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Patterson: Today [in the kitchen], the typical finishes are still very popular, like brushed nickel and stainless steel, but when we’re developing product for [our companies] Hinkley or Fredrick Ramond, we’re not as... read more
Understandably skittish in the wake of Katrina’s recent devastation, some attendees left the 2005 American Lighting Assn. Conference a little bit early when the initial stages of Hurricane Rita came knocking on the... read more
Not too many would decorate their home with an octopus. But Jürgen Reichert didn’t strive for mass-market success when he designed the Octopuslucidus “light creature” in “Euro Flash” (December... read more
Drowning in a sea of fixtures—I know, I can hear the collective groan from you, dear readers, at the mere mention. Not only are you tired of the cliché you’re also sick to death of lectures about visual... read more
The Thursday afternoon “Hot Dog Bar” says it all. Everybody who’s anybody in lighting needs to show up for the January Dallas Market, specifically on the third and fourth floors of the Trade Mart, where... read more
You can’t please everybody. But you should at least give the impression that you’re trying to do so.   Sounds a touch nefarious, doesn’t it? Well, I’m not actually promoting outright... read more
Self-help types say it’s best to live “in the moment.” I agree that it’s never good to dwell on the past, but perhaps I’m too Type A not to anticipate and plan for the future. And it seems you... read more
Today’s consumers can be a darned demanding lot. You’d think a good product selection, knowledgeable sales staff and quality customer service would be enough to earn their patronage. But “experience... read more
Chandra Palermo, Editor I haven’t been entirely faithful to this industry. As the Editor also for Hospitality Lighting and Accessory Merchandising, I often have flings with markets more tailored to those... read more
Chandra Palermo Editor MILAN, April 18 — The mothership has landed. There’s never a shortage of eccentricity and flamboyance at Italy’s biennial lighting market, Euroluce. And for post-show coverage, it generally... read more
Chandra Palermo Editor Sheesh, do we have our work cut out for us. While the lighting industry scrambles to supply more fashionable and technologically advanced options for the increasingly green-minded consumer, a... read more
Maybe we need something like Esperanto. Remember the international language a learned few hoped would become a universal second tongue to unite our world’s disparate cultures? It never quite took off on a large scale... read more
In my warm and fuzzy fantasy world, each one of you pores over every page of this magazine, absolutely riveted. And then you count down the days until the next issue arrives at your doorstep. But in the real world, who has... read more
The geek shall inherit the Earth. Well, that’s not quite how it goes. But it sounds an awful lot more accurate for our current social climate. Technology dominates every aspect of our lives, virtually directing our... read more
My lighting lobotomy is now complete. You won me over some time ago, but I didn’t realize what a geek I’d turned into until I became a first-time homeowner last month, and the mania struck: The lighting has to go... read more
  Firmly established as the second home of the American lighting industry, China now looks to raise its profile beyond that of Factoryland. In the wake of the communist country’s recent embrace of capitalism... read more
Our company, Vintage Hardware, sells more than 2,500 items of antique restoration hardware and 250 authentic reproductions of lighting. We even sold some early gas Neo-Rococo fixtures to the White House when they did their... read more
CHANDRA PALERMO Editor One cannot go long as a member of the lighting industry without a trip to China. My first opportunity arose this past June, when I attended the Guangzhou Intl. Lighting Exhibition (The Wire,... read more
It’s all about the mashed potatoes. I know I can eat them any night of the year, but Thanksgiving gives me an excuse to stuff myself silly on them, and I do so love them. So, whenever I think about what Thanksgiving... read more
Pop has become our culture. As connected as we all are via various high-tech gadgetry, we still seem to communicate most clearly and enthusiastically through lingo concocted absurdly from shared entertainment: “You... read more

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