In September 2011, a fire broke out in a 150-year-old building that housed a hotel, bar, and Frank M. Booth, Inc. Water damage was significant for this 100-year-old company so the owners decided to remodel. 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 where horses would be tied in the shop.
“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. She found them in The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.
“I ordered all kinds of lights and returned them all because of size and color issues,” she says. “Since we are a metal and pipe shop, we do a great deal of welding, so when I saw Barn Light Electric’s acetylene caps, I fell in love!” Mary wanted the lights to reflect the history of the company which is now run by Frank M. Booth’s great grandchildren. The Mig Pendants are crafted from repurposed acetylene tank tops that come with a standard cord or a colored cotton or cotton twist cord. Each fixture and finish is unique.
“Since we are so involved with welding in both our shops, I knew I had to pick these lights,” Mary adds. “Our color is the same yellow as the finish on the lights so I had to give these a try. I love that they are such a novelty piece. The guys go down that hallway and get a big smile on their faces because hanging from the ceiling are actual items we use in the shop. It definitely adds more character to our building!”
Photo courtesy of Frank M. Booth, Inc.
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.
From locally grown vegetables to clothing, within the past few years there has been an increasing demand to purchase American made products. With the internet at everyone’s fingertips today, word is spreading fast for where you can buy all sorts of USA made items. Light fixtures have been no exception to the trend and we don’t see it going away anytime soon. American made lighting has been around for well over 100 years, with some original styles still being used today.
The quality of American lighting is unmatched, but with that exceptional craftsmanship sometimes comes an unaffordable price tag. At Barn Light Electric, we were able to recognize that behind every unique customer, is a unique budget. This sparked our line of Discount Barn Lighting. All of the lights found in this category are made in America – and none of which exceed $200. Shown to the left is our 17″ Farm and Barn Warehouse Pendant with an added wire guard. Packed with style, this discount pendant will only run you $125.
Our Ceiling Lighting section has quite the selection of pendant lamps as well, also which are American made. Our favorites from this section? The Mig Pendant, made from repurposed acetylene tank lids and the Minimalist Polished Brass Cage Pendant, shown to the right. The Minimalist Polished Brass Cage Pendant is available as just a single socket or with a decorative brass wire cage. The wire cage concept was used in old factories to protect the bulb from breakage. With vintage industrial styling on the rise, wire cages are becoming more and more popular on anything and everything.
In factories, wire cages may have been used to protect a bare bulb, but deep bowl shades were used to provide a concentrated spread of light onto a work surface. The Goodrich™ Wilcox Porcelain Deep Bowl Gooseneck Light also keeps light focused where it is needed most. All of our enamel barn lights are available in long lasting finishes for any style home. Indoors or out, vintage or modern, our porcelain enamel shades will remain American made and outlast most other lights on the market today.Read More
Barn Pendants resembling the Indy Industrial Pendant and the Minimalist Polished Brass Cage Pendant add to the time-worn character of Hostem Men’s Clothing Store, located in the heart of Londonâ€™s East End. These cloth cord pendants are found within the Ceiling Lighting category at Barn Light Electric.
The Indy Industrial Pendant features an authentic style turn key switch that can be used as an on/off switch, or simply as a decorative feature. It comes with 8 feet of adjustable Black or White cord (the image above features black). It’s an ideal, affordable pendant to accent within the home or counter top, yet has also been making appearances within large and small scale retail displays. The Indy starts at $85.00 each.
You will also notice several caged pendants are used throughout Hostem’s showroom (shown in the photo below). One caged pendant hangs above a black leather bag, uniquely doubling as a business card holder. The light shining into the bag resembles our Minimalist Polished Brass Cage Pendant, which starts at $99. When ordering this pendant, you will have the option of choosing a Black, White, or Putty cotton twist cord. Wire cage lights were originally used in factories and warehouses, where the cage protected the light bulb from debris materials that may damage the bulb. Like many of the decorations and fixtures at Hostem’s, the Minimalist Polished Brass Cage Pendant has a simplified elegance reminiscent of the Industrial Era.
Hostem’s interior was planned by JamesPlumb design, which was founded by two of Britain’s most popular designers: Hannah Plub and James Russel. The duo is known for their creative re purposing of vintage furniture.
The team created an overall rustic look throughout the store. Antique items were salvaged and reused, including a vintage church pew (now used as a counter) and a chandelier made from a combination of lampshades. Recently, Hostem’s was featured in a blog post on Remodelista’s Shopper’s Diary.
“The duo layers Dickensian grittiness with the romance of the British poets Keats and Shelley….Walls and ceilings are lined with hand-painted hessian, and Swedish linen curtains obscure the windows.” – Remodelista
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Photo Courtesy of Cade Winery
Two of California’s finest wineries featured on Remodelista incorporated vintage industrial barn lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for visitors. In the photos today, you’ll see light fixtures that bare a striking resemblance to the Indy Industrial Pendant from Barn Light ElectricRead More