New Classics: Glo-Ball Lights
These well-rounded lighting winners can be suspended from a ceiling, perched on a pedestal or settled on a tabletop
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I've been fooled by a bunch of lights I see around Houzz all the time. I always assumed they were designed sometime in the 1950s, but it turns out their designer wasn't even born until 1959. These ceiling, wall, pendant, table and floor lamps fit into midcentury modern, contemporary and collected rooms with aplomb, and are favored by architects and interior designers around the world. They comprise the Glo-Ball series by Jasper Morrison for Flos, designed in the late 1990s and still going strong. See if a Glo-Ball is the right light for any of your rooms.
This tabletop globe is called the Glo-Ball Basic Table Lamp. I love the way it sits directly on the table, making one wonder if it will just roll right off (don't worry, it won't). For those who can't keep a goldfish alive in a bowl, this is the next best thing.
The Suspended Glo-Ball is the first light that fooled me. Perhaps because it first caught my eye in this New York City apartment that is filled with midcentury icons culled from MoMA's archives.
Even though I'm throwing the word "globe" around a bit haphazardly, you can recognize a Glo-Ball because it's not a true sphere. The diameter of the shade is a few inches larger than the height.
The S-1 version of the suspended Glo-Ball is approximately 10.6 inches high and has a 12.9-inch diameter; the S-2 version is 14.2 inches high and has a 17.7-inch diameter.
All of these lights have a white opal glass shade and an acid-etched blown-glass diffuser.
Wow, all of that opal and acid-etching talk sounds fancy, but what exactly does it mean? It means that the fixtures give off a soft, diffused light that is very easy on the eyes. This is where you get the big bang for the bucks you invest in one of these babies. Also, they are made in Italy, which adds to the fancy factor.
The Glo-Ball Table Lamp sits atop an elegant, slender steel pedestal. It fits right into the clean-lined contemporary bedroom, adding style and curves without distracting from the view.
The pendant was designed with high ceilings in mind, as the cord can stretch to 9.5 feet long. This designer of this contemporary cabin hung the lights high over the kitchen island so as not to block the woodsy views of Lake Michigan from the front of the house to the back.
The Glo-Ball F Floor Lamps come in three different sizes, so there's one that's suitable for a favorite reading chair and one that can stand up to the scale of a large room with a high ceiling. Oh, and there's another one in between the two for those in-between needs.
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