Tiffany Style Lighting

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Origins

The iconic ‘Tiffany style’ refers to stained leaded glass, the iconic look originating from the dominant influence of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Louis was an American artist and designer, mostly associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. He was the first design director for the well-known jewellery company Tiffany & Co, founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany. Louis is now most notable for his works with glass, in particular stained glass windows, and designer interior décor, such as the sought after lamps. Louis was also the lead designer hired for the renovation of the White House by President Chester Arthur in late September and December of 1882.

The work included a fifty foot jewelled Tiffany glass screen which separated the main corridor from the north vestibule. The fate of the glass screen is unknown, as it was removed from the White House in 1902 by President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. There are rumours that Teddy wanted it “smashed into little pieces”, possibly due to a personal vendetta with Louis Tiffany, but that it was instead removed and auctioned off, and eventually installed into the Belvedere Hotel in Maryland, which burnt to the ground in 1923, taking the glass screen with it. The true story of the famous glass screen will probably never be known, but it lives on as one of the lost masterworks of Tiffany. After years of working with stained glass, there was a natural Segway into creating the beautiful lamps we see today, with the iconic stained-glass shades. These have gone on to inspire millions in a similar style, but with a less hefty price tag. With original tiffany pieces such as the ‘Pond Lily’ Lamp, which retailed for $400 at the time, selling for $3,372,500 at Christie’s in New York in December 2018, it is no surprise that cheaper alternatives are a must have!

Tiffany style in Modern homes

The grand colours and details of Tiffany style lamps, exemplary of the early 20th-century Art Nouveau period, inspire images of lavish rooms reminiscent of an era filled with antiques and treasures. Whilst they may fit perfectly in place with an extravagant room, oozing glitz and glamour, they are also a welcome addition to any contemporary home, and blend beautifully with modern or nostalgic interior styles.

Should you be styling a larger space, in order to create a cohesive feel and flow to the space, consider using two or more tiffany style table lamps placed either side of a central ceiling tiffany style fitting with similar or complimentary colours or patterns. Our Tiffany Dragonfly Antique Brass table lamps would work beautifully with our Dragonfly Tiffany Pendant Shade as the centre piece. Both pieces depict a gorgeous red stained-glass dragonfly pattern with patterned wings on a white glass background with charming red and yellow gems throughout the design. The table lamps feature a magnificent, classically designed Antique Brass base capturing the stunning style of the times, whilst also not being too ‘busy’, and they do not make the room feel overcrowded or chaotic. Introducing these pieces into any lounge or dining room is sure to turn heads and add a classy touch to your living spaces.

The grand colours and details of Tiffany style lamps, exemplary of the early 20th-century Art Nouveau period, inspire images of lavish rooms reminiscent of an era filled with antiques and treasuresThe grand colours and details of Tiffany style lamps, exemplary of the early 20th-century Art Nouveau period, inspire images of lavish rooms reminiscent of an era filled with antiques and treasures

Smaller spaces require more delicate introductions of Tiffany style pieces, as the vibrant designs can either make a statement or overcrowd a room. To make a statement in a small space the key is to not have anything else in the room that is overly pattern focused or vibrantly coloured. This ensures that the exquisite table lamp draws the eye and attention of everyone in the room, and nothing else steals focus. Our Tiffany Multi-coloured Dragonfly Square Table Lamp is an ideal candidate for grabbing attention. Featuring a stunning stained-glass blue and green mosaiced background with a white stained-glass Dragonfly, this classic piece works perfectly as a single statement lamp or as a pair of table or bedside lamps.