Mobiles come out of the nursery
We consider obsessive art-buying to be a good thing. But when you run out of prime wall space, how do you keep it going? By expanding to the ceiling, of course.
Here, some hanging mobiles that are way too cool for the nursery:
Abstract OK, so you’ll never own a real Calder. But you can at least channel the look with the help of Danish-made Flensted mobiles: Our favorites are the oversize Life and Thread ($71) and the dramatic Tango ($132). We also love Poketo’s Themis mobile ($29), which has a fun astronomy-class vibe--well, to the extent that astronomy class is fun.
Animals Hanging fluffy bunnies may feel a tad juvenile, but high-end materials and a folk-art aesthetic make an animal mobile downright adult. Cases in point: Little Circus Design’s Bird Cluster ($200), Petit Collage’s bamboo Owl Family ($56) and SaltyandSweet’s statement-making Oh Deer silhouette mobile ($36).
DIY Save some money and get crafty by making your own. The Web is flush with cool DIY ideas, but we’re particularly pumped about design blog The B-line’s painted fish mobile, which is made from hardware-store paint-chip strips. For a super-easy option, buy MoMA’s photo mobile base ($14) and swap in your own snapshots as often as you’d like.