Jan 3, 2012 11:15 AM
The only thing we don't like about the Equinox Foyer Lantern ($162) by Progress Lighting are the flame shaped bulbs, but we can switch those out, lickety split. The interlocking pivoting antique bronze rings steal the show here. Somehow this look is a throwback, but feel contemporary. Let's flesh out the origins of this spinning design.
Back in the olden days, armillary spheres were used to study the sky and the celestial coordinate system in astronomy. They're also known as spherical astrolabes, armilla, or armil, and are basically models of space and the stars. In addition to longitude and latitude, armillary spheres also chart the Ecliptic, or path that the Sun follows through the sky. This and other relative measurements differentiate this cosmic map from celestial globes. See, five bucks says you just learned something.
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