Cecil. Floor Lamps. May 20th , 2018.
One of the best reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which can take the form of various types of decorated tubing twisted iron rods etc. At the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends with an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade. This has the effect of offsetting the light by about 14-18" from the upright standard at the same time lowering it so that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is an excellent reading lamp or work lamp which places the light bulb very near the task at hand. Many of these Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below the bottom of the lamp shade for ease of operation.
An antique floor lamp is a conversational piece in its own right. Having one at home is sure to entice your houseguests into an animated discussion about its intricate design history and romantic elegance. Its brass finish stained-glass lampshades and intricate designs are enough to lure anyone into delightful conversation.
Create a Mood. Floor lamps allow individuals to create a mood within their home or office that becomes the focus of the space when one enters the room. A gateway to the past may come alive with a Victorian-style street lamp displaying the soft burnt orange glow of a custom crafted glass lampshade. Perhaps the theme of your living room is Oriental - a solid hardwood floor lamp with a Chinese raw lacquer finish with mother of pearl and metal chrome accents will fit into the décor. Color also helps create a mood such as the vibrant shades of red in Asian-style floor lamps.
High quality beauty and function were powerful influences on the makers of antique floor lamps. Many people are aware of their outstanding quality and beauty but completely surprised about the highly developed functional and technical characteristics. There are far too many examples to list here but I will mention a couple of the more important ones.
When you hear the word "lamp" what image do you think of? You probably imagine that table lamp on your bed`s nightstand which sheds some light on your bedtime reading. Or maybe you think about the lamp sitting on the console table in the hallway which greets you just before you enter or exit the house. Or perhaps you remember the end table in your recreational room where you set the glass of your favorite beverage as you catch a game or movie on TV.
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