I was recently walking past the old Lot’s Road power station in London. This complex supplied power to the London Underground system until about 10 years ago when it was decommissioned. Supposedly now it will be redeveloped as condominiums and shopping and the like, hopefully retaining the original historic shell.
The power plant is right around the corner from our showroom in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. In fact, it’s a distinctive and much enjoyed aspect of the view out our windows. (that’s the picture below)
On my way to the showroom, I saw down an alley between the old brick buildings something lighting-ish. With a little snooping, no guard on duty… and closer inspection I found a pair of enormous chandeliers leaning on a pile of rubbish and scrappy old fencing. You can gauge their size by the broken ironing board in the background. I have the idea that they were set props or restaurant furnishings. The quality and scale is theatrical, rather than fine.
It took me a good 5 minutes to definitively decide that there was no way, in fact, to cart them off to the showroom or bring them back to Brooklyn. I hope a stronger-backed, British version of me, driving a pick-up truck, also saw and then rescued them before the garbage truck arrived.
With the support of lots of citizen input, the New York State legislature passed a bill that will limit light pollution. This is a piece of legislation supported by the International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org).
The gist of the law is that new exterior lighting installed in new projects should not waste energy, pollute the night sky, or produce glare or light spill. You can read the summary of the bill on the state assembly website: here.
At the moment, the bill is on Governor Cuomo’s desk. If you agree with its aims, give him a call and say so. If you call during business hours, call: 212 681-4580 or see below for more information on reaching the Governor.
It may well make my work more difficult as the regulations may call for design changes in our fixtures. However, it’s a fine idea. This should be a good thing for those of us who like seeing the stars at night and don’t like your neighbors’ flood lights shining in your eyes.
To call the Governor’s phone number and let them know that you are in favor of this bill:
During business hours, call 212-681-4580 and tell the person you support bill #A07489. You will be asked for your zip code in NY.
Outside of business hours you can leave a message at 518-474-8390.
Support letter goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Governor of New York State
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Letter in Support of Senate Bill S5275B/Assembly Bill A7489B
In keeping with Tony Duquettes decorative vision of exploding fireworks, starbursts, sunbursts and super novas, the new Dandelion fixtures by Remains Lighting are another example of his unique point of view. Duquette always insisted that his jeweled brooches could be blown up to become a chandelier… And vice versa….
He loved making beaded chandeliers for his clients and the Dandelion takes his idea of a fixture entirely made of flowers and turns one dandelion seed head into an entire decorative extravaganza. This new illuminated conversation piece for Remains Lighting takes a weed and turns it into one more of Duquette’s extraordinary ‘exclamation points’ for a room.”
- Hutton Wilkinson – President, Tony Duquette, Inc.
We restored a set of huge antique light fixtures for Restoration Hardware, which tickles me until I cry.
If you happen to drive down Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich CT, you can’t miss the huge new Restoration Hardware store in the old Greenwich Post Office. I pass that way fairly often on the way back south from our showroom on West Putnam Avenue. I had always admired the three large neoclassical lanterns hanging in the graceful curved neoclassical loggia. In a funny turn of fate, I got to see them up close, inside out, and upside down recently.
Restoration Hardware gutted and remade that historic space into a massive new showroom which opened last month. A friend of ours who consults on lighting design for their architecture projects brought us to the job last fall. We brought them to our workshops in the Brooklyn factory and made a painstaking restoration of the original glass and metalwork. You can see the progress of that work below.
Restoration Hardware's new store in the old Greenwich Post Office
Before: Arriving at Remains Lighting for complete restoration
In the Remains Lighting factory in Brooklyn
- David Calligeros
Scenes from the Botanical Gardens in Buenos Aires. The first comes from the impressive but odd monument to meteorogical discoveries. One of the eight plaques (each commemorating an inventor and his invention) celebrates Richard Assman, the German 19th century pioneering meteorologist, high-altitude balloon instrument maker, and inventor of the Psichrometer (a device for taking temperature readings in high altitude balloons).
According to Wikipedia, Mr. Assman is also remembered for publishing the popular monthly magazine “The Weather”.
The 3rd picture just makes me laugh.