Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Good idea or just plain bad?

In the quest for a dining room light that would be unique and fit within our budget (imagine that...), I came across Ingo Maurer's Zettel'z light a number of times. It looked a bit "out there" the first ten times I saw it, but then the brightly lit pages, handwritten notes, and fresh aura all started to appeal to me. I'm sure that I've proven some psychological phenomenon associated with repetitive exposure, but I digress...


The light is a combination of Japanese cane papers, some of which are already pre-printed with romantic notes in many different languages. There are then equally as many blank pages for future inspirations. While I'm not sure that Mr. Big or I would want to subject our guests to our passionate love letters (hahaha), it could become a really unique guest book from those many special people who visit us. This could potentially become a memory book of sorts that could spur on discussions at the dinner table.

I just don't know if this is, in fact, a neat idea, or if I really need to get a life, and select a more normal fixture (example left...a bit boring compared to the above images...). Would the Zettel'z be unique and fun or are we better off with a more traditional light piece?


3 comments:

Jamaila said...

It's an awesome light! I don't know if I'd put it over the dining room table, though -- for sheer practicality, what if you sit a steaming hot roast turkey (or, you know, something) under it and the steam coming up wrinkles or ruins the paper? :(

I actually love the light itself, though -- I am pondering putting it in our library room. I think it would look amazing set in among the books. Very literary. :)

Anonymous said...

I think that this is a really cool idea, but maybe not for the dining room...

Heidi said...

Love the idea. Being practical, though, will it give you enough light necessary for the room?

Another guestbook idea - the Scriveners had a permanent pen in the laundry room. All their guests signed and dated the plainly painted wall. It was a cool little display, but not very portable!