The Armitage Lamp with Fern Shade in Sand

Joe & Marthe Armitage
Introducing the Armitage Lamp with Fern Shade in Sand by Joe and Marthe Armitage. Based on an original design created in 1952 by the architect Edward Armitage, this lamp encapsulates decades of family history and creative heritage. The original lamp was devised during Marthe’s time living in India with her late husband (Joe’s Grandfather). Edward would observe people making and selling furniture in the local bazaar and pretty soon, a whole range of personal items had been specially created to furnish their home. The contemporary version of this lamp is as true to the original as possible, but it's made using modern tools in London and furnished with a unique, block-printed lampshade that Marthe has designed exclusively for The New Craftsmen. Fitted with a dimmer switch and made with Black American Walnut.

International wiring is available, please enquire for further details.

This product is available in bespoke variations, please enquire for further details.

Material: Black American walnut, paper
cm: Width 73.5cm, Depth 82cm, Height 169cm
inches: Width 28.9in, Depth 32.3in, Height 66.5in
Care Instructions: Wipe timber with a damp cloth, shade can be dusted
Made To Order (8 weeks)


The timber is shaped using a mixture of handcraft and digital techniques to Joe’s specifications. The shade is made on a victorian printing press by Marthe, using a hand carved linoleum print block. Each shade is laminated by hand and then fixed onto a handmade brass shade ring. The lamp is a product of cross generational collaboration, employing the modern design skills of Joe combined with Marthe’s expertise in wallpaper design and block printing.
The Maker Joe & Marthe Armitage Multi-Disciplinary Designer - London

Design and craftsmanship spans across generations in the Armitage family. Joe has a degree in Architecture from the Welsh School of Architecture, and began making furniture whilst completing his Masters. Marthe is a wallpaper designer who has been making and selling her designs for 50 years, reproducing patterns both digitally and by hand. Drawing on their unique artistic heritage, Grandson and Grandmother have collaborated to revive and adapt the Armitage Lamp, originally designed by Marthe’s late husband, Edward Armitage (Joe’s Grandfather).