I love my house and its modern lines. It’s what drew us here. Although it was built in 1956 and, I’m pretty sure, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes, it also has a lot in common with some of the thoroughly modern homes featured in Dwell magazine. I love modern ascetic and architecture and, during our time owning this home, we’ve tried to keep within that mindset. However, during our quest for a ceiling light to replace the atrocity in our master bedroom, we’ve had a difficult time really honing-in on what we want or, more importantly, what our house wants. J feels the light should be modern and square but I’m not completely sold on that notion. I’m not sure what I want but the one light we both fell in love with was $4,000 on YLighting and we completely cracked-up over it because you can buy a decent used car for that price. Plus, as J pointed-out, we do live in a mid-century modest house of 1,330 square feet and anything too grandiose would look ridiculous. Our house is never going to be featured in Dwell. It’s just not that kind of house. We live in a neighborhood surrounded by corn fields for pete’s sake. (I’m not knocking corn fields. I love them. Plus, every other year they’re soy bean fields.)
I did come across a 1960 Progress Lighting Catalog the other day on Mad for Mid-Century. Oh how I wish that some company would reissue their lighting from the 1950’s and 1960’s. If Pepsi and Doritos can reissue their old formulas and packaging, why can’t some lighting company reissue some of their mid-century lighting? There are places like Rejuvenation, but that’s still not what we’re looking for exactly. I did see these two lights in the 1960 Progress Lighting Catalog that look similar to the one I’m considering from IKEA.
The Calypso from IKEA. At least this one would look somewhat period appropriate and I’m still loving the $29.99 price.
Just for kicks, go check-out the 1960 Progress Lighting catalog on Mad for Mid-Century and then check-out the current catalog featured on their website (click on the link in the upper left corner of their page). Personally, I like the lighting in the 1960 book better but that could be because I’m trying to find something for my house. If I were looking for a light for a new McMansion or greige tract box in the ‘burbs, I might like the new catalog better. All I can say is that I’ve looked at a lot of lighting in recent weeks and the new Progress catalog looks just like everyone else’s catalog with the exception of a few lights I did think were pretty cool but not at all what I’m looking for. If any lighting company is reading this, and you haven’t reissued any of your old stuff, I think you’re missing a golden opportunity. There is a small, but mighty, band of enthusiasts that would snap them up. If you have reissued some, then let me know because I’m having a devil of a time finding what I really want. Of course, there’s always the possibility that I’m too picky. At any rate, I’m trying to stay true to the roots of my home while finding a light upon which we can both agree, that’s not too expensive. No big deal, right?