Jun 05, 24

It's all about the light!

While the use of lamps and lampshades is first attributed to the French, who lit their streets in the late 1600s with tall gas and oil lamps and used glass shades to direct the light downward, the Milanese quickly followed suit. For centuries, lighting styles reflected the aesthetic era as demonstrations of artistic prowess for local artisans, especially in the gilded, swooping opulence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical. Venetian shield lampshades, for example, in rich fabric or textural paper were designed to complement the lavishly decorated walls of the Italian noble homes where they were found, a technique that looks just as fresh today as it did then.

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