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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Tiffany (Pond Lilies) 威尼斯の新藝術風格

A Tiffany lamp is a type of lamp with a camed glass shade designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany or colleagues, and made (in originals) in his design studio. The glass in the lampshades is put together with the copper-foil technique instead of leaded, the classic technique for stained-glass windows. Tiffany lamps are considered part of the Art Nouveau movement. Considerable numbers of designs were produced from 1893 onwards.

Due to Tiffany's dominant influence on the style, the term Tiffany lamp or Tiffany-style lamp has been often used to refer to stained-glass, leaded lamps, even those not made by Tiffany Studios.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) — not to be confused with his father Charles Tiffany, who founded the renowned jewellery house Tiffany & Company — was an artist, decorator and designer. ‘After successful careers as a painter and interior decorator, Louis decided to shift focus onto the design and production of stained-glass windows,’ Christie’s Design specialists explain. ‘His leaded glass lamps were a natural offshoot.’ His factory, located in Queens, New York, produced these and a wide variety of other decorative objects for almost 40 years.

My Dutch friends Chris and Xandra are big stars at the Venice Carnevale, well-known for their extremely big and heavy costumes that light up at dawn and dusk. This year, they came with a Tiffany lamp inspired set of costumes. The only disadvantage of their costumes for photographers are they are always so big and heavy that it is difficult for them to travel big distances in them (so all photos have to be done near where they stay around the Arsenale area) and they do attract a lot of attention whenever they come out in costumes...

During the blue hour, the costumes light up and look like Pond Lilies....something very speical and something only Chris and Xandra can do....

Just as a Tiffany lamp is the centrepiece of a room, Chris and Xandra's costumes are always a centrepiece at the Venice Carnevale...

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