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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
For four years, Annapolis Lighting Co. President Preston Clark and his wife, Carlotta, have been deliberating the knotty process of turning over their four-store lighting showroom business in Annapolis, MD, to their... read more
Residential Lighting: Why are loyalty programs important? Malcolm Fowler: They allow lighting showrooms to gather data about their customers. In the enrollment phase, you collect demographic and preferential data. And in a... read more
Good retailing is about turning inventory quickly. But merchandising dollars often get tied up stocking slow products and funding customer returns. Never let a sleeping “dog” lie in this business. Speaker, author and home... read more
Residential Lighting: Why is public relations so important?Bill Stoller: One mystery about public relations is the difference between it and advertising. In advertising, you write the copy, select when and where it’s going... read more
The quickened pace of fashion trends and technological innovations demands the kind of commitment to continuing education that an industry outsider might more typically associate with the legal or medical professions. Not... read more
Residential Lighting: What is "cultural planning" all about? Larry Samuel: Fortune 500 companies and their ad agencies typically do lots of quantitative and qualitative research, so I bring them a different... read more
Residential Lighting: Explain the new science regarding the human eye. George C. Brainard: Light is the primary stimulus to the visual system. That’s been well-studied for hundreds of years. What’s new in the... read more

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