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I love this upholstered seesaw designed by Louise Campbell for Erik Jorgensen.  It’s “an interactive piece of furniture where it takes two people to achieve balance.  Seesaw is a playground for children and creative spirits.  An alternative way of furnishing a room. A balancing act that promotes communication, for who says that sitting still necessarily promotes a good dialogue?”  It’s fun.  It makes me smile :-)

Loved this post on Houzz – Bright Ideas for Fun Light Switches, and yes I do sometimes struggle to understand the line between stylish and tacky :-)

Of course, most of these aren’t going to fit NZ switch plates.  However on Etsy you’ll find some that are hand made, eg the rocket ship below (NZD$34), perhaps they can move the screw holes and change the hole for the toggle switch?

Would you live here?  I was amazed (and horrified) by this photo taken by Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski, shortlisted in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.  Rows of identical houses with a playground in the middle, in the city of Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China.

(Apologies to Alain de Botton who wrote The Architecture of Happiness – a treatise to the importance of the quality of our environments)

THE PLUMEN 002

The Plumen 002 is a new light bulb (an energy efficient alternative to the 30W incandescent bulb) that is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter to generate volume for their first production run.  It’s been described as the world’s most stylish light bulb.  If you watch the video it starts with Plumen founder and design director Nicolas Roope’s observation; “don’t you think it’s strange that the light bulb, an object so synonymous with ideas, is almost entirely absent of imagination.”

These guys have plenty of imagination.  I can’t wait to see what they do next with LED

My light bulb moment was when I saw a photo of The Plumen 001 – it’s the light bulb I am going to use on the bathroom wall in the lodge :-)  Below is the photo that gave me the inspiration (sorry, can’t find source) and below that the photo of where it’s going (once I can find a suitable fitting).