This is going to be image-heavy and explanation light because I’m lazy. I went looking for lantern/lighting ideas and hit up IKEA / Spotlight / Anaconda / Freedom today.
For the put-your-feasting-gear-in-a-basket idea, I present IKEA’s sole solution to the problem, the BRANAS basket:
The small one’s about $7, the big one’s $10, and unless you’re using just bowls you’ll need the big one. They come in White, Black and Birch, and all the signs I see mention “Last chance to buy” so they might be disappearing soon. Bugger.
I really want to avoid the metal-looking lamps because they’re huge and heavy, suck for light throwing and hard to transport (though replacing the glass with perspex is an easy fix) but I think I’ll get stuck with them anyway. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to simulate big candlesticks 🙂
The only thing I really liked the look of at IKEA was this, but it looks all bulbous and weird so it’s unlikely to be anywhere near period. More actual research to be done before I can get anywhere with this project methinks.
IKEA’s going to make me buy one of these soon - the EKTORP 2-seater sofa. While looking at the colours just now though, it looks like they want to do violent things to me to get a nice colour cover. I think I’ll just go with the white and dye it in the washing machine, hoping for a nice deep purple or similar. I’ve been looking for a smallish comfortable 2-seater couch and this one fits the bill of cheap and comfy. The $200 one they sell doesn’t because the back’s way too low for me.
Spotlight had these cute little messy-wire slack-glass looking things.
The only thing of note I found in Freedom were these, and one of them is now in the bin because while picking it up and attempting to let it swing from the silly handle, the damn thing shot off the wire and exploded in mid air. Well, that’s my explanation and I’m sticking to it.
And finally, Anaconda had these. All they need is veins and they’d be perfect for porn. If you can’t work it out straight away, they’re water bottles. The bottom screws off to fill them, and you pull a nipple-thing out of the top and squeeze to get liquid out. They’re a good design - the liquid gets drawn from the bottom and the squeeze pressurises the system to make it flow. I just wish they didn’t look (or FEEL) so much like dildos.