This style of lamp is what is loosely referred to as transitional. Transitional means the style can be either traditional or contemporary. I love that ambiguity.
This lamp has an Italian flair to it. One of the things I have noticed about Italian design in the U.S. is that it is so overdone. Venetian plaster in a new Sacramento home is never a good idea, however the old architecture of San Francisco is a different story. I would love this lamp in a room that has a quiet elegance: solid velvets, Belgian linens, highly crafted yet simple wood furniture.
This lamp would be best in a modern or retro looking room. The scale would be tricky to work with but then again, sometimes going against your instincts on scale can have a reversal effect. In other words, using big items in a small room can at times make the room feel bigger.
Another modern looking lamp. This could also be very glamorous like in Hollywood Regency styles. Good looking lamps have a way of coming back decades later.
Silvery, reflective finishes work well in small or dark spaces, and are complimentary to most color schemes. I've never been one to shy away from mixing metals...clients ask that all the time.
The lyre is a symbol often used in architecture. The lamp above is based on a lyre's design.
Pagoda's come from Oriental design. This is obviously a western rendition but it certainly is cute. It would be adorable in a bedroom with toile or Chinoiserie fabrics.
I could see the lamp above in a man's den or bedroom. It's masculine and modern.
I just love this lamp. I'd like to see it with classic or traditional room styles or a glamorously designed one.
Another pagoda, this one silver leafed with a black drum shade. More on lamps Monday, May 23rd!