Here are some great (and affordable) design picks from the latest CB2 catalog.
peekaboo clear console$349.00
knitted poufs$79.95 each
These are two together. Yes, we've seen it before, but they can look so great, especially as display pieces. I thought this was a great idea (reminds me of a very expensive Italian fixture we've seen) and CB2 provides a how-to on their blog: http://blog.cb2.com/home/2010/7/1/whirly-chandelier-how-to.html