Celebrating Design: Monmouth glass studio

Monmouth glass studio is based in New Zealand, where they hand-make a range of bespoke blown glass lighting and home-wares, as well as custom made glass objects.

“The lighting is free-blown, without moulds, which allows for individuality and a genuine hand-made aesthetic.”

Their aim is to make things that have value in their aesthetic beauty, necessity and function. That’s why every piece is hand shaped and finished using traditional glassblowing techniques that date back hundreds of years.

“Here at Monmouth Glass we handcraft exquisite glass objects that people need and use every day. ”

 Glassblowing is a limitless and versatile medium. The intrinsically fluid properties of glass make it unlike any other material.

“Each piece is hand-blown by us in the traditional method at our studio in Grey Lynn, Auckland”

Their philosophy is based in the handmade for everyday use: “There is something invaluable about using handmade objects in daily life: to drink from, to eat out of, or to light the space we live in. We believe in quality items that are well-designed, well-made, and will stand the test of time.”

“Bell Pendant – Steel Blue”

Monmouth is a traditional glassblowing studio. Their furnace holds 120 kilos of glass.

Stephen Bradbourne and Isaac Katzoff. Monmouth is a traditional glassblowing studio.

It is kept molten at a temperature of 1110 degrees Celsius twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Every piece is gathered from the furnace then hand shaped and blown.

“Square Cups – Bronze and Tea. Each of these cups are handmade and one a kind”

Monmouth is a small collaborative glassblowing studio in Auckland. It was established in 2013 by Stephen Bradbourne and Isaac Katzoff.

Ghost Pendant – Clear

Customers can also choose a design and customise colour and size to suit their space and needs.

Thanks for reading! If you want to find out more information and visit their website just follow the link by clicking on the Logo image below:

London Design Festival 2017

Lamps and Lights Ltd were attending design shows in the capital last week and keeping up to date with the latest trends at London design festival 2017! It was great visiting 100% Design 2017 last week! Next day we went to see the London design fair 2017 and the last but not least Design Junction 2017! So many great lighting designs this year, we thought we would share some of the London’s picks, our few favorite inspirational lights and lamps with you !

100% Design lighting highlights: These lovely luminaries are created by Nulty Bespoke, they were designed and handcrafted to specification. Good & Original Designs presents Candy Skull ! How fun is this? No wonder it was snatched up at the show! Great statement piece that mix art  with lighting!



Bad Dog Designs create unique and individual clocks from original vintage Nixie tubes, and other original bits of equipment that they can find!This is TRISAURUS DESK LAMP a modern, adjustable and touch-operated table lamp with long lasting and environmentally friendly LED light! 



Padhome brand Graypants studio handmade – Scraplights very lovely and fire retardant lighting from recycled cardboard!

Stephen JohnsonHappy Light, the design was created initially as a statement piece instead of lighting design, but after numerous requests and persuasion the designer turned the piece into a lamp, making people Happy indeed! Stephen’s Play lamp catches your eye with play-doh inspired material, which the artist had to create himself to mimic the look and texture. London Design Fair lighting highlights:

Talking about Playful this year! How about a Lit-Up swing? Anyone? Scandinavian Light senses present “knot” lamp from Lervik and the LED Swing from SAAS. Fun Design! 

Matrix is a composite material created by the designer herself, Kate Hollowood, she uses it to create her bespoke sculptural lighting designs.

The Secant Wall, Floor and Table Light is a series of hand cut crystal discs suspended and supported by a metal skeleton linking the crystal glass with the light engine and the wall or surface below. From J.Hill’s Standard

Thea Kuta uses yarn to communicate through drawing geometric patterns which create optical illusions and create interactive experience with the spectator. Malinko Design uses 3D design technology to print unique designs Crosby Studios provide daring, bold design and are not afraid to stand out.Secto Pendants innovative design from Finnish designers, beautifully crafted from natural materials. Light Junction hightlights:These luxurious designs above and below, created by Blackbody Light Couture made in France. Vibrant, soft and quirky design – on the left shades create a feeling of soft airiness, and on the right there are squeezable grated lamps, lighting from in es art design.

Tala – look at the gorgeous & organic form of their light bulbs!

Bulbous shapes & colours of these smartly made Knit-wit lamps by Made by Hand  Icons of Denmark showcasing the variety of shades and lamps Ted Wood Natural materials meets contemporary design.  Great looking cluster of acrylic pendant lights called CLAM & CLAM MINI from Decode.

Geometrical and dark shades bring out the warmth of the filament bulbs, found at the stand of Material Consequences.Hope you enjoyed our post! We definitely had fun seeing it all up close, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you! If you have been to London Design Festival this year or seen any of the Design Shows, tell us how it went, just comment below, let us know your favorite design picks and share links of your photos from the visit, we would love to see them!

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Bespoke Light Fittings

Lamps and Lights’ customer Bruce Stanley, Light fitting maker from Scotland sent us a great short article about his experience and design in converting bespoke light fittings. Here’s Bruce’s message:

“Over the years, I have made numerous light fittings for friends and family members. My “appointment” as “light fitting maker” comes from the fact that I am very much against drilling holes in vases and other such pieces to be converted into a lamp and the simple fact I have quite a comprehensive workshop…and yes, I can drill holes in porcelain, glass, etc..

Essentially, I can make these fittings in any shape, size  or style depending on the wishes of the owner/recipient, however there does seem a preference for the older styles. Over the years, I have collected quite an array of old brass fittings but, unfortunately, although nicely made, most of them are unusable because they no longer comply with the latest regulations or, in some cases, are just too expensive to repair.

Excellent components, meeting all specifications, can be obtained from the Lamps & Lights Design & Restoration Hardware Company who market a comprehensive range of fittings and materials.

My basic design to meet most applications entails the making of a wood (or any other material come to that) holder will can be inserted in to the neck of the vessel being converted into a lamp. Following machining and soothing the wood is stained and polished or painted to obtain the desired finish and effect.

As seen on the photographs, the main feature of my design is the fact that the electrical cable comes out of the side of the lamp fitting insert and not through a hole in the lower vessel.

Following assembly, the holder insert in place by wrapping the shaft with thin bubble foam so that it is a firm in the neck of the vessel. It is very important to note that, when completed , some lamps can be top heavy and require a certain amount of ballast – washed pea gravel, lead shot, etc. inside the base of the vessel to ensure adequate stability.

All electrical work should be done by a qualified electrician.”

Thanks Bruce for sharing your experience with us! If you are thinking of converting a bottle and/or a vase into a table lamp, we have various table lamp kits to choose from and for more help how see our useful information page.

Death of the Incandescent bulb, not as painful as many predicted?

Incandescent lights are being phased out around the world, and being replaced by LEDs. They served their purpose in the past, but are no longer able to fill the shoes of their LED successors. There are those who still argue for their colour and quality of light, in-spite of their fast burn out but let’s say goodbye to the Incandescent light bulb on a positive note.



Incandescent bulbs did cost a lot less than their energy-efficient alternatives although only in the short run.

The problem with incandescent bulbs is you end up paying more in electricity costs. Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient – 90% of the energy goes toward heat and only 10% toward light.


Incandescent bulbs are known for their warm light, which looks particularly good against skin tones. Today you can have LEDs that match these favourable hues. Light bulb manufacturers are required to include on their label the color temperature of their bulbs, so consumers can know exactly what they’re purchasing.


Another complaint against LED’s is flickering and buzzing when trying to dim them. You have to watch out for non-dimmable or poor quality LEDs and make sure you pair your choice with the right dimming switches. See Our Helpful Guide for some great tips. All our LED’s have been carefully chosen and tested in house.


Part of what’s driven the use of cheap, inefficient incandescent bulbs is simply that they are familiar. Incandescent bulbs were loved for what they had once represented: utility, economy and simplicity, as well as light.

LED bulbs increasing popularity is also driven by consumers’ increasing familiarity with LED’s in other products such as TVs and computers. The price of LED bulbs has also come down significantly. As the cost continues to drop, the LED bulbs are becoming “the default light source.” If we still haven’t persuaded you or you just fancy a real bargain check out our Special offers page as we are hugely reducing prices on our last few ranges of incandescent bulbs.


Restoring Historic Buildings

Since 1965 the Landmark Trust has been saving historic buildings that are at risk, and giving them a new and secure future. This charity restores castles, forts, towers and cottages for self-catering breaks, which they appropriately describe as – Holidays in History.

The Trust renovates old buildings and keeps them in good repair. They in turn depend on the survival of traditional craft skills and sympathetic restoration materials.

Their latest restoration project, visited by Lamps and Lights founder Denise Hatherly on a private open day in Devon, is the Winsford Cottage Hospital. The building was designed by notable Arts and Crafts architect, C F A Voysey who was a leading professional in the Arts and Crafts movement. The hospital was a gift to the local community by the wealthy philanthropist Maria Medley. From 1900 it served as a healthcare facility and enabled ordinary people to receive affordable medical treatment near to their homes for the very first time.

The architect strongly believed in designing all aspects and characteristics of the interior and exterior of the building. From the outside, Voysey’s approach vcan be recognised by the bespoke long horizontal runs of stone mullioned windows, which allowed fresh air to circulate through the rooms. The facade of the building has a definitive style of wide swept steep slate roof, and white roughcast walls, the former of which now requires urgent care and renovation.

Inside the cottage, decorative elements reflect the grace of the era; fireplaces and latches feature Voysey’s favorite element – the slightly elongated heart. The beautiful and notable architectural motif – his signature cast iron “Bird” and “Tree” can be seen on the ventilation grilles and play a significant part in producing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Another clear result of the amount of dedication the architect has bestowed upon forming these thoughtful details is Voysey’s careful layout.

Voysey indicated the purpose of every room with areas of men and women facing the sunny, south-facing garden, and the children’s ward with its view of the steam trains passing the nearby junction. Warm accents for example, Voysey’s original mosaic floor, laid throughout in tiny golden tiles, will require a lot of time and funds to restore as well as an expert craftsman.  Winsford Cottage Hospital is a true reflection of the amount of work and dedication Voysey bestowed upon

planning and forming his buildings. The hospital served the community until 1999, and during the Great War it became a haven for convalescing soldiers. After 1999 the building passed to a small local trust who became overwhelmed by the need for maintenance and viable use.

The Cottage Hospital now in desperate need of restoration will, with the Landmark’s skill, Lottery seed funding and further donations be returned to its former glory.


For more information please visit Landmark trust page:

Happy English Wine Week!

Have you ever heard about English Wine Week?

Yesterday was National Wine Day, 25 May (National Drink Wine Day was 18 Feb) and English Wine Week is taking place Saturday 27 May until Sunday 4 June 2017.

English Wine Week is a national campaign, organised to increase awareness of English wine across the country. To celebrate English Wine Week, wide range of activities will be taking place across the country, involving both retail and leisure outlets, and at the vineyards themselves.

English Wine Week starts over Spring Bank Holiday which is also half term holiday for most schools. It marks the start of the tourist season, and the vineyards themselves are waking up to the new growing season – there is plenty to see and enjoy,I’ve put some links down below, if you fancy a trip to a vineyard or visit your local event during English Wine Week!

Let us know in the comments below, which type of wine you prefer? Red, white, Chardonnay or Merlot ?

If you have a stash of wine bottles you would like to convert visit our previous blog post for more information!


For forthcoming English Wine Week events and news visit www.englishwineproducers.co.uk

How to make a trumpet table lamp

Lamps and Lights’ customer Mike Wyn Davies, proprietor of Unique Trophies from Wales sent us this fab story of his journey recycling an old battered brass trumpet, found lying around in his attic for years, into a stunningly unique table lamp. Here’s Mike’s story…

“The plan was to mount the trumpet vertically on a hardwood base, this meant that 3 core cable had to be fed through the trumpet from the bell, through the three valves, around the pipes and up through the pipe holding the mouthpiece.
Feeding the three core cable though the trumpet was the biggest challenge as cable is flexible and it just kept doubling up on itself inside the trumpet.

A fine steel wire was used to feed through the trumpet, but the three valves still posed a problem. This was solved by removing and cutting them down, so that the wire did not have to go through them.

After successfully feeding the steel wire through the trumpet, the three core cable was warmed up in an oven to 70°C for 30 minutes and then secured to the end of the wire. Silicone spray was used down the pipes and on the cable to lubricate it.
It took some effort to pull the cable through, but it was completed successfully.

The photo shows the cable running through the three valve housings.

The base was cut from a hardwood kitchen worktop off cut using a band saw, and a router was used to give a bevel edge. The base was sanded and stained using a solvent based walnut stain, and finished with four coats of acrylic varnish.(Alternatively you could use a Lamps and Lights’ ready-turned and sanded hardwood Pattress).

A cork was used to seal inside the battered bell of the trumpet. Silicone spray was used as a mould release. This end was then filled with a fast setting modelling plaster. When set, it was removed and then this was used as a template and former to produce a close fitting wood cone on a lathe to fit into the trumpet bell to attach it to the hardwood base. The cone was screwed and glued to the wood base and drilled to take the three core electric flex. The trumpet was then secured to the cone using a silicone adhesive.
I used a Brass BC Lamp Holder with shade Rings (
Ref: LHbrass04-BC) and Brass Reducer (Ref: BBbrass01:1) I modified the reducer and soldered into the end of the trumpet where the mouthpiece fits.

The photo on the right shows what lies hidden underneath the shade ;
the brass lamp holder with shade rings, shade carrier, light bulb and lampshade.

This lamp looks very effective and has proved to be quite a conversation piece. Using a very battered old trumpet that was going to be thrown out has now been recycled. With a matching shade, I think you’ll agree it makes a unique and attractive table lamp.

Spotted at an Antiques Flea Market, this is another take on using a brass instrument converted into an unusual lamp. Musical instruments can form the basis of very unique and high quality lighting and lamp projects”.
Mike Wyn Davies

Thank you Mike, this shows there’s so much you can upcycle to create a stunning lamp!

How to hang a rimmed lightshade

We often get asked how to use our products so one of our videos shows you just how easy it is to hang a lampshade with a rim …

For hanging a rimmed lampshade, you will need one of each of the following:
Lamp Shade
Light Bulb
Light Gallery
Lamp Holder
Lighting Flex

Firstly choose your lampshade
The size of your shade’s entry hole dictates the size of gallery required.
Also choose your bulb at this stage to ensure it fits inside your chosen shade. Decide if your chosen bulb is to be an Edison Screw fitting or Bayonet Cap as this dictates the top hole entry size of your light gallery and also the bulbholder fitting required.

We used our own antique lampshade along with an aged brass bayonet cord-grip threaded bulbholder wired up using 3 core braided sage green light flex and a matching antique brass bayonet fitting 2¼ inch light gallery.

The first step is to wire up your lampholder with your chosen flex.

Next attach the gallery to the lampholder:
1. Unscrew and remove the shade ring from your lampholder
2. Place your lampholder through the top hole of your light gallery
3. Screw the shade ring back onto your lampholder, firmly securing the gallery.

Place the light gallery complete with lampholder over the rim of your light shade and tighten using the gallery’s small screws that come attached.

Hey Presto! Your lampshade is now ready to hang.

All that’s left to do is to select whether to choose a cord grip ceiling plate or hooked ceiling rose with chain to suspend your shade from the ceiling.You can find loads of helpful product tips & more on our website’s
Useful Information pages 
with further videos on our You Tube Channel

What’s coming in 2017

The New Year is upon us and as ever we are sourcing our next new product lines.

Due to regular customer requests we intend to extend our range of bottle bungs, the larger the better you say,
so watch this space!!

What would you like to see in 2017?
Our stunning coloured decorative fabric covered lighting cable has always been popular and adding MORE NEW FLEX COLOURS is on our agenda for this year, but what colours to choose??? Have your say!

Please take part in our Survey to vote for your favourite new flex colour.
Answering just 6 quick questions will really help tell us what you would like to see added to our regular product range for the coming year.

To house all these lovely new products intended for 2017 we are busy making space on the shelves.

Our fantastic new range of filament LED bulbs have knocked the old styles off the shelf,  you can find our last remaining stock of the early generation bulbs at fantastic discounted prices!

Check out our Special Offers page for great deals.

The gold halogen crown top bulb is now only £3.75! a bargain so what are you waiting for? Go on and pick one up today.

Remember once they’re gone …
… they’re gone for good!


Lighting your way into Winter

Getting festive? So what’s your style this Christmas?
Are you fancying nostalgia with a hint of rustic charm or are you going all out to make a bold statement with a punchy zing?

Wall lights really are the way to go for the vintage touch, creating evocative moods and intimate spaces. Cosying up, reading a good book by the subtle light of a traditional lamp, by a roaring winter fire as the twinkling Norway spruce emits a heady scent, who could want for more in a festive scene.the-stove-ceiling-pendant-02

home-made-simpe-bulb-flex-pendantMaybe Victorian charm is not your cup of tea?
(or even a glass of mulled wine 🙂 )

Perhaps a more contemporary look is your seasonal inspiration. Add a shimmering prismatic glass lamp shade in front of a brightly painted chimney breast and watch the lights dance. Hanging pendant bulbs on our stunningly bright coloured fabric light flex against a funky wall will add charm to the gloomiest of dark winter days.


Upcycled standard lamps add a touch of modernity for that shabby chic characteristic.

Lighting can completely lead the way to setting the scene and evoking differing moods.

hg-lighting-made-simpleHomes and Gardens‘ recent Lighting Made Simple feature focuses on the latest trends, inspiration and shopping advice; with a lighting design masterclass from the wonderful Sally Storey and ‘How to introduce decorative flair through carefully selected lighting.’


From pendants and wall lights to floor and table lamps their gallery of great schemes is packed full of classic and contemporary bright ideas …

Plus our very own Director of Lamps and Lights Denise Hatherly is featured, in very good company alongside some of the top leading interior and lighting designers, to help shine some light on the new world of LED bulbs and the mystery of light rating myths; brightness comparisons; what colour temperature bulb to buy and how to make them work for you.