This week we have a very illuminating set of items in our virtual pop up shop – a selection of vintage desk lamps. They’re all well designed, good looking & functional – and range in price from £22 to £50.
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A couple of weeks ago Justin bought one of these vintage industrial lights at Todmorden flea market.
As he turned to walk away someone who’d been standing next to him at the stall tapped him on the shoulder. He said that he had quite a collection of similar lamps at home, would he be interested in buying any more?
He arrived the following week with a cardboard box full of these gorgeous vintage task lights. They’ve got such a great look – industrial & almost sculptural.
They’re well designed, robust and functional – and the grippers mean they’re very flexible with regards to positioning. Perfect in the kitchen, office, craft or sewing area. Anywhere you need a good, clear task light.
The book’s author, Hannah Nunn, is a designer/maker – specialising in beautiful & delicate paper-cut lamps.
She also owns and runs Radiance – a lighting & craft boutique – in Hebden Bridge where she’s based. All in all, a very busy lady!
Illuminate’s chapters are broken down via materials – paper, glass, ceramics, wood etc…
…with sections within those chapters given over to individual designer/makers – a summary of their background & practice accompanied by lush photographs of their creations.
Creations that are fun, colourful, wacky, delicate, whimsical and works of art – you’ll never make do with a bare bulb ever again!
It’s lovely to see makers we know personally and admire including people like Manchester-based Jane Blease.
The lighting showcased represents an international pool of artistry. As well as the UK, makers hail from as far afield as Japan, the USA, New Zealand, Serbia and The Netherlands.
In all, there are 43 individual lighting designers featured in the book – but owing to space restrictions Hannah has included an additional image gallery of work by other makers that she recommends you seek out.
Perhaps this is a sign that there’s a demand for Illuminate II!
We’ve bought lots of lamp bases recently and have been trying to marry them up with shades that we also pick up from time to time.
We think this combination really works. We bought this original 1960s/70s white pottery base at a market last week. We already had the Genia Sapper Heidi pattern shade… and hey presto, a match made in heaven!
We had a couple of options available for this vintage Scandinavian teak base. Both have natural tones in hessian type materials. Each works fine… but we’re not sure that either is the perfect shape & size.
The actual base is stunning though, with its tactile sculptural form – very Dansk Designs actually.
We’ve just acquired two of these geometric pottery bases. They were produced by Poole Pottery in the 1960s.
The bases are the stars of the show here, so we’ll keep it simple for the shades. We’ve got some of those cylindrical off-white fibreglass shades, which are a pretty good fit… but a slate grey fabric would be perfect.
…and then there’s this stunning lime green glass shade – possibly by Holmgaard. This base is quite tricky – we’re not even sure what we’re looking for – but it will jump out at us one day!!!
This was an unusual buy at auction last week. A single lot, consisting of 21 vintage Anglepoise (and similar) lamps. We bought them untested – but amazingly all bar one worked perfectly!
We put some in our antiques centre pitch this morning….
…the others will be finding their way into the H is for Home shop in the coming weeks.