If you are a home décor enthusiast who is not yet in love with selenite, your favorite brands are about to shoot you with Cupid’s arrow, and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Some of my January gift market faves such as Tritter Feefer and Nate Ricketts Design are setting themselves apart from the pack by punctuating their vignettes with this enamoring crystal, warm to the touch and named for the moon. They are adorning not just artwork and accessories but, you guessed it, lighting , with this crystalline form of gypsum that also happens to be cousin to alabaster. The most effective use of it at January market was Tritter Feefer’s placement of it as a metaphor for fireplace logs—Nothing short of decorative arts genius, number one. And number two, thank you for reminding me why I became a designer. By now you are probably asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what the design rationale is behind why this looks so great?” Well, you’ve arrived at my inner designer’s reason-for-being… The crystal log exudes warmth and nature even as it remains not an actual log. Design brilliance often lies not just in details, but in transmitting literal and metaphorical suggestions at the same time—the marriage of form and function expressed through the placement of objects in space. A mirror suggests a window and opens up a room to light and reflection. An overstuffed reading chair implies abundance and coziness, inviting you to relax and recline. In the case of selenite, it suggests to me both nature and a glam edge, raw minerals and a refinement of taste, all of which makes my designer heart positively flutter. Questions or comments? You can find me here, in my sweet spot, happily stranded under selenite’s spell.
1st photo– Tritter Feefer’s use of selenite as fireplace logs
2nd photo–Nate Ricketts Design selenite pendant