Vintage Lighting From The Gifted Few
The Gifted Few are, in their own fine words, “purveyors of authentic vintage and industrial lighting, furniture and accessories”. We’ve been eagerly following their progress for a while via twitter and felt it was high time we wrote about them. The company’s title was inspired by a quote from visionary 20th century designer Charles Eames, who once stated, “I don’t believe in this ‘gifted few’ concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is.” Well, The Gifted Few are really, really interested in what they’re doing and they’re getting really rather good at it.
The Gifted Few are passionate about industrial heritage and stock a variety of functional factory lights. New to their range, however, is this stylish collection of reproduction vintage light bulbs, which perfectly complement both vintage originals and contemporary fittings.
Retro industrial style Edison filament bulbs, from £8.99 each, The Gifted Few
Available in 5 different styles, the bulbs have been carefully crafted to replicate the style and warm glow of early 20th century lightbulbs. Each bulb is available as either 40 or 60 watt and has an expected lifespan of 3,500 hours.
So, which is your favourite style? From the ferrowatt squirrel cage to the radio valve spiral, each has a wonderfully evocative name and glows in its own distinctive way.
We also wanted to share with you this unusual elliptical factory shade, which we spotted among The Gifted Few’s current collection of vintage industrial lighting. Manufactured by Benjamin in the mid 1930s, these lights, with their distinctive swirling shape, were designed to illuminate the production line in car production plants. Today, the angling of the shade makes this lamp the perfect solution for lighting a favourite piece of artwork or living area. And the smart racing green enamel shade will suit most interiors.
Large vintage industrial Benjamin elliptical factory pendant lamp, £139.99, The Gifted Few
If you enjoyed our featured on The Gifted Few, make time to explore the rest of their collection. For yet more industrial lighting inspiration, be sure to visit our dedicated Lighting section and head over to Pinterest too!
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