During my various readings today, I found these two projects, both involving suspended objects held by intricately knotted rope-like supports.
The first project, created by Swedish designers TAF, is the "Fisherman" light, based on glass fishing floats. The rope uses traditional hand-knitted rope-making techniques from Sweden.
It looks really simple to make, but the outcome is very beautiful. Once I move into my new place, I'll definitely be hanging a few of these.