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The craftsman
Vol. XVIII, Number 6 (September 1910)

Some Craftsman lighting fixtures,   pp. 703-704 PDF (802.9 KB)

Page 703

T HE question of light is so important
       in the furnishing of a house that not
       only have we been compelled to de-
       sign the regular Craftsman lighting
fixtures to harmonize with Craftsman inte-
riors and Craftsman furnishings, but we
find also that each new house we build is
more likely than not to demand specially
designed lights that give the last touch of
individuality to the rooms.
  Though these designs vary widely, they
are all based upon the one need for a sort
of plain sturdy beauty that will be in keep-
ing with the woodwork and structural fea-
tures that give such marked character to the
Craftsman houses. Also, we seek always
to make the lights bear their full share in
lines of the post, and
forms the most fitting
decoration for that par-
ticular place, as it is not
only a beautiful thing in
itself, but also serves a
purpose in lighting the
  Over a dining-room or
library table we are apt
to put either a cluster of
lanterns or a large elec-
tric dome, the colors of
repeating and accenting   BRACKET LANTERN.
the general color scheme of the room.
Where there are beams we are apt to hang
what we call "shower lights," that is, sepa-
rate small lanterns, each swinging free on.
its individual chain from the beam over-
head. The beauty of this form of lighting
is that these lanterns can be placed wher-
ever they are needed or wherever they are
required for effect, and we hang them on
brackets from the side wall over fireside
                       nooks or built-in
                       seats; in the open
                       tops of partitions
CRAFTSMAN              wainscoted  o n 1 y
LANTERNS-              part way up, ac-
our cus-
n a divi-
ween two
   to  be
er singly
the decoration of the room, relying upon the
gleam of copper or brass to give the high
lights that are necessary to emphasize the
general color scheme; or upon the blackness
of wrought iron to give here and there a
needed accent. It is one of our beliefs that
no decorations are so effective as lights, so
instead of the conventional finial on top of
a newel post, we put a square lantern that
follows and accentuates the straight severe
or in interesting cl-.6ters about the room.
  But where it iL necessary to concentrate
the lights we find that electroliers like the
two illustrated here are more satisfactory,
especially as in design and construction they
carry out the whole idea of the Craftsman
furnishing. One of these electroliers has a
framework made of broad bands of ham-
mered copper, springing out from the center
to form a cross and bent over at the ends to
afford the natural support for the hang-

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