We were taken with the inventive lights at the Source Sligo Restaurant and Wine Bar, and after a quick transatlantic call to Dublin-based lighting designer and artist David Folan, we learned how they were assembled (they're easy enough to fabricate that the restaurant staff put them together).
"They are entirely made out of reclaimed materials. We used old industrial baskets used for collecting oysters, with strips of blue tweed and white cotton, but you can weave in just about anything," says Folan.
Above: Coat the fabric strips with a fire-retardant spray. Drill a hole through the bottom of the basket and use a standard lighting kit for wiring. To light, use old-fashioned Edison bulbs, which only generate a small amount of heat. The 40-Watt Antique Style Edison Reproduction Light Bulb is similar to those used at Source Sligo; $13.49 at House of Antique Hardware.
Above: The baskets used over the tables are quite large, about 2 feet in diameter.
Above: Round Metal Wire Basket is 14.5 inches in diameter; a set of two are $85 at Hudson Goods.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 19, 2011.