When it comes to bedside lighting, some designers favour a more earthy look whilst others believe it’s all about refined detailing. Here, two London interior designers go head to head.
Organic Bedside Table Lamps
Natalia Miyar says: “Tactility is important to me and I love to play with materials and textures, juxtaposing them in interesting ways. I like the contrast of, say, metal and timber or linen and velvet, pairing a lamp base with a lamp shade you wouldn’t initially think of as I did in this project is a great way to make your lamp individual and personal within a room.
If you consider a natural environment such as a beach or a forest, there are no completely smooth or featureless surfaces, no total rest for the eye, and yet the result is energising rather than frenetic. I like the effect of earthy and organic looks and this ‘less done’ approach gives a homely feel when accompanied by glamorous splashes of colour and beautiful pieces of artwork. Lamps can take over a room if they are too formal, and in this project I like the contrasting neatness of the shade with the gentler look of the base. Alongside the mix of the textures and pattern in the room this natural feel really works.”
Glamorous Bedside Table Lamps
Laura Hammett says: “We don’t like to repeat our lamps too often given the number of projects we design. We want our clients to feel like they’re getting a bespoke service, so we are always on the hunt for new and unique pieces. However, I do have a preference for sculptural looking bases, generally. For example, the glass lamps we use are all handmade so naturally no two will ever be exactly the same. This is particularly evident in the pieces that have been twisted and contain these bubbles inside them (a glassmaking technique called pulegoso).
I think with lamps it’s almost treating them a bit like the jewellery of an interior. You’ve got your furniture, you’ve got your fabrics and then you dress it up with something a little special.”