Our eyes met over a crowded dancefloor. Within seconds I knew he was the one.
No, I'm not talking about my chance meeting with super gorgeous DesignSixtyNine in the pop-up #lightclub at Habitat's lighting event last week (though that was a very special thing too). Instead, I'm gushing over Marteau, the light that has finally ended my search for the perfect pendant in my new kitchen.
With its hand beaten brass shade, the Marteau ceiling pendant is a modern light with a vintage feel about it. I'm looking for three large pendants to hang over my kitchen island and whilst I adore Tom Dixon's copper ball lights, they are £280 each and I worry the copper will date. Brass on the other hand has a timelessness about it and tends to go with the mish-mash of other metallics I have around the house. I'm not into matchy-matchy, so I don't need my kitchen handles and light fittings to be the same, but I do want them to complement each other. Brushed steel and antique brass feel like brothers from different mothers. It's exactly the synergy I'm keen to nurture in my new room scheme and at £175 each they come in at a competitive price point too.
Back in my natural Habitat
When my beloved Leeds branch of Habitat closed a few years ago and the brand moved to be more of an online retailer, I have to admit I fell a little out of love with it. A browse around a Habitat store was always such an aspirational experience and one I refused to believe could be matched by scrolling through a computer screen. So I jumped at the invitation to visit Habitat's flagship Tottenham Court Road showroom for their Light Club event and re-acquaint myself with their latest lighting offering. It was reassuring to find that whilst its retail experience may have changed over time, the legendary Habitat design ethos hasn't. It's still got that distinguished Terence Conran feel to it and a lighting range every bit as iconic as I remember.
In addition to Marteau, these were my top ten faves:
9) Kuriko table lamp
10) Kuriko marble and gold floor lamp
I know I said I don't do matchy-matchy, but I'd make an exception to the rule for this last pair of Flo-esque marble based beauties, wouldn't you?