Design by Decade – 1910s Lighting at Lightology

This is the second installment of our Design by Decade series. Previously, we introduced vintage lighting styles from the 1900s. Here, we take a look at the evolution of lighting into the 1910s. During the 1910s the use of electricity became far more commonplace in homes throughout America, and the introduction of the tungsten bulb made electricity a financially viable option for more households. Most fixtures were brass with (typically frosted) glass shades, globes, or bowls.




Kilo Retro 1 Chain Pendant by Stone Lighting


Kilo Retro 1 Chain Pendant

This ball-shaped pendant hung from a chain would have been right at home in the 1910s. Although glass fixtures from the era were typically frosted, rather than clear, the fixture’s retro Edison bulb lends it an air of vintage authenticity.




Palisades Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting


Palisades Pendant

This schoolhouse style pendant epitomizes early 20th century lighting. With opal glass and a distinctive silhouette, the Palisades Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting is reminiscent of vintage schoolhouse lights that have been American icons for years. Early electric ceiling fixtures had solid stems modeled after gas fixtures with encased gas pipes, but as electricity became more widespread so did the use of fixtures suspended with chains. By the 1920s almost all light fixtures had chains, but this pendant represents the 1910s transitional era in which pipe stems were still commonplace.




Circa 1910 Outdoor Wall Sconce by Troy Lighting


Circa 1910 Outdoor Wall Sconce

This outdoor wall light from Troy Lighting Perfectly captures the spirit of 1910s industrial lighting, from the profile, to the bottom cage, to the finish. Wire cages such as this were frequently used to protect expensive bulbs from being damaged. Hand forged and lovingly crafted in cast iron, this highly durable outdoor wall lantern brings distinctive old world charm to outdoor spaces.




Edison 226 Semi Flush by Hudson Valley Lighting


Edison 226 Semi Flush Mount

The Edison 226 semi flush by Hudson Valley Lighting recalls a fixture style frequently used in bedrooms during this time. Pan lights mounted flush to the ceiling often contained 2 – 4 lights mounted to them, and sometimes hanging from short chains. While the fixtures of the time were often more intricately detailed and almost always in brass, this light represents a style of ceiling fixture rarely seen in modern times.




American Foursquare Bath Bar by Feiss



American Foursquare Bath Bar

Named for an American house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s, the American Foursquare bath bar perfectly captures the style’s plain, boxy aesthetic. Although this fixture seems quite contemporary, it is an echo of some surprisingly design-forward bracket lights from the 1910s crafted in the Mission style. Fixtures with simple lines and cleaner profiles were a reaction against the ornate Art Nouveau style popular through the mid-19010s. What would have been a brass finish is seen here in a more contemporary polished nickel.



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