Plexiglas sconce in studio apartment
Photo: Betsy Andrews
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A Different Light

Successful small-space living demands tempering the practical with the poetic, and no single design element is more poetic than lighting. Inspired by childhood memories of the warm glow cast by rows of luminaria lining snow-covered walkways, I created a collection of accent lamps made from pieces of Plexiglas in varying shapes—tubes, cubes, rectangular boxes, flat panels—covered with plain brown Kraft paper and lit with compact fluorescent bulbs. In keeping with my reduce-reuse-recycle aesthetic, I made the sconce pictured here with leftovers from a stack of 4-inch-by-6-inch Plexi that once protected 80 black-and-white postcards covering my bathroom walls.
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