The name of the Pestrin pendant lamp designed by young Venice-based designer Nicolo Zavagno comes from the Venetian dialect. The story goes back to the noble family Morosini del Pestrin, living in the Morosini palace. According to the designer, this project borrowed its name from Calle del Pestrin, where milk used to be distributed. “Pestrin” also literally translates as “milk” and each of these design units is said to provide a unique opportunity to enjoy a part of Venice at home.
The shape of the lamp is a reminder of the container used to carry the milk from the “pestrin” back to the house. The use of porcelain and wood takes back to ancient traditions; melt with a minimal and contemporary design with a finish in a multitude of colors, the lamp diffuses warmth in every environment. Venice has always been associated with romance, relaxation, a sense of happiness and warmth. We hope this post will slowly teleport you into this mesmerizing city and that for a brief moment, you will be able to hear the traditional songs of the gondoliers. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Nicolò Zavagno]
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
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.