Stejnar v. Maskros

I always wanted an Emil Stejnar chandelier for my last house, and the funny thing is that the pricing was all over the shop for those a few years ago…I could find them on e-bay with a single broken flower for about $400…so I figured if I sleuthed enough…maybe I could get a good deal on one without broken glass…although, with all those flowers, a single broken one could easily go undetected. I was hopeful.

Then something happened…I missed the watershed moment, but Kelly Wearstler or some other wildly popular designer from a few years back must have featured one, because, for the past couple of years..this is what they are going for:

$12,000.00 Stejnar Chandelier

$12,000.00 Stejnar Chandelier

Attributed to Stejnar for ONLY $4,800.00

Attributed to Stejnar for ONLY $4,800.00

Stejnar is all wrong for the Regal Beagle, too formal…but Ikea has felt our pain once again and offered up their new Maskros.  The shelter blogs went nuts for this when it was unveiled in Europe a few months ago…but I hate to feature anything you can’t get your hands on yet, so, I waited until it showed up here.  Sure, it’s paper, not Austrian glass, but a great look on a budget.  If I were trying to pull it off in a more formal setting, I’d group several of them at different heights and the drama of that alone would distract many from the fact that your statement chandelier is paper!  Tord Boontje has been doing very well for years now with his paper chandeliers/pendants at the same price point, so why not Ikea?

$90 Maskros from Ikea

$90 Maskros from Ikea

Hot Vinyl

Gotta love upcycling.  I was really pleased to see all the “back to school” upcycled products at Target this summer.  Nothing like a Capri-Sun pencil case.

Anyway, this works for me on many levels.  sofa city sweethearts has made this pendant from 3 45s and 1 LP.  It has a mod, feminine, yet sinister quality I’m drawn to…..like ruffles on a biker suit…..

$40 from sofacitysweethearts via Etsy

$40 from sofacitysweethearts via Etsy

Stayin’ Glassy

As always, I acknowledge the sin against art when I feature knock-offs.  Moving on…

For those, like myself, who have always loved the gorgeous Giogali chandelier, your bargain has arrived.  Designed by the Italian architect Angelo Mangiarotti in 1967, it is a timeless classic.  Z Gallerie has taken it upon themselves to create their own version for only $299. No,  these are not handblown Murano glass links…if they were, it wouldn’t cost only $299!   That said,  I saw one in store and it does cast beautiful light through the glass much like the original does.

Mod Mood Lighting

Just seen (and purchased) at Target.  No dragonflies or flowers here…cool, retro string lights for the garden at $12.99.  I couldn’t find them on the website, so more poor photos from me – sorry!   A nice thing about these is the transferability -  the cylinders are easy to pop off and attach to another string. If you had a white ceiling, you could put these on a white string of lights in seconds.  These will look great on my future patio with the 70’s plastic chairs I just bought at last week’s flea market.  Upon completion of that backbreaking project, I’ll post results.