Our Hood pendant has been a customer favorite since it launched last November. We believe a big part of the Hood’s appeal is the ability to dramatically change its look just by changing the size of the shade, adding a wire net, or changing the finish. It is a true chameleon of a fixture. That’s why were so excited to add another great shade to work with the Hood: we call it a cylindrical globe.
I saw this test tube shaped shade when we were visiting a Seattle restaurant named Bastille Café and Bar; a great French bistro that utilizes salvaged material really well throughout the space. They have a row of fixtures with these long cylindrical shades above the bar. The look is dramatic and unusual; we loved it right away.
Not long after that, I was back visiting our opal glass supplier in West Virginia. This is one of my favorite places to go, mainly because of the great family that owns the shop, but also because it’s like a museum filled with glass molds from glass factories no longer in existence. I showed the owner the picture of the shade from Bastille, and he quickly dove into his files and pulled out an old catalogue which had the exact shade we were looking for; they had bought the molds many years ago when the original makers went out of business. We are so fortunate to have such great partners.
We will carry the shade in both opal and clear glass. Here we show the Hood with the clear glass shade, and we added our new Plumen compact fluorescent bulb. We love the fact that the Plumen is not only great looking, but energy efficient as well.