The word “sconce” comes from the Latin absconsus via the French esconce, which means a covering or protection – or something that is covered and protected. It’s also a kind of fortification from the Middle Ages, a protective “hill” which offered defense for artillery units.
Obviously, we don’t deal with earthwork castle fortifications. We deal with lighting, and a sconce is a light fitting that uses only the wall for support – it doesn’t have a base on the floor. They are used for functional and decorative purposes, and here are some of our favourites from the online store:
Nordlux Vanila Black Wall Spotlight
This curved spotlight from Scandinavian minimalists Nordlux is made from metal, which only makes it a little more like something you might find on the Nostromo from the Alien movie.
Astro Lighting Azumi White Wall Light with a Reading Light
On the one hand, the Azumi is a classically-styled wall light from the renowned Astro Lighting, but it also features a flexible LED reading light as a hidden bonus.
These spherical laser-eteched Artemide wall lights are designed by Michele de Lucchi, and come in four sizes: 140mm, 250mm, 350mm, and 420mm.
Manerbio Walnut up- and down-light
With its walnut finish, the rectangular Manerbio blends into its surroundings, like a tiny shelf, perhaps a vantage point for an intrepid Borrower. But it’s actually a stylish uplight and a downlight!
[note: this product has been discontinued]
Artemide Miconos Glass & Chrome Wall Light – exposed bulb
Exposed bulbs are so hot in lighting design right now, and Ernesto Gismondi’s Miconos lamp, for Artemide, is ahead of the curve with its clear blown glass diffuser.