Another design trend we see popping up everywhere from farmhouses to seaside cottages to downtown lofts is the use of subway tiles. Subway tile originated from the white porcelain tiles that were installed in the New York subway system as far back as 1904. Subway tiles are characterized by their rectangular shape and a staggered application like a brick wall. The tiles come in a wide variety of colors, materials, and even sizes although traditional subway tiles measure 3 x 6 inches. Subway tiles were quite popular in the early 1900s, and like all things vintage, subway tiles are making a roaring comeback.
The white tiling, woodwork, and walls in this kitchen lend a calm, airy feel to the space. The porcelain cord-hung shade draped over the sink area is also a nice complement to the subway tile. This fixture is similar to our Ivanhoe™ Aero Shallow Bowl Porcelain Pendant, part of our collection of American made Ivanhoe™ cord-hung pendants.
With a stacked neck design and flared, 12″ shade, the Aero comes in nine vivid porcelain colors ranging from basic black to brilliant cobalt blue or creamy jadite green. It comes with a standard black cord or you can dress it up a bit by choosing a cotton twist cord available in several colors. For even more vintage flavor, add a Nostalgic Edison Style light bulb!
For a more industrial look, check out the Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Industrial Porcelain Pendant which also comes in a variety of shiny porcelain finishes. Created from original 1930s designs, this shade follows a simple industrial style with a solid nickel socket and authentic on/off knob. Like all of our porcelain fixtures, these Ivanhoe™ lights are hand spun from commercial grade steel here at Barn Light Electric. Due to the hand-applied porcelain enamel process, slight blemishes are common and lend a unique character to each and every light!
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