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House Beautiful Awards 2014

Our Black and Gold Floor Lamp lights up the 2014 House Beautiful Awards

The Science Museum in South Kensington is synonymous with awe-inspiring galleries and exhibitions that celebrate the past century’s pinnacle of technological advancements in scientific design, (as well as making you realise just how ingenious and focused some people really are), an apt setting, then, for the House Beautiful Awards 2014! Amongst space simulators and pattern pods, home interiors aficionados networked, as we readied to take our seats in the museum’s in-house IMAX theatre.

We were invited to honour some of the most preeminent brands’ iconic products, maybe one day we’ll even see some of these featured in a far off-future design museum.

Black & Gold Floor Lamp, £160; Large Stag Head, £55; Quatrefoil Side Table, £195;

Mayfair Chair, £395; Zebra Print Cowhide, £395.

So surrounded by many firsts in design, from Stephenson’s Rocket to the first ever jet engine, we won our first House Beautiful Award for Best Lighting Product. Our fully rotational Black and Gold Floor Lamp with its sleek arched stand and juxtaposing matte black and distressed gold finish, is a deserved winner of such an accolade. And how thrilled we were to receive it! But don’t just take our word for it, Karen Stylianides (Deputy Editor, House Beautiful) commented:

‘The graceful curved arm, matt black finish and golden interior of the shade combine to make this lamp a stylish asset to any living space. The adjustable shade ensures it is practical as well as beautiful.’

House Beautiful takes its name from Oscar Wilde’s ardent belief in the Aesthetic Movement. For him art, in its various forms, should not seek to convey a moral, sentimental or educational undertone. Art was simply there to exist beautifully, to give sensual and visual pleasure.

Whilst we wholeheartedly share Oscar’s view that all design should be beautiful, we also share a nod to the famous quote by William Morris that design should be functional, as well as beautiful (and perhaps just a little bit fun?!).


Author: Charlotte Clowes of Simpler PR on behalf of The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Bedsshabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.

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