How many shades of grey?

GREY CHANDELIER, GREY CORD,
GREY SOCKET, GREY CEILING CANOPY

OK, so the cord is really transparent (but it looks grey).  And the socket is really chrome (that’s a kind of grey, isn’t it?).

And here you have it…… five-arm chandelier in lovely shades of grey

(45 x 55 cm,   2 mtrs cord,   E27, 220volt,   7.5 x 11 cm transparent ceiling  canopy)

Retail price:
1875 DKK
360 USD
250 EURO

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Barrel going, going, gone to ….

BARREL COMPETITION –

The winners have been chosen!!!

4 “likers”  from Facebook have won, and will be notified.

AK,  SK,  CG and NS   have each won a Barrel shade, of their choice.

Please feel free to:

1. join our mailing list

and

2.  ‘like’ our FaceBook page.

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Win a Barrel, win two Barrels! competition

Finderskeepers is now – Saturday and Sunday.
Award-winning Claire de Lune Chandeliers, and Barrels will be there.  As will we  🙂

Here is how you can win a Barrel,  maybe TWO Barrels.

(Two Barrels together, matching or not, are great over a dining table, in a window sill, as bedside lighting, or separate.  As you like).

To be eligible for a drawing – there will be 2 drawings over Saturday and Sunday –

1. join our mailing list

and

2.  ‘like’ our FaceBook page.

If you do this via the internet (not in person at Finderskeepers), your name/email address will be added to the pool of entrants old-school style (on a piece of paper).  Then at 6pm each day, we will draw 1 name from the pool, and the winners, if not present, will be contacted through their email address.  Winners can collect their barrel at our stand on Saturday/Sunday, or Barrels will be sent by mail.

Now to win TWO BARRELS – As a winner, if you send a photo of your Barrel that we can use in our marketing , we will send you another Barrel of your choice.

See you later this weekend.

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What a palava!!

Earlier this year, in April, I received an email that I had won an award for my design –
Claire de Lune  ®    Chandelier.   This came from A’Design Awards in Italy.

At first I didn’t believe it until I read it again at least twice!
But then it sunk in.  I was going to Lake Como to a gala event to accept my award!! Suddenly, I was accutely aware that I was going to have to presentable, that not only would there be the other winners, but the organizers also informed that the press would be there, and there would be SERIOUS picture taking going on!   ACK!!

My daughter, who lives in Hamburg, said she would join us there in Como for the event, so we made a little family outing out of it.

Then the preparations started:  I had to have a new dress, the right shoes, the right accessories, both under and over the clothes, just the right make-up, and had to be ready to say something! – THAT was the most nerve-wracking!

We are off to Milan airport, Malpensa,  the day before the gala event.
We arrive in  Terminal One, this is an area that reminded me of the fruit section of a supermarket.  Ok, maybe that’s not what they had in mind, but hey….

I had taken one of my lamps with me to assemble and be exhibited at the MOOD Museum of Design, starting the day after the gala event.

The award was a very nice thing to happen.  I was proud and honored.  But what really made an impression on those weeks, was the preparation of preparing the trip, the thoughts of how I would “present” myself.
The actual gala took place on the shores of Lake Como in beautiful Villa Gallia.

This is the hall where the awards were handed out.

Here I am with my award!

Broletto di Como, where the exhibition took place.

Most of the winners showed up at the opening of the exhibition, and here is one of our group photos.  More can be seen here on FB:

A very memorable occasion, indeed.

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Lucky Dozen

Something special – and lucky about this dozen – 2012!!!

I could feel it coming already from December last year, and when I heard it was the Chinese year of the Dragon – that sealed it for me.

So, apart from dragons, other symbols of good fortune include horse shoes, and horses, and these are also part of my latest collection – the dozen.

An important thing happening in the dozen,  is Jamaica will hold its 50th year of Independence celebrations, so to be a part of that, even though I am far away –
I have done some pieces to mark this monumentous time.

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My home is my castle

1-5 June in Frederiksberg’s beautiful gardens with entrance on Falkoner Alle, we will be there, exhibiting at Mit Slot Mit Hjem (My castle, my home).  Along with many other exhibitors with products for your home and garden, we will be there with our new products, which we will keep secret for now, and then there will be the ones you remember.

We will be in the same booth with Salamat Interiors with her lovely products from India.
We love!

Launching our  mirror lamp in a smaller version.  Now you can have all the glamour and luxury that is in the BIG chandelier in a smaller version, just right for your bedroom, bathroom, living room, or boudoir.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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56’er

It has just been recently that I have realized have a special connection to the number 56.

I was born in ’56. One of my favorite vehicles is a ’56 Ford truck that my friend in Pasadena lovingly brought back to life.   The number of our house is 56.  And I will be 56 this year.

It’s a very special year, with many  “round” events.  Two of my girlfriends turn 50 this year, three other good friends turn 40, Jamaica is celebrating 50 years of independence, the Olympics are on this year in London, it will be 10 years since my son died, 50 years since my biological mother passed, 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, 40 years of Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

It is the Chinese year of the dragon.  (You KNOW I had to have a dragon necklace in my new upcycled jewellery collection which I call LUCKY DOZEN.)

It’s truly a special year!

In celebrating 56, I am going to hold a series of sales for the rest of the year on Etsy.

On the 5th and 6th of the every month, all products will be entitled to 11% off.

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Award winning Claire de Lune Chandelier

A wonderful thing happened last month.

I won an award for my chandelier ………

Claire De Lune Chandelier has been awarded with the noteable Bronze A’ Design Award

Como, Italy, April 10, 2012 /DESIGNPRWIRE/

A’ Award and Competitions are pleased to share that the project Claire De Lune Chandelier by Claire Requa has been granted the prestigious Bronze A’ Design Award at Lighting and Lighting Projects Design Competition

Lighting and Lighting Projects Design Competition Bronze A’ Design Award Medalist

A’ Award and Competitions are pleased to share that the project Claire De Lune Chandelier has been honored with the prestigious Bronze A’ Design Award at Bronze A’ Design Award Competition elected as one of the winners by the international arbiters of the A’ Design Awards & Competitions amidst numerous participants.

Insights on Claire De Lune Chandelier

Claire Requa, the creative mind behind the awarded project Claire De Lune Chandelier says “Decorative, lighting, sold flat-pack, packaged in a reusable carrier bag. I have provided an affordable version of a grandiose, luxurious, cultured product representing a past era – baroque/rococo, done in a modern material. This theme is timeless. At the same time, Claire de Lune Chandelier provides a bit of humor, in its whimsical-ness. (Assembly instructions are provided on paper, as well as a CD- Beta). The idea of making it flat-pack was to do my part in the reduction of CO2 emissions.”

The Bronze A’ Design Award

The Bronze A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 10% percentile designs that has achieved an exemplary level of sublimity in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different jury which is composed of 5 Academic, 5 Professional and 5 Focus Group Members. The designs are evaluated with score normalization to remove any biases and are voted on aspects such as functionality, ergonomics, engineering, presentation, innovation, usability, fun details, technology, and any other specific points that could be considered, each of these points are further weighted for different jury groups.

About A’ Design Award and Competitions

A’Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in a multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience.

Relevant Website

More info could be found at http://www.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=24106

Released by DESIGNPRWIRE at 2012-04-10 09:39:44

Contact Details for This Press Release

NAME   : Julie Thomas
ADDRESS: A’ Design Award, OMC Design Studios SRL, Via Rodari 9, 22100, Como, Italy.
EMAIL  : press@adesignaward.com
PHONE  : +39 031 4491953
FAX    : +39 031 4491918

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The wrap up details of how I solved packaging for my jewellery

The challenge of suitable packaging

I needed a complete packaging solution for the Clairely upcycled jewellery.  Preparations for my exhibition at the National Gallery of Denmark, museum shop in Copenhagen pushed me to make the final decision. So I set to and struggled over yet another weekend, scrambling around my studio for inspiration, trying to find something that would satisfy my many packaging criteria; one of them being that the packaging should already exist in some form, so I would not need to produce even more new packaging material, and another criteria that it should mail easily.

But first off, the MAIN issue was how to make the display for the museum shop.  I am always thrown into a tizzy when I have to design an new display – whether it be at a trade show, market, or in this case at the museum shop.

It was a serious challenge to make a beautiful display to complement  the grand and distinguished surroundings,  AND solve a long-standing issue with me – the packaging of Clairely upcycled jewellery.
[Jaws music playing here – da da,  da dah, dadadadadah].

Another criteria was the convenience factor, for the museum shop staff.
Having had three shops myself, where I also sold other people’s products, I know how irritating it can be to have to fiddle with complicated product packaging behind the counter which delayed customers.  And as a critical consumer myself, I am aware of, and delighted by how  products are presented when I am purchasing .
For example, I love a product packed in something that makes me smile, makes me think.  Like I love having food presented in such a visually pleasing way that it takes me several minutes before I eat it.  I bathe in the sheer joy of looking at it.  It’s just a seduction of my senses.

After much research to try and find the things I needed, and NOT finding them, my Jamaican ingenuity came shining through once more…I found a solution that I not only am happy with, but rather pleased with, as well.

Photo:  David Rivett

I am thrilled to have found a packaging solution from a product that is being phased out – the good old CD case. A  product that I can repurpose, squeeze one more use before they hit the crusher.
I love their transparency. Again, an important part of my own philosopy.
I not only borrowed from the music industry, I borrowed from the medical industry as well.  The product blurb, included in the CD case is on a piece of thin paper folded up in the packaging (just like when you buy pharmaceuticals) but visible through the plastic. If I were a shop/boutique owner, I think I would appreciate the ease of finding products for my customers by just checking the spine of the CD case.  Don’t think it can be any easier.

Thank you Lali of Adgreen for polishing the label idea.  This just seals it.  And it is sealed!


News-trilogy on the state of affairs – part 2 – the wrap up

To make sure that I do my trilogy in the third month…..pressing on…

I was facing two real challenges at the beginning of 2012, when the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)museum shop agreed to exhibit my jewellery in their glass display case in the foyer of the museum.

One of the challenges was putting together a display fit for the surroundings, and the other was to finally (after many ideas, and trials) settle on a solution for the packaging that complimented my upcycled jewellery.


Ta-da!

Photo:  David Rivett

more on the story of that challenging task.

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