Glass, as a material, is an eternal classic and utterly versatile, with the ability to create an almost infinite variety of looks depending on its finish. This adaptability, along with its transparent nature, makes it the perfect material for lighting.




Edwardian lamp shades were typically pressed or etched to add interest while, in the Art Nouveau period, Tiffany-style colourfulpendant lightwere in favour, as well as decadent forms such as flaming torch-shaped lampshade that took advantage of developments in moulding glass. After that the Art Deco era saw a return to more simple and symmetrical pendant lighting with opaque or marbled finishes. The rise of Modernism saw a return to white and transparent designs and a new emphasis on functionality. Then, in the celebratory post-war boom of the Fifties, glass light shades became more affordable and with more frivolous and playful designs. In the atomic age of the Sixties and Seventies, designs went Pop, with modern space-age forms in cheerful colours like red and orange. Today designer glass lampshades are the perfect choice for creating a contemporary lighting style they can be subtle or make a statement, as required.


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Transparent glass is the most versatile and classic of finishes, but it works particularly well with pared-back, functional or minimal spaces – particularly with the industrial look. Black lamp shades also works with these looks – as well as in sleek contemporary rooms and more edgy, modern spaces. Warm amber shades really glow in settings ranging from period, to Modernist, to Seventies. Finally grey or smoked glass provides a look that can be masculine or glamorous, Modernist or industrial – depending on its usage. There’s a designer glass lampshade for every kitchen, living room or bedroom.


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The Decode shades from Plumen’s Curated collection, available in clear, bronze and greyblown glass (pictured), perfectly celebrates the beauty of this timeless material. Its simplicity means that it looks stunning in a huge variety of settings.