A Washington, DC Dining Room 08.08.2013

I recently walked into the dining room at the home of my friends Rob and Lucy and had to catch my breath: the chandelier was breathtaking.  This is the Caboche Suspension Lamp designed by Patricia Urquilo (a Spanish designer) and Eliana Gerotto (an Italian designer), and made by the Italian lighting company Foscarini.  

I'm no expert on lighting or lighting fixtures, but I know when a room feels good, and Rob and Lucy's dining room feels really good. 

The suspension lamp is a recent acquisition in their home, but it wasn't easy getting it.  First, the couple had to get on the same page about the lamp:  Lucy liked it more than Rob, but eventually they both agreed.  Then, there was a wait list that went on for months.  Finally, it arrived and after two adjustments made by the electrician, it was in.  And now?  The whole room looks spectacular and warm at the same time. 

There is a mid-century feel (my favorite kind of feel) to the polymethylmetacrylate bubbles, but it could easily fit into a retro or ultra modern space.  Click HERE to watch a brief video of the designers talking about how the lamp is inspired by a '30s woman's bracelet.

Rob and Lucy found the table (made in Burma) in Thailand and shipped it here.  I have been fortunate to sit at that table a number of times and eat really wonderful, satisfying food. Both Rob and Lucy are great cooks and have no fear approaching adventurous food.  The last meal I had at their home ended with homemade beignets:  who does that?!

I saw a table lamp version of the suspension lamp in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan".  In episode six, one of the characters is getting it on with a lady who is trying to get his genetic material and boom!  There they are:  two Caboche table lamps.  (The lamps, obviously, are not the point of that scene.)

By the way, if you're not watching "Ray Donovan" you are missing out.  Even if it wasn't for the compelling storyline, interesting characters, and tremendous acting, it would only take the following two words to get me to watch this show:  Liev Schreiber.  He had me at "The Daytrippers".

Have an interesting dining room story?  A space that's gone through an evolution through years of uncertainty and angst?  Send it to me:  Four4Courses@gmail.com.  No more than a page with a photo.

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