Tiffany Lamps remain timeless accessories that are fit to light up any room. They were first produced by Lewis Comfort Tiffany who was born in New York in 1848 and worked as an artist and designer. He was the American most associated with the Art Nouveau and aesthetic movements and designed stained-glass windows lamps.
Identifying Tiffany Lamps
A Tiffany style lamp is a type of lamp with a stained glass shade made by soldered together the pieces of stained-glass with copper foil. Originals are becoming rare and expensive but fortunately reproduction Tiffany lamps are still hand made today following the traditional methods. Each of these lamps are unique in that no two lamps will ever be identical given there will always be slight variations in the marbling of the glass or the colour hue.
Most manufacturers have tried to retain the favourite nature themes of those made at the beginning of the 20th century and many of these outstanding designs were made by women. Perhaps the best-known ones are the dragonfly Tiffany lamp shade designed by Clara Driscoll in 1900 and the random edged Wisteria Tiffany lamp shade featuring multicoloured mosaic’s intricately leaded; the work of Miss Curtis Frescel in 1902. The traditional designs never seem to go out of fashion and lamps are available with the original geometric, flower or irregular shaped patterns, in a variety of colours.
Choosing a Tiffany Style Lamp
The beauty of this lamp style is that they can fit well into a variety of home styles. For example if you are redesigning a living room you can use one both during the day as a display item and in the evening as a light although you must get the proportions of lighting to suit the mood.
In a large room an alternative is a Tiffany style ceiling pendant which can create an atmosphere no other lighting form can. They’re available in round or rectangular shapes in a wide range of styles and colours, and are easy to fit working easily with most modern ceiling lighting fittings.
It’s important to get the proportions of your lighting right as you will need different strengths of light for particular activities. You will for instance not require quite so much light when watching television as you need for reading. You can also add interest by having additional lamps at different height levels, perhaps by adding Tiffany tall lamp in one corner and a table lamp to create pools of light at different levels around the room. You could even use lights that are fitted to the wall to bounce light onto a white ceiling to make the room appear taller while small Tiffany lamps in dark corners will make the whole room seem bigger.
Rose Tiffany Pendant Shade
There are specialist suppliers of Tiffany lights and Many Department stores will also have a Tiffany section within the general lighting department. Reproductions are affordable with prices can start from as little as £25 for a Tiffany lamp shade if you shop around online. Tiffany style lights are a beautiful accessory to any room and can bring colour and style that no other form of lighting can achieve.