Christmas Opening Hours 2021

After a sensational year's hard work, the team will be taking a break for 10 days over Christmas. We'll do our best to get back to you if you email us but please do bear with us!

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The Hangars

Closed from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 4th January

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Tetbury Shop

Thursday 23rd December

Open 9am - 5.30pm

Friday 24th December 2021 to Sunday 26th December

Closed

Monday 27th December to Thursday 30th December

Open 10am - 5.30pm

Friday 31st December - Sunday 2nd January

Closed

Monday 3rd January

Open 10am - 5.30pm

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All locations open back up as normal on Tuesday 4th January 2022, 9am until 5.30pm.

Lorfords Christmas Gift Guide

There is a wonderful team of people behind the scenes at Lorfords, many of which you don't get to see. What better way to introduce them than with their top picks in our Lorfords Christmas Gift Guide! From thoughtful gifts to extra seating, we're getting you ready for the festivities.

Toby Lorford, Director

Toby's top picks

Scottish Oak Daybed or Psychiatrist's Couch

Gustavian Period Bureau Cabinet

Heidi Hadfield, Accounts

Heidi's Top Picks

Exceptional Wooden Crown

Mid Century Leather Chairs

Robert Evans, Logistics Manager

Rob's Top Picks

Omersa Leather Elephant Foot Stall

19th Century Gilt Convex Mirror with Eagle Crest

 

Carly Watkins, Marketing Manager

Carly's Top Picks

Pair of French Early 19th Century Botanical Engravings

Italian Round Silver Cocktail Tray

Jane Body, Sales

Jane's Top Picks

Collection of Nine British Tree Engravings

English Mahogany Wing Armchair

Hattie Icke, Logistics

Hattie's Top Picks

Early 20th Century Jali Screen 

Large Dutch Still Life Oil on Canvas

 

Alice Hagues, Manager and Stylist

Alice's Top Picks

Set of Five Mid Century Dining Chairs

19th Century Bavarian Painted Cupboard

Piers Ingall, Sales

Piers' Top Picks

Pair of 19th Century 'Bejewelled' Candlebras

Anglo-Indian Centre Table

Tom Valentine, Sales

Tom's Top Picks

Set of Five Danish 'Uncle Harald's' Trains

Large Barley Twist Waterfall Shelves

 

Eleanor Buonaparte, Dealer Liaison and Stock Co-ordinator

Eleanor's Top Picks

Untitled - Daryl Balcombe

French 19th Century Chandelier 

Stephanie Ashby, Photographer

Steph's Top Picks

Original 1950's Route 66 Neon Café Sign

Original 1970's Gucci Light Sign

Sophie Jones, Marketing Assistant

Sophie's Top Picks

19th Century Pheasant Model 

18th Century West Country Windsor Armchair

 

David Jeens, Restorer

Dave's Top Picks

Pair of Bristol Chemist Bottles

Asprey Coromandel Humidor

Cody Roberts, Logistics

Cody's Top Picks

Swedish 20th Century Pine Desk 

French Daume Vase

Jordan Anderson, Logistics

Jordan's Top Picks

Large Mid 20th Century Terracotta Canova Lion

Louis Vuitton Suitcase

 

Chris Butterworth, Logistics

Chris' Top Picks

19th Century French Mirror

Pair of 19th Century Swedish Armchairs

December’s wine pairing from Last Drop Wines

Thyme shares a Greek-inspired baked orzo dish this month. Andrea at Last Drop Wines recommends a sustainable Pinot Noir from Cordaillat to accompany a dish that will transport you to a Mediterranean island.

Notes from Andrea

Hailing from the Loire region, where one usually expects to find Sancerre or Pouilly Fume, this stunning Pinot Noir from Cordaillat has all the right assets to sit alongside this week's recipe.

Sustainable, vegetarian, vegan, organic and biodynamic, the wine ticks all the boxes.

On the palate, it is a joy -  light enough for a weekday night or to have an extra glass but with enough charm and character to grab your attention. It has become a quick favourite for many.

The best inexpensive Pinot I have had in a long time at £18 per bottle.

Purchase a case and get 10% - this is a hand on heart "you will not be disappointed".

Place your order

This wine is available to purchase through Andrea at £18 per bottle or if you purchase a case you will receive 10% off.

Please send orders through to hello@lastdropwines.com.

Our online shopping system is coming soon! It will be available at www.lastdropwines.com.

Discover Last Drop Wines

An 'Aladdin's cave for wine-lovers,' you will find Last Drop Wines on the famous King's Road in Chelsea. The store is owned and led by Andrea, whose expertise can recommend and provide a bottle for any occasion.

View all seasonal recipes and wine pairings on L-Shaped.

Chicken, black olive and orzo

Nestled in Thyme's 'village within a village,' you will find The Ox Barn restaurant. Under the direction of Head Chef Charlie Hibbert, Thyme curate amazing dishes inspired by their rural surroundings. As we enter a cold and dark winter, the team have provided the perfect recipe for you to cook at home and transport yourself to the Mediterranean...

Recipe for chicken, black olive and orzo

A Greek-inspired baked orzo dish, soaked in the juices of the chicken, fennel, olive and lemon. One to truly transport you to a Mediterranean island.

Serves 2

Prep & cooking time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Ingredients

2 organic chicken legs, separated into thigh and drumstick

50ml white wine

½ small red onion, diced

¼ head of fennel, sliced from root to tip

5 black olives, pitted and halved

1 bay leaf

½ lemon zest and juice

100g orzo

200ml chicken stock

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cracked black pepper

A handful of chopped parsley

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C (normal) | 160°C (fan) | gas mark 4.

Fry the chicken pieces in an oven-proof pan over a medium heat until browned and crisp on all sides.

Remove from the pan and set to one side.

Pour in the white wine and scrub off any brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Scatter in the onion, fennel, bay, lemon and orzo in the pan and stir together.

Place the chicken back in the pan and pour over the chicken stock.

Season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the liquor has been absorbed by the orzo.

Put the chicken onto a plate, stir through the parsley and serve.

Wine Pairing

Andrea, who owns and leads Last Drop Wines on the King's Road in Chelsea, recommends a sustainable Pinot Noir from Cordaillat. Read her advice here.

About Thyme Ox Barn Terrace at Thyme

Thyme includes 32 bedrooms situated throughout the Georgian rectory, The Lodge, The Tallet and the buildings around the courtyard and gardens. Ox Barn (seats 62) offers a wonderful dining experience, with its own twist on seasonal British food.

Thyme also offers the Baa bar, meadow spa, pool, orchid house and botanical bothy. The piggery and balcony room boutiques stock Bertioli by Thyme's range of silkwear, tableware and bespoke homeware.

If that's not enough, their 'village within a village' also contains a cookery school, floristry and drawing classes, farm, kitchen gardens, orchards and water meadows. Cottages are available for private hire and you can also book the Tithe Barn for private events.

You can view our collection of Thyme recipes and our interview with Charlie Hibbert on L-Shaped.

Thyme’s room rates currently start at £335 (midweek) / £395 (Fri, Sat) per night.  These are room rates include breakfast.

Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate, Southrop, Gloucestershire, GL7 3PW

www.thyme.co.uk | 01367 850 174 | reception@thyme.co.uk

Hygge – a thing of the past?

It’s that time of year again, the leaves turn, the nights draw in, the fires are lit… and we are accosted by the Danish concept of Hygge once again! So, is this a marketing gimmick or a great life choice? And, after the last 18 months of global challenges, how do we achieve this balance of comfort, cosiness and calm in our homes?

That’s all very well, but isn’t this so 2016?

As a buzzword for cheap hot drinks and fluffy nylon blankets, I hope so. But there’s more to the idea than cheesy images. It has certainly been an interesting couple of years with Covid, Brexit and the Capitol riots just to pick the headliners! After all this, the thought of cosiness, simple pleasures and kindness look a whole load sexier than they did in 2016… and it was a hot topic then! The Danes will confirm that Hygge is a soulful sense of well-being that is gained from the simple things in life and has nothing to do with selling hot drinks and modern Scandi furniture… so it feels even more on-trend than before.

How does that relate to an interior?

This is where it gets personal! Most people can grasp candlelight or a snowy walk along the beach as hygge-filled. But for our homes to be cosy places that bolster a sense of well-being they must be our nests… and my nest can be a very different place to yours! The Danes undoubtedly share an aesthetic that resists clutter and focuses on airy spaces filled with natural materials and often raw finishes. It looks great in books… but for me, I’d be much more at home in a Bedouin tent filled with colour, pattern and soft fabrics. We can create interiors that resist the march of technology and give us a sense of calm and togetherness without compromising on taste and personality.

So Clutter can be Hygge?

I’m going out on a limb here and saying ‘Yes’. Personally, I’d be angst-ridden sitting in a perfectly tidy space with no clutter, dog toys and stuff. I’d perch on the edge of a plank of raw wood and wish for a messy pile of cushions to clamber into. A pile of muddy wellies kicked off outside the kitchen door is so much more Hygge than their summer incarnation… washed and neatly lined up in the boot room! So clutter or clean, an interior is whatever you need it to be to feel at peace.

After all this, you’ve got a classic Scandi photoshoot this month…

Like I said… it’s all personal. Traditional Danish hygge is clean, chic and spacious. I love the use of wool, sheepskin and bare timber to create a raw and stylish aesthetic that pairs beautifully with autumn and winter views out of the window. Alice, our shoot stylist, has put together a stunning Danish traditional take on it that mixes perfectly the strength of dark woods with light space and delicate accents.

To shop the shoot, visit our lookbook 'Raw Comfort'.

All about Scandinavian rugs

Handmade for centuries, Scandinavian rugs have taken on many different forms and functions over time. While Scandinavian textiles are beautifully decorative, they are also incredibly practical.

Known for their harsh weather conditions and almost everlasting winters Scandinavian countries make sure that any textiles produced not only provide the necessary heat but are also decorative. Therefore they would often be used in the form of wall hangings, floor covers and even bedspreads.

Ryas, Rollakans and Trasmattas – What is the difference?

Ryas

The first rugs produced in Scandinavia were Ryas. For many years during the early Middle Ages, Scandinavians used rugs from the Byzantine Empire, but eventually, they started to make their own. This is when Ryas were first produced. Ryas are handwoven rugs with a thick shaggy long pile. Made by tying knots of fabric to produce a piled carpet, Scandinavians used them for everything, including carpets, bed covers, rugs, wall hangings and even coats! Their popularity soon spread across Northern Europe in the Middle Ages.

Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Rug

Mid 20th Century Swedish Rya Rug

Rollakans

Popular among folk-artists, Rollakans are traditional flatweaves and could be found as bedspreads or on general display. These traditional flatweaves were first produced in the early 18th Century in Sweden. They often have a simple aesthetic with all over geometric patterns making them the perfect design feature for Scandinavian homes.

Swedish Flatweave Rug by Judith Johansson

Swedish Flatweave Rug by Judith Johansson

Trasmattas

Made by weaving recycled cloth, Trasmattas or ‘rag rugs’ use discarded clothes, leftover scraps or clippings of fabric. Making these rugs is very environmentally friendly. Originating in Asia at the end of the 18th Century, these rugs have a short pile. Today they symbolise simple, country-style living but traditionally they primarily adorned affluent houses and were constituted a marker of status. Adding a touch of colour to many interiors today they make fantastic runners.

Swedish Handwoven Rag Rug

Swedish Handwoven Rag Rug

Scandinavian rug design

Scandinavian rugs are now not only fantastic for bringing a Scandinavian warmth to our homes but often they tell a great story too. Many of the historic rugs show the great history and culture of Scandinavia.

Ryas often featured designs that represented family trees and ties. They even produced wedding ryas which formed part of the marriage ceremony throughout the Middle Ages. Often these wedding ryas featured the initials of the bride and groom, the date of the wedding or a set of double hearts.

Rollakans can typically be categorised into twelve main shapes: the star, the rose, the octagon, the bird, the lily, the tree, the hourglass, the palmette, the human, the deer, the brook horse and the lightning. They will always have a folklore history to the pattern.

Today the most popular rugs are Trasmattas with their mesmerising patterns, colours, designs and textures. Still created in the present day, they are now created as a hobby rather than a necessity but the outcome is still as beautiful.

Lorfords’ Scandinavian Rugs

Lorfords has a large variety of Scandinavian rugs. Browse our full collection of rugs and carpets here.

Creating a Scandinavian Interior with Design Tales

Laura Muthesius and Nora Eisermann of Design Tales are inspired by nature. The Berlin duo shares their home and gives you their five top tips to create your very own Scandinavian interior.

Laura and Nora's five top tips

  • Use natural materials like wood, linen, stone and marble instead of plastic and polyester. We love the use of linen curtains, bed linens, wool and linen pillows or sofa covers, wooden furniture and of course, marble side tables!
  • Mix different materials in a way that create a vivid tension between different furniture items.
  • Use a natural colour palette. Using natural paint such as chalk paint gives a calm but lively look and atmosphere which helps to create a relaxing environment but highlights the architecture.
  • Respect the original details of your home, in fact, don't just respect them, save and highlight them! Not everything has to be perfectly new, it adds more charm and character if it's not.
  • Cherish the craftsmanship. Quality over quantity, invest in handmade, good quality pieces instead of going with every trend. Scandinavian designs are often classics making them timeless and a great investment!

About Design Tales

With homes in Skåne and Berlin, Laura and Nora love to travel! Nora studied fashion design but is now working as a (food-)stylist, and Laura studied photography and currently working as a photographer. The duo shares their passion for food, good design and interiors over on their website and on their Instagram.

Inside the home of Design Tales

Apple, kohlrabi, speck and hazelnut salad

A fresh and delicious winter salad that delivers a wonderful crunch. Charlie Hibbert, the Head Chef at Thyme's Ox Barn restaurant shares a light and refreshing salad recipe perfect for dinner parties or a light lunch.

'This is an easy, fresh salad with plenty of crunch from fresh vegetables and my favourite bitter leaves, full of interest. We buy our hams from a local Cotswold company – Saltpig Curing Co – and the speck is a wonderful stalwart on the menu, amongst other fine things from them. You will need a vegetable turner or mandolin for this recipe. If you don’t have one, you can use a sharp knife, but it is harder to cut the vegetables into wafer-thin slices which fold through the salad.'

Recipe for apple, kohlrabi, speck and hazelnut salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 eating apple

1 kohlrabi

1 fennel bulb

8 slices of speck

60g hazelnuts

Assortment of bitter leaves, such as puntarelle, castelfranco, radicchio, tardivo etc

1 lemon

Olive oil for dressing

Sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C (normal) | 140°C (fan) | gas mark 3.

Chop the hazelnuts and put them into the oven to toast for 8 minutes or until golden brown.  Once done, put them to one side and allow them to cool.

Meanwhile prep and wash the leaves, allowing them to drain in a colander.

Now, peel the outer skin of the kohlrabi away.  Using your vegetable turner, cut the kohlrabi and then the fennel into lovely thin strips and dink them into iced water.

Finally, halve and core the apple. Slice it into thin half-moons using a sharp knife.

Ensure all your salad ingredients are well-drained before assembly.

Place all the vegetable ingredients in a bowl and dress with lemon juice and olive oil, a good crack of pepper and salt.

Tear through the speck and scatter the nuts over the leaves then toss the salad.

Gently tumble the salad onto your waiting plates, serve and enjoy.

Wine Pairing

Andrea, who owns and leads Last Drop Wines on the King's Road in Chelsea, recommends two wines to accompany this fresh and delicious salad. Read her advice here.

About Thyme

Thyme includes 32 bedrooms situated throughout the Georgian rectory, The Lodge, The Tallet and the buildings around the courtyard and gardens. Ox Barn (seats 62) offers a wonderful dining experience, with its own twist on seasonal British food.

Thyme also offers the Baa bar, meadow spa, pool, orchid house and botanical bothy. The piggery and balcony room boutiques stock Bertioli by Thyme's range of silkwear, tableware and bespoke homeware.

If that's not enough, their 'village within a village' also contains a cookery school, floristry and drawing classes, farm, kitchen gardens, orchards and water meadows. Cottages are available for private hire and you can also book the Tithe Barn for private events.

You can view our collection of Thyme recipes and our interview with Charlie Hibbert on L-Shaped.

Thyme’s room rates currently start at £335 (midweek) / £395 (Fri, Sat) per night.  These are room rates include breakfast.

Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate, Southrop, Gloucestershire, GL7 3PW

www.thyme.co.uk | 01367 850 174 | reception@thyme.co.uk

November’s wine pairing from Last Drop Wines

Thyme shares the perfect winter salad recipe this month. Andrea at Last Drop Wines recommends two wines to accompany this fresh and delicious salad, a dry Riesling from Pfalz and an unlikely Pinot Gris from Oregon.

Notes from Andrea

'Apple, kohlrabi, speck, fennel and hazelnut - I feel like breaking into the song "These are a few of my favourite things!"

Truthfully, salads are rarely my thing however this one is right up my street. Favourite foods deserve equal favourites from the cellar. I have selected two wines: a dry Riesling from Pfalz, Oliver Zeter 2020 and an unlikely Pinot Gris from Oregon. Why two, because it has been a long weekend and I am feeling indecisive or I feel exceptionally thirsty?  Both wines were tried with the salad and between four at the table, no one could call a clear favourite.

Please no pre-judgements on Riesling as it must be sweet. This isn't, and for most of my customers, it has become a repeat buy. The bear on the label has an enchanting background. It is a representation of the winemaker's grandfather by one of his longstanding drinking friends, who was an illustrator. It is always good to have talented friends and talented winemakers. The brothers are full of talent and good all-rounders as is this wine with some tropical fruit notes (melon)  and a glorious freshness in the finish. When your salad is finished, you will be happy to have another bottle in reserve.

The Pinot Gris from Portlandia is a bit of a unicorn wine - a wine that I wasn't looking for but once tasted I had to have within the collection. Think pears, honeysuckle, great minerality and a whisper of cinnamon. They are so many combinations of goodness: apples and pears, pears and speck, cinnamon and apples, all the above with a minerality to add to the exciting crunch.'

Place your order

Both wines are available for purchase through Andrea, the Riesling is available at £20 per bottle and the Pinot Gris is available at £30 per bottle.

Please send orders through to hello@lastdropwines.com.

Our online shopping system is coming soon! It will be available at www.lastdropwines.com.

Discover Last Drop Wines

An 'Aladdin's cave for wine-lovers,' you will find Last Drop Wines on the famous King's Road in Chelsea. The store is owned and led by Andrea, whose expertise can recommend and provide a bottle for any occasion.

View all seasonal recipes and wine pairings on L-Shaped.

The ultimate guide to vintage lighting

The 20th Century was an era of innovation and flair in the lighting sphere. Two post-war periods saw an influx of new materials as well as a desire to move away from traditional designs. This was the age of the Sputnik pendant, stunning Murano glass lamps, and a host of other revolutionary lighting designs.

Iconic retro and vintage lightingHumans and lighting

For most of our history, we relied upon daylight, moonlight, and dubious candles to get by. Gaslight arrived in the 19th Century, but it was reserved for commercial and industrial settings at first and had its fair share of drawbacks.

The greatest revolution in domestic lighting came in the 1870s. Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison invented the first commercially viable incandescent light bulbs. These offered a much cleaner and safer solution than gaslighting. The National Grid rose to the challenge of roll-out, and by the end of the 1930s the number of homes wired for electricity rose from 6% in 1919 to 2/3s.

The spread of electricity in the early 20th Century set the stage for some of the most ground-breaking lighting designs in history. Today, lighting is an essential element in the interior tapestry, both in form and function. Layers are key to this, and vintage lighting, with its brilliant spectrum of design styles, can fulfill any brief.

Vintage task lighting

Lighting, perhaps more than any other interior feature, will always need optimal function as well as good looks. A major functional breakthrough came in the development of task lighting in the early 20th Century. Task lighting is designed to aid specific activities, from reading to sewing. It encompasses floor lamps, table lamps, and desk lamps. The last of these has a particularly fascinating history.

Like all great designs, social context played a big role in the development of task lighting. An early entrepreneur in this field was Curt Fischer, who ran a German metal workshop. His company, Midgard, invented its first lights in 1919. These lamps were informed by an acute study of human behaviour. Midgard was deeply inspired by Bauhaus principles and vice versa. Throughout the 20s and 30s, the driving force behind task lighting was factories and workshops. As the 20th Century progressed, they found a whole new relevance through emerging corporate work culture.

Iconic retro and vintage lightingThe Anglepoise effect

The ergonomics behind early designs responded to common human problems. Slouching over a desk for long hours has long presented side effects. With their articulated arms bending – quite literally – to the user’s will, early task lights addressed this issue.

Despite plenty of experimentation during the early 20th Century, it was one George Carwardine who invented the desk lamp as we know it today. Far from a lighting designer by trade, Carwardine specialised in car engineering. Upon observing the suspension mechanisms in vehicles he worked on, Carwardine realised the same could work for lights.

By using a new sort of spring and pivoting arms, he achieved balance without the need for counterweights. He patented the new helical spring in 1932, but he chose to outsource production to the company that supplied his springs. So, Carwardine worked on new designs whilst Herbert Terry took over the manufacture, and the Terry Anglepoise lamp was born.

The first Anglepoise model, 1227, became available to the general public in 1935. The outbreak of WWII helped rather than hindered them, as they marketed it as the ideal blackout lamp for keeping light localised. Herbert Terry continued to adapt to the zeitgeist throughout the 20th Century. For example, during the 60s and 70s the company produced lamps in an array of vibrant shades.

Setting the standard

These early designers and manufacturers were so successful that most later desk lamps have looked very similar. Articulated lamps are still much sought-after, especially in the current mode of home working. It wasn’t always about creating the most focused light possible, as Hans-Agne Jakobsson proved. The renowned Swedish designer mastered anti-glare, diffused and muted lighting. We consider these same qualities indispensable in our interiors today.

Iconic retro and vintage lighting

Italian vintage lighting

Whether you’re looking for a workshop lamp or a statement chandelier, vintage lighting is such a large pool that you cannot go wrong. If you’re after artisanal beauty, there’s one country that gets it right every time. This feels like an apt moment to quote our interview with Toma Clark-Haines, the Antiques Diva. ‘Lighting is the jewellery of the room and sets the vibe of a space. When it comes to lighting, it’s got to be Italian.’

It's not hard to see why Toma covets Italian lighting. Italy was home to the likes of Gio Ponti and Gaetano Sciolari during the 20th Century. They also had one major asset when it came to lighting design: the glassmakers of Murano. When this stunning hand-blown glass met with stylish Mid Century forms, the result was breathtaking.

Successful designers such as Gino Sarfatti treated lighting as an art form, producing reams of lamps in his lifetime. You appreciate these pieces as an art form before even thinking of them as a light, but function was never sacrificed for style.

Lamps by the likes of Carlo Nason, the famed Murano glass artist, shatter the boundaries of traditional lighting. Colour is the most mesmerising feature in any Murano glass lamp, with a dazzling array of vibrant shades.

As always, Italian manufacturers played a key role alongside these individual designers. Mazzega, for instance, started out in 1946 and still operates today under the grandson of founder Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. The company, then and now, works with the very best international lighting designers – all in the medium of gorgeous Murano glass. When you hear Mazzega, their chandeliers made up of densely packed leaves of Murano glass often spring to mind.

Iconic retro and vintage lighting

Vintage lighting legends

Explosive talent ricocheted through Europe and America in this period and shook the design world. Interior rule books were torn up and rewritten more frequently than ever before. Again, more often than not the most iconic designs speak to their historical and social context. You can almost map social developments through just a few distinctive lights and their makers.

The Sputnik chandelier

The fabulous Sputnik chandelier was influenced by a fascination with all things space-related in the Mid Century. Its origin is disputed due to the many interpretations of this pendant light, but the very first came from Gino Sarfatti – the Italian modernist designer.

As with George Carwardine, Sarfatti was not a destined lighting designer. He was an aeronautical engineer by trade but seized the opportunity for extra income when his family fell on hard times. Sarfatti called his designs ‘rational’ lights, in reference to their efficiency and simple aesthetic.

The Sputnik, with its branches pointing in all directions, was a very successful experiment in directional light. Its metal form gives it an industrial edge, but it somehow feels glamorous at the same time. This seminal design is named after the Soviet Union’s first-ever satellite, launched in 1957. Sciolari was among the designers who designed their own version of this classic.

Singular design houses shifted seamlessly with changing tastes throughout the century. A good example is Maison Jansen, the Paris-based favourite of royals and elites. They spanned traditional Louis XVI, Art Deco, and modernism in over 100 years of operation. In the 70s, their iconic palm tree and ananas floor and table lamps revived Hollywood Regency glamour with brilliant results. These brass lamps with their natural themes are still in high demand today for bringing exotic luxury to a space.

Iconic retro and vintage lighting

Poul Henningsen

At the other end of the spectrum, the lighting designs of Poul Henningsen are the definition of Scandi restraint. The Danish designer's motivation was akin to that of the Arts & Crafts movement – to improve people’s lives through design. His three-tiered shade designs reduced glare and distributed a soft glow throughout the room.

His first pendant, the PH lamp, was produced in 1926 by Louis Poulson and met with global acclaim. Henningsen designed his first PH Artichoke for a modernist Copenhagen restaurant in 1958. This stylish spiky pendant remains a firm favourite amongst collectors.

 

Shop the look...

The 20th Century saw perhaps the most extensive and successful range of lighting designs in history. The lighting produced in this period is indispensable to our interiors, whatever your personal taste.

The designs covered in this article don’t even scratch the surface of vintage lighting. However, they do give some idea of its sheer quality and range. Shop all our 20th Century lighting on our website, as well as our whole collection of Mid Century design.

Spark your imagination with our lookbook, ‘Iconic retro lighting

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Antique lanterns for autumn evenings

Sean Symington's top tips on lighting your home this autumn

Antique lanterns for autumn evenings

More than ever, we are recognising the value of our gardens as outdoor rooms. The nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, but that doesn’t mean we have to abandon the garden until next summer. Alongside modern inventions like the mighty patio heater, antique lanterns are a great way to create a cosy atmosphere

Antique lanterns

Let there be light

The role of lanterns throughout history is well-illustrated in books, folklore, and illustrations. They are one of the oldest forms of lighting in the world, with the first recorded lanterns dating to the Han Dynasty in ancient China.

From the lanterns sailors used in the 18th Century, lit by whale oil, to the electric ones used by police officers from the late 19th Century to fight crime in the dark, these versatile objects have long been indispensable to humans. Throughout their long history, lanterns have used animal fat, candles, oil, gas, and finally electricity.

Some antique lanterns originated in a street environment. Scotsman William Murdoch invented the coal-fuelled gaslight in 1802 to try and make street lighting more efficient. Five years later, London had its first gas-lit road – Pall Mall. These lanterns are often of good scale with a charming sense of history. Whether hung as a pendant or freestanding, street lanterns will bring authentic and unique character to a space.

Antique lanterns for every occasion

Despite immense technological advancement, antique lanterns remain very popular for both indoor and outdoor use. We may no longer rely on these primitive sources for light, as our ancestors did, but they are undeniably very stylish. Lanterns, as décor and as light sources, are perfect for creating an old-fashioned atmosphere.

Antique lanterns

No outdoor gathering works without some light to see each other by. Lanterns are ideal for creating light at all levels, without it feeling glaring. They come in all forms to suit your setting; they can hang on a chain, sit on the floor nestled by a table, or attach to a wall.

Rain or shine

One thing that hasn’t changed since the 1700s is unpredictable weather conditions, so antique lanterns are often designed to resist the elements. Good materials include toleware, steel, aluminium, copper, and brass.

Meanwhile, antique storm lanterns have a wonderful industrial look and were literally designed to withstand the most extreme weather. Years of exposure to the elements can bring out a fabulous patina in these time-worn objects. Vivid verdigris, burnishing, and tarnishing only adds to their whimsical appeal.

Featured here is just a sample of our lanterns, so make sure you browse our whole collection online.

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The ultimate guide to vintage lighting

Sean Symington's top tips on lighting your home this autumn

Sean Symington’s top tips on lighting your home

Sean Symington is the Founder and Creative Director of a Bath-based interior design practice specialising in residential and boutique hospitality design. Defining his style as ‘classic with a fresh whimsy’, Sean brings a colourful and fun flare to the world of interior design. We asked Sean to share some of his expert advice on lighting our homes this autumn.

Sean Symington, interior designer, gives his expert advice on lighting. Project pictured: Quantock Road.Lighting your home this autumn

As we move into the winter months, I think it is more important than ever to focus on the lighting in our homes. We were so fortunate this summer to have sunny, long days with glorious light flooding through our windows. As we transition into autumn, the sunlight depletes and the days become shorter, therefore we must rely on synthetic lighting more and more. It is for this reason that I try to incorporate varying levels and types of lighting within my interior schemes.

Lighting within a room must serve a purpose and be appropriate to the room’s function, however, it must also transition from day to night and season to season. In the summer months, we may have opted to keep our curtains open and let the sunlight fill our rooms. We may have also decided not to turn on certain lamps in order to keep the house feeling cool. As we move into winter, we may want the curtains drawn and the lamps turned on with flickering candles and a roaring fire to evoke a sense of cosiness and warmth. It is with this in mind, that I put together my list of must-have lighting for autumn.

Varied levels of lighting

I think it is important to incorporate lighting at different heights within a room. I rarely turn on overhead downlights (especially in the cooler months) and rely much more heavily on low-level lighting like table lamps and wall sconces. Depending on the functionality of the room (i.e. if it is a kitchen versus a sitting room), one may want their downlights on at full capacity in order to cook or clean.

In my opinion, overhead lights are unnecessary for any other task and instead, I try to incorporate ample low and mid-level lighting which I can turn on at different points during the day. There is nothing nicer than warm table lamp lighting during an autumn evening.

Sean Symington, interior designer, gives his advice on how to light our homes this autumn. Project Pictured: Crescent LaneIncorporate natural lighting

If possible, and especially in England, I think every sitting room needs a fireplace. The warmth of candlelight and the glow of a fire is my absolute favourite type of light during the autumn months. There is nothing cosier than a plethora of lit candles down a dinner table in the evening or a crackling fire in a sitting room at night. Candles add an amazing sense of atmosphere and calm within a room.

 

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