lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be with collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during London Design Week, 18-22 September 2013
A traditional metal filament lamp is beautiful to look at and casts a warm glow. It is the same type of energy source as gives us all life -- the sun, a fire, a candle....
As this Decorative Bulb Pendant from Trainspotters shows, a flamboyant filament lamp like this squirrel cage needs no shade at all -- you want to see the filament, and they don't cast much light, so they don't need shading:
Yet politicians are banning them. Not surprisingly, therefore, they are now being used extensively, with no shade or with a very simple shade.
People have also been looking for simple, but slightly more decorative shades -- maybe some colour or some texture. There is fine selection from Niche Modern in America but, unless and until they are minded to engineer and certify international versions, their use is illegal and potentially dangerous in Europe.
So we are delighted that our own Rothschild & Bickers (they are in Hertford, England) have picked up on this: their new Pick-n-Mix range is the simplest in their collection yet comes in a variety of shapes, colours and finishes.