Written by Natalie Aldridge.
Lampshades, those magical companions of lamps, have been brightening our lives for centuries. These captivating coverings have witnessed the transformation of light from a mere necessity to a symbol of style and ambiance. From their humble beginnings as functional devices to their current status as artistic focal points, lampshades have undergone an illuminating journey through time. So, let’s embark on a whimsical adventure through the captivating history and dazzling trends of lampshades!
Tracing its modern roots to the 17th Century, lampshades began as pragmatic coverings often made simple materials such as parchment, glass, or metal, used for the diffusion of flickering candle or oil lamp light. In Paris, the first public lanterns adorned the city streets, illuminating pathways during the night. Oil lamps with reflectors suspended above the thoroughfares giving way for the first public example of “lampshades”.
Over the centuries, craftsmanship evolved, and artisans began to slowly adorn lampshades with intricate decorative elements. As artistic movements such a Rococo and Neoclassical took center stage and lampshades reflected the prevailing aesthetics, with each era leaving its indelible mark on their design.