A quick interior design lesson.
Ever heard of Tiffany Lamps?
If you’re wandering what final touch to add to your new bedroom or to your fancy dining room and you’ve already spent hours going through catalogues full of products from unknown and pricey brands, why not opting for a brand new Tiffany lamp? Disclaimer: they might be a “bit” expensive!
Tiffany lamps are a type of lamp with a glass shade designed by the design studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany. With time, these lamps have become so popular that the term “Tiffany” is being linked to lamps that are not directly related in any way to the original lamps, so it’s better to be very cautious when buying one from non-brand or unauthorized stores.
Some history facts.
The first beautiful Tiffany Lamp was created in 1865 according to the original design of Clara Driscoll, who wasn’t identified as the original designer till 2007. The first Tiffany Lamps weren’t, in fact, actually made by Tiffany, who only developed the idea and evolved it to what it is now. Louis Comfort Tiffany became famous for its lamps after the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1893.
The lamps were displayed in Byzantine-like structures made for the exhibition and they caught the interest of Bode and Lessing, state museum directors in Berlin. Their popularity only kept growing from there.
Tiffany lamps started being sold in Europe thanks to his business relationship with Siegfried Bing, but when the partnership ended, the lamps’ popularity started lowering.
The lamps can be now grouped into seven different categories, each one with different features but all made with the copper foil method. Many historical Tiffany lamps are displayed in art Museums such as the Queens Museum of Art in New York and the Viginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia.