Pimp your Chandelier – Christmas up yourself!

Claire de Lune® Chandeliers designed almost 10 years ago, were designed to be a fancy alternative to the Chinese ball lampshade.  Reminiscent of glorious, grand chandeliers. How could they possibly be more fancy? Well to be honest, this very simple three-armed version, did get a bit more fancy, in that I designed it also to have five arms.IMG_4632This is Claire de Lune® Chandelier (PP)  made in polypropelene (a relatively eco-friendly plastic).  This started it all back in 2005. So now to get back to pimping…. I had some Mardi Gras beads, and thought that Christmas was the perfect time to make a bit more out of the one I have hanging in my dining room.   Voila! CIMG1048How GRAND is that? There you have it folks – a pimped up Chandelier. If you want one (or three) of these, and you are not in Denmark,  not a problem to ship – as with 99 percent of my products – they come flat pack, through our Etsy shop.  And you support our initiative on reducing the CO2 levels by agreeing to assemble them.  (Instructions are included of course)  And if you get stuck, you are ALWAYS welcome to contact my by mail, Skype, phone. VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS Claire

How many shades of grey?


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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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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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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Love red …

Re-posted from Tue, May 24, 2011

Red is for Christmas, red is for Valentine’s day, red is for passion, and just because……..

Claire de Lune ® Chandelier – red. My Claire de Lune Chandelier was originally done in red for ICFF in New York, as a tribute to the BIG APPLE. It was done in the larger size and quite spectacular it was!

Photos by David Rivett               This was it against my CDL wallpaper.

So I have done the red Chandelier  in a size that doesn’t require a smaller mansion to hang it in.

Doing a red theme here in our living room.

My design and production methods reflect a deep, long-time, personal commitment to the environment and the reduction of waste material. All left-over pieces of material from the production of lamps and mirrors are re-used for my jewellery line – CLAIRELY upcycled jewellery . The Claire de Lune Chandeliers are flat-pack to minimize carbon footprint, and eco-friendly packing materials are used where possible.

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Proud to be working with lucite too ….

Re-posted from Tue, May 17, 2011

Just saw an article about it being the 75th year of Lucite!!

It is so rewarding to be working with acrylic (another name for lucite).  It shines, it allows light to pass through, and can be used in so many ways.

Above:   my Chandelier table (perfect companion to my Claire de Lune Chandelier also in acrylic). ABC Home purchased these from me last year. ( and yes, I am beaming).

My signature product – my baby – Claire de Lune Chandelier which inspired the etchings on the table.  A great complement to the side table.

….. and of course – below –  samples of CLAIRELY upcycled jewellery, which is made from the material left over from cutting the chandeliers….

(cowrie shell cuff bracelet)


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Black on Black

Re-post from March 4, 2011

Forget about Black berry, Black Swan – black is the new black, still.

see our Claire de Lune Chandelier in BLACK!

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