Stone and Sawyer Lamps
What if you could turn a sculpture into a functioning object? This is the question that founders and artists Julian Peploe and David Ryan asked when embarking on their line of table-top lamps called Stone and Sawyer. They wanted to bring this artistic sense to functional objects by hand-crafting each base from wood and clay. And the result is an absolutely beautiful line of table-top lamps that are all handcrafted in Upstate New York, and draw influence from 20th century design, as well as traditional American craft.
I first saw these wonderful pieces at ICFF, and they definitely stood out for their sleek shape, and their lovely materiality. But upon further investigation, I found out the intricate artisanship that is behind the Stone & Sawyer brand and am now fully hooked!
Being artists, the craft and design is of the utmost importance for Peploe and Ryan, which is why they work with only locally sourced materials, and local craftspeople who have been honing their techniques for generations. Be still my beating heart! The bases are handcrafted from stoneware clay, and have a number of customizable finishes and glazes. The 100% linen shades are hand sewn, and the brass fittings and wood details are all carefully crafted in house. No detail is left untouched, which results in the beautifully sleek designs that provide light and warmth with their lovely forms.
The Stone & Sawyer Shop in Delhi, NY is also not to be missed! In fact, a visit upstate this Autumn puts a visit to this shop on the top of my must-do list! With a collection of home goods made by local artisans, quilters, candlemakers, weavers, and many many more, there is so much to discover here. Finely curated to create a seamless collection of distinct, yet simpatico designs, Stone and Sawyer is going above and beyond to protect and promote the craft of the region.
I love the subtle pallet of the materials, along with the sleek, but warm shapes. I could find a place for one of these pieces in every room of my house! And the fact that they are supporting local economy with their practices and materials makes it even better. Commitment to craft shouldn’t compromise design, and Stone and Sawyer proves that you really can bring together American heritage craft with high end, modern design.