Woven Light Shades

rattan light shade by louise tucker

Pendant lights in a room, said someone once ( I think it might have been Michelle Ogundehin, the editor of Elle Decoration) are like earrings on an outfit. They can be a subtle barely there touch or they can make a big statement. This season big earrings are the thing and so I bring you these.

pren 2 by louise tucker

Rattan is having  bit of a moment as the mania for all things 70s continues but these are made from sustainably sourced maple wood and are a more grown-up and elegant product that marries traditional weaving techniques with contemporary design.

Each one is developed from a series of small scale models before the large one is created. Louise was inspired by clouds as a child and now, from her studio in Wales, is often to be found photographing shadows and examining the way the light moves.

louise press maple light

You can see more of Louise’s work on her site Louise Tucker and she is also happy to discuss creating a piece for your specific needs.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. I really do like that shade. not sure it would fit in my house but I could see that in a holiday house perhaps in the country perhaps.

  2. They are like sculptures incorporating light, lovely.
    I am sure they work as lamp shades as open ended down light

  3. The mouth at the bottom of the shade unfortunately reminds me of the pod from Alien. Also put off by the cost – £580 for rattan. I know they are handmade and there is the design cost etc but still. I have seen the Ikea Sinnerlig shade on Instagram used to excellent effect (and I think Kate has featured it in Objects of Fesign). It doesn’t look like a chrysalis and costs £40.

    1. Just checked out the Sinnerlig and it’s really nice, thanks for the tip. Much better as it has bigger gaps so more light will come through. Every time I look back at this basket here I feel I want to pull it down and put it the right way up on the floor and see what’s inside.

      1. You do have to wire it in, which is annoying and adds to the price unless you can DIY eelctrical stuff. But the ceiling rose and cord are black – and it throws a gorgeous pattern and emits a lot of light. I have one and nobody thinks it’s an Ikea job.

  4. I was waiting to see the comments of others first. I don’t like the shape of theses shades at all and I agree that they can’t emit much light.

  5. I totally agree with Tracey….don’t like this lampshade at all. It looks like a big cocoon.

  6. Hmmmm, not feeling that lampshade at all. It’s not pretty nor functional and looks like an oddly shaped upside down basket has just crash landed onto the light cable. I think it looks rather daft if I may be so bold as to say that. I could forgive this if it was actually functional, but I suspect you won’t get a lot of light coming out of there even with a 100W bulb.

    Keep on blogging Kate. Love the beautiful pics you always use.

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