While wandering around Jaipur last year we clocked a pile of
glass apothecary jugs in a chemist which - though pretty dusty -
were stunning examples of brilliant old school Indian
glass-blowing. We thought they'd make gorgeous lamps.
Cue running around various workshops, loads of dead-ends, some
choice encounters with friendly "gurus" and several gallons of
chai. Finally we found a braided flex - the standard plastic-coated
options were just not as nice - and a matt bronze-finish bulb
fitting. We at last had a prototype lamp to show our glass-blowing
friends up the road. They loved it and a few days later our first
Apothecary was born.
We also magicked up some
other lovely new glass and burnished metal lamps while we were
there. But it was the journey of making the
Apothecary that will stay in the memory.
Charlie & the Loafers x