object and light

April 7, 2014

I need to change the bi-line of this site to “a blog about seeing,” since clearly my interests have shifted from pure design to something more about how we take it the world around us. Which is not to say that I don’t still experience that visceral joy when confronted with something I love. Most bloggers call it “covet,” but I think it goes deeper. And so, back to design…

Recently I found my heart leaping at this table from Object and Light. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the exquisitely delicate metal legs with the chunky, warm, wooden top. Love the sense of history.. But also the reasons this table speaks to me are personal. a) Family lore: growing up we enjoying epic meals, lively conversation, and heated card games around similar tables at Stephanie’s and the cabin in Maine. b) Professional education: my aunt Sheila, an architect, has been advocating for long, lean tables for years because they are not only architecturally dramatic, but also they seat many people while keeping the experience intimate. She had one made as a wedding present that measured a generous 8 feet by a mere 30 inches. c) my own experience: while photographing Fiona’s cottage in Maine, I admired the lithe proportions of her antique vintners table from France.

Object and Light happens to sell many other one-of-a-kind pieces that speak to me. I would love to own some of their vintage, industrial lamps, but right now I’m just grateful for the similar light that I bought for a mere $40 from Marnie.

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