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Made in California: stained-glass candle lanterns
by Steve Halterman

December 8, 2009 |  6:17 am

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Are they relics from a Northern California modernist church? Not quite. Filmmaker and fashion photography set stylist Steve Halterman says his handmade stained glass lanterns are the "design offspring of 1974 Carmel and modern-day Joshua Tree."

Made from circular rondel discs that are hand-blown in Germany, the 18-inch-tall lanterns are constructed from sandblasted redwood. They hang from a leather strap and can accommodate a 4-inch votive candle. They are available at Commune Design's pop-up store Community Shop  in West Hollywood and online. 

At $600 a pop, they are definitely statement lighting -- a design splurge that can best be admired (and envied) by visitors when hung in prominent places like porches and foyers. After the jump, see how Halterman maximized these lanterns' appeal by positioning them to cast colorful shadows on a nearby wall during the daylight hours.

Sunlight shines through Steve Halterman's stained glass lanterns, creating an abstract pattern. At night,  candlelight illuminates them with a softer glow.

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-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Jaesung Lee

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