About our lamps
Our lamps are designed to embody the warmth of wood mixed with the beauty of metal resulting in simple and natural designs. All lamp shades and "champignon" lamps bases are signed.
The lamps in our collections all share our signature multi-faceted shade, bringing to mind a toadstool cap. But it all started with a failed pail.
The artist had been inspired by a wooden pail seen in a picture from the late 19th century. He wanted to recreate it, so set to work making tapered slats for the sides. He was not satisfied with the early tries, feeling the pails once assembled were too funnel-like. Consequently, they were tossed into the pile to be burned in the shop woodstove. While conducting an annual clean-up, the failed pails were unearthed and one was stacked on top of an old lamp whose glass shade had been broken. Stepping back, he realized that the combination of the "funnel" and lamp created a rather pleasing ensemble. But a little tweaking was needed. A little color was applied to the wooden funnel made the overall lamp quite pleasing to look at. Yet there was still something missing. The "funnel" now needed a little highlight which came in the form of metal edges that run along each segment junction. Now the "funnel" had become a cool lamp shade. The moral of the story: clean your shop and something interesting can come to life.
The lamp I made with the signature shade was born from a repurposed cast iron base. Since there are some beautiful lamp bases that were made during the early part of the 20th century, the earthy texture of the cast iron lent itself to becoming the material of choice in refreshing the look of these great bases.
The Champignon collection is a reflection of our love and commitment to nature and preservation. We mainly use tigered or spalded maple to create the stem of the fungi. Each of them is hand split with a froe to keep an organic edge and then the final shaping is done using a carving axe. It is a lengthy process but is also very satisfying to see the transformation at each stroke of the tool.
The Modern collection came about providing modern lamps that retain a strong wooden material presence along with elegant pleasing lines. Repurposing is a theme followed in most of the designs. It is a collection that will exhibit very different designs as time goes by and will have some vintage industrial flair.
LED light source
LED lighting will become the predominent light source due to its longevity but also to its frugal power consumption. Unfortunately, due to their shape or bulk, the standard LED bulbs available in the market today are not easely integradable into our luminaries . That is why we decided to create our own LED arrays (orb). With this freedom, we can match the dimensions and low profile needed to fit into our signature lamp shades. Their light looks like floating dotted stars.