10th July 2015
I bought the fitting a year ago at an antiques fair in a village hall in Dulwich which I dropped into on the spur of the moment. I didn't have much time to spare but I immediately spotted a collection of five lights that combined distressed metal fittings with spun Murano glass, each with an orange accent in the glass. They were piled up and I didn't have a very close look but the price was fair so I just bought them. Only when they were delivered the following week did I find out that three of the lights were actually welded together and so had to be installed as one piece.
This was a problem because the triple-light, which is designed to be recessed in a wall, is actually too wide to fit between any of our wall studs. So I had to think long and hard about what to do with it. The result is a specially made box that sits in the middle of the upper shelves of our library, to be complemented by the two remaining single lights high on on the walls on either side of this room. These lights will all be on one switch and should provide a subtle ambient light for this room when we don't want the bookcases to be fully illuminated (downlighters on another switch).
As you can see, I have again been using sycamore from the old tree to make some of the shelves in the gallery-level bookcase. So the rocky metal and filigree glass of the lights will be surrounded by the organic movement of the shelves. There's quite a lot going on up there, you might think, but the scale of the double-height library shelves, now fully installed, provide a broad frame for our baroque details.
The glass will have to come out for now. The piles of reclaimed parquet blocks cannot be ignored for much longer. It's time to stand back from clean-shaven carpentry and get properly dirty all over again.