mid-century lamps and UO lounge chair update

4 Apr

Just wanted to update everyone on a few UO-related items, one circus-related, another comfort-related.

Circus seal lamp, UO, $48

Wish I’d seen these before writing my recent circus post (here).  Popped into the UO shop near home this afternoon, and spotted these excellent ceramic circus seal lamps.  They’re not cheap, at $48 apiece, but they come with a shade and you could probably get away with buying only one.  (I’m normally a fan of symmetry when it comes to table lamps, and would usually get a set of two, but the seal is kitschy enough to work alone).

As you can see in the photo at top, UO also sells a rabbit lamp in green and yellow, but it sufficiently reminds me of the bunnies by indie rock poster artist Frank Kozik (above), and therefore sufficiently creeps me out.  I could totally see it in a college dorm, though.

Siamese cat TV lamps, Ebay, (currently $46)

The ceramic animal lamps also remind me of a favorite Ebay search item – the vintage ceramic TV lamp.  Like some weird cross between Halloween pumpkins and “Color Me Mine,” these lamps were ostensibly created in the 50s and 60s to protect viewers’ eyes from flickering screens in darkened family rooms.   As described on TVlamps.net, most people who bought TV lamps did so because they were fun and cool.  (Check out the eyes on these Siamese cats – they glow!)  Some TV lamps (named because they sat on top of the TV set, back when TV sets had ‘tops’) even double as planters – great for the little green thumb in your family.   We used to have a cat similar to the Siamese one featured above, but unfortunately, it didn’t survive the trip on the way to our new home. 

Two Lulu chairs in situ

And in an earlier post about UO chairs, I’d mentioned that I would get back to everyone about the quality and comfort of their offerings.   At about the same time, my friend Farrah mentioned that she’d just ordered two Lulu chairs in the light tweed color.   I hope she doesn’t mind that I swiped her photo (above) – but the chairs just look so great in her room.  So far, the report has been all good.

I didn’t have the same experience with the rocker, unfortunately.  Saw it in the shop and wasn’t all that impressed.  The seat is very low to the ground, and the cushion is very thin.  So I’d definitely hold off on that piece, especially if you were considering it for a nursery, until you can experience it in person.

Til Monday — take care and happy Easter!

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3 Responses to “mid-century lamps and UO lounge chair update”

  1. Esther April 5, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    I used the rabbit lamp in a kids room design because I couldn't resist the color. http://buymodernbaby.com/blog/2010/03/15/my-modern-nursery-big-girl-room/ The seal is cool though. I don't remember seeing it before.

  2. Jaime Klein Daley April 5, 2010 at 3:31 am #

    That room is incredible, especially the color combo – love the burgundy headboard, the blue chair and accent yellows.

  3. Esther April 8, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    Oh- thanks 🙂 And it looks like Ohdeedoh spotted the seal lamp too… http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/lighting/ten-animal-lamps-that-make-us-smile-113475

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