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Lighting & Metal Arts: Styles from Syracuse to Pasadena

by Mary Ellen Polson on January 7, 2016

in Lighting & Hardware

A burnished brass double pendant fixture from Rejuvenation lights the island in a kitchen designed for a 1912 house. Photo: Bill Lusk

A burnished brass double pendant fixture from Rejuvenation lights the island in a kitchen designed for a 1912 house. Photo: Bill Lusk

A look at light fixtures, art lamps and glass, hardware and metalwork of the Arts & Crafts Revival.

From the beginning, Arts & Crafts-era lighting was designed for electricity. That led to an explosion of forms, both traditional (based on candlestick or gaslight) and brand new.

This is the ‘Old Knoll’ exterior wall-mount fixture from Troy Lighting.

Choosing lighting may be the most fun you can have when you are decorating a house. Combining utility with beauty like nothing else, lamps and fixtures express style in such beautiful materials as brass, nickel, mica, and stained glass. Lighting may be the most visible and affordable way to add period ambiance and even art to a room.

Assorted glass door and cabinet knobs from Antique Hardware & Home.

Assorted glass door and cabinet knobs from Antique Hardware & Home.

As for hardware and metal accessories: everything is available, whether in iron, brass, copper, bronze, ceramic, or glass. As with furniture, design influences range from Mackintosh to Stickley, with medieval and Hispanic designs in the mix.

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