Restoring antiquities to their former glory requires a keen aesthetic sense, sharp technical know-how, and, if the antiquity plans on hosting Strictly Come Dancing, a brand new tuxedo and a subtle, almost imperceptible catch-phrase. Lighting up your pad with restored old stuff: SkinFlint Design.
Skin's the work of an adventurous Cornwall two-some who reclaim vintage 20th c. lighting (up to the 1960s) from sources as varied as Eastern Bloc factories, Victorian hospitals, and aircraft carriers, then restore and rewire them to take modern bulbs -- tricky, as oldsters tend to protest when asked if they mind a bayonet shoved inside them. Updated weekly, the collection includes
English Table Lamp: Converted from a 1960s "Infradette" model heat lamp made by Manchester company Pifco, it comes with a quarter-meter rippled-chrome shade and a braided cable, a somewhat obnoxious souvenir from a recent vacation to the Dominican Republic
Brass Bulkheads: Dated "1933", these chunky, wall-mounted industrial numbers sport clear glass lenses with a brass protection cage, and were salvaged from a decommissioned US Navy cargo ship once stationed in India, right when it was getting Mahat in Herre.
German Station Light: These huge (70cm) black-domed affairs were reclaimed from a 1930s German rail station, and can either hang from the ceiling or rest on a table -- put it in the kitchen to ensure DINNER WILL BE ON TIME!
Flint also operates a bespoke service, coming into your home to jazz up/refit your current lighting setup or create whole new lamps from oddball parts; Play Your Cards Right, and they'll even hunt down a specific retro-fixture for you, so you'll have a custom light under which to tell guests "Nice to see you, to see you, nice".