Welcome to day 6 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas! We are officially halfway through, with plenty more goodies to come. To check out the giftable lamps that have come before, you can start from the beginning. Or, if you’re eager to move forward, then read on to learn about lamp #6…
Instead of putting a lampshade on your head at a Christmas party this weekend, try putting it on your table:
Sure, these might not have a woman’s leg in fishnets holding them up, but these classic shades are still sure to bring a smile to whomever receives them this holiday season.
Designed by Ron Gilad, the Flos Teca Mini Table Lamps are at once contemporary and playful; the sight of a fringed shade glowing inside a glass box is certainly unexpected. More than that, though, the impression is one of a display in a museum, which is entirely intentional. The name of the collection, after all, is a play on the Italian word for “reliquary,” or a container that holds ancient and/or sacred relics.
In other words, these are shades that are deserving of display and respect. They are representative of a certain point in time in lighting history. More than that, with their ornate and frilly designs, they can now be considered works of art as much as functional parts of a lamp.
The first of these lamps is the Teca Mini Victorian Grandeur Table Lamp. With its intricate embroidery, thick lace ribbing and inward curve (evocative of a tightly laced corset), you can truly see this shade casting a warm glow around a 19th century salon:
And then there’s the Teca Mini Renaissance Cupola Table Lamp. It too has thick ribbing, but with a more relaxed bell shape. It is also quite a bit flirtier with a thick border of red fringe: