Portland Basebed oval lamp with black douppion silk lampshade, braided cable, complementary antique brass fittings and an embedded mason’s mark of authentication.
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The simplicity of this lamp underlines the beauty of the natural stone, a persistent priority amongst all of Ian’s designs. We work with stone because it’s such an incredibly tactile material that is equally pleasing to the touch and to the eye.
Each piece of British stone is specially selected by our stonemasons in Staffordshire to ensure the finest quality of craftsmanship. They then begin crafting with a slight chamfer top and bottom to enhance the curves of the design and create its shadow. The finished stone is then hand-honed and sealed with smooth, warm feel.
As with all our work, we pay close attention to the fine details. Each lamp is finished with a braided cable, antique brass fittings and our mason’s mark of authentication, a solid bronze coin, set into the base.
Each subtle variation in the stone and the fabric of the handmade, bespoke, silk shades guarantees that every lamp is unique.
Portland Basebed is a consistent white/grey limestone from the Portlandian formation.
Used throughout London buildings for centuries this is oldest and therefore the cleanest of the Portland beds having very little evidence of fossils.
With its clean and simple beauty, Basebed remains very popular.
Woven from an incredibly luxurious all-natural silk, our lampshades are painstakingly rolled and neatly tucked for a delicately unique finish. The silk shades are produced to display some natural slubbing, adding to their character.
We go to great lengths to combine the subtle variations of each stone with the finish of each lampshade to give the completed lamp a subtle and carefully considered character of its own.
We have paid close attention to detail, finishing the lamp with a braided cable, complementary antique brass fittings and our mason’s mark of authentication—a solid bronze coin—set into the back of the base.
Thank you for your interest. Please complete, if you would like a sample of the stone and/or shade silk.
However, stone is a natural material and variance in texture and colour does occur. At Ian Knapper we take every care to ensure stone consistency, we consider this to be part of the natural beauty of stone, as no one piece will be identical.
The shade material is natural silk douppion. Silk is the most luxurious fibre in the world. The weaving and knitting of the fabric contains minor variations and irregularities. These are characteristics of fine silk yarn which gives the fabric its lustre and texture and should not be treated as defects.
If the stone we have specified is not suitable then you may wish to commission us to produce your lamp in an alternative stone. Please contact us to discuss the options.
We are able to offer a lower price to clients wishing to purchase five or more lamps, in any combination of designs and stone. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.