I spent a rare day in West London yesterday – Notting Hill actually, which if you live in East London is like exploring the other side of a sparkling, Farrow and Ball coated, blossom adorned alternative universe. I was walking on air along Ladbroke Grove soaking up the beautiful windows and as I passed the one above I felt my eyes do that cartoony ‘ba-doooing’ jump out of my head thing – an incredible, unusual, vintage-modern lamp covered in luminous candy-coloured balls stood enticingly in the window. WOW. I stood back and read the sign – it was a Jonathan Adler store of course. For those of you who don’t know – Jonathan Adler is an iconic American homeware designer known for his whimsical and colourful designs. We were late for lunch so I took a quick snap and moved on. As I write this post at 10pm the night before you are reading this – it is clear I have been think of this light all day!
I assumed that the lamp was a one-off vintage piece sold at the shop but on further research discovered Jonathan Adler had designed an entire furniture and lighting collection featuring these ‘bubbles’ called Globo inspired by the optical quality of magnifying glasses and the jewel colours of acrylic. Other pieces in the collection include transparent acrylic chandeliers on stems of brass, incredible coffee, console and side tables embedded with bright orbs of glass and utterly covetable jewellery boxes in pastel hues. The Globo table lamp comes in at £995… i’m starting saving now!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org