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Wood and Glass Lamps

SML Studio lamps are one of a kind pieces that combine fine joinery methods, shaping, carving, and stained glass. Every individual lamp pursues its own style of lighting, from full lustrous lamps, sweetly colored mood lighting, to soft comfort lamps. Explore the lamps below to see what the studio has been creating lately. 

Blaue

Even with vibrant blue and pink colors, this lamp provides bright white light. The base is douglas fir, a piece cut from a centuries-old structural beam. 

Materials: Douglas fir (wood), three G8 lightbulbs totalling 60 watt LED equivalent, wood finished with shellac.

Dimensions with base: 9.25H  x 8.5L x 2.5D

Dimensions of glass shade: 6H x 6L x 2D

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Lift,Drift

Developing the Rhymes with Cherry design using a more free flowing glass pattern reflecting gusts of loose foliage. The green hues were chosen to bring colors of rainy and mossy spring days. This lamp is bright, but also great for moody rainy afternoons and evening light. The wooden base is all wood joinery. This design is a great show piece whether turned on or off. 2024

Materials: Eucalyptus Grandis (wood), three G8 lightbulbs totalling 60 watt LED equivalent, wood finished with shellac.

Dimensions with base: 8.5H  x 8L x 2.5D

Dimensions of glass shade: 7.25H x 7L x 2D

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Rhymes with Cherry

Inspired by homogenous and simplistic forms and developing repetitious patterns using subtle variations, while creating an easily and freely connecting wood and glass structures. While the lamp is only 2 inches deep, it is sturdy and the ash base connects easily to the glass shade by a simple joint cut into the wood. Produces excellent vibrant light to relax, read by, or just to enjoy the sweetly colored pattern. This design is a great show piece whether turned on or off. 2024 

Materials: Ash, two G8 lightbulbs, ash finished with shellac.

Dimensions: 7.5H x 7L x 2D 

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Red White

This lamp is wired so that each color can be controlled separately. Produces warm light with white, red and pink hues. The white glass underneath each glass cube makes this lamp quite luminous and makes an excellent reading lamp while also setting a low-key mood.

Materials:

Red oak, red and white stained glass, joined with copper foil technique; three G8 sockets with 20W LED bulbs, two brass toggle switches.

Dimensions:

15H x 7W x 5D

-2023- 

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Floral Windows in Red

This lamp is intended as a wall mounted fixture, and has a cleat built into the back of the case that joins with an opposite cleat mounted easily on any wall. Floral Windows in Red has opalescent red, pink and white glass that provide a full warm and soft lighting for any space on its highest setting, or a subtle glow when set dim. Features a three brightness level touch sensor that is recessed into the cherry frame. 2024

Materials:

Black Cherry, stained glass, E11 light sockets, 40W equivalent LED bulbs, 3 way touch sensor

Dimensions: 15L x 6H x 3.5D

Carousel 

The Carousel Lamp provides full lustrous light and is made up of around 350 individual pieces of glass, all of them uniquely made and shaped by hand. The glass lamp shade rotates around the base freely so the pictures can be adjusted easily at any time. The base features a relief carving that wraps around to the back of the lamp, 

-2023- SOLD

Materials: Sugar Maple, stained glass, e11 light socket (LED)

Dimensions: 12.5H x 8.5W x8.5D

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Passage 

The carvings are a celebration of air, wind, sunlight, and how they affect growth of the natural world around us. The Passage lamp is all wood, its construction appears more simple than it actually is.

-2023-

Materials: Bigleaf maple, G8 light socket

Dimensions:

11H x 4.5W x 3.75D

While Chicago and midwest forests are populated by sugar, red, silver, and norway maple trees, the Pacific Northwest has bigleaf maple, which is the largest species of maple in the world. Bigleaf maple is classified as a "soft maple," and its lower density makes for an excellent carving wood. 

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Fraxinus et Solis

Green ash leaf, stained and clear glass, walnut frame, pine base, e11 socket. The frame is all wood joinery and the joints are not fixed (glued), so the frame comes apart and the leaf can be replaced if ever desired.

-2022- SOLD

Ash is a common parkway tree in Chicago. At one point Green and white ash trees accounted for around 20% of our urban forest. Due to the emerald ash borer the population has dwindled, and the city of Chicago along with many other cities, no longer plant ash trees. This lamp exists as a memorial to these ash trees, and hope that our current methods to protect the existing ash trees will protect the living population into the future.

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Fern Lamp

Stained glass, raw maple base, polycarbonate planter. The planter has drainage and is removable for watering.  -2020- SOLD

The fern lamp began as a simple idea, could a plant live inside the same structure as a light fixture and thrive. 

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Honey Lamp

The honey lamp produces a full light with a warm yellow glow. The glass shade and wooden base join together freely and the lightbulb can be accessed easily. The wire leading to the socket runs down inside a channel grooved into the base.

-2021-SOLD

Materials: Opalescent yellow and white stained glass, wood joined sugar maple base, E17 light socket, LED only.

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Fraxinus II

Green ash leaf, ash base, walnut frame, stained glass structure, e11 light socket. The second version of an ash leaf lamp, the bulb housed inside the ash base, shines both through the stained glass structure and above the create a subtle glow around the ash leaf. Cozy and beautiful. 

-2023-SOLD

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Pink/Aqua

Fully hand carved base and was created without the use of a lathe. Easy elegant light that fills a room with warmly soft hues of subtle pink and green. 2023

Materials: Sugar maple, G8 lightbulb, finished with shellac and wax

Dimensions: 15H x 7W (shade width) x 5D

Sugar maple, acer saccharum, is a tree that is planted all over the world. It is famously known as a primary source of maple syrup, along with its close relative black maple. As part of its natural range in the Northeast and Midwest, sugar maple is native to the Chicago region. And while maple syrup is certainly not harvested from city trees, their life in the city crates a grand presence that illuminate the city in Autumn with their yellow, red and orange foliage.

Equinox Lamp

Stained glass, quarter sawn, carved white oak base, e11 light socket. The Equinox Lamp casts warm light through its sunny orange and yellow glass. Perfect for complimentary lighting in a living room, or a reading lamp to relax by. Provides a beautiful feeling of warmth. SOLD

-2023- 

The white oak family is widespread with various species throughout the world. The Chicago urban forest has a diverse population of white oaks, including swamp white oak, bur oak, shingle oak, and chinquapin oak. 

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Two Moons

Stained glass, maple base, e12 (candelabra) socket. Inspired by a dream, this lamp produces a warm glow from the glass sculpture on top, while casting a subtle red glow from below the base. 

-2021-SOLD

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Howl

Red maple leaf, sapele frame, birdseye maple background, pine base, e11 socket.  As with all of the leaf frames the frame's joinery is not glued so the leaf can be replaced. 

-2022- SOLD

Red maple is one of the most outstanding trees to witness in both the Fall and Spring. It's Autumn foliage and Spring flowers have a bright red color that jump out in any environment. A common parkway tree in Chicago, this particular red maple leaf shows the early Autumn transition from green to bright red.

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Shedua Nightlight

Shedua, ebony, stained glass, e11 light socket. This lamp creates a mystifying glow from above and below the base. Casts subtle red's, oranges and purples, perfect light for relaxation and sleeping. -2022-

Shedua, also known as ovangkol, is a tropical tree native to Western Africa. Shedua is in the fabaceae family of plants, or the legume family that are distinctive for their hanging seed pods. Shedua has a few Chicago relatives including highly populated parkway trees: black locust, honey locust, and Kentucky coffee tree. 

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Yellow/Blue
Nightlight 

Bigleaf maple base, stained glass, G8 light socket. Yellow/Blue casts both  wonderful accompanying light, and is perfect as a relaxing nightlight. The head of the lamp can be reversed, to change the orientation of the yellow and blue glass on opposing sides. 

-2023-

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Three Sunrises

Stained glass, black locust base, e12 (candelabra) light socket. This lamp was a tribute to a nest of 3 newborn peregrine falcons located at the building complex where SML Studio is located.

-2022- 

Black locust is considered a highly invasive species in North America. In Chicago, those who visit streets lined with black locust in early Spring are treated to a grand sight of their white blossoming flowers hanging with their new foliage. Black locust is not a popular furniture wood, it's yellow green tint and high density are likely what make it less desirable for most makers. However as foresters attempt to replace these invasive trees, the lumber they yield is beautiful and highly useful.

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