Ventilation is key in super hot climates, which is exactly why the perforated cobogo block was dreamed into existence back in the 1920s. Based on wooden muxarabis, these are an inheritance of Arab culture, and so make a poetic twist in this monolithic elevation redesign in Funaitees, Kuwait. Created by Bab.nimnim Design Studio, the 400 square metre Cobogo house contains a luxurious interior, with an uplifting range of accent colours and modern art. The construction openings throw beautiful light play over a myriad of unique area rugs and double height crisp white walls, whilst the open interior spaces enjoy a second layer of privacy behind added screens.

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Vines, by Sonneman—A Way of Light, is characterized by its gracefully curved branch design. Hand-blown glass pods illuminate the fixture, which comes in varied configurations. Available in black, white or bronze, with white or amber glass, through Dulles Electric in Sterling, Virginia.;

Park Harbor Lighting capitalizes on the current craze for all things blue with its Van Noord pendant, which features a curved frame in aged brass and a deep-blue velvet drum shade. The 26-inch-wide fixture includes five candelabra bulbs. Available locally at area Ferguson showrooms.

Globe-shaped glass diffusers rest on polished-nickel frames in the mid-century-inspired Everett collection from Kalco Lighting. The line includes chandeliers, pendants and sconces. Pictured: the Everett Medium Foyer 2+2+2 light, available at Annapolis Lighting in Rockville and Annapolis.;

The Solaris chandelier from Crystorama is defined by a series of rings forming a

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