P O U L H E N N I N G S E N “PH 4/3” table lamp, ca. 1927
I’m in the market for a couple of bedside lamps, it’s not easy to find the perfect lamp to light your dreams, or at least your waking moment. I’ve gotten to the stage where my bed is very important to me and what goes alongside also needs to be special. I do have the best bed in the world, an amazing organic mattress from Wales; every night the duvet above and the mattress below team up and make the most amazing snuggle zone, bliss above and below. I long for bed. I’d share my glorious sleep zone but I think the blissful peace would be shattered by having an animate object kicking, turning, tossing and snoring.
Back to lamps, many people would trip off to the local B&Q, Homebase, Dwell or John Lewis depending on their budget. Call me fussy if you like, I prefer recovering perfectionist, but the specification for my bedside lamps is high as they have to enhance the sleeping experience and also contribute aesthetically to the room.
1. Soft even light that extends over half the bed, preferably something almost womb-like in its diffuse nature.
2. Conversely the lamp must throw enough light to enable reading
3. It must be feminine but not fussy or frivolous
4. A design classic or beautiful lines are essential
5. The room colours are peony, leaf green and taupe
It’s not easy, I’ve tried the usual pedestrian haunts and I’ve managed to get as far as a half price white glass copy of the 4/3 on the internet, however what I really want without having to spend. The more I look, the more the antiques look desirable, but they would as the kick in at $10,000s at auction and who has that sort of money to throw at the details of home furnishing.
Not a bad copy but it sort of misses the refined lines of the originals. My gripe is that the shade is white, when really I want some colour in the room and long for the diffuse red or green of the original. Once I had seen the original options there was no return to the plan post-modern clunk of the copy.
I can’t quite bring myself to like this pedestrian offering from M&S, which a number of people think might be a nice alternative, especially as it’s priced at £59. However I think that the discrete shading of the PH 3/4. So I’m still saving my dollars and scouring the auction houses… meantime my nigh-time reading is done by overhead down lighters (inherited – yuk!).
I suppose the answer is to commission some thing…. It’ll be a long time coming but you could watch this space if you want.