Recently I’ve been kind of obsessed with Lindsey Adelman Studios and their fantastic lighting collection. If you don’t have 15 big ones to drop on one of their custom chandeliers, Lindsey Adelman Studio has posted detailed instructions for several fixtures on their website. Best of all, the parts needed to construct the stylish pieces can be purchased from Grand Brass, McMaster-Carr and I know how I’m going to keep myself occupied this winter.

Speaking of lamps, check out this concept drawing for a lamp / robotic servant that would have lived on Superman’s home planet of Krypton.

Part Roomba, part Moooi, that lamp is enviable, but I’ll bet it won’t be very long before we have furnishings every bit as useful.

DC Comics recently rebooted their entire line of comic books, which includes iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The company used the opportunity to toss out 60 years of convoluted continuity and to update the characters histories and costumes. Superman, for example, is losing the iconic red trunks. Corny as the red underoos might be, I’m not sure if I approve of this change. The red adds a nice flair. What do you think?

Vintage Superman

The new look. (I suppose it’s alright).

Superman’s ditching the red trunks, and I’m ditching the blue art in my dining room. I’ve never particularly liked the piece, and last week I finally replaced it with a vintage wooden screen that I bought at the Randolph Street Market a few years ago. (Note the astronomy prints on the opposite wall because they come up again later in this post).

I’ve always liked the screen, but I never knew what to do with it. No clue why I didn’t try hanging it above the dining room buffet a long time ago. I guess I just didn’t see it working there. It’s very difficult to break the mental blocks we have when it comes to our own homes, don’t you think?

From the summer issue of CS Interiors, check out this great photo of Ann Kendall of Covet Studio in Glencoe and her astronomy prints. Great minds think alike! Ann’s installation confirms my suspicions that the one in my dining room would benefit from adding another couple of vertical rows. Unfortunately (and fortunately), I live in a quirky house:

This old gas light fixture prevents my installation from being as large as it could be (ok, should be darn it!). But it’s too charming to remove, so I persist.

I swiped the astronomy print idea from an Elle Decor spread a few years ago, and I recently spotted the same prints in a gorgeous Highland Park home (as chronicled in the now classic post Jinx, you owe me a coke! Coincidence or design doppleganger?).

How about this ad for Jayson Home? I’m obsessed with snakes, and Jayson is by far one of my favorite shops in Chicago. Caroline Scheeler and co. have always made room for the slithery reptiles in their product line, which makes me s-s-so happy.

Continuing with the snake theme, I snapped this photo of a vintage lamp recently at the home of a very talented photo stylist.

This is a recent Associated Press photo.

Speaking of snakes . . . I spent last Saturday paging through the last several months worth of Rolling Stones issues, and I particularly enjoyed Matt Taibbi’s May 2011 article The People vs. Goldman Sachs. To illustrate Goldman’s dubious business practics, however, Taibbi attempts to draw a comparison to the way in which interior designers do business, and I’m not quite sure that it makes his point. What do you think?

A little maybe. But don’t many interior designers, in fact, mark up products to supplement their incomes? And I don’t really have a problem with that. They have the creativity and the access. They edit, and they deserve to charge for it. Sure, jacking up the price of a brand name wallpaper is unethical, but it strikes me as a subtle distinction, and I’m not sure that it really conveys the magnitude of Goldman’s shenanigans as so eloquently recounted by Taibbi.

Isn’t this a clever product roundup? From the iPad magazine POST (debut issue – Matter).

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3 Responses to “Roundup!”

  1. As you can tell from when I write these posts, I tend to enjoy “Strange Closets” as a midnight (or later) snack. Your collection of astronomy prints, and that of Ann Kendall, are beautifully placed, not too far apart. The ELLE interior shots suffers from too much space between frames compared to their size. I have about 5 years of back issues of Astronomy magazine from 1976 to 1981; if I can’t find a collector who wants them (good shape, most still in the original mailers, only read once), I will pillage them for a set of 24 gorgeous framable photos. You and Ann made excellent selections, with a circle or semi-circle the fundamental shape in each photo.
    Love the lamps in this post, too.
    I know how you adore Superman, Tate: I have an original framed artwork from a science fiction convention on the Superman theme. I will send a photo of it along to you. If you like it and would like to be its new owner, I will ship it to you as thanks for the great enjoyment I have had from Strange Closets pretty much since its inception.

  2. I remember the screen — I was with you when you bought it. Nice surprise seeing you the other day!

  3. Tate, I love the wood screen in your dining room. As you know, I never cared for the bland, blue painting you had there before. What a big difference it makes.