Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Week's Top 5 Favorite 1stdibs Items: Airy and Modern!

Inspired by the modern airiness of Warren Platner's furniture pieces (our design influence from earlier in the week), we sought out similarly spacious-feeling furniture and accessories from this week's 1stdibs' newest listings. Perhaps we've defined it before, but visual weight isn't the same thing as actual weight. Something might weigh a lot, but when you look at it, it gives off an airy, not-heavy feeling. These are the kind of furniture and accessory pieces you might want to incorporate in a small space, or a space where there is already a lot of visual clutter.

1) Two Italian 1950s Bookracks by Fontana Arte
Much like Warren Platner's steel-framed furniture pieces, these two bookracks also create the illusion of being there, but not really being there, but only consisting of gilt brass rods and glass ends. This really lets the books become the showstopper---and not the piece holding the books up.
Price: $2,002
Dealer:
1stdibs Paris

2) 4 Foot Gino Sarfatti Chandelier
A neat light fixture with a very modern slant (check out the strict color palette of bold, primary colors), this piece belongs on this list because it has thin arms and lots of space between the elements---lending it a very unassuming-feel. It'll add to a space, but it won't stop the show. Price: $8,800
Dealer:
Downtown

3) Shelf by Mathieu Matégot
This is another shelf for our list, this time a Mid-Century piece made my designer Mathieu Matégot. Though a black color and therefore a bit of a standout when placed in front of light-colored walls, we still think this deserves inclusion due to it's super thin frame and barely-there feeling.
Price: contact dealer
Dealer:
R Gallery

4) 1970s Table by Paul Legeard
Glass-topped coffee tables have long been used in interior spaces where there's a lot going on, or the small size requires a table that doesn't clutter the room up, like say in a small living room. This table pulls double duty by not only having a glass top, but by also having a bottom that has a thin, airy frame.
Price: $5,852
Dealer:
1stdibs Paris

5) Rare Lino Salvatore Table Lamp
This little table lamp is the perfect example how something small, and with a delicate frame can barely appear to exist, but still provide a lot of light and functionality.
Price: contact dealer
Dealer:
rewire

Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's listings from 1stdibs, where you can find more fabulous, one-of-a-kind show-stopping pieces, as well as a number of other great pieces!

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