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Suzie by Colonel

Vintage beach chairs repurposed as modern indoor lanterns

by Kelly O'Reilly in Design on 27 March 2012

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More than just bringing the outdoors in, French design studio Colonel recreates a bygone era of carefree beach bumming and camping that's infinitely more subtle than the theme-party decor such a notion might conjure. Founders Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet reference vintage outdoor gear throughout their collections, from the umbrella-like Faced floor lamps to the oversized, vibrantly printed canvas and metal chair called Caracas.

The retro beach vibe shines through in the cheerful Suzie collection of suspension and floor lanterns for inside the home. Made from the plastic bands of '60s-era American camping chairs which are hand-sewn over metal frames, each of the lights comprises a unique combination of colors and geometric patterns. While the repurposed lounger parts are recognizable at close glance, their overall effect makes for a thoroughly clean and modern accent in an interior scheme, whether it's waterfront or not.

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Suzie lamps and pieces from other Colonel collections are available to order through their website.

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