and Clarity Melinda Mandell Palo Alto
1. EARLY MORNING SURFERS BY CHRISTINE FLYNN 2. FLOCK CHANDELIER BY SHOPFLOOR 3. THE BOAT BOWL BY REIKO KANEKO 4. LENS TABLE BY MCCOLLIN BRYAN VIA HOLLY HUNT 5. WARREN PLATNER LOUNGE CHAIR FOR KNOLL

This photograph by Christine Flynn transports me to that vacation I keep saying I am going to take. Ethereal light, lush green trees, and a secluded beach are all I want. I will hang this over my fireplace to remind me to go!

Recently I heard David Whippen, owner of ShopFloor in San Francisco, speak about his creative journey. David prides himself on precise metal work, and the Flock Chandelier shows off his talent. These crisp, perfectly balanced LED light fixtures are combined into a floating collection, and I love them!

The Boat, a bone china bowl with a hefty hand-spliced rope handle, has been on my crush list for a while. I love the combination of the rigid, glossy base with the responsive, rough handle. Designed and made in England by Reiko Kaneko.

I have fallen hard for this Lens Table by McCollin Bryan. A thick, perfectly polished resin top held by the base like a jewel,  meets my desire for color and clarity. Available in a plethora of saturated hues, multiple base finishes, and several sizes, there is sure to be a configuration that gets your attention. The emerald and black one above sends my pulse racing!

Of all these design crushes. this sculptural, vintage Warren Platner lounge chair might be my favorite!  We all need some vintage mixed with our modern, and this chair from classic mid-century powerhouse, Knoll, would be a bold statement. Distinct in it’s confident form and straightforward upholstery (I can’t resist that color!), this chair would have command of my living room. Or any room for that matter!

What do you think of my crushes? What designs get your heart pumping?

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