Christmas is almost upon us so I hope this blog entry isn’t too late. Either way, all of the designers below create beautiful lighting gifts that are suitable for any time of the year. I suppose, if you can’t get the actual light or shade in time, you could print a picture and give a promise, or contact them to send you a gift card so your loved one can choose something themselves.
Hannah makes beautiful laser cut parchment lights reflecting the delicate beauty of nature. She used to have a lovely shop called Radiance in Hebden Bridge where she sold her fabulous lighting as well as other illuminating pieces by British artists and makers. Unfortunately, the shop closed in 2016 but she still sells her own products online and has now branched out into designing fabrics and wallpapers.
I love the tubular table and floor lamps that will soften a dark corner in any room.
For an economical present why not give a candle cover or two? I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love one.
Amy Cooper Ceramics
Amy Cooper makes beautiful porcelain atmospheric lights which make wonderful gifts. When I had a showroom many years ago, I used to sell masses of the urchin lamps throughout the year – especially as we were based in Cornwall and they have a very maritime feel.
Amy has increased her range enormously now and makes beautiful tubular table lamps as well as pretty little candle holders. I’ve given many of her lights as special gifts. Brilliant for wedding presents as well.
Luna Lighting make beautiful porcelain globe lights which cast magical pinpricks of light around. Place them close to a wall to get the full benefit They not only look wonderful at Christmas but any time of the year.
They look fabulous in a cluster on the floor of a hallway, but also work beautifully as a single light.
Melody is based in Cornwall and creates beautiful embroidered lampshades depicting delicate natural scenes. Each design is unique and they look wonderful attached to a simple lamp base.
Make sure you check that the shade is suitable for how you use it, ie pendant or lamp.
Tom and his team make beautiful sustainable furniture and lighting and I’ve written about them previously in my #LoveBritishLighting series.
The Archer Table Light (£95) would make a brilliant present for a young relation or young-at-heart. There are also some lovely other gift options that aren’t lighting.
I really love this company by design duo Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings. They create really quirky and original designs and I used to sell mounds of their beautiful lampshades when I had my lighting showroom. In fact, the lighting section is only one small part of Lush Designs so there’s a multitude of gifts you could choose from.
Make sure you state whether the shade you select is for a lamp or a pendant as most can only be viewed from one angle.