Table lamps have undergone a total makeover in recent years. The bulky and squat table lamps of yore were designed that way because of the need to hide thick wiring and to provide access for frequent changes of incandescent lamps. The lamps were a bit fragile with glass elements so the squat body with a low center of gravity kept the fixtures from getting knocked over. The LED revolution has changed the way designers approach table lamps. Now the light element is very small and robust. LEDs also last much longer than conventional incandescent lamps. As they do not require as much electric power, the wiring needs are also limited. Advances in glass technology mean that the glass shades of table lamps are stronger than before. Now lighting designers are experimenting with metal and glass to create stunning contemporary designs.
Hubbardton Forge from Vermont is one firm that has made its name from unconventional designs and a surprising robust manufacturing process. The collection of Hubbardton Forge table lamps, sconces, pendants and chandeliers reflect the outfit’s design prowess with a predominance of metal and glass in the range available for buyers.
Hubbardton Forge mainly specializes in hand forged lighting fixtures, proudly made in America. The firm’s calling card is its emphasis on quality as much as the beauty of its hand forged lighting fixtures. Hubbardton Forge has tied up with premium suppliers like AO Glass and Legrand to create beautiful lighting products. Based on the design style, we can classify the range into modern, classic and contemporary table lamps.
Modern Table Lamps
Hubbardton Forge’s modern table lamps are irresistibly minimalistic. The lamp heads seem to float in air because of the thin metal central spire which connects the lamp base. Vermont Modern Filament lamp (available in incandescent and LED configurations) makes the light element a centerpiece, framed by a single steel rod looped twice around it. The Hubbardton Forge floor lamps and table lamps can be ordered in different finishes like black, gold, silver, satin aqua, satin red and satin white. The accents can be customized separately. The Encounter Table Lamp will leave a viewer undecided whether it is just a lighting fixture because of its swooping arty design. A thin glass strip is ringed by a spiral of cast iron. The LED light illuminates the strip from the base making it appear fully lit. Whether switched on or turned off, this lamp looks amazing by itself. The lamps can be purchased in a wide range of finishes like mahogany, bronze, dark smoke and burnished steel among others. The Brindille table lamp has several strands of metal rising from the base to the drum shaped shade, giving the lamp an organic appearance similar to the roots of a bonsai banyan tree. The Disq LED lamp is inspired by the Erlenmeyer flask with a spherical base element from which the bent central column rises to join a disc shaped shade. The Cityscape Lamp appears like the skyscrapers of a city by using glass and metal cylindrical columns arrayed like the skyline of a large city. It is available in vintage platinum and soft gold finishes.
Classic Table Lamps
Hubbardton Forge continues to introduce several classic table lamps for more conventional-minded buyers. Some of the classic designs are Gallery, Metamorphic, Twist Basket, Forged Leaves and Vase and Folio. The Twist Basket lamp has the firm’s signature metal design known as the Twist Basket, where the central column separates beautifully as individual strands and then rejoins into a single column. Gallery Spiral and Gallery Twofold have intricate metal forged elements around a thing central column. Gallery Twist has a single piece of metal which is folded upon itself very beautifully with a very small central column. Forged Leaves Lamps carry Hubbardton Forge’s signature Cast Iron Leaf motif.
Retro Table Lamps
Hubbardton Forge Retro table lamps are all about bringing back different era’s like the industrial 1920s or the flamboyant 1970s with significant design and quality updates. The Stasis lamps with the slanting metal piece come in detached lamp and full shade versions. The Bob table lamp evokes marine and automotive design. It has an opening for downlighting and the glass is illuminated by the light source, the suspended lamp can be moved on its vertical axis.