Newport Lamp & Shade Newsletter

The Story Behind Porphyry
New to the shop this week are striking Porphyry Lampshades we had made from a wallpaper pattern designed by Miles Redd exclusively for Schumacher. In keeping with the theme, I thought it might be worth researching what exactly porphyry is - and taking a closer look at the origins behind the term and how it is used in design today. I hope you enjoy this quick read - and please browse the new designs on our website - or better yet come and visit us in person.

The following information was borrowed from wikipedia,, with images from and

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Silhouettes: A Brief History and Decorating Ideas
Next Saturday, October 8th we are very excited to bring you something other than lamps and shades. Nationally recognized silhouette artist, Deborah O'Connor, will be here at the shop to cut profiles from life. The original silhouettes of an individual or group will be cut live,...
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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace In light of the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, I, like many, have spent time reading about about the Royal Family. Their history and traditions, and, not surprisingly, their houses. During my casual research I came across a...
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Fermoie Lampshades: Everything You Need to Know

What is Fermoie? 

Fermoie is a textile company founded in 2012 by Tom Helme and Martin Ephson. (Two names that are well known in the design industry - Helme and Ephson are the creative minds behind the success of paint and wallpaper company Farrow & Ball.)  In addition to textiles, Fermoie offers a range of lighting, cushions and of course - a wonderful range of incredible lampshades. 

What makes Fermoie so special? 

All of the patterns and colorations at Fermoie are created in-house by their very own design team, making them exclusive to Fermoie.  In addition, the fabrics are printed in-house, ensuring precision and quality, using rotary screens. Employing this technique results in a richer, more textural impression that is not seen with digitally printed fabrics.

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Lampshades 101 : Back to Basics

What is the right size for my lampshade? 

A good rule of thumb is that the lampshade should be approximately twice the width of the lamp and about 1/3 the height. This is just a suggestion. We are big believers in the "it just looks right" method. 

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