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The Season of Increasing Light - part IV

The fourth and last of our "lamp show" is this "Laced & Studded" beauty. It will bring a sculptural dimension to your room, thanks to the hand-fitted embellishments. It also has a wonderful custom-sculpted finial. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.   Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).  We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com). Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248

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The Season of Increasing Light - part III

Even when turned-off, this lamp seems to radiate light and warmth. The ceramic lamp, dressed in a highly-textured orange glaze, screams Mid-Century Modern. It was made in the 1960's or 1970's and you can learn more about it by clicking on the photo above. More lighting tomorrow.   Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).  We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com). Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248

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The Season of Increasing Light - part II

Though slender, this lamp still packs an aesthetic punch! And don't let its willowy silhouette belie its substantial weight and gravitas. One such lamp will fit the trickiest of small spaces. Two (or more) of them make a strong statement on a sideboard or at bedside. Click on the photo above to learn more about it. More lighting in the days to come.    Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).  We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com). Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh...

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The Season of Increasing Light - part I

It's been about eight weeks that our days have been getting longer. And now's the time when we fully begin to recognize and appreciate the extended light. In celebration of "The Season of Increasing Light," we'll be sharing a small collection of light fixtures, now available on-line at LEO Design. This handsome and substantial lamp is in the form of a heavy column, with a "turned" base and capital. It really makes a statement—with its strong lines and considerable "visual weight." Click on the photo above to learn more about it. And always feel welcome to give us a call if you have questions about this lamp (or any other piece). More lighting in the days to come.   Though...

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A Gentleman in Moscow - Part One

While checking-in to The Hotel Metropol in Moscow, I could not help but think of the protagonist, The Count, in Amor Towles's best-selling novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. I had locked-up my home door behind me some 26 hours earlier—and I was more than a little fried from the very long journey (on three cramped airplanes, through four bustling airports). Nevertheless, I was invigorated by the historic hotel's warm Art Nouveau interior—and fell in love with the original period brass chandeliers which hovered over the storied lobby. In my mind's eye, I could picture The Count, seated in the corner of that very lobby (partially hidden by a potted palm), silently observing the object of his desire, the film star Anna Urbanova, as...

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Making Bank

This “Bank Manager’s Lamp” is classic, heavy and perfect for a stately desk.  And the base forms a convenient “tray”—the perfect place to stash business cards, notepads, paperclips or your mobile phone.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it. More brass lamps tomorrow.         LEO Design’s Greenwich Village […]

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Tapering Beauty

Joining our “parade” of lamps is this simple—and simply handsome—option.  It’s a tapered brass column, set upon a heavy square base, and finished with a completing tapered final.  This lamp is not too big, not too small—just perfect for bedside, sideboard or mantlepiece.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.  And please call us for further information about our lamps, including various shade options, lead times, or any other questions you might have.

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A Column of Light

Here's another handsome brass lamps, made by a small New England company. Heavy, well-finished and very good looking, it comes with a soft antique finish which will darken over time.  If you want, you can polish it up for a bright finish.  Personally, I like to give it a kiss of polish every six to nine months—just enough to make them look clean, not too bright. The lamp above is formed of a heavy column upon a handsomely-turned base.  It provides substantial punctuation in any room—singly or in pairs.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it and feel free to call for further information on shade options, lead times or dimensions.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is...

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Autumn Light

A handsome, contemporary brass lamp, this one lashed with brass laces and punctuated with brass studs.  This lamp sits equally well  in either an antique, traditional or Modernist setting.  It has a specially-crafted finial which completes the laced, tapered look.  Please click on the photo to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"  

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Flipping the Switch on a New Age

On this day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped the switch at his Pearl Street electrical generation plant, thereby electrifying one square mile of lower Manhattan—59 customers in all.  Having invented and patented the electric light bulb two years earlier, Edison had turned his attention to creating an electric delivery infrastructure to compete with similar utilities […]

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Countdown to Mother’s Day – part II

Another wonderful Mother’s Day gift—one that’s pretty, useful and bright.  It has had a long and interesting journey and it still looks great! In the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, department stores were the premier shopping venues in American cities, East to West.  The very best department stores became the taste-makers for the carriage trade—and for […]

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