Emerald Faceted Sideboard by Marco Costa

I saw this arresting piece for the first time a few weeks ago and it’s stuck with me ever since.  The modern, abstract construction makes it look like a massive jewel, particularly given the gilded base and slightly iridescent covering.  It sounds flashy on paper, but because of the deep emerald color it’s not over the top in my opinion. Clearly a focus piece for any room, it would lend an amazing pop to a minimalist penthouse.


Available at Boca Do Lobo for a princely sum indeed – http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Add Modern Style with Hanging Mobiles

A hanging mobile is an unconventional but inspired way to add some modern, mid-century style to a room.  Invented and popularized during the 1930s through 1960s by the sculptor and artist, Alexander Calder, whose iconic creations can now fetch millions of dollars at auction, today mobiles are available in a wide range of styles and at prices that are affordable to everyone.  In fact, Calder’s current auction record was set in 2014, when a seven foot piece titled Flying Fish sold for nearly $26 million dollars!

Hanging Mobiles are Kinetic Sculptures

When Calder invented the hanging mobile, he envisioned it as a kind of moving piece of sculpture, which is a fascinating idea if you think about it.  For thousands and thousands of years sculptors had worked and created masterpieces, but not one of them thought about creating a sculpture that could move.  And I think the movement of a mobile is a beautiful and calming thing because it isn’t mechanized; it’s just a the mercy of whatever natural breeze happens to touch it.  So unlike other pieces of moving art, it’s not annoying or distracting, but rather soothing.

Hanging Mobiles Look Best in Modern Style Homes

While hanging mobiles are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and shapes today, most have a modern feel to them, and therefore look best in a modern environment.  Hanging mobiles also look best in modern style homes because they typically add a touch of bold and bright color to otherwise stark and clean looks.  For example, in the pictures below you can see how a hanging mobile can fill a large airy space without looking obtrusive; it adds a focus point and some color without removing that open, spacious feel.


Calder Style Hanging Mobiles

You can find a number of modern hanging mobiles in the style of their inventor, Alexander Calder from a number of places.  There are a number of stores that specialize in selling hanging mobiles, such as Hanging Mobile Gallery, and Atomic Mobiles, and you can find lots of people selling handmade mobiles on Etsy as well.

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Other Hanging Mobiles

Among some of my other favorite hanging mobiles are below:

The origami mobile has become a popular style of late and is available from Etsy.

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And lastly, this hanging mobile in particular from Paul Marra Design is really fantastic, and offers a different look from Calder’s distinctive style.

Vintage Mobile



Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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