Tribune photo by Bill Hogan
May 24, 2009
(Above) Found in the markets of Marrakech, this rotund beauty is made of pierced tin that shows off a beautiful patina by day, sparkling points of light by night. Try it with a string of white holiday lights inside to create magic in the garden.
CityEscape; 773-638-2000, cityescape.biz
This metal-and-glass candle lantern gives vintage good looks a twist with a graceful oval shape. Its casual, subtly industrial feel makes it great for a traditional garden (or interior -- how about a pair on a console table?).
Sunset Vista Designs; amazon.com
A candle peeking between the bamboo slats of this Chinese lantern throws off a glow -- and a shot of instant Asian ambience. So chic in the garden, (love the green-on-green effect) it should be carried indoors post-party. We're picturing several lining the edge of your patio.
Tulipia; 708-209-1323, tulipiafloraldesign.com
This groovy shape, an obvious homage to architect Poul Christiansen's 1970s pendant lights, can hang anywhere outdoors, because it gets power from the sun. Made of folded plastic, it evokes the inside of seashells. A grouping above a dining table would be pure poetry.
Grandin Road; 866-668-5962, grandinroad.com
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Here's what we would do with this tall solar-powered lantern: hang several of the same color (they come in orange, yellow and white) in a row, preferably against greenery. In a line behind a buffet table or at the four corners of an outdoor seating area, they could create instant architecture.
IKEA; ikea.com for stores