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The Mid-Century Lamps of a Singaporean Jewellery Designer

By Renée Batchelor

 
Mid-Century Italian Murano Glass Chandelier

“I purchased this mid-century, Italian Murano glass chandelier from Degiosart Gallery, which is a friend’s business that is also located on Eng Hoon Street. This is a gorgeous piece — the cross section of each cylinder is a motif.”

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Art Deco Bauble Chandelier

“This Art Deco bauble chandelier hangs above the front entrance of my atelier and it was a gift from my sister-in-law. The baubles remind me of beautiful bubbles floating together in the wind.”

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Vintage Bauhaus Lamp

“This German lamp is from the Bauhaus period, and I bought it from Aphorism, an antique shop in Singapore. I love how this vintage piece is a single flowing dome and has clean lines.”

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Scandinavian Organic Wall Light

“This 1950s Scandinavian vintage wall light has beautiful organic radial and triangular patterns. This was a gift from the lead designer and founder of Parable Studio, the interior design firm that helped to create my atelier.”

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Vintage Brass Table Lamp

“This German lamp reminds me of a helmet because of its shape and colour. It is a lovely piece which sets the mood without a lot of light.”

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Italian “Angel-Wing” Sconce Lights

“I purchased this pair of cornucopia-shaped sconce lights from Vistosi, an Italian light-maker based in Murano, Italy. The symmetrical pair are like angels’ wings, shining with a glorious light.”

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Emily Tan began her design career working on bespoke shoes and costume jewellery for brands like Jimmy Choo and Marni, before entering the world of fine bespoke jewellery. By 2018, the graduate of the Gemological Institute of America had launched Calla Lily Fine Jewellers, which focuses on whimsical designs created with coloured gemstones. “My fascination with jewellery started very early – I would make friendship bands for friends in school. When I went into jewellery as a career, there was a desire to make my pieces more distinct and long-lasting, so I gravitated towards precious gemstones,” she says.

Tan also began collecting vintage lamps to help decorate her atelier in Tiong Bahru. The lamps were sourced from antique shops in Singapore and lighting manufacturers overseas, while a few were gifted to Tan. “I started collecting vintage lamps and chandeliers because I love how they create a mood in a space and how the light reflects off a wall onto my sketches. It’s inspiring to work in an atelier with fittings from another era, especially Art Deco and Bauhaus-themed lamps from the early to mid-1900s,” says Tan.

Illustrations by Kimberley Batchelor