A fine collection of Arts and Crafts style ceiling lights, wall lights and table lamps. These lights replicate the hand made quality of original Arts and Crafts light fittings and have a simple nostalgic charm ideally suited to lighting in traditional country homes, farmhouses and cottages. This is an artisan style of lighting that seeks to emulate the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement championed by the likes of William Morris, Philip Webb and John Ruskin. Light fittings perfect for teaming with William Morris fabrics and wallpapers.
Arts and Crafts lighting would originally have been painstakingly hand made using traditional methods. It was a simple honest look with little unnecessary embellishment, although Celtic motifs were sometimes used on Arts and Crafts light fittings. Inspiration was also taken from our native flora and fauna. Romantic and nostalgic lighting to compliment the fabrics and furnishings of William Morris and Liberty & Co. Liberty fabrics are still available today and the Morris legacy lives on as his wallpapers and furnishing fabrics are still extremely popular.
The Arts and Crafts movement came to the fore in the second half of the 19th century championed by the likes of Philip Webb, John Ruskin, Charles Voysey and of course William Morris. As a reaction to the tasteless mass produced goods of the Industrial Revolution they sought a return to the quality of earlier Medieval craftsmanship. Light fittings would have been made during the Arts and Crafts period in natural metals such as copper, brass or pewter. They often had a hammered or riveted finish which enhanced the hand made artisan feel. Arts and Crafts ceiling lights and wall lights would have been used with warm coloured glass shades in neutral colours. Arts and Crafts light fittings are ideally suited to traditional homes, country houses and cottages.
In North America the Mission and Prairie styles of lighting were developed as adaptations of the European Arts and Crafts lighting style. The Prairie style sought to bring the outdoors inside - a more relaxed style in harmony with nature and using the autumnal colours of the prairies. The Mission style lights had a Spanish cultural flavour influenced Mexico.
Bespoke Lights, as our name suggests, also specialise in bespoke lighting and we work with our own specially selected group of skilled British and European craftsmen who are able to manufacture reproduction lighting using traditional methods, much as they would have done during the Arts and Crafts period. If you cannot find what you are looking for and would like further details simply give us a call.
Lighting a period home can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Our guide to 'Lighting Through the Ages' has lot of hints and tips to help you choose the right light fittings. Simply click on the link below.