PILLARS provide grace and majesty as well as architectural support. They raise low ceilings, sustain dramatic arches and replace confining walls to provide spacious, integrated living areas. Pillars come in all sizes, shapes, materials and styles; echoing the style of pillars, low pedestals can be used as stands for plants or sculpture.
The most familiar are round or square classic wooden "plantation" pillars sold by Designer Resource and Raymond E. Enkeboll--plain, paneled, twisted, garlanded or fluted, with decorative bases and capitals. Classics are also made of look-alike aluminum.
Classic columns of Italian limestone are often hand-carved with opulent flowers and figures. Sculpture Design Imports connects eight of them with curved benches beneath a stained-glass dome, and also sells plinth-based end posts topped with hand-cut urns and flower baskets. La France Imports offers square pillars in rough-hewn or granite-polished, veined French limestone.
Designer Resource uses hand-cast concrete for hollow, molded columns. Concrete Inc. uses it for stylized and portrait-head pedestals. Beluchi Marble makes plain and fancy classic and contemporary columns of onyx, marble, travertine and granite--quarried in Afghanistan and carved in Italy--to support everything from ceilings to sinks.