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Tom Dixon and his iconic pendant lamps

November 7, 2016

Design paradise in Milan

A few weeks ago I went to Milan to see a ballet in La Scala. That was a magnificent experience, but another highlight of the trip was the Home section of Rinascente – upscale department store, which has its flagship concept store in Milan. The Design Supermarket occupies the entire basement floor and offers home furnishings, tableware, lightening, gadgets and small electronic appliances, and other lifestyle and home accessories. The number of amazing brands from all around the world is absolutely astounding, I felt myself like a little girl in a candy shop! But what stood out for me the most were the designs by Tom Dixon, and I hadn’t heard this name before. So I decided to look it up, and turns out that despite my ignorance, I’ve actually seen a lot of his designs before, and so have you, trust me!, because this self-taught British designer, who set up his own design company in 2002, has produced some iconic items, which you will instantly recognize – Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, and Beat light. But we’ll get back to them later.

Tom Dixon in Rinascente Milano

Tom Dixon Melt Pendant Lamps

The lamps that caught my attention in the first place for their spectacular fluid form are called the Melt pendant light. They were created by Tom Dixon in collaboration with Swedish design trio FRONT and are a relatively recent addition to the brand’s lighting portfolio. The slightly warped, seemingly melting ball of light is a technological advance in the field of vacuum metallization. Check out how the lamps look different when the light is on and off. When switched off you see the high-gloss finish, but in the on state, the melt is translucent and thus changes the lamps’ entire appearance. It’s available in two sizes and several colours – chrome, gold and copper. Oh and they are expensive, around 500€ and up, depending on the size.

Melt pendant lights Tom Dixon

Did you know these iconic lamps were from Tom Dixon too?

And now a few images of other iconic Tom Dixon pendant lights.

Copper Shade

Available in copper and bronze, these best-selling pendants are one of Tom Dixon‘s signature items. Look how great they work in low-key white interiors, putting a sharp and modern twist on them.

Tom Dixon Copper Shade

Source: Cush&Nooks

Tom Dixon Copper Shade

Source: L’Appartement Living

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Summer Deals – Two Weeks Left!

August 18, 2016

Summer is almost over, but we still have a couple weeks left to “aprovechar las rebajas” in the Spanish furniture and home decor shops, i.e. take advantage of the summer sales with discounts reaching 70%. Here is my selection.

1. Olhom

Olhom has a lot of fun stuff up to 75% off in its Outlet section: from lamps and dishware to wall art and rugs. Use REBAJASAGOSTO promo code for an additional 15% discount.

Olhom outlet

2. Maisons du Monde dishware

MdM still still has some beautiful pottery on sale (30-50% off) featuring dishes, bowls and mugs from different collections. Shop here.

Dishware Maisons du Monde

3. Looking for designer items?

If you’re on the hunt for designer pieces make sure you check out domésticoShop. They are currently selling off exposition items from their 4 show rooms (2 in Barcelona and 2 in Madrid). Discounts reach 80%. For example, the Viccarbe chair below priced at €1.166,44 is now available with a 40% discount, and you can get 50% off this cool Scandi Treku sideboard (€2.115). You need to register to access the Outlet though.

domesticoshop outlet

Madrid-based Deleite Design also has discounts on designer furniture and accessories with a Nordic touch, such as this sideboard, now available for €1887,6.

Nordic sideboard

Another online-shop which is not to be missed if you’re looking for Nordic and vintage items is Barcelona-based Miv interiores. Discounts on their Outlet are not very high (15-20%), but they have a lovely selection of ceiling lights and pastel sofas and lounge chairs.

Miv interiores outlet

4. Colonial styles from Banak

For colonial styles see Banak Importa, they have some very good deals until the end of the month. They have an online shop, but also more than 100 franchise shops across Spain. If you like something online I recommend ordering through a physical shop closest to you (find one here).

Colonial designs in Banak Importa

5. Home textiles in El Corte Inglés

 El Corte Inglés is now in 60-70% sale, and you can still grab some great home textiles, including bedding from Desigual, Purificación García, Bassols, Sheridan and other local and international brands.

Bedding from El Corte Inglés

6. Zara Home

Zara Home sale has long reached its peak – 60-70% off, and few interesting items are left, but you’ve a great selection of napkin holders. Shop here.

Napkin rings from Zara Home