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The California Lighting Technology Center in Davis, CA, is a leader in LED research. The think tank’s projects like this LED demo kitchen, work to benefit the lighting industry as a whole. Goodbye, filaments; hello... read more
For lighting showrooms, having employees that bring in good sales as well as offer intricate technical knowledge is a precious commodity. Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC), a certification offered by the American Lighting... read more
Dalsgaard: Fused glass is a process in which glass melts onto glass in a high-temperature kiln. It is typically fused flat initially and later molded or slumped to create form or movement. It’s quite different from... read more
I’ve been a full-time product designer for 15 years. I actually started my own company when I was 21, called Images in Stone, which was a decorative stone-carving company. We did everything from furniture to custom... read more
Free State is a pre-Civil War reference to the town of Lawrence, KS, where the studio is located. It’s also a nice metaphor for the way glass is when we work with it. Glass is about color and light that you can create... read more
Merchandise returns are especially problematic for the independent lighting showroom. The nature of the business revolves around electrical products that often must be specially ordered and installed (i.e. cut wires), which... read more
Dedicated to sustainable design and manufacturing solutions, Jaime Salm describes the work of his company, MIO, and its innovative MioCultureLab division. Made from powdercoated, laser-cut steel, MIO's Bendant... read more
Williams: I started out in the mid-‘80s designing avant-garde clothing and hats. I was experimenting with different materials, making my own felt and also making new clothes out of old stuff. I was attracted to the... read more
Lisa Nardone of Rosie NYC: I’ve been doing high-end lighting from Italy through Rosie NYC for seven years. Meredith has been doing Chandi, which is also very high-end, even longer in California. We’ve known... read more
Gable Ellany Gable: I took my first clay class as an elective during college. I loved throwing clay so much, the hair stood up on the back of my neck. I let 20 years go by to raise my family and got back into it... read more
Nordic LAttitudes, a new exhibition at California’s Santa Monica Public Library, celebrates the unique values of Scandinavian design. Here, installation curator and designer Haekwan Park discusses the importance of... read more
Urso: I got the initial idea for combining resin and fabric in college at Carnegie Mellon, where I majored in product design. I was taking a foundry class in the art department, casting aluminum and bronze. I used fabric... read more
McKenna: My first job before I graduated from college (Industrial Design, University of Illinois, 1997) was for the German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. I studied abroad in England for a year and was casting about for an... read more
Marder: Most lamp shades today are designed for the traditional home, and a lot of people are bored with them. So, I have taken a different approach to lighting in size, shape and detail. I create grandiose shapes and... read more
If your compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) resources don’t yet have a recycling program in place, chances are they will in the near future. Consumer demand, plus the possibility of state and/or federal mandates, is... read more
Gray Gray: Several important clues led to the discovery that women had a direct role in the creation of lamps, windows and other luxury objects long thought to be designed exclusively by Louis Comfort Tiffany, [... read more
This new line with Oriental Accent allows for the complete Oscar de la Renta look. The Oscar de la Renta Home Collection already includes furniture, rugs, tabletop, decorative fabrics, bedding ensembles, mattresses and home... read more
Carlson Carlson: I was always searching for a very specific look—classically elegant and responsive to contemporary. There’s an awful lot of stuff out there that strives for design with too many... read more
Jenssen: After a decade of living in Taos, NM, I moved in the mid-’90s to the West Texas ghost town of Terlingua, where I was inspired by the desert and the rusty detritus of the town’s mining past. It was then that I began... read more
My husband Russ and I have been collecting vintage lighting since early in our marriage. We started to research how to make it, and it was like going on a treasure hunt as we stumbled upon all these wonderful things. When we... read more

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