If you are looking for refined, elegant lighting that is just that bit different look no further than our New Orleans Lighting Collection. This is a stunning collection of lights that takes its inspiration from the vibrant American city of New Orleans. It offers one of the most distinctive lighting collections available in the marketplace today and these sophisticated lights are surely destined to become antiques of the 21st century.
New Orleans is famous for its unique architectural styles which reflect the city’s historical roots and multi-cultural heritage. This Collection showcases the work of some of New Orleans renowned designers who have been inspired by this wonderful city. With an abundance of inspiration around every corner it is easy to see how they have been influenced to create light fittings that combine art and design with exceptional function. Sophisticated shapes are combined with distressed finishes in gold and silver patinas to give character lighting that is intriguing, unique and sometimes even slightly quirky. This is affordable designer lighting with an unmistakable French flavour that will add a distinctive look to both modern and traditional interiors.
Let’s have a look at some of our New Orleans Lighting designers and their work
Elaine is a New Orleans native with a classic arts training. Over the past two decades she has worked as an independent artist with a growing portfolio in painting, sculpture and home wares. She focuses on creating meaningful and inspirational work to enhance interior spaces ranging from classical to contemporary. Designs are inspired from a variety sources including the natural world, along with historical, mystical and oriental influences.
“Above all. it is my purpose to compose artwork that graces, inspires, and comforts the viewer instilling a sense of wonder and delight, complimenting and enriching their environments with imaginative and thoughtful art”.
The double wall light and wheel chandelier from the Simone lighting range are shown above. Elaine has used a mix of distressed silver with delicate gold leaf sculptured flowers to soften the look. Inspired by the rhythm and ambience of her native New Orleans, these light fittings combine a sophisticated French flavour with an updated take on a Medieval lighting style.
The decorative Azalea table lamp shown here is a fine example of Elaine’s work. A delightful lamp with an azalea blossom bursting into life in all its gold splendour. Topped with a hand painted cone parchment shade and a decorative finial. Graceful and charming, this lamp would be a classy addition to a living room or bedroom.
Hailing from nearby Baton Rouge, Benjamin Burts is a sculptor who works with clay in a free and spontaneous way. He allows the natural warmth and texture to dictate what each piece will become. Kiln firing allows the personality of the clay to emerge and what the fire takes away he then restores through his unique hand painted technique using distressed gold and silver leaf finishes. The result is a mix of Neo-Classic, archeological pieces inspired by the spirit and culture of the New Orleans Garden District. This district was originally the home of Americans made wealthy from the cotton and sugar plantations. They commissioned their homes in Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian styles with large, magnificent gardens after which the area is named.
Here at Bespoke Lights we do not just do light fittings. We feel it is only natural for us to provide other decorative items that will enhance your home and lighting choices.
Complimentary items like these two Benjamin Burt decorative bowls (shown above) are fine examples. Both the rounded Heather bowl and the longer Forshey dish are hand finished in gold leaf with an umber glaze and are perfect statement pieces to add to any table. They also make wonderful gifts.
The Crown hoop chandelier and lantern above are splendid decorative light fittings from Benjamin Burts. In gold and silver with fleur-de-lys and sculptural elements they will add character and style to traditional Georgian, Regency and Victorian homes.
Benjamin named this elegant urn shaped table lamp ‘Bienville’ after the founder of New Orleans, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. It certainly is a unique, hand-crafted work of art with a distinct French feel and would be a great addition to classic period interiors. The lamp has an antiqued mustard base and is adorned at the top with a gold sculptured carving depicting a head. It is supplied complete with the oversized light tan shade shown.
Another elegant Benjamin Burt table lamp from our New Orleans Collection. This one has a distressed gold base topped with a gold fleur-de-lys sculpture. Completed with a black shade which has gold splatter accents and a gold edging top and bottom and is secured in place by a distressed gold finial. The Teche is a great dramatic lamp for traditional classic settings.
American artist and sculptor Paul Gruer is a long-time resident of the ‘Big Easy’ and his designs are greatly influenced by the vibrant city that is New Orleans. The nickname ‘The Big Easy’ is frequently used to describe the city and refers to the laid back attitude and easy going nature of the residents and jazz musicians.
“I have always been influenced by the city of New Orleans. The patina of age and gentle decay has found its way into the finish of my work. Like the city, sophisticated, fun and always just a little off-center”.
Art gallery director, sculptor, jewellery designer and winner of many awards for his textile and lighting designs, Paul is a remarkable talent. His use of lighting as an expression of his creativity came about when he was challenged to create a chandelier to look like the pair of earrings that he had designed for a friend. Pleased with the outcome, he began creating other lighting inspired by his jewellery designs. His pieces were originally sold through only a hand full of select art galleries and studios. Luckily his wonderful lighting is now more widely available and we are delighted to be able to offer you a selection that includes table lamps, chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces – a collection that will add intrigue and charisma to any interior design.
The three magnificent chandeliers shown above have all the unmistakable characteristics of Paul Gruer designs.
The large 10 light Mosaic fitting on the left was inspired by a myriad of mosaic pieces which Paul has linked together to create this wonderful formal chandelier that simply exudes style and texture. In a combination of gold and antique gold finishes it has 10 candle style lights with tall creamy white candle sleeves. With its strands of mosaic jewels it would make a stunning centrepiece in a large formal dining room and, as it looks good from any angle, it would be an impressive addition in larger entrance hallways.
Pictured over a dining room table, the Tivoli chandelier, in the centre, was inspired by a trip Paul took to the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Mix this with the lively and energetic style of New Orleans and you have the quirky charm and individuality of the Tivoli range. The 5 light chandelier is shown here in the silver cream patina finish and is teamed with cream and silver striped hand painted parchment shades. The curved arms are adorned with crystals creating a mesmerising look.
The stunning French inspired chandelier on the right is a subtle mix of time worn textures and quietly elegant shapes that combine together to hint at the luxury of times past. This is a large 8 light chandelier with a decorative antique gold frame and distressed creamy candle sleeves finished with star detailing, silver rings and crystal tear drops. Wonderful for lighting in long drop stairwells.
The pendant lights above and the table lamp and wall sconce below are all from Paul’s Fragment range. What better way to introduce this range than to let Paul speak for himself.
“One of my favourite things to do is search the French Market in the Quarter to find unique treasures, fragments from the past. Some of these treasures have found a home in the ‘Fragment’ Collection. A touch of the old worked into new designs that bring a bit of history and New Orleans charm to any interior design”
These lights have a rich opulent feel and are available in aged silver or gold leaf. For more details about these fittings simply click on the images.
Karyl Pierce Paxton
Karyl moved to New York City after graduating high school and attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design where she was recognised for her work in residential and interior design. She is one of the designers for Savoy House, a well respected American Lighting company. Now resident in New Orleans, and inspired by the old world colours of the French Quarter, her lighting designs have a softer more traditional architectural form that balances the hard lines of today’s contemporary style.
“Lighting for me is an expression of both art and architecture. Lighting is what brings visual life and illumination to a room or home. I endeavor to design and create light that speaks to the architecture and interiors in an artistic and sculptural way”.
We are delighted to be able to present the Lemuria range, designed by Karyl for our New Orleans collection.
The charming Lemuria range certainly mixes art and architecture by using the classic Grecian key motif as its central element. This fresh and exciting new look exemplifies the beauty and essence of the New Orleans style in the 21st century. All these lights are hand finished in a rich distressed gold and the minor variations that result are all part of the charm.
All the ceiling pendants are provided with a series of rods that can be combined together to achieve the desired hanging height. The smaller rod can be used on its own to convert the pendants into semi-flush mode which is perfect for lighting in rooms with lower ceilings. The drum shade pendants have ivory white linen shades which give a soft warm light.
The Lemuria table lamp and single wall light are perfect for teaming with the matching ceiling lights for a coordinated look, although they are just as effective on their own.
Let’s take a look at a few of the more recent additions to our New Orleans Lighting Collection.
This charming collection includes a ceiling pendant and wall light with a matching a table lamp and floor lamp. Taking inspiration from the twisted sculptural branches on the winter trees outside his studio, designer Paul Gruer created the Trellis range. These fittings are hand finished in a putty patina and silver leaf finish making each fitting unique and individual with its own minor variations. Distinctive, with an opulent feel combined with a slightly off centre, quirky touch of New Orleans charm. For further details simply click on the images.
A distinctive range of lights that is another unique expression of the creativity of designer Paul Gruer. Inspired by the flowing branches of an olive tree he has created the aptly named Sweet Olive range which includes 6 and 3 light chandeliers with a matching wall light. All the fittings are hand finished in gilded gold and have curvaceous arms with leaf accents and crystal medallions to add the final flourish of sparkle.
Totally charming sums up this trio of table lamps which capture the quirky nature and individuality of the the French Quarter of New Orleans. The Le Cirque (meaning circus in French) lamp, shown left, is in a warm mix of colours in a playful design combining the favourite elements of Mardi Gras. It sits on sculptured gold legs which support the mottled red and tan sphere and black and gold metal stem. Finally finished with an inverted, hand painted, beige and cream shade topped by a red sculptured finial.
The exuberant candelabra table lamp, shown in the centre, is an opulent creation with 3 individual lights. It has a tiered base, striped column and arms lavishly adorned with crystal clusters and red and beige spheres. The parchment shades are finished with cream and gold stripes and sit on top of tall beige candle sleeves.
The Phoenician lamp, shown right, has silver ball feet topped with a silver leaf disc and a gold and black undulating base and a silver stem. It is completed by a dramatic black shade hand finished with gold leaf bands top and bottom. A great mix of shapes and silhouettes creating a 21st century chic elegance.
The Madison table lamp, shown left, certainly captures the lively Louisiana style perfectly. Full of vintage charm combined with a shabby chic elegance. It has a pyramid shaped base with corner feet, all hand painted and glazed in a putty patina finish with gold leaf detailing. The slender stem is topped with a sculptural element dripping with crystal clusters, topped off with a parchment tube shade in a matching putty patina finish.
The flamboyant Leda table lamp, shown in the centre, is as individual as it is quirky with its gold leaf duck legs and cream patina pyramid base lavishly decorated with silver spheres and topped with a gold leaf blossom. All this is completed with a matching tapered shade topped off with a gold finial. Certainly a talking point.
Our final table lamp is the Stella lamp on the right. Like a wire bird cage sat on a crystal plinth base with its delicate, distressed gold frame inset with matching crystal accents, it has a time worn vintage feel that is so New Orleans. It is teamed with a neutral cream coloured linen shade and is surprisingly easy to place.
To sum up, this is a lively and extrovert lighting collection that celebrates the unique style of the wonderful American city of New Orleans. If you would like to see more lighting from this eclectic collection, simply click on this image.