Happy Birthday Louis Comfort Tiffany!! Born in 1848, this American’s glasswork is still lovely to behold. Tiffany was a landscape painter, interior decorator, architect and decorative artist. He is best known, though, for his incredible glass. His designs combine texture, pattern, color and light to create beautiful stained glass. The fascination with light was taken a step further when he began to create stained glass lampshades in the late 1800s. The lamp pictured here is an example of the aesthetically balanced and pleasing forms Tiffany was able to create. Notice the irregular edge of the shade, the organic leaves (lily pads) at the base. The flowers seem to drip down in a lovely tumble.