Climactic world events often influence our culture in many ways. The Bauhaus movement was born as World War I came to an end in 1919 and the world focused on trying to make sense out of five years of struggle, hardship, and loss. With perhaps an overwhelming desire to start fresh, designs took on a clean and sensible approach, and items that could be easily mass produced took hold as people put their lives back together.
Decades later, the Mid-Century Modern movement branched off and featured utilitarian and functional pieces such as Charles and Ray Eames chairs, Robin Day tables, and clocks by Howard Miller.
In today’s modern home, we often find smooth... Read More
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?
A: I was always a mini designer at heart. I would run around behind my dad, watching his every move, as he did home renovations. And Mom would let my siblings and I perform makeovers on our home. My sister and I would be sharing a room one week, then... Read More
There have been many exciting days in our history as Barn Light Electric has grown from a backyard workshop to more than 100 employees hand crafting our signature lighting for customers all over the world. Reviving the lost art of porcelain enamel lighting in America and celebrating the grand opening of our new manufacturing facility last fall were both major milestones.
Today we celebrate the launch of a new collection of bold industrial lighting with the help of our good friend Veronica Valencia, a Los Angeles-based designer, known for her fresh and innovative approaches to design.
The Veronica Valencia Collection features sleek shades with touches of rugged... Read More
It’s been a busy week here at Barn Light Electric! One of our favorite food bloggers, Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective, is giving away a set of our porcelain enamel bowls this week plus we got a nice plug on CNBC that featured our Solid Copper Bowls as a great American-made gift for the holidays.
So we’ve had a load of new friends popping up on Facebook who are exploring our site for perhaps the very first time. As our name suggests, we do love barn style lighting here. Rustic and rugged RLM-inspired warehouse shades are some of our most popular fixtures, however, we also embrace vintage, mid century modern, and contemporary looks too. If you’ve... Read More
The concept of the open floor plan took off in the late 40’s and 1950’s as homeowners sought to make smaller homes feel bigger and brighter. The open concept provides more casual, multi-use spaces that encourage conversation between rooms and simplifies traffic patterns to and from. The downside is that a space can feel cold and cavernous without something to provide a visual break between the areas. Today’s Featured Customer chose porcelain enamel lighting to provide a focal point in his Memphis, Tennessee home.
“These lights give a nice pop of color to complement our style and help separate the kitchen and living areas,” Ken says. He... Read More