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   20% OFF PERFECTLY PORTABLE SALE NORBURN We are preparing for the changing season ahead with our Perfectly Portable Sale which will run from August 14 to September 16, 2017. All regular priced lamps and mirrors will be 20% off for this limited time.

So what makes portables so great?

1) SET THE MOOD

Lamps can soften shadows and provide ambient lighting for conversation or when reading. For instance, the LED Outdoor Lanterns with Bluetooth Speaker from Kichler offers ambient lighting that is dimmable and serves as an output for music when entertaining guests, or simply relaxing outdoors.

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Image Source: Kichler Lighting, LED Outdoor Lanterns with Bluetooth Speaker.

2)PRACTICAL

Portable lamps give the option to add a layer of light to a room without having to rewire which can be costly and unconventional for some homeowners. This is especially the case for older homes that bring up hidden costs of installing a new fixture which may require more work. In addition, portable lamps are also useful for providing task lighting for sewing, reading, or writing. The Valeo Floor Lamp from Cerno can offer ambient lighting to a space as an alternative for a fixture. The floor lamp is almost 8 feet tall and has an adjustable shade that can be lowered.

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Image Source: Cerno Lighting, Valeo Floor Lamp.

3) PORTABLE

Portable lamps are made of durable material but are not fixated to a single spot. Portable lamps can be moved to different areas or rooms that require an additional layer of light or a decorative element. This 2-Light Floor lamp from Dainolite has adjustable arms for versatile use, and has a mid-century modern aesthetic.

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4)DECORATIVE

Portable lamps are also a great way to experiment with different styles to create a statement. Some lamps have replaceable shades which can enhance its visual appeal or match current decor. Portable lamps can also be a statement in and of itself, such as oversized floor lamps that can serve as general lighting for a room due to its scale or ornate lamps such as the Lynch Tiffany Table Lamp from Quoizel that has an intricate detailed glass shade.

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5) SPACE

Table and Desk Lamps take minimal space, and also creates the illusion of a larger space when they are positioned in certain areas. For instance, when lamps are next to a wall such as when they are on top of a buffet or side table, they create a surface of light that makes the space appear larger. This is ideal in living rooms, dining rooms, and foyers where buffet and side tables are commonly used. The Saga Table Lamp from Dimond Lighting has a chocolate faux silk shade and a complimentary chocolate smoke glass base that provides the added illusion of a larger space.

D3173 SAGA TABLE LAMP

For more information on our Perfectly Portable Sale or to find out what portables are up for sale, contact or visit our showroom. Our Specialist are always happy to help you!

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What's Old is New Again

Some of the best trends are from past eras that resurface and are redefined as current. Trends are cyclical, which allows us to integrate the beauty of past designs into our contemporary home. This coming season we are featuring items that give homage to past eras.

1900’s – Art Nouveau Movement

The popularity of crafted material was dominant during the early 1900’s, during which the Art Nouveau Movement occurred. This was a period that defied the sub-ordinance of crafted art, such as glass work, to other forms of art that was considered more superior, such as sculptural work.  Artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany had a profound influence with this movement, which emphasized on the importance of craftsmanship.

The Tiffany lamps from Quoizel epitomizes the artisan work from this era, which the company has been perfecting since the 1930’s.

The table lamps are hand assembled using the copper foil technique introduced by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Violet table lamp and Vintage Bronze Tiffany lamp are designed with a dome shaped shade that provides a spacious canvas for realistic sceneries of nature. The Violet table lamp has budding violets surrounded by a motif of green, yellow, red and tangerine glass.

Violets Table Lamp

The Vintage Bronze Tiffany lamp has the same dome shaped shade but with a soft scalloped edge that follows the movement of the leaves, and depicts a scenery of hummingbirds drawing nectar from a patch of flowers.

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The third Tiffany lamp is finished in Russet, and has a more complex design due to the irregular shape of the shade. The trim of the shade also appears more rugged, and has a subtle branch that stems out from the crown and seamlessly blends into the mosaic of pastel glass.

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These lamps have a sense of ornamentation that brings life to a room that cannot be ignored.

1930’s to 1940’s – Hollywood Regency/ Regency Moderne

The chandelier has been around for centuries, which attest to the idea of the resurgence of style.

The Regency Moderne style, in particular, was a hit around the 1930’s to 1940’s. Regency Moderne was inspired by the production sets in Hollywood that were lavishly decorated and over the top. This style incorporated a mix of Neoclassical, Art Deco, Chinoiserie and even had a hint of Modern influences. Dorothy Draper was an iconic figure during this time for her bold colour combinations and elaborate large scaled designs. This style allowed for combinations of classic furniture with pops of vibrant colour, luxurious fabrics, and ornate additional touches, such as the use of chandeliers.

These Schonbek fixtures exude the opulence of this style, enhancing the glamorous appeal of a room.

Schonbek crystal chandelier


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1960’s – Mid-Century Modern

The era of rebellion, the Sixties was considered the mod culture with iconic figures such as Jean Shrimpton and the Beatles that made a mark in popular culture. In interior design, David Hicks was highly idolized for his unapologetic use of bold colours.

The Sixties embraced futuristic designs, bold colours and patterns, and geometric structures. Homes were decorated to reflect the individual and was a platform for creative expression. The economic boom, growth in technology, and various social movements also had an impact on the lifestyle and the interiors of homes.

One of the most classic examples of mid-century modern design was the Sputnik, such as the Armstrong from Kichler, which is modernized with adjustable arms for variations in style.

The Sputnik lighting design was popularized during the Atomic Age, and was inspired by the SPUTNIK1 which was the first artificial Earth satellite to launch in 1957, and would later evoke the Space Race that dominated most of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

sputnik fixture

Here are a few more pieces that are reminiscent of this era:

 

The Domi by Dainolite also has the atomic and geometric form that was popular during this era.

domi eight light pendant

This floor lamp by Dainolite has an asymmetric composition and contrasts matte black with vintage bronze.

matte black and vintage bronze floor lamp

Circular patterns—patterns in general—were used to make bold statements. The Charles pendant from Kichler has laser cut circular patterns that are reminiscent of this trend.

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Through out the years, it is evident that we rekindle our interest for past designs as they begin to resurface. The distinctive looks are unforgettable, and remind us that what was old will eventually become new again.

For more inspiration, head over to our instagram page @norburnlighting, and contact our showroom for expert advice on how to integrate “old” design into your contemporary home.