Art Deco Lighting (With a Nod to Gatsby)


In deference to the arrival of Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann’s flashy remake of The Great Gatsby), and what will undoubtedly be a resurgence of all things period, we turn to the handsome design of Art Deco* home furnishings, in this case, lighting. Contemporary emulation of the look that was influenced by Ancient Greece, Egypt and Aztec geometry, can be not only elegant and sleek, but affordable. All quotes are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Walt Disney (yes, that Walt Disney) Signature Kingswell Ceiling Light

Serious pizzazz. Imagine this in your kitchen, hallway or office…glamour in the details. A confident piece. Chrome finished frame and Eidolon Krystal glass creates a soft glow. 15” wide, 18” high. Takes two 60 watt bulbs. $480.91

“Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”

Kathy Ireland Espresso Deco Trophy Floor Lamp

Colors are muted, patterns mostly geometric, your drapes have tie-backs. Add this elegant piece in a corner with some oversized plants. Espresso wood finish with brushed nickel metal accents. Linen cone shade 56” high, 9” wide at top, 4” wide at the bottom. On/off foot switch. Lamp 63” high. Takes three 60 watt bulbs. $399.91 (free shipping)

“I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited–they went there.”

Flared Pleat 12” Wide Wall Sconce

Perfect for your bathroom, several of these will soften and enhance peaceful time away from your bustling life. Take time for an actual bath. Buy a vintage kimono to swathe yourself in. Waft. White porcelain finish. 9 ½” high,12” wide; extends 6” from the wall. Takes one 100 watt bulb. UL rated for damp locations, making it suitable for bathroom use. $178.91 (free shipping)

“I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool… You see, I think everything’s terrible anyhow… And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.”

Sonneman Shanghai Wall Sconce

Perhaps behind your bar…this will coordinate with your Italian glassware and classic martini shaker. Grand in a room with black or navy accents. Polished nickel finish with white etched fluted glass. 25 2/5” high, 6” wide. Wall plate is 18” high, 4 ½” wide. Extends 6” from the wall. Takes two 60 watt medium base bulbs. $500.91

“I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away. There’s something very sensuous about it – overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands.”

Uttermost Kane 3 Light Chandelier

Above the pouf in your dressing room or illuminating an entrance hall, this is more an atmospheric showpiece than lighting. Graceful and feminine. Polished nickel. 20” high, 21.5” wide- extends 21.5”. Takes three candelabra bulbs- 60 watts max. Voltage 110. $447.00

“Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans.”

Kichler Andre Twin Arm Lamp

There are ormolu picture frames and a sleek black Mac on your desk, flowers, the latest Town and Country issue, invitations to answer and this lamp. Polished nickel finish. Steel construction. Off white linen hardback shades. Crystal accents. Inline on/off switch. 21 ¾” high. Shades are 9” wide, 6 ½” high. Takes two 75 watt bulbs. $198.91 (free shipping)

“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay… You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”

* Art Deco, which flourished from the 1920s through the 1930s, influenced every area of aesthetics, including architecture, interiors, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the fine arts. Geometric line and industrial feel broke with the flowing organic curves of its predecessor style Art Nouveau.

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