If you follow the Barn Light Electric Facebook page, you may have noticed a photo yesterday from one of our favorite north-of-the-border designers — Alykhan Velji of Calgary, Canada. We featured Aly’s special touch in a previous blog post when he created a nursery using a sophisticated palette of grey and white then highlighted the space with brilliant yellow accents. Aly has worked his magic again in a child’s space, this time a bathroom, where the color yellow makes another splash.Read More
Studies have shown that a well-designed office space is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase worker productivity. When the good folks at Hattery, an ideas and innovation lab in San Francisco, decided their space needed more flexibility for their fast-paced environment, they turned to Celsa Dockstader, their Studio Design Coordinator to spearhead the changes. We spoke with Celsa about how her choice of barn pendant lighting played into the overall design.
Q: Was this a new space or a remodel?
A: Before this was a workspace for the Hattery team, it was a crossfit gym — dark and uninviting, painted concrete everywhere, and signatures of accomplished lifters scrawled on the walls.
Q: What was your design direction for this space?
A: I worked closely with Architect Wayne Leong as well as the partners and team at Hattery to create a beautiful, flexible space that can be reinvented daily. We wanted to provide a wide range of spaces that inspire and facilitate many modes of creative work.
Q: How important was the lighting for the space? Were you more concerned with functionality or aesthetics?
A: Lighting the space was one of the most effective ways we gave new life to the space. It was originally very dark and cold, so we repainted the beige ceiling a fresh white to reflect light from existing fixtures, raised the lights close to the ceiling, and then used beautiful warehouse lights for aesthetic focus in meeting rooms.
Q: Why did you choose this style of lighting?
A: We chose these fixtures from Barn Light Electric because the products are manufactured in the United States and the company aligns with our commitment to craft, quality, and simple industrial style. We used 17” Old Dixie Cord Hung Pendants in Barn Red in our four small meeting rooms to give colorful focal points against the sandblasted concrete back walls. In our big conference room, we have three 24” Textured Black Original™ Warehouse Pendants. Their simplicity and size provide balance to this space with the tall ceilings and extra-long table.
Q: What does your team like best about the new lights?
A: They are the perfect fusion of old barn light aesthetic and new manufacturing. Everyone loves the classic red finish!
Photos courtesy of Photographer Dan Schwartzbaum and HatteryRead More
Though they live on the eastern seaboard, these homeowners cherish their frequent trips to the Sonoma County wine country. When it came time to replace their dilapidated deck, they turned to Pete Cooper of Spring Creek Design to create a California mission-style design for their new outdoor kitchen and patio. We recently caught up with Pete to talk about the project which includes some post mount lights to create a cafè-type atmosphere.Read More
Most people have trouble finding room in the garage for two cars much less 12. When this car enthusiast’s collection in upstate New York kept growing, he tapped the same architect who built his home to create a unique space for his cars. The home was built in 2000 by Dan Contelmo Architects who wanted the new structure, crafted in a barn style, to complement the home but feel as though it could have been there even longer. Dan chose our Laramie Gooseneck to highlight both the interior and exterior.Read More
Drink. Well. Two words — plain, simple, and direct — and the name of one of the newest pubs to spring up in Austin, Texas. We talk with architect Cindy Black, who worked on the project with husband and fellow architect Rick Black, about the new space which features some beautiful vintage industrial lighting.
Q: Was this a new building or a remodel?
A: This was a renovation of an existing 1960 commercial building located on 53rd Street which is known for its eclectic mix of vintage shops, alternative retail venues, and great local restaurants.
Q: What was the design direction the owners wanted to take for this space?
A: The overall goal was to create a neighborhood pub that was a comfortable space with an urban edge. This meant incorporating warm finish colors and slightly worn or industrial fixtures. Some structural steel was needed after we removed the interior walls, so we turned this into a design feature. Exposed I-beams line the ceiling and steel columns support metal car rims that create additional “tables” for the space. Hand-painted accents also give character and texture to the space such as the brick wall mural and the black-and-gold lettering on the restroom doors.
Q: Why did you choose barn style lighting for the pub?
A: The barn style lighting fixtures convey a vintage Americana style with familiar shapes and materials. We also loved the finishes available such as the worn paint on the Mig Pendant and the Rubbed Bronze on the Triple Warehouse Diffuser.
Q: Do people comment on the Mig Pendants over the bar?
A: The Mig lights are just perfect for bringing punctuations of warm light through the holes on the side. It’s a familiar object that most people don’t quite recognize unless they’ve been around welding before. There was much discussion about which Mig color we would choose — but we love the yellow! It’s a great color accent for the space. We also used the grey Migs where less accent was needed to contrast with the diamond patterned fabric (see top photo).
Q: Now that the lights are up and the doors are open, what do you like best about the lights?
A: We really loved being able to get some warm incandescent fixtures that feel more like candlelight. The Triple Warehouse Diffuser provides a canopy for the big six-person table giving character and definition to that alcove.
In the tiny village of Olowalu on the island of Maui, a casual roadside café called Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop opened last November. With the style of an old plantation store, Leoda’s serves sandwiches, sweet and savory pies, fresh-baked breads, and salads made from local ingredients. The remodeled space was created by Jeremy Stoddart, project manager for VAI Studio. In addition to using reclaimed and recycled materials throughout, Jeremy chose a variety of barn lights, porcelain warehouse shades, rustic sconces, and commercial grade ceiling fans from Barn Light Electric to create the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Leoda’s.
Q: How long has VAI Studios been in business?
A: VAI Studio is the new design entity of Viking Construction, Inc. which has been on Maui for more than 20 years. We started doing design work over a year ago and Leoda’s was our first design project.
Q: How long has Leoda’s been here and what was in the space previously?
A: Leoda’s opened in November 2011 in the Ichiki Building which was built in 1939. Over the years it has had several tenants, most recently a French restaurant called Chez Paul.
Q: Why did they decide to remodel?
A: The owners of Leoda’s decided to do a major remodel because all of the previous tenants had neglected the space and what was left did not reflect the values of the new tenant.
Q: Why did you choose barn style lighting, and these fixtures in particular, for this project?
A: The design was trying to reference the area’s agricultural past through the fixtures and finishes. Much of our process was peeling away what had been added over the years to expose the original building and bring it back to life. When we added new design elements, we used traditional materials in new ways to give the restaurant a unique aesthetic.
Q: What do you like best about the new lighting?
A: The lights fit our design concept perfectly. They look great in the space while still conforming to the functionality requirements (dimmable, cfl, etc) of a modern restaurant.
Jeremy completed Leoda’s interpretation of Maui’s simple and unrefined past by using Atomic Topless Wire Guard WGU Sconces, Barn Light Deep Bowl Pendants, Barn Light Flush Mount Warehouse Pendants, Industrial Mini Bullet fixtures, Outback Warehouse Pendants, and Ivanhoe™ Bomber Warehouse Porcelain Pendants.
Jeremy also highly recommends Leoda’s Banana Cream Pie!
Photos courtesy of VAI StudioRead More