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?
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in.
Create height with items such as plants, artwork and books. Alternate taller pieces with shorter items such as peite vases, as shown below in the A Beautiful Mess studio living room. Not sure where to start? Choose a cohesive look and go for it! The next shelf vignette featured at Emily Henderson showcases a “Desert New Age” style, which welcomes earthy tones, tribal patterns, succulents and mineral specimens, among other pieces. In fact, in the next image we see the exact same shelf, this time styled to create a Playful Scholar look featuring neutral, masculine colors. Note special touches such as a globe and a bust displayed in a cloche. Incorporate a few unique conversation pieces into your shelving display for added interest.