There are so many things that can go wrong with a base'n'shade table light! The proportions can be wrong, the relationship of the foot to the main part of the base can be wrong. The shade can be wrong -- wrong size, wrong shape, wrong material for the base. The height of the shade on the base can be wrong. And that's just for starters! (Don't get Cheryl going....)
Yet the base'n'shade is what a light is to Britons -- as Hermann Muthesius was pointing out over a hundred years ago in his classic book, now translated into English as The English House (available from Amazon via the Interior design History section of our aStore).
Imagine our delight, therefore, when we saw the table light at the head of this post during a visit to Simone Cenedese on Murano last week! It is not startling or anything -- it is just right in all the ways that so many table lights are wrong. (The shade is oval, by the way, so it can sit on a console table within projecting out too far.)
We shouldn't be surprised, of course, given the quality of Simone Cenedese's craftsmanship and skills as a designer.
The glass balls are in two, well-matched, sizes and can come in many colours and with other surfaces. Simone Cenedese's default shade fabric is a raw silk collection from Christian Fischbacher, available in about hundred colours, and which you will have in your library of swatches already.
Then we looked about us and saw other table lights with the same virtues, usually made from standard components that also appear in their chandeliers.
This is useful if you want to match a table light to a chandelier -- or to a wall light, since there are almost always matching wall lights for Murano glass chandeliers.
For example, this, made from one large balloton ball:
Most of them have flat chrome bases. Here are some more, without comment from me -- they can speak elegantly for themselves:
Beautiful, sophisticated, and from one of the greatest current maestri (gaffers), so your clients can have something with a very special provenance and meaning in their humble home or hotel.