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

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


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SOME CRAFTSMAN LIGHTING FIXTURES
ing lanterns. We like this design particu-
larly because it is so essentially Craftsman
in character. Another electrolier has a sim-
ilar construction, save that a broad ring of
copper is riveted around the crosspieces,
and smaller lanterns are used.
  Where a glow of rich color is desired we
use a dome of copper and deep-tinted ham-
mered glass, and in this dome we emphasize
the decorative possibilities of the glass in
the same way that we emphasize the metal
in other fixtures. The framework is of
copper, and the curved roof of glass bulges
out between the copper bands that hold it,
giving a softness of outline and sumptuous-
ness of effect that could never be obtained
by use of the straight lines. Instead of a
fringe, swinging panels of the same glass
hang from the rim of copper that supports
the dome, so that the whole effect is that of
  Where a bright strong
light is needed, as over a
billiard table, we use the
plain straight roof shade,
hung by two heavy chains
from a beam or ceiling
p l at e overhead.   The
frame of this may     be
of either copper, brass
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or iron, according to the general color
scheme of the room, and the panels of tint-
ed hammered glass are lined with white so
that the light is strongly reflected.
  Where a concentrated light is needed on
a table we use, of course, a reading lamp,
and these are made of oak and copper so
that they are entirely in keeping with the
table upon which they stand. We show
here one of our favorite designs which can
easily be made by an amateur worker in
woods and metals. The standard is of oak
with a broad band of copper at the top,
forming a cup into which fit the copper
supports of the shade.
                      We show these de-
                    signs not only because
ELECTROLIER         they belong so essen-
OF GLASS
AND                tially to the Craftsman
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se. with the
possible exception of the big dome, each and
every one could be made at home by any
amateiar who has gained some skill in work-
ing with metals. From our point of view,
this constitutes their greatest value, because
the things we like to have about us in our
homes are the things we either make our-
selves or could make if we wanted to. When
things have this homelike and primitive
quality they cease to be classed with the
conventional furnishings, and become in
very truth a part of our household belong-
ings.
  It will be seen upon close study of the dif-
ferent pieces that every part is essentially
structural. In the case of the electric table
lamp shown in the first illustration the grace-
ful lines of the standard are decided entirely
by the necessity for strength and stability
in the stand itself and also the need for a
shape that can easily be grasped by the
hand. The shade supports of copper are so
simple as to be almost primitive, as each
one is formed of a straight piece of copper
turned up at the outer end to hold the shade
and down at the other end so that it fits
into the socket formed by the copper band
around the top of the standard. The bil-
liard-room electrolier has exactly the con-
struction of a tiny roof, the metal bands
taking the place of the timbers and being
made to serve as the sole decoration of the
piece. The same direct structural principles
will be found in the brackets and supports
of the lanterns and newel-post lights, and
may be copied or varied at will.
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