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Abigail Ahern lamps gleefully rock a little granny style

October 8, 2010 | 11:07 am

I’m calling this one Granny Fab. London designer Abigail Ahern has just introduced a new line of lighting that looks like it came from Grandma’s attic, then got sent to the beauty parlor for primping.

Abigail-Ahern-poodle-blackMade in England from glazed earthenware, the collection of lamps is all about the juxtaposition of the “teeny-tiny frou-frou shades made in Paris from the finest taffeta with our rather butch-looking collection of animals,” Ahern says. “They instantly make me smile.”

A greyhound, poodle, bulldog and pelican make up the menagerie. Though Ahern's website lists single prices for complete lamps, the designer said customers actually can order separate lamp bases ($190­ to $340 each) and shades ($65 to $78).

Ahern -- stylist, designer and author of “A Girl’s Guide to Decorating” -- is known for her offbeat, elegant wallpaper, furniture and accessories. When it came to this collection, she says she wanted to bring some humor to the world of table lamps.

“I wanted to bring a tongue-in-cheek twist to lighting, which in my humble opinion, often feels a little bland.”

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The greyhound, with a wee frilly shade. Good sit!


The poodle, dressed in a taupe coat and a lovely black choker.


Ahern's pelican lamp in gray. See more of the designer's work at Atelier Abigail Ahern.

-- Alexandria Abramian Mott

Photo credits: Atelier Abigail Ahern