Today we take a closer look at the Sipping Nectar lamp by Anna Jacobs. In this recent post, I presented this very talented British designer to you and I think you will agree that her collection of lamps and cushions is quite exceptional.
The Sipping Nectar lamp is one of Anna's original designs and is part of her core collection that has taken the interiors world and press by storm over the last year. It's hard to believe that she started her business (or at least this particular business) just over a year ago.
When I first saw her collection at the 'Home London' trade fair last year, it was the Sipping Nectar lamp, along with another design called Breaking Dawn which immediately caught my attention and had me rushing over to her stand, tripping everyone up on my way!
The Sipping Nectar Lamp
Anna's designs have so much life and detail in them! I mean, look at the movement in this 'painting' - because that's what it is actually isn't it? A piece of art on a lampshade. The design is inspired by the movement, strength and grace of a hummingbird as it sips the nectar from a flower.
You can practically feel the air move as the little bird flaps its wings, deep concentration in its eyes as it goes for that nectar! And there are several of them, flying all around the lampshade, bringing life into the little corner of whichever space the lamp might be in.
Sipping Nectar in ProductionEach of Anna's lamps is made entirely by hand in the UK and she has thoughtfully given us the story of the Sipping Nectar glass lamp base as it goes through production at Langham Glass in Norfolk.
As you know, one of the things I try to champion at Pomegranate Living is the application of ancient and traditional crafts to contemporary designs and this is a perfect example of this. Take a look below and see this gorgeous lamp comes to life.
The molten glass base in the furnace
Heating up the molten glass in the oven
The smoking molten glass base being turned by hand
Blowing the glass for the base into the mould
Lifting the blown glass out of the mould
The carbon mould for the small base
The base cooling in the oven
A group of small bases before being cut
The finished base ready with the cyan flex & electrical 'bits' ready to be assembled
The cyan flex being fed through the base
Other components being fed through
The base under the ultra-violet light to set the glue that's holding all the components in place
The finished base complete with cyan flex and electrical components - it's almost ready!
The Sipping Nectar base ready to ship out - we just need to add the shade now...
The finished Sipping Nectar lamp - beautifully displayed here with matching scarf and colour co-ordinated books and urn.
There you go, I hope you enjoyed seeing the Sipping Nectar lamp slowly coming to life. If you'd like to see a selection of Anna's lamps in 'real life', then come and join me at the DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham on the 10th/11th March. I'll be in the Great Parlour so book your tickets and come along - it's going to be superb.
'till next time...
Photo Credits: All images by Anna Jacobs used with permission.