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Those craftsmen and women designing and making chandeliers today have a wonderful history of lighting design to draw inspiration from. Mid 20th century chandeliers are hugely popular and adorn the ceilings of many a home around the world. The pleasing designs featuring curvy silhouettes and interesting geometric patterns arrived on the scene in post-war Europe and the United States as new and innovative materials and technology became available. Yes, there is still much love and desire for the 19th century style...

Egyptian crystal is among some of the most beautiful in the world. It has a long history too, with many varieties being used thousands of years ago for much more than adornment alone. The Ancient Egyptians used crystals right through their lives as they believed in their healing properties. Today, as we gaze in awe at the stunning chandelier lights made from finest Egyptian crystal, we can understand that spiritually those crystals held great significance for ancient peoples. Some crystals were...

One of the most iconic chandeliers in the world is the one used in productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. This is the chandelier that was probably responsible for the surge in popularity for having chandeliers in homes across the globe. For anyone who has seen the production, the stunning chandelier has a major role to play, both at the end of Act One and when it comes crashing down towards the audience! The chandelier is highly symbolic...

Not many of us know much when it comes to interior design unless that’s your profession of course. Love it or hate it, if you want your home to express who you are and look fantastic, certain elements of design are needed. One of the main considerations is decorating your home is choice of colour. This is where it can get confusing with hundreds of different hues and shades to choose from. You might love two particular colours but when...

Almost everyone has heard of Swarovski crystal. The stunning, glittery jewels that adorn anything from handbags to mobile phones and lighting installations to jewellery. How much do we know about the story behind the crystals? Let’s dig into the heritage of the Swarovski name and discover the history and methods of producing some of the world’s best loved bling. The founder of the crystal-producing company was David Swarovski, an Austrian with incredible vision back in 1895. His father was a glass-cutter...

We always feel very connected to our homes but before now this connection has never been scientifically quantified. Whenever we think about our homes, it should fill us with a sense of happiness and security. After all, it’s much more than just bricks and mortar – it’s our haven from the outside world. It’s the place where life moments happen, families grow, and memories are made. Without meaning to sound too sentimental, is there a real physiologically reaction that really...

If you’re lucky enough to have a spiral staircase in your home, there are lots of exciting ways to make it stand out and become a real statement of your décor. They are both practical and space-saving, and the architectural design is thought to date back several thousands of years. A spiral staircase rises around a central axis so that every few steps will turn up to 360 degrees. Such staircases are classified according to the material they are made from,...

Interior design does not only apply to where you live but is also an important concept for public buildings, corporations and any commercial settings. Commercial design can turn a dull space into an exciting and inviting one, follow a certain theme or branding and have a significantly positive impact. Good design often goes unnoticed but can subconsciously have a beneficial effect on those who spend time there, whether employees or public visitors. A commercial space could include areas like offices, restaurants,...

When you’re planning to decorate your home, you will probably consider elements such as colour and texture, space and function but will you consider shape? Shapes are a big part of interior design but how often do we consider the shape of objects that we like? Shapes in furniture and decoration have changed greatly over hundreds of years, not just in the way we furnish our homes but also in architecture. The chosen shape of buildings and furniture is indicative...

Where would we be without lighting? It is one of life’s great necessities, but it wasn’t always this way and used to be quite a luxury. It all started some 400,000 years BC when humans first discovered we could light fires. However it happened, whether by accident or clever observation, most human development has stemmed from that discovery. It’s quite a journey from the first flames man ever made to the stunning crystal chandelier designs we see today. Man’s first lighting...