For a business that serves military enthusiasts, vintage lighting brings the perfect touch of history and style to a space. Brady Miller, owner of Monkey Depot in Mesa, Arizona, searched high and low for vintage lighting for his brick-and-mortar showroom but quickly became frustrated.
“The challenges of finding the right ones, finding enough of them, and then the hassle of re-wiring and bringing them up to current code and specs were wearing me down,” Brady explains. In his search for some of the vintage maker names such as Benjamin™ and Ivanhoe™, Brady stumbled upon Barn Light Electric and realized he could get the vintage quality and look without the hassle.
“We really wanted to go for a cross between a vintage factory and a noir era private eye office,” Brady says of his showroom. His business features military themed action figures and die cast models, while a second business called Monkey Edge focuses on high-end custom knives and gear. Brady chose four Atomic Topless Streamline Industrial Guard Sconces for a hallway that connects the showroom to the warehouse. These rugged, American made fixtures are finished with a heavy duty cast guard, frosted glass, and a Jadite finish.
“We chose the chandelier because it was so cool, we had to have one,” Brady says. “And it ended up working in the stairwell going to the loft offices. It appears a bit foreboding.” This Factory Overhead 6-Light Chandelier features thick cast guard units with a Galvanized finish and frosted glass. The heavy stems lend a distinct industrial appearance.
In the showroom, Brady chose three 20″ Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in Vintage Green with Black cotton cords.
“The warehouse pendants were chosen for their vintage flair as well as for the amount of light they provide,” Brady notes. “Their size also separates the showroom a bit visually from the loft.” When he received the lights, Brady was impressed by the quality and feel of his new vintage style fixtures.
“They were not like the cheap ‘retro’ knock offs. We get tons of compliments on the place in general,” he says. “To me, good lighting should be invisible to people in the sense that they do not walk in and say ‘Hey, cool lights!’ But rather, people walk in and say ‘Hey, amazing place!” and then start picking out the cool individual elements. This is a major factor in giving an overall feel and vibe to the place.”
Photos courtesy of Monkey Depot
With three miles of uninterrupted public beaches, salt marshes teeming with birds, diverse cuisine, and plenty of casual nightlife, our recent foray onto Tybee Island, just over the bridge from Savannah, Georgia, held plenty of distractions for our photographer Lauren, and her able assistant Julie. The pair were focused, however, on capturing images of some of our newest wall sconces, nautical style chandeliers, and other items for our upcoming Summer catalog.Read More
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… Sometimes the marriage of a great interior is about all of the elements coming together and creating a stimulating and creative atmosphere. We were inspired by this harmonious space that combines contrasting elements (like the lush pillows on the rattan couch besides a cold, glass coffee table) and accessories that shows the home owner’s personality (like the fresh plants, urchin table ornament, and books). Love the look? Make it your own with these simple tips…Read More
With the vintage rage still roaring like a flapper in the 1920s, it’s no wonder people salvage historical details whenever they remodel. In this Featured Customer’s 1,500-square-foot apartment in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, there were many pre-war details the homeowners wished to save.
“There is some nice, traditional detail, however, our aesthetic skews more toward modern/industrial,” explains Keri. “So we tried to balance the traditional with a more industrial and contemporary feel.” Keri selected Fox Force Five Construction to help in her efforts, and Chana Sweetbaum served as general contractor.Read More
When you use the term barn light, some people may only think of RLM warehouse shades. After all, this is the commonly used term to describe the quintessential warehouse shades that were first crafted back in the 1930s. But this photo brings a whole new meaning to the term!
These beautiful rustic chandeliers are found in one of the barns at The Pavillion Farm, located in North Salem, New York. Though less than an hour from New York City, this state-of-the-art hunter/jumper facility is clearly a world away. The barn is constructed of wall-to-wall yellow pine and features 22-foot ceilings. Highlighting this space are rustic chandeliers much like our 3-Light Industrial Chandelier The Chappel. This rugged, American made fixture features three cast guard and glass lights that can be finished in your choice of 19 finish colors. Several stem mount sizes are available and you can choose clear, frosted, ribbed or amber glass to give your chandelier a distinctive look. Rated for wet locations, this fixture would be right at home in the barn, on a porch, or in a workshop.
The same cast guard and glass look can be had in a two-light industrial chandelier called The Partnership. This 23″ wide fixture can provide plenty of light in a smaller space but still has loads of rustic charm. For larger spaces or commercial venues, consider our 4-Light Industrial Chandelier The Bottom Line or a 6-light version dubbed The Factory Overhead. Both of these rugged lights provide a distinctly industrial look with their cast guard units attached to a patchwork of stems.
And even though the holiday wrappings are out with the trash, you can still take advantage of our Holiday Sale! Enjoy FREE SHIPPING with any purchase and save an additional 10% off our Porcelain Enamel Lighting fixtures from now until January 4th, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. Just enter STOCKING12 into the Discount Coupon Field at checkout!
Top photo courtesy The Pavillion FarmRead More
What do you do with a basement that’s dark, chopped up into small spaces, and mostly unused? These Portland homeowners turned to the pros — Erin Davis of Mosaik Design & Remodeling and Jenny Guggenheim of Fig Studio to transform their wasted space into a game room and guest suite complete with kitchenette and industrial style barn lighting from Barn Light Electric.
“Our main focus was to remove walls to let natural light into the basement while also updating the space in a style that fit the entire family,” explains Erin. “They’re fun, practical, and colorful. We personalized the space with sports memorabilia and travel-related items, two activities they enjoy as a family.” With the room now opened up, Jenny tackled the sports-related section of the project.
“I wanted to bring in the feel of an old-school gymnasium and the Old Dixie Cord Hung Pendant in a galvanized finish with a red cage fit the bill,” Jenny says. “From there, I found the Factory Overhead Industrial Chandelier and knew it would be perfect over the foosball table. We’ve received so many positive comments about that light. It’s really a great focal point in the space.” Both Jenny and Erin worked hard to bring a sense of lightness into what once was a very dark space. All of the finishes they chose help reflect and carry light throughout the space.
Over a multi-purpose table near a bright window, three industrial bare bulb pendants continue the industrial chic design. These are the Indy Industrial Pendants, a very versatile fixture that can be effective when hung in groups such as this.
“We knew all of these fixtures needed to be very well made since they were installed in a basement space with lower ceilings,” Jenny explains. “We were impressed with the craftsmanship of Barn Light Electric’s fixtures. When you’re standing no more than two feet away from the fixture itself, craftsmanship is a high priority.”
Photos by Lincoln Barbour PhotoRead More