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Sometimes our old lamp shades get tired and warn, but the rest of the lamp remains in perfect shape.
With a fully smocked lampshade, the pinches in the pleating are created near both the top and the bottom of the lampshade. Smocking can also be applied to only the top or the bottom of the lampshade, as shown in the following two images. As noted above, the smocking treatment can be applied to not only a closed box pleat, but also open box pleats as shown in this lampshade created by M. A rolling box pleat can also serve as the first layer of pleating overlaid by a full smock treatment. Smocking as a shading technique allows the opportunity for multiple variations.  In the following image, you will see one shade created with a full smock on one part of the shade, coupled with a small bottom smock on the other half of the lampshade. While most smocking is applied to solid colored fabric, the use of a different colored thread can create a dramatic effect, and effectively enhance the lamp base and room decor. Silk shirred lampshades are made by loosely gathering or bunching a relatively sheer fabric – sometimes silk, sometimes another type of lightweight fabric.  The most simple shirred silk lampshade is an empire shade with a white shirred fabric. But, by selecting unique fabrics, the shirred lampshade can take on a totally different character!  This is a shirred lampshade made with a blue and white fabric for the store by M.
And, these small chandelier shades are also created with shirring – but what wonderful fabrics!  And, the addition of a “rouched” trim, gives an even different look!  Of course, shirring can also be applied to different shaped shade frames, as you can see from this small hexagonal chandelier lampshade. Side pleats can also be applied to lampshades in very creative and wonderful ways.  In this silk hexagonal lampshade, the result is alternating sides of side pleats, and then stretched fabric. Depending upon the fabric selected and the type of pleating used, the result can be a lampshade that uniquely applies a wonderfully finished look to your room! Silk Lampshades – Box Pleats, Part 2Posted on September 27, 2013 by Ann Eckert • 0 CommentsWe introduced the most “basic” types of box pleats – the simple box pleat, the Euro or English style box pleat, and the open box pleat.  But there are more variations on the theme! The Rolled Box Pleat is characterized by “softer” folds, as compared to the more “crisper” folds of the standard box pleats styles.  While this type of pleat is not as common today, we still have requests for the pleat when we are replicating a replacement shade for one of our customers.
That same box pleat can be further modified, but applying a “gathered bottom” to the pleat – not the closed box pleat as at the top of the lampshade. Another general type of box pleat is the “Box Drape”.  A drape is created when you apply an overlay, or a “drape”, a second and separate piece of fabric to a standard lampshade.  For example, you can apply a box drape to a stretched imperial empire and create a dramatic effect with shadows! Taken one step further, you can add a smocking detail to the drape at the top, the bottom or both top and bottom. A box pleat drape can also be applied over another pleat, as is the case in this lampshade, featuring a box drape over a Belgian pleat. And finally, it is not just the box pleats that have variations!  This is an example of an open box pleat with a smocking detail in the middle – a beautiful shade custom made by M. A variation of the standard round silk bell lampshade is the slender bell lampshade, show below.  We often pair this lampshade with a Simon Pearce Pomfret lamp. The bell shape can also be applied to the coolie lampshade – a “squat” lampshade – much wider than it is tall! Yet another variation of the round, bell  lampshade is the scallop bell, shown here in a beautiful embroidered fabric. The bell shape can also be applied to other than a round shape, as in squares, rectangles and hexagons.  We use the cut corner square frame to make our lampshades using historical prints from Concord.
Many of our oriental lamps are shown with bell shaped lampshades, including this blue and white “box” lamp featuring a cut corner rectangle bell lampshade. Bell lampshades are an important part of our shade inventory, and can often enhance the chosen lamp.


Lampshade GalleryPosted on September 6, 2013 by Ann Eckert • 0 CommentsWhat is a lampshade gallery? Many lampshade styles are available with a gallery.  Some of the most popular styles include coolies, drums, hexs and octagons and bells. The drum with a scallop top and bottom is also designed with a gallery.  Occasionally we see lamps in the store dating back to the 1950s dressed with this type of lampshade – not surprisingly, these shades are often in need of a replacement, and if our customer wants the same style of lampshade, we can provide it! A particularly fun silk lampshade style with a gallery is the S-Curve with a scallop bottom, shown below.  We have used the S-Curve lampshade with a variety of Victorian style table and floor lamps. Lampshades made with a gallery are not for every lamp; but the gallery can add a unique touch to a special lamp of yours! We use the straight-sided hex in variety of shading situations – from floor lamps to table lamps!  One of our favorite hex lampshades are those we make with nautical charts.  We generally have these shades in stock, and they are often used to shade our collectible lamps. But we also offer the service of crafting the shade to fit a water location of your choice – from Maine to Florida, Washington state to California, as well as international waters, coastal and island – the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean, to the Pacific Islands and everywhere in between!
Another favorite New England type of hexagonal lampshades are those with floral prints.  Many of our customers choose these for their floor bridge lamps. Another style of hexagonal lampshades that have a variety of uses in our replacement shading service are the “hex bells”.  The most traditional type of hex bell is a silk shade, and it complements this nautical motif lamp that we make in the store beautifully! If there is a “standard” rectangle, it would be the rectangle shade shown with our Live Oak Lamp.  This particular rectangle shade is made from a coarse burlap fabric.
The rectangle drum lampshade is also an increasingly popular style of rectangle.  The drum rectangle is the perfect lampshade for the Currey natural wood “Structure Lamp”.
We enjoy having lamps in the store that offer angular shapes – squares, rectangles and hexes, for example.  One of the more popular smaller table lamps we often display in the store is the rectangle box lamp, which offers a cut corner rectangle bell lampshade. A variation of the cut corner rectangle bell lampshade is the cut corner rectangle bell lampshade with a “gallery”.  Another East Enterprise lamp – the small box accent lamp – is offered with the cut corner rectangle bell with a gallery. One of the new Hubbardton Forge product introductions is the Cavaletti family – floor and table lamps.  Offered in a variety of finishes, these beautifully designed lamps are shown with the new and contemporary Retro Rectangle Drum style.
One of the wonderful things about lighting from Currey and Company is the wide variation in lamp designs.  For example, the Secret Table Lamp is a traditionally styled lamp, complete with an inverted corner rectangle bell lampshade. Whereas the Bellwether Table Lamp offers a much more contemporary design.  Complementing the simple lines of the lamp, is a rectangle coolie lampshade. And, finally the Parrot Lamp is a bit whimsical, designed with a “shabby chic” edge and topped with a nicely trimmed silk rectangle bell lampshade. One of my favorite rectangle lampshades is the rectangle pyramid, shown here and nicely complementing this rectangular jade lamp designed by East Enterprise. The “Deep Square” lampshade is essentially a square “drum” – meaning the top and bottom diameters are either the same, or within an inch of one another.  Lauren Huyett of Lauren Huyett Interior Design chose deep square lampshades for a pair of glass table lamps flanking a couch in her family room. The “Cut Corner Square” and its close relation, the “Cut Corner Square Bell” are two very popular lampshades; we have a hard time keeping them in stock!  The cut corner square bell works very well on this blue and white lamp – the curve of the shade reflecting the curve in the lamp base.
One of the interesting things that we can do with a cut corner square shade is to apply a different treatment to the smaller corner panels. The “Cube Bell” is a fun and playful design.  With identical top and bottom dimensions, the belled shape reminds us of the old fashioned corset – but with a current twist!
And, this Hubbardton Forge wrought iron floor lamp is a fabulous foil for a large square coolie lampshade  in the terra micro suede fabric! What is an Empire Lampshade?Posted on July 26, 2013 by Ann Eckert • 0 CommentsThe empire lampshade is one of the oldest lampshade designs, and even today, is what I consider the “workhorse” lampshade style.
The empire lampshade is likely the most versatile style of lampshade, and works well on nearly every style of lamp or lighting fixture – from a simple ginger jar table lamp to a floor lamp to sconce and chandelier lampshades.


While there is some sentiment that the empire lampshade can be “boring”, we believe it doesn’t have to be!  You can dress the empire shade with pleats as in this lampshade custom made for our shop.
So, when does a cylinder style lampshade really work on a lamp?  Working with the many customers coming into our store for replacement lampshades, we often have a request for cylinder lampshades on original Stiffel brass lamps, on large porcelain lamps, and on “50’s style – retro” lamps. We find that the standard, round cylinder style lampshade work well, but there are also a few variations on the cylinder theme that can be fun for the right lamp.  The cylinder with the top and bottom scallops trimmed in gimp is a nice option for some of the large, crystal lamps we see in the store, and the long, “fancy octagon” is a very attractive alternative to the very round cylinder; the bottom out-scallop adds just a hint of variation that can be very pleasing! One of the most popular and current lighting design trends is the use of the drum shade as a pendant.  We offer “standard” as well as custom made drum pendant lampshades – complete with a one, two or three socket lighting fixture attached to the ceiling via an adjustable height rod.
Whatever your need – from the traditional drum to the inverted drum pendant, we can work with you to size your shade to the intended light fixture or space, and to select the best fabric – one of our choices, or your own fabric.
Historically a lampshade was regarded as a functional necessity to cover the glare from a light source – most often from a table or floor lamp. There are two types of opaque lampshades – fully and semi-opaque.  The fully opaque shade lets no light through the sides, but rather casts it upward and downward in a focal glow.
One type of semi-opaque lampshade permits a small amount of light to come through its surface while casting the majority of the light through the top and bottom of the lampshade – these are most often made of an opaque paper – often black with a gold lining or any color with a white, opaque lining.  The outer surface of an opaque lampshade can be any color, while the inner surface can be white, gold or silver. All Lampshades are made of the finest materials and are returnable or exchangeable within 30 days if still in original wrapping. As a UK traditional lamp shade manufacturer we offer an extensive selection of traditional lamp shade shapes colours and fabrics to choose from.
New York designer Vilma Farrell creates her eco-friendly lamps and lamp shades by hand, from recycled coffee filters. The lamps feature either their natural coffee-stained coloration, or subtle color variations created by dyeing the shade with spices or vegetable coloring. Ways to Pay Pay by credit or debit card Pay the full balance and relax. When it’s time to ditch the old lamp shade and replace it with a different one, what are some uses that you can put the old one to? Gabaree Lampshades.  This silk coolie lampshade that Michelle has designed utilizes an open box pleat as well as a “centered” smock – wherein the “pinch” applied to create the diamond pattern is found in the middle of the lampshade. A gallery is an aesthetic element added to the bottom of a lampshade that conforms to the shape of the lampshade bottom, is typically an inch in height, and is set off with a piped wire separating it visually from the body of the lampshade.  The gallery may be covered in the same fabric as the body of the lampshade or, the gallery may be treated with a complementary trim.
Further, if you have questions or ideas – we would love to hear about them and address them in our next posting! It is an optical illusion!  Drum lamp shades are extremely useful since they not only diffuse light outward by means of the shade material, they also reflect light both downward and upward where it can diffuse off the ceiling. Today, while lampshades continue to perform a functional need, they have evolved to an art form in their own right – different shapes, fabrics – from silk, to linen, to paper – to wood and metal, often including additional decorative elements. All of our traditional lamp shades are individually handmade to the highest standard in a wide variety of traditional lamp shade fabrics. Light passed through the patterns of stains on the used filters produces a wide array of unique, atmospheric lighting patterns. While the resurgence of the cylinder has not been as significant, we still see many lamps in the store that, when fitted with a cylinder, look absolutely smashing!
These types of lampshades are typically excellent for task work – reading, writing, sewing, drawing or other close work.



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