Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in 1848 and is the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who was an American businessman and jeweler who founded New York City's Tiffany & Co. in 1837. Creativity and a sense for business seemed to run in the family. Using his inherited talents, Louis Tiffany became a trained painter, interior designer, and stain glass specialist.
Eventually, Tiffany created the Tiffany Glass Company in 1885, which later became the Tiffany Studios. From Tiffany’s New York-based company, his signature lamps were created by him and his team from 1878 to 1933. Though, for over a century, it was widely believed that Tiffany designed these pieces, it has recently been proven that artist Clara Driscoll was actually the creative mind behind the beautiful designs.
The first Tiffany lamps were made around 1895, originally handmade by craftsmen which took several hours. These handmade Tiffany table lamps and Tiffany floor lamps were a way to return to handcraftsmanship after the Industrial Revolution boom. By the 20th century, the Art Nouveau movement was at its peak, making Tiffany lamps ever so popular throughout the remainder of this artistic period.
An icon of the Art Nouveau movement, a typical Tiffany lamp is composed of a bronze stand topped with a stained-glass shade. Whether leaded or made with copper foil, each lampshade showcases both meticulous attention to detail and an inherent interest in nature. Intricate patterns and motifs inspired by flora and fauna are particularly prevalent, with daisies and dragonflies serving as popular muses.
Much like the designs that adorn them, the lamps' silhouettes also often pay homage to the natural world. Many popular Tiffany fixtures are shaped like trees, with the base, stand, and shade acting as roots, a trunk, and foliage, respectively. Similarly, many of these stained-glass lampshades feature geometric designs, scalloped and irregularly shaped edges that suggest flower petals, butterfly wings, and other forms found in nature.
Tiffany-glass light fixtures and Tiffany ceiling lights have been a must-have in the arts and crafts style of decor since the late 19th century. Today, beautiful Tiffany style chandeliers, ceiling fans, pendant lights, flush mount ceiling lights as well as Tiffany table and floor lamps can be seen in many homes with different design styles including craftsman, rustic, casual, transitional, and traditional.
Now state-of-the-art lighting meets Old World craftsmanship where many Tiffany style light fixtures feature dimmable options and energy-saving LED light bulbs to perfectly illuminate the art glass design. Tiffany lighting fixtures are also available in many different finishes, including bronze tones, satin nickel, black and chrome. Let Tiffany glass lighting bring a splash of color and personality into any interior space and show off your island or your billiard table or become statement pieces for dining rooms, foyers and living rooms all while intentionally complimenting your homes’ décor.
Tiffany lamps are treasured and collected in museums and living rooms alike, filling our rooms with dazzling, dancing colored light. Tiffany style lamps remain as unwaveringly popular now as they were decades ago, and today’s interior trends still treasure and celebrate these intricate and iconic designs.
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