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Building Today, Volume 1 Number 2 (January 1937)

Design of Fittings

Design of Fittings.

The purchase of lighting fittings should be undertaken with the object of obtaining lighting effects plus artistic appearance. A lighting fitting should, in the first place, conform to the needs of adequate illumination, and its uses as a distributor of light must not be subordinate to appearance. Since the recognition that utility and beauty is a lighting ideal easily obtainable, linking up the furnishing and decoration of a room with its illumination has become a well established principle. Shades, which in the first place serve to hide the lamp from view and prevent glare, can be made to strike an added note of beauty in a room already harmoniously conceived. A colour scheme in curtains, furniture covers and wallpaper may be given the final touch by a shade to tone and blend with the rest of the room or strike some happy note of contrast.