Monday, May 5, 2008

Turn Me On

 How do we break this to you? The ceiling fan light – you know, the only thing illuminating your living room – is not really a lamp. Yes, it emits light. Yes, when it’s on, it’s not dark. But this functionary add-on is all about convenience, not style. It does not elevate your home décor, it does not say “this is so me.” Its only declaration is calling out every spot, wrinkle, and imperfection in your life.

Now Mark Chai’s pendant lamps – the ones that grace the chic innards of Town and Downtown restaurants – those are the real thing. His organic creations cast a soft, modern glow through interlocking pieces of maple, mahogany and cherry woods, in

shapes that echo island culture – such as hula pahu and ipu instruments – or simply inspire imagination.

Used to working with recycled materials, Mark confidently gauges each angle by hand to develop these interactive pieces of usable art, each entwined with the way we perceive our world (light, silly). Good thing for you, they also impart some individuality to everyday life, especially if you request an original, custom design.

So forget Let There Be Light, and bring on Let There Be Lamps.

Now that’s an enlightening statement.

Available at The Contemporary Museum Shop, 808.523.3447; INTO Honolulu in Chinatown, 808.536.2221; and Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Warehouse, 808.597.8967. Custom order and see styles at

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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