After looking at all things design nonstop for more than decade it can be a tad hard to find things that surprise anymore (the resurgence of terrazzo might be an outlier). Things can begin to look very same, same, same. But then I caught sight of the Surface Sconce created but multidisciplinary designer Henry Wilson in Sydney. Jaw. On. Floor.

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The surface sconce is both a sculptural masterpiece, but also a beautifully functional ambient light. Light glows between the piece’s two halves that have been cast from solid gunmetal. But really, it’s work of art. Each one is cast in small batches from natural, yet industrial materials, juxtaposing their hard composition with the sconce’s smooth, soft lines. Originally created in bronze, aluminum and brass, they are now available in natural stone. Oh the marble. Swoon.

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While I really love the tabletop version, the design studio also creates a mountable sconce, seen here in the equally gorgeous Paddo Inn in Sydney. 

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The studio also makes amazing modern bookends, trays, handles and trivets. They’re chunky yet modern and totally luxurious, and beautiful. Sure you can find something cute at Target or CB2 – love you guys, mean it – but then there are pieces worth saving for. I think I officially need to add a surface sconce to the This Old Victorian. Time to return some of those Zara boxes.

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