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Greatest Hits 2023: Trend Alert: The Draped-Cloth Light Fixture

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Greatest Hits 2023: Trend Alert: The Draped-Cloth Light Fixture

December 28, 2023

Mark our words: We’re about to see a slew of cloth fixtures all over the house—often very casually draped.

Here are a few favorites we’ve noticed lately:

the first sighting? hanging above a rustic dinner table at little mill abergave 17
Above: The first sighting? Hanging above a rustic dinner table at Little Mill Abergavenny in Wales. (“Admiring the linen napkin hanging light?” Margot wrote in our original feature. “We are, too. Hayley found it in an old haberdashery, a sewing shop, in Marseille and says it’s attracted so much interest, she’s begun making her own and plans to start selling them soon.”) See more in Little Mill Abergavenny: A Once-Upon-a-Time Holiday Cottage in Wales.
we spotted the veil square pendant light by ladies and gentlemen studio via our 18
Above: We spotted the Veil Square Pendant Light by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio via our friend Sean Santiago’s Instagram (here) and promptly fell in love. It’s made from cloth draped delicately over “an elemental wooded framework” and “designed for embracing moments of ephemeral presence.” Photograph by Sebastian Stadler via Ladies and Gentlemen Studio.
in his kitchen in charlotte, north carolina, renowned stylist scott newkirk dra 19
Above: In his kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina, renowned stylist Scott Newkirk draped a task lamp casually with burlap. Photograph by Chris Edwards, courtesy of Scott Newkirk, from A Visit with Renowned Stylist Scott Newkirk, at His New Place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
we recently covered the delicate cloth pendants by chamusquina; see “lig 20
Above: We recently covered the delicate cloth pendants by Chamusquina; see “Light Filtered by Fabric”: Ethereal, Eco-Minded Lights by a Small Workshop in Spain.
beauvamp studio offers whimsical, colorful versions:  d is the red and beige ti 21
Above: Beauvamp Studio offers whimsical, colorful versions: Pictured is the Red and Beige Tiffany Stripe Ruffle Lampshade.
and spotted via vintage shop broyt, what just might be the original cloth light 22
Above: And spotted via vintage shop Broyt, what just might be the original cloth light: the Ruffle and Pleat Pendant by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, made in Sweden. This particular one has been sold, but others can be found via online vintage dealers like 1st Dibs and Chairish.
another draped cloth fixture at little mill abergavenny. 23
Above: Another draped-cloth fixture at Little Mill Abergavenny.
and the william morris willow boughs tiffany ruffle lampshade, also from beauva 24
Above: And the William Morris Willow Boughs Tiffany Ruffle Lampshade, also from Beauvamp Studio.
the cotton linen handmade pendant light is gently gathered; it&#8\2\17;s av 25
Above: The Cotton Linen Handmade Pendant Light is gently gathered; it’s available in two shades of off white from BVM Home.
and a slightly more structured variation: the anders light medium from pinch de 26
Above: And a slightly more structured variation: the Anders Light Medium from Pinch Design, “sculpted from layers of fiber derived from the banana plant family, draped and stitched around the central bronze bulb fixing.”

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N.B.: This story originally ran on April 19, 2023, and has been updated.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a draped cloth light fixture?

A draped cloth light fixture is a light fixture made of a piece of cloth or fabric that is draped over an existing light fixture. The fabric creates a soft, diffused light effect and adds visual interest to any room.

What types of cloth or fabric are best for draped cloth light fixtures?

Lightweight, semi-transparent fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk work best for draped cloth light fixtures. These fabrics allow for a soft, diffused light effect that is perfect for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in any room.

Can I make a DIY draped cloth light fixture?

Yes, making a DIY draped cloth light fixture is relatively easy and can be a fun weekend project. All you need is a piece of fabric, some wire, and an existing light fixture. Simply drape the fabric over the light fixture and secure it in place with wire. You can also add beads or other decorative accents to the fabric to make it more visually interesting.

What types of rooms are best for draped cloth light fixtures?

Draped cloth light fixtures work well in any room that needs a soft and cozy lighting effect. They are often used in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. However, they can be used in any room where you want to create a relaxing and comfortable vibe.

Are there any downsides to using a draped cloth light fixture?

One potential downside to using a draped cloth light fixture is that it may not provide enough light for some tasks such as reading or cooking. However, these fixtures can be paired with other types of lighting such as table lamps or track lighting to create a more functional lighting scheme. Additionally, the fabric used in the fixture may need to be cleaned or replaced over time if it becomes stained or damaged.

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