Mobiles by David Ross

I love mobiles, and no, I don't mean just the ones that go into kids bedrooms. I like how they can add visual interest to an empty corner, adding a quiet moment in a perhaps otherwise ordinary space. When done right, they act as hanging sculptures, helping to draw your eye up, especially if you have high ceilings.

While there are few grown up versions that I admire, the one that truly stands out above all others is by South African designer and photographer, David Ross.

I've been coveting his work for a few years now, and I find his mobiles to be downright sexy. I know it's a bit of an odd statement to make when directed at a hanging object, but his designs feel cool, modern, and unexpected. I especially like how the one above has so many contradictions - the shape is quite organic, yet the matte black accents add edge and the brass details are refined and elegant. Each of his pieces feel carefully balanced, waiting for a gentle breeze to make it come to life.

I feel all of these would look at home in a sparse but ultra modern Parisian flat, and of course, since we are daydreaming, in my own bedroom.  If you are interested in acquiring one of his pieces, you will have to reach out to the only showrooms that carry his work, located in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.