Bold and minimalist, Afillia is a new collection of lamps designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Italian company exnovo. In plant terms, “Afillia” means leafless, though not lifeless, surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids. According to the designer’s official product description, the collection includes six lighting accessories (three table lamps and three pendant lights). The base or socket ring is in Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions.
The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in polyamide (also known as nylon fibre), sintered by professional 3D printing: “”The shade reveals a web of essential geometric configurations, capable of capturing the light and concentrating it in a spherical, compact and luminescent aura. Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming compact halos, round and bright. This is energy in fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.” explained Alessandro Zambelli. All the lighting units come with green cords to connect them to the power supply. Find this lighting collection as unconventional and intriguing as we do?
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.