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New England's Finest: Artful Lamps

by in Jan 2007
New England’s Finest: Artful Lamps
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Brighten the dark days of winter with these lamps — or, as we think of them, art that incorporates light.

Lanse Stover Lamps
Lanse Stover of Beverly, Massachusetts, has been a studio artist since 1985. That’s time enough to perfect his art. In this wall sconce, the ceramic base resembles wrought iron and the inside of the ornamental cover has a metallic sheen. The Malta ($310), one of 12 designs that are hand built of clay, will instantly jazz up any room. 978-922-1391

Thomas Davin and Mary Kesler Lamps
This cone-shaped lamp offers a warm glow and draws the eye up and outward. Rhode Island artists Thomas Davin and Mary Kesler craft the lamp ($330) out of cherry wood and handmade floral petal paper at their Exeter shop, once a textile factory, on Dorset Mill Pond. The lamp design was influenced by a doodle their 15-year-old son drew. Let this lamp inspire you, too. 401-295-7515; davinandkesler.com

Janna Ugone Lamps
Janna Ugone-designed lamps are familiar, yet fresh and new. To make the oiled-parchment drum shades, Janna uses a process that dates to the 1920s. But her idea of coloring them by hand and the patterns she uses are contemporary. When you turn the light on, the lampshade is like a painting lit from within. Pictured here is a standing lamp ($760) from the gallery collection, with the spring medley and spice pattern shade. Note the copper stem, the marble base, and hand-cast pewter elements such as the finial and pull chains. Available from Janna Ugone Associates, Easthampton, Massachusetts. 413-527-5530; jannaugone.com

Hans Schepker Lighting

Math and fun are two words you don’t usually see together in the same sentence. But Hans Schepker makes it happen with his “mathematically correct lighting and sculpture.” He starts with a geometric shape — a cube, for example — and then repeats it until he gets the desired overall effect. Move around the lamp and you’ll see ripples in the stained-glass panels, shadows cast from one pane to another, and how the light throws the colors on the wall and ceiling. Pictured here is a compound of five octahedrons ($1,100). Available from Glass Geometry, Harrisville, New Hampshire. 603-827-3014; hansschepker.com

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