Modern & Contemporary Product Design

Are you one of those people that can’t wait for new lighting designs to come out? Always curious about what designers are up to? Well you are in luck! Bellacor has partnered with a Spanish company that will provide you with products that will be sure to inspire.

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Iberlamp, derived from Iberia, which is home of modern-day Spain and Portugal, set the standard for premium lighting in Spain nearly 40 years ago. Since then, the lighting industry has changed dramatically, but one thing remains constant – Iberlamp’s penchant for sophistication, superior quality and unique design.

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With Iberlamp’s master craftsmanship combined their unparalleled expertise and advanced technologies, we get to experience the creation of the world’s most innovative and timeless lighting designs. What more could you ask for? Quality, design, and expertise!

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This brand offers limited distribution. In fact, there are only 8 online retailers who can offer this product. If you have distinguished taste, a flair for the unique, and enjoy great design, you may want to look further into this product.

By Wendy Weinert

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry. The concept has been sort of a hot topic for designers in recent years, but rarely is it discussed or even heard of by consumers. So let’s change that. Biomimicry might be a discipline used in design but it affects consumers too and can dramatically change our future.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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First of all, what is biomimicry? In basic terms, it is a discipline that focuses on bringing nature inside and using nature as a way of solving human design challenges. You may have noticed the recent trend of nature-inspired products. For example, a chandelier made out of wood or a jute rug created from plant fibers. Well you see, biomimicry relies on the assumption that in the past, nature has already found solutions to many of the problems we as humans are trying to solve. All you have to do is study nature to find the answers.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry is not simply looking at nature and being inspired for a new fabric print, light fixture or table design. It’s much, much more than that. In biomimicry, nature is used not only as inspiration for a product’s aesthetic form, but for its construction, development and process as well.

This might all sound very scientific and a bit confusing, but it’s simpler than you think. In fact, you have actually used products designed following biomimicry without even knowing it. Velcro, for example, is a product of biomimicry. George de Mestral, the inventor of Velcro, came up with the idea after observing the burrs stuck on his dog’s fur and his own clothing. By studying and copying nature, Mestral was able to develop a successful product that is still used today.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Now that you better understand what biomimicry is and how it’s used in design, why should you care? Well, because finding answers by looking to nature can help designers develop more intelligent and sustainable products, meaning consumers too can benefit from biomimicry. You might even be benefiting from biomimicry right now in your own home! By observing and mimicking the internal structure of a firefly’s lit-up abdomen, researchers have been able to create more efficient LED light bulbs, therefore lowering the cost for consumers who use them.

A sustainable environment is better for everyone, so keep your eyes out for products that were inspired by nature and help biomimicry take on today’s environmental challenges.

By Wendy Weinert

Foremost Crystal chandelier brands – Schonbek, a subdivision of Swarovski Group

With the addition of Schonbek, a brand known for its heritage of premium quality and hand craftsmanship, Bellacor will strengthen its lighting selection, service, and value to support its overall vision of being the leading, trusted, expert online retailer of lighting & home furnishings. Like Bellacor, Schonbek is committed to helping customers beautify their environment by providing incredible product selection, service, expertise.
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Since 1870, Schonbek has been synonymous with authentic crystal chandeliers of the highest heirloom quality. Each creation is a radiant masterpiece of elegance and opulence, designed to illuminate generation to come.

For more than 140 years, the Schonbek name has carried with it a reputation as a change maker in lighting, revolutionizing the industry. To date, Schonbek is responsible for more than 200 patents.

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True to the Schonbek’s heritage of handcraftsmanship, each premium chandelier is delicately hand worked in the service of Schonbek_Handcrafted_Smallbeauty. The result is pieces of exceptional grandeur that are appreciated by traditionalists and modernists alike.  A made-to-order brand, each authentic masterpiece shines with its own special character in more than 50,000 combinations of finishes, crystal types and styles.

Schonbek is manufactured exclusively at its global headquarters in Plattsburgh, NY, U.S.A., drawing inspiration from its rich European heritage and longstanding tradition of chandelier making. Schonbek is a member of the Swarovski Group.

Housewarming: Gift ideas to make new homeowners smile

With what looks to be the worst of the housing rut behind us and numerous reports declaring sellers’ markets in cities nationwide, it appears the housing market is officially rebounding. It’s likely you have plenty of friends and family that are scooping up new homes, meaning plenty of housewarming parties are in your future.

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Congratulate your loved ones on their new home-sweet-home with unique gifts that show you care. Here are five spectacular housewarming gift ideas:

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Why send a bouquet that will last a few days when you can send a beautiful silk flower arrangement or plant that will add a splash of color to any room all year long? Modern faux flowers and plants are designed and constructed so well you can hardly tell the difference between them and live plants.

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If you want a gift that embraces fashion and function, look no further than a luxurious throw. Whether it’s used as an accent piece on a favorite chair or provides warmth on cool evenings, it will remind your loved ones of you each time they touch its soft fibers.

3. Garden delightsSolarChime

Garden and patio accessories provide a touch of class to any outdoor space. Help the new homeowners settle in by gifting them with a piece of outdoor décor. From graceful garden bells and wind chimes to beautiful bird feeders and quaint gnomes, outdoor accessories can be tons of fun.

4. Focus on the kids

Sometimes moving is difficult for children. Help little ones adjust to their new home by making your housewarming gift kid-friendly. Plush blankets, framed artwork, decorative mirrors, small toys, treats and books all help children get excited about their new home and make them feel special.CrocodileFloorCushion

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When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a custom-made gift basket. Remember, the package is just as important as what you put in it! Whether a beautiful wicker basket or wrought iron fruit basket, what holds the contents can be used over and over again by the new homeowners.

5 things you might not know about LED lighting

You’ve surely heard the hubbub about getting rid of old-style incandescent light bulbs and switching to more eco-friendly, energy-efficient bulbs to light your home. The hype has started for good reason – lights like LEDs really are longer-lasting and more efficient, and come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. But many people are still reluctant to make the switch.

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If you’re curious about LED lighting, but not sure about making the transition, here are five key things you need to know.

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1. What are LEDs, anyway? LED stands for “light emitting diode” and it’s those diodes that make the lights different from traditional incandescent and CFL bulbs, which contain filaments inside a glass bulb. The LED “bulb” contains tiny light sources or lenses that illuminate when an electrical current passes through a semiconductor within the bulb.

2. Do LED bulbs really last longer? Yes, they do! One LED bulb can have a life of 100,000 hours. Compare that to the average life span of a traditional incandescent light – just 750 hours.

3. Are LEDs actually eco-friendly? It’s not just a sales tactic – LEDs use less energy (less demand on the environment), last longer (fewer bulbs to throw away) and contain no toxic materials. They’re even recyclable.

4. LEDs are only for small fixtures, right? Nope! LED light fixtures have come a long way in recent years, and homeowners with a strong sense of taste can rejoice – virtually any style of fixture is now available in an LED version. So from your living room chandelier to the pendants above your kitchen bar, LEDs can light the way – and do it beautifully.LED_OutdoorPostLantern

5. Can LEDs be used outside? Absolutely! Whether you’re lighting up a pathway to your patio space or welcoming your guests to your front door, outdoor LED light fixtures will do the task – and save you the headaches of having to replace bulbs on a regular basis.

EASY-BREEZY DAY TRIP: THE ANTIQUE FAN MUSEUM

If you’re looking for a cool summer destination, why not take a spin to the Antique Fan Museum? Just a half-hour’s drive from Indianapolis, the Antique Fan Museum in Zionsville, Indiana, is a treasure trove featuring more than 450 antique ceiling and desk fans. It’s located at the headquarters of Fanimation, Inc., the premier ceiling and desk fan manufacturer renowned for original and reproduction fans. The museum’s collection represents more than 140 manufacturers dating back to the early 1800s, making it the perfect gathering place for decorative arts enthusiasts, gearheads and fan aficionados of all ages. Plus it’s the only museum of its kind that’s open to the public, which makes it a fun and unique experience.

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The museum was first launched by the Antique Fan Collectors Association (AFCA) in 1997, displaying fans acquired by its members. In 2008, the AFCA moved the museum to its current location at the invitation of Fanimation founder and CEO, Tom Frampton. Since age 17, when he repaired his first vintage fan while employed by an antiques dealer, he’s been an avid fan collector. Through his extensive world travels, Tom has curated a captivating collection of antique fans, which are now on exhibit.

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At the Antique Fan Museum, you’ll discover every kind of fan imaginable. Some are true curiosities; others are works of incomparable ingenuity; and each is a link with the past. Check out designs ranging from ephemeral hand-held advertising fans featuring brands, movie stars and politicians to über-durable fans for railroad cars and battleships. Explore a variety of indoor ceiling, wall, desk and pedestal fans with hot air engines, fueled by steam, lamp oil and—break out your flask—alcohol. And be on the lookout for surprises, like early coin-operated fans used in hotels and one of the world’s oldest electric desk fans, circa the early 1890s.

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After you’ve toured the museum, linger in the lobby to learn about the history of Fanimation and to see fans inspired by Tom’s personal collection. These exquisite reproduction models unite authentic vintage styling with modern safety and control features to create fans that represent the ultimate in character, comfort and convenience.

Style You Can Bank On: The Fargo

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Back in the 1920s, bankers, brokers and lawyers needed fans that would help them stay cool without blowing away their stacks of cash, stock certificates and legal documents. The solution then was the Savory Airator. A desktop fan featuring horizontal blades in a gilt cage, the Airator created lateral air movement that left their papers unruffled. Re-envisioned by Tom as The Fargo, this safer and more efficient desktop fan offers three speed settings, creating maximum comfort while your communiqués stay put. Available in satin-nickel finish with chrome accents, oil-rubbed bronze with antique brass accents, and burgundy faux leather with brushed brass accents, the Fargo adds the perfect touch to home or office décor.

All That Jazz: The Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is often quoted as saying “There are no second acts in American lives.” But even The Great Gatsby author would have to agree that Tom and the team at Fanimation transformed the legendary Robbins & Myers Peacock fan, originally designed in 1933, into a thoroughly modern marvel. Uniting speakeasy styling with the latest technology and safety features, The Fitzgerald offers three speed settings, breezy oscillating motion and elegant satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze finishes. Equally at home on the wall and tabletop, The Fitzgerald is a versatile performer and powerful second act.

 Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Air Shadow

Inspired by one of Tom’s favorite vintage ceiling fans, The Air Shadow is composed of four curved blades, combining a striking silhouette and a 43-inch sweep. When the Air Shadow isn’t in use, the blades retract, presenting a different yet equally compelling profile. A handy remote control operates the fan at three forward and reverse speeds, plus you can dim or brighten the light at the touch of a button.

Take another look and discover fans in both an old yet new light.

The Details

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Address: 10983 Bennett Parkway, Zionville, IN 46077
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–4 PM, or by appointment at 317.733.4113.

American made: Get to know Justice Design Group

Justice Design Group, creative producers and purveyors of handmade lighting fixtures, is truly a family affair. Owned and operated by the father-and-son team of Bruce and Brandon Levin, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer has been the largest ceramic lighting manufacturer in the U.S. for over 25 years. Their simple formula – Form + Finish + Function – yields unique and versatile results.  From residential to hospitality, traditional to sleek contemporary, Justice Design offers a vast range of lighting solutions to fit all applications and aesthetics. Create a mood, complement a theme or simply add the perfect lighting accent.

JusticeLightingWith over 200 different shapes and 30 hand-painted finishes, Justice offers residential consumer and design community a vast array of options. They even offer an unfinished and paintable “ceramic bisque” option in case you’re more the do-it-yourself type. The Justice Design unique finishes are CER-1005-WHT_INSTALwhat really set them apart from the crowd. Painted entirely by hand, some of these stunning finishes require as many as seven coats. Options include glass-like glazes, smooth faux marble and stone, and textured finishes that turn each fixture into a work of art. Each piece is meticulously sculpted and then can be hand-painted and hand-textured to resemble marble, metal patinas, slate, travertine or hammered copper or pewter, among many others.

Justice Design’s ceramic pieces are crafted, finished, packaged and shipped right from their facility in Los Angeles, CER-1265W-HMCP_INSTAL[1]California. Using a process called slip casting, they pour the liquid ceramic (a.k.a, “slip”) into molds and then fire them in a proprietary kiln designed just for them. The machine is remarkable – they load the pieces onto shelves and then the kiln itself runs along a track to cover the shelf and dry the pieces, reducing potential breakage and allowing multiple shelves to be set up for the process. Once the pieces have been fired, they move to the finishing department where each one is meticulously finished by skilled artisans. The results are timeless contemporary pieces that will last a lifetime.

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Bamboo – A Luxurious and Healthy Fiber

With so many fiber choices out there, how do you choose which one is best for you? Do you struggle with allergies? Is your skin sensitive? Are you concerned about bacteria that some fibers hold? Then bamboo might be the fiber of choice for you.BedVoyageDuvetCover

Sharon Stuart, CEO & Founder of BedVoyage, released the following information about bamboo fiber production process:

“The process of talking a stalk of any kind of tree (Bamboo, birch, Eucalyptus, etc) and turning it into a fiber that can be spun into a textile is called Rayon or Viscose. there is a solvent used in breaking down the stalk into a pulp that can then be spun. this process is commonly called Rayon.

It can seem that when a product is called Rayon, that the connotation is that it is now a synthetic fiber,  but that is not the case. It is the process of taking a natural product and turning it into a fiver that can be woven.

BedVoyage bamboo linens are made from 100% bamboo, unlike many other bamboo companies which blend their bamboo with cotton. we have chosen to use the highest quality bamboo, the highest thread count and not to blend it with any other fiber.

We are required by the FTC to label our products as a Bamboo Viscose or Bamboo Rayon so that the consumer is aware of the process of how bamboo is created.

This is a definition of the making of our Eco-luxury 100% bamboo linens.”

A Naturopathic Physician, Amy Fasig, N.D. also provides some insight into bamboo as a linen. This is what she has to say about it:

“As a Naturopathic Physician, I see a lot of patients with multiple chemical sensitives or skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It is important for them to limit their exposure to dust mites, bleach, disinfectants, and other common environmental allergens. Bed Voyage sheets provide an easy and practical way to do so at home and especially while traveling. They are one more toll health-conscious parents can use to protect their children from exposure to irritants when on vacation. Also, I know my menopausal patients will find the coolness of the bamboo helpful for their night sweats!”

Multiple products available from sheets, to towels. Find out more here: Bellacor-BedVoyage

Furniture is a New Star in our September Anniversary Sale

For 12 years, Bellacor has provided a one stop online shopping experience for home decor, lighting and accessories. Although, this year is different, as we have a new website and an expanded and improved furniture category.

And in a time honored tradition, Bellacor is celebrating its annual September Anniversary Sale. With $3,000 in planned giveaways, and a 15% discount on a vast selection of products, this limited time opportunity demands the attention of anyone even considering a purchase for his or her home.

In years past our savvy customers always watch for great deals on lighting and decor, but a new trend is growing. Furniture shoppers have flocked to our site over the past two months looking for great deals for every room. So we decided to include almost 20,000 pieces of furniture in our Anniversary Sale this year. With so much furniture on sale you can easily find a great deal in every room including; Bedroom, Bathroom, Dining Room, Living Room, Kitchen, Entryway, Game Room, Bar, Entertainment Room, Patio, Home Office and more.

Bellacor still offers an ever growing list of lighting and décor for any area in or out of the house. And our selection of products can grace every space in the home with a Midas touch of high style, function and quality. Now, more than any other time of the year, it can be done for amazingly reduced prices.

This opportunity offers some of the best deals of the year and will end soon. If you have been considering a purchase, to improve your home, but have been hesitating, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. If a home furnishings purchase was not in your near future plans, Bellacor’s massive annual September Anniversary Sale may be enough to make you change your mind.

Bellacor Announces Launch of Jamie Young Company

Bellacor is proud to announce the addition of Jamie Young Company’s assortment of lighting and home décor products!  The Jamie Young Company was founded by a husband and wife team who brought their love of travel and artistic vision to life in a beautiful selection of table lamps, floor lamps, glass pendants, ottomans, mirrors, pillows and accent tables.

This company’s responsibility to the environment can be seen in the organic, fresh products that they have designed. Renewable resources such as jute, seeded glass and natural wood are used in their products…quality materials that create a great niche for what is current without being trendy. 

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Their eclectic taste and love of beautiful textures and fabrics can be seen in their pillows, ottomans and pendants such as the Corky Pillow, Bellacor item number 618277 and the Udipur June Pendant, Bellacor item number 618559:

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Jamie Young Company is constantly pushing the envelope with new materials and inventive designs; these talented craftsmen have given us the opportunity to offer their quality products on Bellacor so that our customers can benefit from their fresh artistic vision, enjoy!