|***Wall Sconce in Dining Room, "Winfield Hall"***|
WEIGHT, color, decorative scale are perhaps the three most essential elements in determining the fitness of chandeliers, candelabra, floor standards, lamps and other accessories of modern electric lighting, either in private dwellings or in public places of assembly.
|Crystal Chandelier of Palatial Character is the Outstanding Feature of the Music Room, and differs widely from other Types of Lights in the Woolworth Residence.|
|(1) This richly-carved Alabaster lamp, placed in the Main Hallway to break the heavy shadow cast by the Stairwell Lantern, prove a clever subsidiary light Source.|
|(3) A Stairwell Lantern of Famous Italian Renaissance Design adds much to the sumptuous Effect of the Grand Stairway.|
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(9) Another Contrast—the Marie Antoinette Chandelier, of surpassing Delicacy, in keeping with other Appointments of the Room.
|(10) These finely modeled Lighting Devices in the Marie Antoinette Bed Room assume New and Charming Qualities when seen from different Points of View.|
|(5) Ornate Wood-Carving on the Walls of the Dining Room finds ready reflection in the Lighting Devices, particularly in the Wall Brackets with their Brilliant Mirrors and Italianized Putti.|
|(6) The Restful Beauty of the Gothic Library is enhanced by the simplicity of the Chandelier.|
|(2) Mantel in the French Gothic Bed Room, with Wrought Iron Candlesticks which harmonize with the Chandelier and the Tall Candlesticks on the Dressing Table.|
|(7) In the Empire Bed Room, the Architectural Details, Furniture and Draperies make a Handsome Setting for the Modern Empire Chandelier.|
|(4) Interesting Detail in Empirc Bed Room, with Side Lights contributing to the Doorway Decroration.|
TODAY we are overwhelmingly influenced by the splendor of the Orient. Above all, we are alert to the extensive color schemes which Oriental home furnishers employ so tastefully. Colorful objects are consequently being put to use by our merchants, manufacturers and artists.
|(20) Allowing Color and Light to Dominate the Decorative Scheme.|
|(18) Making Oriental Materials Serve American Taste.|
From China and Japan come many pieces of porcelain, and many pieces of enamel metal ware which we are able to adapt and incorporate in our electric lighting fixtures, as illustrated by Figures 18 and 20. Brilliant patterns worked out in silks and brocades, supplemented by highly ornamental fringes and tassels, have served to increase and greatly enhance the native beauty of imported craftsmanship from the Orient.
Inevitably, as we give more attention to our lighting fixtures, the important details of house furnishings come to play a greater decorative part in all the different uses to which they are put. By day, as well as by night, the lighting fixture is likely to become a dominant feature of our living room. Plain and otherwise unattractive wall surfaces may become extraordinarily brilliant and gracious through the introduction of an adequate wall bracket, as illustrated in Figure 15.
|(15) Simple Wall Space in the Writing Room of the F. W. Woolworth Home are made Fancifully Attractive by Colorful Oriental Wall Brackets.|
This handsome room, designed by C. P. H. Gilbert, gives an idea of how the simplest wall space may become fancifully attractive through the utilization of Oriental color motives. The chandelier is still another indication of how modern systems of lighting lend themselves to artistic treatment, and to the varying character of architectural details. But no matter how one considers this handsome room, the wall panel with its mirror and its two electric lighting fixtures to the right and left, are bound to create a center of interest, and to remain one of the most important features of ornamentation.
|(13) Centering lnterest by Means of Oriental Lighting Fixtures in the Chinese Bed Room of the F. W. Woolworth Residence, Glen Cove, L. I.|
|(14) Lighting Fixtures in the Chinese Sleeping Room are Largely Decorative, a Powerful Bulb in the Central Pendent being the Real Light Source.|
Views of the Chinese bed room in this same sumptuous mansion, Figures 13 and 14, show us again how the modern lure of the Oriental is having a beneficial effect on our decorative schemes. The central chandelier in the sleeping room is ingeniously arranged, so that the pendant of metalwork of Oriental design carries within it a powerful electric lighting bulb, which sends an indirect radiation of light throughout the room. The small candlesticks which show us the visible signs of illumination are satisfactory in their color and style, but would be entirely inadequate as lighting agents, were it not for this large central bulb placed below the level of the eye in the deep pendant ornamental in form and coloring.
By WM. Laurel Harris- 1921
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