Sera Hersham-Loftus, otherwise known as the ‘Grande Madam’ of lampshades has recently launched a new collection and I’m wondering how I ever missed this lady before? Probably because she has been very busy designing (her ‘Rude’ lampshades were apparently really popular in the noughties) for the likes of Courtney Love, Kate Moss, Barbara Haluniki, Yoko Ono and Sadie Frost, to name but a few.
The new Jezabelle Collection is stunning. Seriously voluptuous. Inspired by recent commissions for the rich and famous they are all hand-made by Sera and her seamstresses (2 of whom used to be head pattern cutters for Hardy Amies in the 50’s) in her workroom in Little Venice.
The lampshades are all ‘one off’ couture pieces, the shapes may be the same but the fabrics never repeated. Sera travels to Paris to buy all the lingerie lace and finds the vintage ribbons and braids at textile auctions. The glass tear drops are from vintage chandeliers and the bases are all vintage too.
She calls them her ‘jewellery for houses’. And as you can imagine they look just as beautiful ‘off’ as ‘on’.
“Sera’s style and designs caught my eye because they are so beautiful, so boudoir, so clever and detailed! A look so exotic and from a long time gone or an old movie set! Sera’s designs fit so perfectly with my taste, complimenting, but not dictating. She is a true talent, a rock and roll rebel of design who breaks rules with her originality and depth!” – Sadie Frost.
The lampshades start from £750.