Glass Shade Cutting – Cut Glass

Published on: Jan 18 2013 by DecoShades - 2 Comments

3500 years of

Glass is an extraordinary substance born of sand, alkali and fire which has served our society for more than 3500 years. From luxury items, glass has evolved into our everyday functional uses in our twentieth century civilization. We don’t have to look further than our homes as we would probably find a vast variety of ways that glass serves our everyday needs like glass bottles, jars, etc…

Decorative Glass

Glass used decoratively can take many forms. It can be made opaque or transparent, clear or colored, brittle or soft, durable or fragile. It can be molded or blown, cut, engraved, enameled or painted. In the hands of an artist, it becomes a medium that permits an almost limitless variety of techniques in the quest for a finished object of great beauty.

Cut Glass Shade

In this post I would like to highlight only one decorative technique which is . is a glass that has been decorated entirely by hand by use of rotating wheels. Cuts are made in an otherwise completely smooth surface of the glass by artisans holding and moving the piece against various sized metal or stone wheels, to produce a predetermined pleasing pattern. Cutting may be combined with other decorative techniques, but “cut glass” usually refers to a glass object that has been decorated entirely by cutting.

Cut Glass

History of Glass Cutting

Cut glass can be traced to 1,500 B.C in Egypt, where vessels of varying sizes were decorated by cuts made by what is believed to have been metal drills. Artifacts dating to the sixth century B.C. indicate that the Romans, Assyrians and Babylonians all had mastered the art of decoration by cutting. Ever so slowly glass cutting moved to Constantinople, thence to Venice, and by the end of the sixteenth century, to Prague. Apparently the art did not spread to the British Isles until the early part of the eighteenth century.

Our Cut Glasses

In 1989, when our company was formed our basic activity was glass cutting then we specialized in glass shade cutting and started to manufacture antique reproduction glass light shades. Now it is all history and we are very proud that today, we are one of the leading suppliers of antique reproduction glass shades.

Handblown Cut Glass Shade

Our glass lamp shade portfolio represents hundreds of different glass shades from tulip shades, to globe shades, opal shades, bankers shades and flambeau shades to name a few. Our glass shades can be found in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours in contemporary, antique and styles.

We are kindly invite you to our through our videos where we cut our glass shades.

Deco Shades on Instagram

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Personally, I have been using for a long time but a few weeks ago I decided to create a account to publish our handcrafted lights and shades.

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Crystal Chandelier

Brass Chandelier

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We are back!

Published on: Jan 17 2013 by DecoShades - Leave a Comment

Sorry for not posting for a long time but we were very busy in the last few weeks.

I promise that I’ll try to post more often this year :)


Deco Shades on YouTube

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We have created a short video about some of our projects.

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Charming confectionery in classic style

Published on: Oct 27 2012 by DecoShades - 1 Comment


We have been working for years with the Szamos family who are well-known for their delicious specialities. Szamos Marzipan can be found all over Hungary in cake and candy shops. The firm makes elaborate toy figurines, fruits and other edible decorations using the famed almond paste. The family also operates some of the best confectioneries of Budapest.

Delicious cake at Szamos Marcipán

Today, I would like to write about the Royal which is situated in the Great Boulevard of Pest, in Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal. Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal is the winner of the Travelers Choice Award in 2009. as the Best Luxury Hotel and the Best Hotel in the 25 top cities. The 110 year old building is a remarkable palace of the Grand Boulevard, hosting the largest luxury hotel of the city.

Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal


The Szamos Royal Café confectionery is an elegant meeting point at a busy part of the city, offering a quiet and luxurious environment for both private and business meetings. This is also a perfect place for awaiting visitors of concerts, theatre and opera performances nearby.

Handcrafted chandelier

Royal Café Budapest, Hungary

We are proud that our classic period-authentic handmade chandeliers and wall brackets illuminate this charming place.

Brass chandelier with handblown cut glass shades

Brass chandelier at Royal Café

The Royal Café in Budapest

Lighting of the Royal Café

Classic wall light by Deco Shades

Szamos Marzipan official website
Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Art Deco style

Published on: Oct 22 2012 by DecoShades - 2 Comments

is a period style that began in Paris, France in the early years of the 20th century. However, Art Deco style started to became widespread and popular only two decades later after the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts (Official French name: Exposition Internationale des Industriels et Modernes) Words’s fair held in Paris, France in 1925. After the World’s fair in Paris, Art Deco spread globally throughout the 1930s and became a leading design style in , interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry. Moreover, Art Deco also influenced visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. Art Deco style dominated internationally until the outbreak of World War ll. The term Art Deco was not used until the late 1960s when the British art critic and historian, Bevis Hillier derived it by shortening the words Arts Décoratifs, the title of the Word’s fair held in Paris.

 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts posterThe poster of the World’s fair held in Paris in 1925

Art Deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. The linear symmetry of Art Deco was a distinct farewell from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of Art Nouveau which was the predecessor style of Art Deco. Art Deco was influenced by different styles of the early 20th century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism and futurism. Surprisingly, Art Deco which is a style that looks ultramodern drew inspiration from the ancient Egypt. King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in the 1920′s and it was full of bold colors, zig-zag architectural features and stark lines that appealed to Americans who loved the eclectic look. Art, architecture, jewelry and fashion were all heavily influenced by the bold colors and sharp lines of the Art Deco movement. Thanks to the technological improvements that spread mass production, everyone could live in the Art Deco style. It was not just for the elite.

Paris Exposition, 1925. La Maitrise pavilionParis Exposition, 1925. La Maitrise pavilion

Architectural examples of Art Deco style can be found in different locations worldwide from China to Colombia, from the United States to India. The largest and best-known architectural examples of Art Deco are the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Famous Art Deco buildings: the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State BuildingFamous Art Deco buildings: the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building

The characteristics of the style include geometric and angular shapes, chrome, , shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles. Images of skyscrapers, cruise liners, cars and airplanes often appear. Natural motives like shells, flowers and sunrises are also popular traits of the style.

Art Deco poster with typical motives of the style

Famous names connecting to the Art Deco style:

  • Eileen Gray – furniture
  • Raymond Templier - jewelry
  • Clarice Cliff – china
  • René Lalique – glass and jewelry

Notable events during the style

  • 1912 RMS Titanic sails
  • 1922 Tutankhamun’s tomb is discovered
  • 1922 Ulysses by James Joyce is published
  • 1931 Empire State Building is completed
  • Film stars – Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
  • The charleston and tango are the latest dance crazes, jazz is born

Lights featuring female figures holding the ball of the lamp are typical and good reproductions abound. Also look for chrome, a brand new material at the time, and glass. Glass would have been etched, sandblasted or enamelled rather than coloured.

Check out our period-authentic Art Deco glass shades!

A typical Art Deco glass shadeThe flambeau or Empire torch shade is a typical Art Deco glass shade. We are offering period-authentic, handmade Art Deco flambeau glass shades. Buy it safely and comfortably from our webshop.

Deco Shades on Flickr

Published on: Oct 21 2012 by DecoShades - Leave a Comment

We have created a Flickr account and uploaded some of our precious classic lights and shades to the famous photo sharing site.

Which one is your favorite? :)

Brass table lamp in classic style made by Deco Shades

This classic table lamp is made of brass by our skilled craftsmen in our . You can see more details by clicking here.

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Official blog of Deco Shades just launched!

Published on: Oct 20 2012 by DecoShades - 2 Comments

Welcome to the blog!

We have decided to start blogging where you will have the chance to get to know us better. It won’t be strictly a company blog but we would like to post about interesting topics regarding , shades, , or on an issue that we found interesting.

Deco Shades - Handcrafted lighting and Replacement glass shades

Deco Shades

If you don’t know us yet, I would like to introduce ourselves:

We are a family owned business established more than two decades ago in Hungary. We are specialized in manufacturing handcrafted lights and  in classic, contemporary and Art Deco styles.
We are truly proud that since our establishment we could work with some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, restaurants, confectioneries, buildings under preservations and private villas.

Our aim is to create a community here with the same interest.

We are happy to hear your opinion about our blog :)



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