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Design Sleuth: Colored Candlelight From a Moroccan Lantern

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Design Sleuth: Colored Candlelight From a Moroccan Lantern

May 30, 2013

My friend Dawn loves shiny things. She is like a crow, unable to resist the lure of rhinestones on your wrist. She will follow you anywhere if you are wearing glittery earrings. Dawn has a mesmerizing Zelda Fitzgerald bracelet–one of those flashy, slinky, silvery bangles that our grandmothers would have called “paste”–and when she wears it, everyone in the room is happy.

I can take or leave sparkly stuff. The thing that gets me every time is gem-colored candlelight. I think this goes back to childhood, to vacations my family spent on the shores of a Wisconsin lake where the restaurant at the “resort” featured homemade garlic bread and colored glass votive holders on each table. It seemed the height of elegance.

This brings me to Moroccan lanterns. I am a sucker for the lacy ones with panels of colored glass. In fact, I have been obsessing for weeks over this particular one at the hotel Nord-Pinus in Tangier:

Nord-Pinus Tanger photograph by Mo Hoffman

Above: After extensive Googling, I have determined that this hanging pendant is best described as a “Moroccan Candle Lantern.” I want one.  Photograph by Mo Hoffman. See more at Rock the Casbah: Nord-Pinus Tanger on Remodelista.

It is not as easy to find the perfect hanging Moroccan candle lantern as you might think, though.

Above: This one has a similarly graceful shape and a pleasing ratio of lacy metal to glass–but no colors. A Moroccan Outdoor Lantern made of hand-pierced tin is $112 from Tazi Designs.

Above: Badia Design in North Hollywood has a large selection of colorful Moroccan candle lanterns. Photograph by David John.

Above: A Moroccan Glass Hanging Lantern, 23 inches high: $110.50 at Badia Design.

N.B.: Do you prefer a Moravian Star Pendant? We like those, too.

For more, see Lighting: Moroccan Pendant Lanterns.

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