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Going Bare

So many fixtures we have are truly works of art, in and of themselves. Traditionally most of these lights can be completed with a set of ornate art glass shades. In keeping with the on-trend eclectic mix of ornate and heritage style we are seeing – we’ve been going bare-bulbed.

Here is a look at some spectacular fixtures we’ve restored, but we have either left off the shades – or these particular beauties aren’t intended to have them. We think you will adore the clean silhouette and glow of an Edison bulb, in contrast with the ornate body of an antique fixture – stunning for heritage homes and contemporary spaces alike.

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This antique pan light fixture in the Colonial Revival style (circa 1912) with a drawn-out body and heavy cast arms is perfect for a heritage space. Fitted with bare bulbs on pattern matched bell holders and oversized canopy this fully decorated light has been restored with its original finish.

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Envision this light over your wooden drawing board in your studio or over your desk in your converted loft space. This 1920s antique pan light fixture with and Art Nouveau embossed motif is such an excellent combination of delicate design and functionality. This fixture has an original finish with a natural patina. Fully decorated with vines and leaves on body, canopy and bells; restored and re-wired, ready to hang – and light up a space.

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The bare bulb look does not get much better than this spectacular 1920′s Art Deco chandelier which is a striking example of the period. This light’s organic foliate motif is crafted and arranged to form a streamlined silhouette compounded by castings of fleur-de-lis. Twelve on six bare bulbs with acanthus leaf holders encompass the fixture, which has an original silver plated finish and natural patina that only comes with age.

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Suspended by the original avant-garde chain link and foliate canopy. This light would be incredible in a dining room or grand foyer – but would be absolutely killer taking its place in a grand home theatre room.

Maybe you’ll be going bare in your next lighting design move… you may find it more exciting then you imagined…