I like shopping from companies that have a good story. The 7-foot-tall Silva Giant floor lamp comes from a company run by three young men who grew up together in Laguna Beach, went their separate ways and then reunited in an iffy economy – one a designer, one an engineer and one who does sales and marketing. But I was drawn to this sleek and strong lamp before I knew the back story of Cerno Group www.cernogroup.com. Nick Sheridan, the director of design, says the company decided to study LED and focus on lighting. Several designs available. But this new one, made of walnut and aluminum, almost looks animate.
-- Mary MacVean