A trio of Nelson Bubble Lamps designed by a mid-century design super star George Nelson makes a bold, yet playful statement hung above the breakfast nook table. It's not only a great conversation piece, it provides plenty of light once the sun goes down.
Sinuous lines on the freestanding soaker tub and side chair merge with geometric tile and a bohemian-chic rug in this fun and eclectic master bath. A bubble lamp adds another curving line, as do round mirrors and additional modern lighting. White walls connect the space with the rest of the mid-century modern house.
A checked pattern over the buffet piece features alternating textures beneath ornamental metallic knobs. A pair of table lamps match the brass of the knobs, and the shape of the base blends the mediterranean influence of the display with the more contemporary surroundings. Framed art fills the wall space while a bubble contemporary light fixture finishes out the design with a modern flair.
This spunky, modern kid's room on New York's Upper West Side features built-in bunk beds with reading lamps, a streamlined paint treatment and a hanging bubble chair any kid would love. Gray lacquered floating shelves serve as nightstands for each bunk, while built-in drawers provide storage. A mod polka-dot rug pulls together the fun and colorful palette.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”