“Parmenides I” is a contemporary art installation by artist Dev Harlan, consisting of an interesting mix of foam, wood, plaster, and video projections. An eight foot diameter sculpture was used as a main element in a light show that can be described as original and captivating. According to Laughing Squid, the white polygonal shape is brought to life by having various intricate patterns projected on its surface. The film below was shot during Dev Harlan’s solo exhibition “The Astral Flight Hangar”, at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York City. We imagine it was quite interesting to watch the display live. You can observe from the movie that the effect of the light show is pretty strong, especially when complemented by great background music. We find this game of light and shapes to be a bit hypnotic and are curious to see your reactions after seeing the film.
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.