In the months leading up to last week’s launch of the new Veronica Valencia Collection of vivid industrial lighting, we spent a lot of time working with the L.A.-based designer on the color selections for her new grouping of lights. We thought we’d share a bit of our conversations with Veronica and give you some insight into what makes this vivacious young designer tick.
Q: What led you into a design career?Read More
The not-so-secret recipe for the amazing food you’ll find at any Bareburger restaurant in New York is listed right on their website. Organic, grass-fed, all natural, and sustainable are just a few of the words they use to describe the fare they create every day with the help of local farmers. And the founders take just as much care when it comes to designing their restaurant spaces using recycled, reclaimed, and sustainable materials. Two new locations feature one of our favorite upcycled lighting fixtures — The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.Read More
Today’s Featured Customer must be the most popular guy in the neighborhood. Andrew built a new barn on his property in St. Louis, Missouri, and created a bar and entertainment area that would make many pub owners jealous. The crowning touch are half a dozen vintage industrial pendants from Barn Light Electric.
“We were trying to get a rustic, country bar feel. We love to visit Nashville so a lot of the inspiration came from our visits to the Nashville honkey tonk bars,” Andrew explains. “We wanted a place where we could have friends over that would be large enough to hold everyone but still have an atmosphere.” The new barn features a 20-foot door that rolls up to offer a beautiful view of the farm. Andrew chose The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant in Yellow to highlight his new bar.Read More
After fire tore through their 150-year-old building, the owners of Frank M. Booth, Inc. made quite a discovery under the water-laden ashes. As the structure was torn apart, they noticed large, hand-hewn columns that were part of the original building — a carriage-making shop built in the 1860s. Some of the columns still had large metal rings used to tether horses.
“With all this history popping up, we knew had to incorporate that into the new design with an industrial warehouse feel,” explains Mary Langsdorf, who spearheaded the remodeling efforts. Those efforts were extensive and included the removal and repouring of 8,000 square feet of concrete flooring and rebuilding two 50-foot brick walls. When it came to lighting, Mary spent countless hours searching for the perfect fixtures. Typical fluorescent fixtures simply wouldn’t do as she wanted to carry the industrial theme to every detail. Mary bought, and returned, many lights before she found The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant at Barn Light Electric.Read More
Patrons at the newly opened The Fat Cow restaurant in The Grove in LA may be surprised to find out that this friendly neighborhood eatery is owned by none other than the raucous celebrity chef from the TV reality show Hell’s Kitchen. British chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay opened the doors to his new restaurant in September where patrons are served casual comfort food by smiling employees. No shouting allowed.
The restaurant is loaded with industrial elements including large communal tables crafted from reclaimed wood, red brick walls, and these rugged industrial chandeliers found in one of the indoor dining areas. Hung by sturdy twisted rope on a wooden and steel frame, a variety of bare bulb pendants are suspended over the tables producing warm, diffused light perfect for conversation. These pendants are much like our Barn Light Indy Industrial Pendant whose design is based on vintage pendants but has a modern, minimalist feel to it. The Indy comes with a black or white standard cord or you can give it a bit more texture with a Red, Grey, or Black cotton cord. Let your imagination run wild on your mounting options — we’ve seen everything from elaborate metal framework to a Texas-style oxen yoke to drape these pendants from the ceiling.
Adding some vintage style to these restaurant chandeliers are nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulbs. These bulbs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and filament styles to produce a warm, amber glow perfect for restaurant and other commercial lighting needs. If you want more of modern look to your bare bulb pendant lighting, consider the Plumen Low Energy Light Bulb. It may save you lots of money on your electric bill but it doesn’t scrimp on style! Using these bulbs will make any fixture a focal point in your space.
Top photo courtesy of The Fat CowRead More