‘Boudoir Table Lamp’ is a sculptural lighting piece of my own design.
I wanted to push the limits of good taste, going so far as to make a piece so tacky it became cool again.
This table lamp is intentionally oversized, reminiscent of the exuberant 1950s. The look is decidedly sexy. Some might even say ‘naughty’.
The raw material for this lamp was 1/2” thick steel plate. The powerhammer was used to push, pull, and planish this piece into existence.
The ten blood-red panels are made of stained glass pieces fused in a custom clay form. These lumpy glass panels surround a mica-ensconced frame and are suspended on riveted hangers.
I played around on the powerhammer until I was able to accurately reproduce the shapes for the lamp I’d sketched on paper and fleshed out with modeling clay.
Two important considerations for me when designing a piece are that it look attractive from all angles, plus I want my lighting pieces to look sculptural when either lit or unlit.
The end result is a lamp that’s spot-on for what I envisioned in my mind’s eye. I like the shapes and the way they flow as well as the intentional ‘chunkiness’ of the piece. I'm grateful to the folks who helped me bring it to fruition with their guidance, input, and unfailing encouragement.
I’m keen on making more lighting like this. Please let me know if you have a boudoir, lair, restaurant, business, or space station of your own in need of illumination. I’d welcome the opportunity to design and create some sculptural lighting for you.
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