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Let’s Talk About Those Copper Spheres – Part II

As you’ll recall from Part 1 of this story, we bought two big copper balls for $10 a piece at the Design Within Reach Annex in Secaucus. They were tagged as being Roberto Menghi’s Globo di Luce pendant but I’m quite sure that the plasticy burnt-out and slightly-scratched balls that we have aren’t the blown-glass originals. (A floor sample perhaps?) But even though they’re just the shell of a Globo di Luce, they’re kind of cool. Yet the question remains–what to do with them?

The original inspiration of using them as an objet was this pic from Apartment Therapy that I pinned as an idea for Pablo’s man cave.

In our house, his “cave” is actually a light filled den with a fireplace…and wood paneling. His one request: The wood paneling stays. So, my plan is to go for a swanky mid-century feel like the picture above. I love how the surveillance mirrors are used as decoration. I figured the balls could sort of do the same thing. But the problem: our rooms are small. And my balls are large. (Go ahead. Let the pre-teen in you have a giggle.) You see, having a 16 inch diameter pair of balls sticking out of the wall looks like Angie from Survivor’s boobs. I stuck one on a nail from a picture of my gallery wall just so you can see what they look like hung – even though I wouldn’t put them in this space. See what I mean?

It can also be hung by the big hole so the smaller opening is on the outside. Let’s try that. Nope…still looks like a boob. But now it’s a boob with a nipple.

Let’s try something else. Since the den has recessed lighting, I figured we could hang them from the ceiling  just as a decorative object. But the place to do that would be over the table in the den and we thought that would look pretty cool. Until we realized it looked like this from the kitchen. (See below.) Combined with my beloved Hicks pendant in the kitchen, the view became Sphere City.  (For the purposes of this experiment, the role of “Price Is Right Girl” will be played by my hubs. BTW – Did you hear they finally hired a guy to display the washing machines and boats on Price is Right? I think Pablo could have kicked his ass if he had auditioned.)

And don’t forget, I’ve got CB2’s Firefly light in the dining room. (I’ve obviously got an Orb-session. Wonder what Freud would say about that?)

We had them on either side of our entertainment center for a little while but they weren’t great there either. But looking at it now with my pink chair, I’m not hating it. (Though I do hate how it seems to bring more attention to the monstrous TV. (I painted the walls a dark color because I wanted the TV to recede, not stand out.) What do you think?

I figure I can rig them up somehow to hang them right on a wall as long as I find the right space. Maybe in the kitchen?
The living room? The foyer? The bedroom? But would it be too boob-like??

The jury is still out on my copper balls but hopefully I’ll find somewhere to hang them soon. Got some ideas? Please tell me in the comments!


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Decor, Home, My house

Let’s Talk About Those Copper Spheres

Back when I told you the sad story about my lack of a linen closet, I let you in on the secret that makes my little house work: my walk-up attic. And when I showed you this picture, I knew there would be a question or two about those big copper balls that live in the attic right now. And I was right.

The thing is – they only live in the attic because I don’t know what to do with them. Yet. Here’s how they came to be ours.

It was quite awhile ago that I started spotting these amazing copper pendants throughout the blogosphere. I remember seeing this image and it was a truly gasp inducing sight.

A little research taught me that the designer of the pendants was Tom Dixon but at this price, they were never going to be mine.

So, when Pablo and I used a summer Friday last year to spend the day shopping for the house sans-kids (which is the ONLY way to shop P.S.), we were thrilled to stumble upon these weird slightly-burnt plastic copper-looking balls at the Design Within Reach Outlet in Secaucus. I immediately loved them for their Tom Dixon-ness. Pablo, who doesn’t know his Tom Dixon from his Thomas O’Brien, just thought they looked cool.  (He’s cute when he gets excited about design stuff, isn’t he?) Oh, and did I mention that we paid $10 a piece for them?

A little research showed us that our Design Within Reach balls were actually the originals, designed when Tom Dixon was just 9 years old. According to the DWR site, the Globo di Luce Pendant was designed by Roberto Menghi in 1968 and it’s made of hand-blown glass. So, in fact, lots of the “Tom Dixon” copper pendant pics I had been dying over could have actually been Menghi’s Globo di Luce. They’re so similar, it’s nearly impossible to tell from a picture.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking Tom Dixon. He’s an amazing designer and artist and I would give my left arm to have a bunch of his Beat Lights hanging above my dining table. Aren’t the shiny gold interiors divine? (Photo via Y Lighting)

tom dixon beat

I just think the design world shouldn’t get their panties in a bunch about Tom Dixon’s copper pendants when they are clearly a tad derivative. Anyway, let’s get back to my balls. (Insert laugh like a pre-teen boy here.) If you’re the kind of person that solves the mystery in the first act (I’m talking to you, Mom!), then you might have figured out where this is going. Did you pick up the clues? You see, I mentioned that the $10 things we bought were plastic-y and kind of burnt looking, yet the DWR site clearly states that the Globo di Luce is made of handblown glass. So, we assume that ours were some kind of store display item (I can’t imagine how fragile the actual blown glass globe is!) that was never supposed to have a lamp in it. That would explain why they were kind of charred and why they were $10 instead of $1355 like they were originally tagged for. (Did someone put a bulb in them when they weren’t supposed to?) But we figured we could hang them somewhere and just use them as an objet. (Yes, I just used the French word for object. I kinda love  it and I’m not at all embarassed using it. OK. Maybe a little embarassed.) And we tried a bunch of different places around the house but they weren’t quite right anyway. So a year later, my balls live in the attic.

Tomorrow let’s talk about a few of the ideas we’ve had for hanging them around the house.  I think you’ll agree that several ideas don’t work  because they either look like cajones or “boops”. FYI: that’s Lily’s word for boobs. How cute is that?

More balls tomorrow!

(UPDATE: Click here for the link to the second part of the story. And click here to see where we ended up using them.)


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