Thursday, November 20, 2014

decorative lamp shades

Lampshades don't always have to be white (or my much preferred black with gold foil interior).  These sconce shades in a house decorated by talented Katie Ridder are a reminder of that fact and add such a nice detail, or layer, to the room in question.  Ridder is wife to architect Peter Pennoyer; talk about the designing duo of talent!

15 comments:

My Notting Hill said...

This is a good reminder. Love the pattern in the one you've featured. I was at a party years ago and they had a beautiful bright navy blue lampshade of silk on a buffet table - it was so striking.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I always wonder where people have these made or find them ready made perhaps? I think I could become addicted to having custom lamp shades made!

Things That Inspire said...

When I needed a temporary lamp for my library (because one had not been purchased for the room), I pulled out an old lamp that was in my husband's room as a teen. It was a handsome brass lamp with a black shade. It actually looked great in the library, mainly because the black shade was so interesting and caused the light to diffuse in a pretty way.

Karena Albert said...

Stefan great reminder; there are at least four lamps in my home that can use new shades! Love black lacquer and gold, red as well!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Blue said...

I'm thinking of using an idea I saw years ago: maps of places we've been turned into lampshades - looks like marbling from a distance.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

TTI - black shades create pools of light -and every room needs a touch of black!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Karen - yes red is great and also emerald green. Miles Redd frequently has green silk shades on his lamps I've noticed.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Blue - I've seen maps of Paris turned into lampshades - a really intriguing idea. I like that you don't notice what the pattern is until closer inspection.

Chronica Domus said...

I cannot imagine the discussions that go on in the Pennoyer/Ridder household when it comes to design decisions. Would love to be a fly on the wall.

I have candle wall sconces in my dining room, but if I had electric, I too would opt for the black/gold combo you favor.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

CD - yes, a fascinating couple! I've heard Pennoyer speak as well as Ridder -they definitely keep very separate professional lives - but both are passionate and talented.
I have candle sconces in my dining room as well, almost a pity really even though the candlelight is great. I would love to have electric sconces (with shades!) but not really easy in my building (all concrete, even the interior walls)

home before dark said...

Yes to black with gold foil interiors. And Yes! Yes! Yes! to pools of golden light. Would love to find a place for a red lampshade!

David said...

I'm a fan of the black hardback shade as well, although the light in this house is different than the last and we're probably due for a shade audit.

Daniel James Shigo said...

Yes to every room needing a touch of black, and big yes to lampshades with some color. Mine are deep gold, which gives our "dark" apartment a great deal of warmth. Old style perhaps, but it works.

Toby Worthington said...

Street maps converted into hard back lampshades have always intrigued me, since first seeing them in photographs of David Mlinaric's London house.

For a time I considered using moderately enlarged pages from the London A-Z, focusing on best loved neighborhoods. But that became too laborious to justify the end result!

penelopebianchi said...

WAIT!!

The fact is that black shades with gold interiors.....(I had this conversation with my daughter two days ago....spooky!!!) is that the light is going "up" and "down"...not through!

Is that always what you want?? Sometimes I want light to illuminate "through"....illuminating the walls....and not just up the ceiling...and down.....the floors.

I love the light cast from a shade that gives the illumination "around"!

Penelope

ps Boy, did I love the shades with the cut-outs in the Mrs . Mellon's auction! And Boy...did I ever love every single thing in that auction! EVERY SINGLE THING!!! Right down to the light switches. the latches....hinges,,,,,window latches and the "casement adjusters"

Lordy! that is the most beautiful collection of furniture and accessories I have ever seen....and the most beautiful "new house" ( 2 of them) I have ever seen also!

Amazing!!!

Brava! Bunny!!

Penelope