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marcel wanders


i love this chandelier. designed by marcel wanders for flos (and inspired by the work of achille castiglioni), the zeppelin lamp uses a gauzy, cocoon like material to create a truly unique lighting experience. more info at flos.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want that lamp!

One thing I'm puzzled about and maybe you can fill me in - why is it that generally, design sites seem to make it kind of hard to purchase their products? I went there, and found the lamp, and found retailers that carry his lamp. That's rare! Half the time, there is little information at all about obtaining products. Even then though, they aren't online retailers, but real stores I would have to go to, and then probably order the lamp special.

I'm curious - is this because many items are made on order? Or is there another, darker reason that high-end designers rarely post where to find their work?

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also - why no prices? Never, ever are there prices.

I know I can call the retailer and try and find out if I can order this specific product (hard in and of itself), but I don't want to take the time unless I'm going to follow through - and I can't if it's beyond my price range.

Why the secrecy?

12:50 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i think it depends on the manufacturer. i can only speak from experience with the manufacturers i work with and i know SOME of them dont post retail prices because they often change with the price of materials (example: the cost of steel and titanium shot up this year, so products with large amounts of those go up)

but i agree with you that prices should be more readily available. but i guess they figure if you want it you'll just call.

don't know if it's some dark conspiracy, but it just seems to be the way things are with larger, high-end studios. wish i had the answer, sorry..


1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess curious shoppers can call...

But I hate this conversation:

Me - Nice lamp! How much is it?
Them - [quotes a price near the size of my paycheque, but in US dollars]
Me - oh. um. thanks anyway. *click*

Lisa in Vancouver

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that high end retailers tend not to show price for a number of reasons (one mentioned already was frequently changing prices). Another is quantity. (ie: a large hotel purchases 400 lamps = not the same price as 1 lamp)

I believe that it is also to protect the profession of interior design. Many high end retailers only sell to the trade.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I believe that it is also to protect the profession of interior design. Many high end retailers only sell to the trade."

Wow. That's particularly depressing. Only high-end design for those who can pay for a designer to get pieces for you?

I guess I'd better try and win that lottery...

2:03 PM  

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