Our little cottage in Stonington has been revised and reconfigured and redesigned repeatedly since it was first built in the early 1900s. As a result of all of the renovation work, we think there’s only one original fixture still in the house — the ceiling light in the guest room. We’re determined to keep it as the one interior connection to the original design of the place.
It wasn’t a hard decision, because it’s a nifty little pink glass piece that has a distinctly old-fashioned, cottagey vibe to it. But what I particularly like is the design. Unlike modern overhead lights, which require you to stand, aching arms stretched directly overhead, and loosen multiple screws and then remove a glass fitting to get to the light bulb, this design is open. Remove one of the anchors, tilt the pink glass section down, and voila! You can easily change the light bulb or, more frequently, remove the inevitable collection of fly carcasses that you’re always going to find in a summer cottage.
It’s as if the light fixture design was based on the practical realities of where the light fixture would be and how it would be used, and took into consideration making it easier and simpler for the user to do the basics like changing a bulb. What a concept!