Made In the Shade

These lampshades shine in the spotlight. Rothschild & Bickers's ruby hand-blown glass shade with fabric trimming infuses contemporary style with a touch of Victorian decadence ($475; rothschildbickers.com).

Décor: Rooms That Are Made In The Shade

These lampshades are hardly made for blending unobtrusively into a room. In fact, they're much more like works of art, shining in the spotlight. It may be the 21st century, but Rothschild & Bickers' ruby handblown glass shade with fabric trimming infuses contemporary style with a touch of Victorian decadence (€299; rothschild bickers.com). Designer Janne Kyttanen won Young Designer of the Year in Finland this year, and his Palm Pendant lampshade is sure to illuminate any room with its...

Environment: Healthy Swamps

Have we heard all the bad news about global warming? Apparently not. Reduced biodiversity—one byproduct of climate change—could have a more serious impact on ecosystems than previously thought.