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Through the centuries, the lamp has evolved from a simple source of illumination to an art form. Contemporary lighting ranges from a minor compliment to the defining moment or focal image of a room. Unique needs require unique design and craftsmanship. That is Stubenrauch Design's intention.

Our lamps feature simple cylinder and block bases and clean yet classic shade silhouettes. Our principal material is pure copper finished in the exclusive "Earth Burial" method to create a rich, multi-hued patina. Our lamps, as well as our accessories, balance the natural again process of time and the clean yet graceful contemporary form. In short, the old and the natural in harmony with the crafted and contemporary.

The Process
The process involves many crafts--woodworking, coppersmithing, casting and firing, and the "Earth Burial" patina process. Our work also involves careful selection of materials--matching colors and patina patterns of each copper piece to achieve a striking yet harmonious visual effect. That involves much time and judgment.

The "secret" to the Joseph Franklin Copper Lampshade and Stubenrauch Design decor products is the exceptional finishes we produce using techniques we have developed over a decade of experimentation. We call this technique the "Earth Burial" method as we feel it best mimics the natural aging process of time, not duplicated anywhere else on this planet, except maybe on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Truly a joy to behold, they age exquisitely like fine wine.

Our Shades
Yes! We do sell copper lamp shades. In fact, we sell thousands of them every year and ship all over the world. Each of our copper shades is handcrafted and made to your specifications, including small shades for chandeliers and larger ones for floor lamps.

Even though we feature a number of lamp designs, many clients have found the perfect solution for a "problem" lamp. You may have the perfect base, but the shade doesn't "work." One client had a relatively simples ceramic base painted in a mottled gray-- simples, unassuming, quiet and the perfect shape for the room. Replacing the shade--off-white, pleated, predictable--with just the right size, silhouette and patina (in this case, a buried blue), transformed a "relic" into that "defining moment" we mentioned early in these notes.

Pure copper sheets, five mil heavy, undergo a variety of controlled "Earth Burial" processes--each creating a unique patina and color. Not only is the copper and construction substantial, the finish is durable. Just like the raku ceramics process, nature intrudes, defining the process and product. That's what we hope for! It amazes us each time we see sheets of pure, lustrous, machined copper transformed. Magic!

Because each piece is unique, expect slight variations in color and patina pattern, i.e. no two "Rojo's" are alike. Also expect each artifact to be packed and shipped with the utmost care. Speaking of care, just simple light waxing now and then will maintain the patina nicely.

Our Guarantee
We offer a complete no risk guarantee because we want you to be satisfied and happy with your purchase. Our products are designed to last for many years.

Professional Service
We have worked with numerous architects and interior designers to develop specially crafted products for professional projects. We are happy to work with professionals and can provide actual material samples. Just call!

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