Tuesday, October 18, 2011

But is it art?

The staircase design allowed for a light on top of the landing newel.  The challenge though was to find something that was sympathetic with the recycled feel of the stairs and didn't cost an arm and a leg. There are some great lights around, but the ones we liked were either really expensive or shouted "I'm brand new" (or both).
So, I had a rummage through the useful box and assembled my newel light from the following components:
  • dome interior light from a 1960's car,
  • Copper and brass window sliders, circa 1940's,
  • Timber offcuts from our LVLs (basically really thick plywood), and
  • Scrap glass.
The result is about 11 inches tall and will bolt straight onto the top of the newel.  I think it has a certain, TARDIS meets steampunk feel to it - but is it art?

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