Living light and shadows in Sextantio hotel, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy.

Living light

“Invented around 400AD, for 1400 years candles were the most usual form of artificial light.

When gaslight and electricity arrived they increased lighting level twentyfold, eradicating shadow forever.

Candles are our allies, bringing magical light into darkness. They have a remarkable effect on a room, by day or night, creating ever-shifting patterns of light and shadow.

Famously flattering, they mix well with modern lighting especially when this is dimmed, and have a hypnotic, soothing quality that encourages us to rest and meditate.”

From the book Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford.

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