Dealer Spotlight: Lightopia Presents a World of Illumination

Pendant Lamps in Laguna Beach

When a customer walks through the doors of Laguna Beach’s Lightopia storefront, they are transported into a dazzling haven of twinkling glass and modern design. Pendant lights of every shape, size, and color lead the visitor into a bright world, full of new decorating possibilities. The lighting boutique prides itself on an unusual offering of international lighting solutions and modern art.

Colored Lights in Laguna Beach CA

Along with modernist treasures like George Nelson Bubble Lamps, Lightopia imports silk pendant lamps from Venice, Italy and other artistic hubs throughout the world. One-of-a-kind blown glass ornaments by local artist Caleb Siemon also line the shelves, reflecting chandelier light in luminous color.

Blown Glass Ornaments

If you’ve been looking for a beautiful and totally unique way to illuminate your home, drop by Lightopia in Laguna Beach CA, or go to lightopiaonline.com. The friendly staff will help you to design a custom solution that can complement any decor style.

Laguna Beach Lightopia

Modern Floor Lamps

Modernica Shell Chairs in Lightopia Office

Mid-Century Modern Decor

Arcade Fire Shines at Coachella

Arcade Fire at Coachella, photo by Diana Soldo

Coachella, one of the biggest music and art festivals in California stormed through the desert last weekend rocking a crowd of 100,000 people.  Infernal temperatures, some of the best music artists and incredible lighting technology intensified the entire experience.  Grammy winners, Arcade Fire gave an epic performance. While they played Wake Up, 1,250 glowing orbs spilled over the top of the stage putting the crowd into a frenzy.

Initially, the balls were bounced around while the band played and then they started changing colors in sync with the music.  Realizing the lighting was not from above, I watched as stunned fans held onto the interactive orbs taking home the coveted souvenirs.  Designed by The Creators Project, the balls were implanted with battery-powered circuit boards studded with full-color LEDs.  They changed colors in unison connected to built-in IR receivers and microphones.  If I had a dorm room, I would’ve grabbed the one that hit me in the shoulder.  Rumor has it they’re selling on eBay for up to $1,000.

Huge balls rigged with LED lights drop from the top of the stage
Crowd with orbs, photo by diana soldo
Happy kid next to me caught a ball
A moment he’ll always remember
Balls prepped backstage for the show

Thanks to my awesome brother Paul, who was the sound engineer for Swell Season, I had backstage access to see and hear all the action.  Above is an image I took earlier in the day as the crew prepped the globes for the headlining act.  Check out the LED orbs in action:

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Stealth Chandelier

Found this amazing kaleidoscope type chandelier by Aarevalo & Melorriaga on MocoLoco.  The design is made of hundreds of mini Stealth Lights held up by laser cut Perspex.  It resembles an orderly solar system.  The creators say the concept was inspired by the magic moment “during an explosion of structure where there is beauty in the chaotic.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Its that time of year again where we slow down or speed up to begin the holiday season.  In either case, it’s a time of reflection, gratitude and celebration that brings us together.  Here at the Modernica office we appreciate and are grateful for the little things.

Pictured below are General Manager, Lori Weise’s amazing persimmons from her very own tree!  With care, she nurtured the tree and we all enjoyed the beautiful fruit of her labor.  They’re like candy!  Next is Mama kitty the office cat.  She’s warm, fuzzy & its really fun to watch her hunt for birds outside of our massive loft windows.  Lastly, its awesome being surrounded by creative minds, our furniture, lighting  and prop department pieces because they inspire with their sheer presence everyday.

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Nelson Bubble Lamps in New Shades

Modernica is now producing George Nelson Bubble Lamps in two new colors  sold exclusively at Room & Board.  We have partnered with Room & Board to offer the Criss Cross in mist and the Cigar Bubble Lamp in ivory which holds a close resemblance to the vintage lamps.  Modernica continues to be the sole manufacturer of the Nelson Bubble Lamps.

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