The Light Source
The right lighting can make the difference between great decor and a dull room with some expensive furniture in it. But what more can you do besides a good chandelier and some sconces?
Your chandelier gives you good overall lighting, while sconces are the answer to additional lighting or a lower-level alternative for mood setting. Sometimes, however, you just need something more.
Consider the humble table lamp. In itself a source of either bright or dim lighting, at your preference, it is versatile enough to move around to accommodate your changing decor moods, and to serve as a decor item in its own right.
Choosing the right table lamp for your needs can add not only enough extra lighting to make your room dazzling, but also that final touch of sophistication, beauty or decoration that cements your style.
The great thing about Art Deco as a style is that so much attention to detail went into it. As a design style that specifically sought to bring art into everyday useful household items, even something as simple as a table lamp could be transformed into an object of beauty, an artwork that served a purpose.
When you are choosing the right table lamp to suit your space, it helps to establish just what its purpose will be. For example, if you want something that is solely there to provide as much light as possible, you want a lamp that does that job first, and is decorative second.
That doesn't mean you should get an ugly lamp of course. It does mean looking for one with good light diffusion and possibly room for multiple light bulbs.
If, on the other hand, you already have plenty of lighting and are looking for an accent piece, consider something that's clearly designed to be beautiful, something that will make guests ask about it.
Sometimes, however, you want something that is not only a great source of light, but also exquisitely gorgeous. This, if you'll pardon the pun, is where Art Deco shines.
The beauty of functional art is that it is designed to do two jobs and do both of them well. Art Deco mastered the art of multi-tasking long before it became a buzzword and the aficionado who takes the time to find the right piece will get hours of pleasure from their attractive and useful table lamps.
- Matthew Pillet