It may be cold and dark outside, but inside you can have warmth and light, and what could be more warming than knitted lighting?
Helen’s Hand Knitted Lamps
Some of the best I have found are these hand knitted lamp shades by Ose Designs, who are based in Manchester and run by Helen Taylor.
Although they remind me a little of Dr Suess’ Hat; I do like their quirky organic shape. Each shade is made from a recycled material such as linen or silk and the table lamps use FSC certified oak for the bases. Helen has now increased the range to include pendant shades as well as her personal bespoke service.
Matt, llot llov
Replace all those fairy lights you have wrapped around your bedstead and the raw industrial hanging cable lights with these wollen beauty’s from llot llov, with fully knitted cable cover you can show all the cables you want and still keep it looking soft
Casamania Granny Knitted Lamp Shades
Casamania have created the Shredded Wheat of the knitted lamp shade world with their aptly named Granny knitted lamp shades.
Knotted Egg Lamp
If you are from the more sophisticated lamp purveyor circle, you may prefer this macrame knotted egg lamp by Sara Parkes, an Australian designer, who works under her label Smalltown
See, wool doesn’t have to be all about embarrassing Christmas jumpers, who would have thought. There are so many other wollen interior accessories to compliment these lights if you want to run with a theme, you could also try Melanie Porter’s Furniture collection which is a perfect example of antique furniture frames up-cycled into delicious woollen master pieces.
On a more serious note wool is one of the ultimate sustainable resourses we have which is being massively under utilised. It has seen a considerable decline in the past decade through unprecidented industry challenges and in particular a drop in the farmers fleece prices. In 2008 The Campaign for Wool was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales to help raise awareness and help set up initiatives to help raise the profile of wool and by getting some of the leading members of the fashion industry and decorataing and design industry involved, it is well on it’s way.
Here in the UK we do celebrate a wool week which this year ran from the 5th-11th Septmeber 2011, I know we have missed it but look out for it next year.
I am sure there are more wollen design examlpes out there but theses are just a snippet of my favourites. I hope you enjoyed.