We love looking through our old lighting catalogs here and often marvel at how things have changed in the lighting industry in the last 100 years. In the early 1900s, workers in factories, warehouses, and production plants often struggled with inadequate lighting offered by the bare bulb pendants of the day. The work was hard, slow, and often dangerous, simply because of the working environment.
Companies such as Benjamin, Goodrich, Crouse-Hinds, and Appleton stepped up and began designing a new style of industrial lighting for these spaces — crafting wide, shallow bowl RLM shades spun from steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass. The companies touted... Read More
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you no doubt remember meeting John Colaneri, who, along with his cousin Anthony Carrino, star in several HGTV series including Cousins Undercover and Kitchen Cousins. John gave us a tour of his new home last August that he built from the ground up and outfitted with beautiful LED barn lights.
Hosting multiple TV shows and running the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — keeps John on his toes usually with a suitcase in hand, but a recent project gave John and Anthony the opportunity to focus their boundless energy and keen eye for renovations closer to home.
“We bought a building in... Read More
Christopher Ritchie has been designing furniture for companies such as Neiman Marcus, Horchow, and Ballard Catalogs for 25 years. With a lifelong passion for design and custom woodworking, Christopher has launched Industrial Home, a new concept that focuses on interior design services, home furnishings, and accessories in the quaint western Maryland town of Frederick. One of his recent renovation projects was for a local hair salon that needed an update.
“We wanted to remodel the space to make it look more streamlined and professional,” Christopher says. “We wanted a modern feel with an industrial style look.” This before photo shows the... Read More
We all fell in love with silver, didn’t we? When those sleek, high-tech-looking finishes took over the design world, they pervaded every room of our house from stainless steel refrigerators and nickel plumbing fixtures to chrome chandeliers. In recent years, however, another shiny metal has been sneaking back into our lives. And we’re happy to say that the bold, and warmer, look of brass is back!
This centuries-old metal, known for its gold-like appearance, is actually a copper and zinc alloy. It conveys a sense of luxury and timelessness that many people desire for their home. Warmer than its silver cousins, brass harkens back to a simpler time when... Read More
Commercial lighting is the true workhorse of the lighting industry. Commercial lights must be energy efficient, rugged enough to stand up to high-traffic areas, and fully illuminate signs, architecture, hostess stands, kitchens, display spaces, and doorways. They not only provide safety to customers but must be stylish enough to capture attention and entice those customers through the door.
Some business owners gravitate to run-of-the-mill sign lighting or fluorescent lighting to handle these tasks. We’d like to offer commercial business owners something better — highly efficient, durable lighting that is easy to customize, will complement any brand, and... Read More
Jael’s blood runs deep brown. Chocolate brown in fact.
Along with husband Dan, Jael’s passion is everything chocolate. As owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina, the couple have created a dessert restaurant that’s not only a local favorite but also a destination for tourists eager to find out why a line forms on the sidewalk outside the door every day. Their success came not without growing pains. After repeated visits from the fire marshall concerned about the crowds packing the lounge, Dan and Jael sought out new space.
And while Jael may know chocolate, choosing the right lighting for the new location was... Read More