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Week 42.2: red light district

Red light!

Red light!

Standard issue CB2 Industry Pendant Lamps come in black and, well, black.

That’s it.

No. Nothing wrong with black… but we were wanting something a bit more arresting to go over our work-in-progress kitchen island. More dramatic… more able to see from down the block. And now, due again to the limitless resourcefulness of the Green Bottle Gang, we have all that in spades.

Better redder.

Better redder.

Yes. No more “none more black.” Thanks to the kind artisans at Russell’s Speed Shop, the Industry Pendant Lamps are able to realize their full focal point potential.

Red lights are go!


Criss Cross Bubble Pendant

Criss Cross.

Criss Cross.

In the late 1940s, the designer George Nelson, one of the icons of American modernism, stumbled upon an unconventional solution to lighting after being inspired by a self-webbing material used to mothball ships.

After a quickly-assembled Ball prototype proved successful, Nelson—originally trained as an architect at Yale—then developed several other designs which were produced by spray-coating a skeleton of steel wire with a layer of translucent plastic polymer. The tautly-stretched material emphasized the lamps’ simple forms and sculptural qualities, and resulted in an illumination that was soft and even.

The “Bubble Lamp” line, as it came to be called, launched by Howard Miller in 1947 was an instant classic, and continued to sell well into the late 1970s when they were discontinued.

Bubble, bubble…

Bubble, bubble…

20 years later, Modernica reissued the Bubble Lamp line—utilizing Nelson’s exact specifications and the original Howard Miller factory tooling—and “named” each individual Bubble Lamp design: Saucer, Ball, Cigar, Apple, Pear, Criss Cross, Lantern and Propeller (Nelson himself never named the original different lamp designs—they were simply assigned catalogue numbers by Howard Miller).

Today, the “airy and lighthearted” Nelson Bubble Lamps are, quite deservedly, part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA. The Criss Cross Bubble Pendant, in particular, can be seen each week illuminating the various diagnoses of everybody’s favorite misanthropic doctor. And, more to the point of all this, the Criss Cross is due soon for an open-ended appearance…

…at our house…

…where, it will be occupying exactly 25″ D. x 9.5″ H. of space in our dining room (just above the table)!

Week 21.1: an update from Will



Awoke this morning to an email from Green Bottle Will:


hey roy + liane_

have you visited the oc-17 house lately?

the painters plan to work on sunday to re-spray the front steel rafter tails and do touch-ups around the house. monday, they plan on painting the wooden rafter tails. also on monday, the roofers plan to install the master bath roof and have the gutter and side pieces for the dining room installed.

tuesday, the glass installation starts (temporary stops will hold the glass in place until we can trim them out; the installers will also seal the windows from the outside around the frames).

on wednesday, if possible, i would like us all to meet in order to discuss lighting. and, we also have another possible solution for the upper balcony that we’d like to discuss.

that’s all i have for now. let me know if you have any questions.

have a good weekend.



So there you have it—a partial agenda for next week.

Today though, busy day ahead…

…which includes a trip to DirectBuy (yuck) to order our appliances (yeah!)… but, perhaps first, a stop by the house to see the latest and greatest… but only after lunch at Pho Que Huong (18A without nuts, please) and checking out that Aldi.

Industry Pendant Lamp



When Will at Green Bottle asked us to consider CB2’s Industry Pendant Lamps as part of our kitchen lighting set-up, consider we did… for all of two seconds… before deciding that they were exactly what we’d been searching for.

They’re big (20.25″ D. x 23″ H.)! They’re black (although this may change once we start nailing down color schemes)! They’re steel! They’re affordable…

…and, right now, they’re shipping for FREE!

From the CB2 site: “The really big one. Over the top, hi-gloss black steel warehouse lamp rimmed in delustered metal replicates its big union predecessors at a minimum wage price. Frosted glass diffuses the beam. Retro black cloth cord tandems with metal cable for strong suspension. Professional hardwire installation recommended; hardware and ceiling plate included.”

So, we’ll be getting two of these bad boys to go above our kitchen island (should go real good with our Real Goods). And with our left-over-wedding-booty Crate and Barrel gift cards and FREE shipping, we’re hoping to pay only pennies.

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