Light­ing, Hard­ware & Metal

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - —Pa­tri­cia Poore

Replica and re­vival work in fa­vorite mo­tifs by to­day’s tal­ented met­al­smiths and stained-glass artists.

cOULD THERE be any­thing else that so per­fectly com­bines Beauty and Util­ity as art light­ing? De­signed from the be­gin­ning for elec­tric­ity, in a pe­riod that cham­pi­oned crafts­man­ship, Arts & Crafts lamps and fix­tures rep­re­sent an un­prece­dented mar­riage of tech­nol­ogy and ar­ti­sanry. Here we see the skill of the wood­worker, the met­al­smith, the pot­ter, and the glass artist, of­ten to­gether in one lamp. Irides­cent glass and­pan­els of am­ber mica give soft il­lu­mi­na­tion (even with mod­ern light bulbs). Light­ing may be the most vis­i­ble—and af­ford­able—way to lend pe­riod am­biance to a room.

Even more so than dur­ing the orig­i­nal move­ment, Arts & Crafts hard­ware and met­al­work in iron, brass, cop­per, and bronze is read­ily avail­able, with de­sign in­flu­ences from Mack­in­tosh to the For­est Craft Guild.

The lamp il­lu­mi­nat­ing a bun­ga­low book­case is a cher­ished an­tique by Heintz.

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