Tiffany Collection

Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of the famous jeweller, was America’s largest advocate of the Art Nouveau movement and founded this prestigious, world renowned glass work. The Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements are clearly defined in both his original designs and those that we, at Interiors 1900, have on offer today.

Each Tiffany shade is handmade. It starts out as concept from one of our designers. From this a drawing is created and sent to our factory to make a prototype shade for us. After approval a plaster impression of the shade is made which becomes a pattern or mould to lay out glass during production. We use three grades in our shades, Tiffany glass, Art glass and Premium art glass. These are specially selected for their colour and light transmission.

The glass itself is hand crafted by mixing glass colours whilst molten. Using this technique means that each panel of glass is unique and the variations of colour and texture give ‘life’ to the glass. The glass pieces are cut to the correct shape by hand and the edges wrapped in copper foil before being placed in the plaster mould. At each stage the glass is carefully soldered into place before the next section is started. Once completed the shade is removed from the mould and the pattern is checked before soldering the external joints for strength. When the shade is completed it is checked against the pattern and once approved, a dark patina is added to the solder to finish the product.

This carefully skilled creation, coupled with quality and the lustre of the art-glass used, ensures that each Tiffany shade is a high quality, unique piece of craftsmanship.

New Classics Collection

Ranging from classic to contemporary, the New Classics collection draws on designs and styles from the past combined with original concepts. Our designs can take up to two years from the earliest concepts to get the finished product to the standard our customers expect from us.

Complete collections of table, floor, wall and ceiling lights alongside matching chandeliers or pendants are ranged for a co-ordinated look. Different finishes are also offered from highly polished nickel to oxidised brass finishes that achieve a patina almost indistinguishable from a genuine antique finish. Our designs incorporate high quality crystal and some use the finest quality shades. The New Classics modern designs also include a fabulous collection of stylish table lights.

The New Classics ranges take their inspiration from a cross section of styles and designers from 19th and 20th centuries, including Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Edwardian influences. Art Nouveau, which spread out of Europe in the late 19th century up until the 1st world war is concurrent with flowing and natural lines. Whilst the slightly later Art Deco follows quite hard lines and has a far more current, modernist look. The Edwardian style is much more traditional yet fits well alongside these styles.
New classics

Rochamp Collection

Rochamp

Interiors 1900 are pleased to be able to offer both traditional solid brass lighting from Rochamp, and a small selection of fittings with a brass plated finish. The use of solid brass results in a rich, warm and authentic look and feel that cannot be replicated by brass plate.

The Rochamp solid brass collection is made entirely by hand, using traditional sand casting techniques passed down through generations. A wooden model of the design is created, from which a mould is made by setting the model in a box filled with sand to form an impression of the piece to be made. Channels are then added and once the molten brass is ready it is poured carefully in. When the metal is cool enough it is released from the mould and allowed to cool further in the open air. Excess sand and stray metal is wire brushed off, inspected and finished by skilled craftsmen to ensure the brass lighting is of the highest quality. Castings from the mould are inspected and finished by skilled craftsmen to ensure the fittings have a perfectly smooth surface, and that detailing is crisp. If any detail is lost it is added again by hand. The parts are then polished before being patinated to give an aged look.

We favour a mellow finish, bright but softened by a slight patination. Our brass products are lacquered to ensure that the finish lasts without polishing. It is important not to polish our brass products with an abrasive brass polish as this will damage the lacquer. Normally a light dusting or cleaning with a slightly damp cloth is all that is needed.

Kutani Collection

Kutani porcelain is named after a village in Japan where traditional skills of potting and painting originated nearly 400 years ago and continues to this day. This cottage industry uses these skills to produce our unique lamp bases in stunning colours and designs, meaning Kutani lamps will undoubtedly be the antiques of the future. Special stone is quarried for the porcelain at Hanasaka and followed by fourteen different processes, from forming on the potter’s wheel to hand painting and final firing in gold. 

Final assembly is completed to the highest standards in the UK using traditional wooden bases and brass fittings. The lamps in this catalogue are hand thrown and hand painted, base only pieces are complemented with Rochamp shades which are among the best on the market for quality and finish.

Sadly the production of Kutani is in decline. As the craftsmen and women retire, few young people take up the skills required. Interiors 1900 has played an important part in supporting this craft for the past 20 years, and we are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to own a unique piece of this rare art.

Kutani