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The Accessories Resource Team honored its 2007 ARTS Awards Winners with a gala event at the Dallas Market Center on Jan. 20. ARTS Awards Winners: Lighting showroom East/Atlantic: Candelabra Distinctive Lighting... read more
Q: “Randall, I have a question about color-corrective lights in the closet. Will they look harsh or fluorescent-like? Should they be on dimmers? I would like the closets to have a pleasant, boutique feeling.” A... 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
Cosgrove: Traditional is not what I do. Traditional is about following rigid rules and not exploring new ideas. A better description would be classic, which to me doesn’t mean staid, dogmatic formulas.  Classics... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Earlier this year, Seattle Lighting became the first lighting showroom to be named Energy Star Lighting Partner of the Year. Seattle Lighting Chief Operating Officer Dave McKee (center) accepted the award from the... read more
If there’s one thing that separates better lighting showrooms from big-box stores, it’s the availability of lighting designers who can give advice. Because of this key difference, owners of lighting showrooms say it’s... read more
Residential Lighting: How can lighting showrooms best serve interior designers? Linda Truckenmiller: Five areas are important: sales materials, education, customer service, products and the sales staff. Sales material is the... read more
Residential Lighting: What makes for good visual merchandising? Paul Thompson: A vision. An understanding of what you want to be. Are you all things to everybody, or do you carry only certain items? Do you have expertise in... read more

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