Category Archives: Antique and Vintage Lighting

Pumpkins and Lanterns at Van Cortlandt Manor

Alix and I dragged the kids up to Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson recently to see their annual pumpkin extravaganza. Aside from this hilarious seasonal confection, I diligently documented a few lights on the 18th Century house, lovely … Continue reading

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The Electric Light at the Intersection of Modern Art and Industrial Production

MOMA has an exhibition closing at the end of September of visual art organized around the theme of advertising the new mass availability of electricity. The exhibition “Electric Currents 1900-1940” is a group of poster art, two short films, and … Continue reading

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Chrysler Building Sconce

“I want you to have this thing, you’ll do something fun with it.” So far I’ve disappointed my friend Jo, who got this relic when she designed and ran the controversial and celebrated restoration of the Chrysler building lobby in … Continue reading

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Lure Atlanta

My friend Bill Peace and I had a tasty lunch at Atlanta’s South City Kitchen. When we were done, Peace took me for a preview of Lure, just down the block, a new restaurant he designed which was opening that … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg

My family and I finally made it out of the foundry and later that evening got ourselves to Colonial Williamsburg. Site of much traditional craft, in action, more than on display, and in period costume to boot. I had to … Continue reading

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Lights of Marrakech

I am in Morocco this week for the Design Leadership Summit, and we created a special mobile guide to showcase the lighting of Marrakech for the occasion. Lights of Marrakech is my personal and thoroughly non-comprehensive selection of a few … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Dangerous Christmas Lights – Late Holiday Edition

My neighbor is in the process of cleaning out his family house, having just sold it, and in the pile of junk out for the trash was this tangle of wires and sockets. Of course it caught my pathologically lighting-attuned … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Museum Electrotypes

I brought my family to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last weekend to see their collection of electrotypes. This is a funny area of collecting. The electrotypes (high fidelity copies, akin to plaster casts) were once a core part of … Continue reading

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