Look up!

8 August 2013

While thumbing through the envious + inspirational Instagram account of recent Girl Crush, Jeanne Ciasullo, I fell in love with a DIY mobile she made for her new baby boy’s nursery. I’ve been dreaming up ways to decorate the new Ocean Violet  office and I think a mobile would make a fine addition.The beautiful new loft space is made of raw wood, exposed brick and steel beams. At the same time, though, it’s feeling awfully cavernous and in need of color. A mobile is high enough to catch your eye, but doesn’t take up too much space, either. And whoever said mobiles are just for babies?!  They are more like adult “air sculptures,” if you ask me! Light, playful, and uplifting to look at. They are ever so whimsical, adding a bit of humor and youth to your space.  Not to mention, when the time comes, you can always move your mobile to the nursery. Bingo!

You’re most likely familiar with the mobiles founded by the great American sculptor, Alexander Calder. Calder made the mobiles into kinetic sculptures that delicately balance and suspend components responding to motor power or air currents, such as a fan or touch.

they should really be looking up at this beautiful Calder piece.

they should really be looking up at this beautiful Calder piece.

Calder's Red Lilly Pad's at the Guggenheim.

Calder’s “Red Lilly Pads” at the Guggenheim.

Since an original Alexander Calder mobile will most likely stay on my “Dream Art Wish List,” until further notice,  I’ve found a few that might do the trick while I save my dimes. Although there are many copycats and “inspired” Calder’s if your heart so desires. Here are a few that I have my eye on right now:

Himmeli Mobiles & Hanging Planters.

Brass Orb by Hruskaa, Scandinavian inspired modern decor. It’s symmetrical, clean lines, totally harmonious.

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Also by Hruskaa, feeling like you have a green thumb? Throw an air-plant up in there.

Among many things on Academy.com, I came across these perfectly minimalist mobiles.  Available in black + white. much more aesthetically pleasing

Among many things on Academy.com, I came across these perfectly minimalist mobiles. Available in black + white.

French artist, Arnold Goron's "Spring Mobiles" for Isabel Marant's store in New York. He's also the genius behind those sculptural honeycombs at her store as well.

French artist, Arnold Goron’s “Spring Mobiles” for Isabel Marant’s store in New York. He’s also the genius behind those sculptural honeycombs at her store as well.

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Inspired by the polyhedron, these colorful little guys need a bit of assembling. I love the neutrals paired with the pops of color. You can find the Themis Mobile at Poketo.

Featured Image and this beatuiful mobile is by Pakauka in Australia.

Featured Image and this beautiful mobile or as her shop calls it “Art for the Air”by Pukapuka. I want this mobile and that Gumby.

Puka-Puka: in Japanese can be loosely translated as “something floating gently in space.” 

 They say, when a mobile slowly turns with the slightest of breeze, the movement is seen as good luck.  I guess I’ll also be getting a fan for the new office.

 

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