In our last Here & Now post, we introduced you to our Washington, Wellington, Dresden, and Caswell families. Today, we would like to give you a peek at four more from our exciting 2015 offering. Ladies and gentlemen: Lauderhill, Pembroke, Barstow, and Coolidge.
Lauderhill embodies the elegant balance between glamour and restraint, with exposed candelabra lamps on curvy metal arms. Crystal billows from its axis. The crystal finial visible here on the chandelier is also present on the sconce versions. The chandelier imparts a harmonious sense of symmetry and proportion to the room it illumines.
Coolidge takes the shape of a beehive and dips exposed-bulb clusters into its center. Fine finishes on smooth cast metal pervade the whole. Its ribbed globe diffuser is echoed in the finishing touch of its finial. The show-stopper is the artisanally-blown glass, which forever captures the effervescence of just-uncorked champagne. Glowing in a soft blur through these myriad time-stopped bubbles, the quality of light is gentle. The result is a fixture both fun and sophisticated.
Thick, curved candle holders and an individual silk box-pleated shade accentuate the sensuous in our Pembroke family. Whereas each lamp usually gets its own shade in sconces and chandeliers featuring them, Pembroke breaks with tradition in surrounding all of the bulbs with a unified shade. The pure silk of which it is woven and its neat pleating are consummate luxury. With precise machined detailing and classical form, Pembroke works equally well in décor leaning toward the modern or the traditional.
One of the things Hudson Valley Lighting is known for is updating classic fixtures, even modernizing candle-fittings from before electrical times. Barstow continues this tradition admirably, encasing candelabra bulbs in a cupola comprised of six oblong glass panes. Subtle embellishments and our watermark way of making the whole piece unified in one immaculate finish exude quiet confidence and good taste. Its historical antecedent would often have been hung in a place like the one pictured above. However, Barstow is not limited to entryways, mudrooms, and the like. It could also be used above a table, over a kitchen island, in a bathroom, suspended near a landing or turn in a stair, or wherever an ambient layer of light in a classic, streamlined design is required.
What do you think? We would love to hear from you in our comments. And stay tuned for an upcoming interview with a talented interior designer who transformed a master bath into a private Art Deco palace.