The Schonbek Lighting Story
Back in 1870, Schonbek Lighting was founded by a young man named Adolf Schonbek in Bohemia. The company's specialty was crystal, especially custom crystal chandeliers. In 1947, Arnold Schonbek moved the company to Montreal, Canada. By 1989, Schonbek Lighting became Schonbek Worldwide Lighting and was officially based in the US, specifically Plattsburgh, NY.
In 2004, a collaboration with another crystal powerhouse, Swarovski Lighting, produced a contemporary line of crystal lighting fixtures: Schonbek Geometrix. From that fortuitous pairing, Schonbek became part of the Swarovski Group in 2007.
Why We Love Schonbek Lighting
There's something magical about the crystal that Schonbek Lighting produces. It's in the laser-sharp facets cut into each crystal droplet, the clarity of the clear crystal and breathtaking blending of a veritable rainbow of colors. It's in the way the crystals grab light and break it apart into dazzling shards. And you have to appreciate the heritage. Only Schonbek can take its more than 140 years of experience to both revitalize lighting styles from the past and reinvent crystal to suit contemporary tastes.
A Fun Fact About Schonbek Lighting
One of the Trilliane chandeliers was a major player in the 2010 film, "Black Swan," six of the massive pieces used to light the 60-foot wide main stage.While traditional at first glance, the chandelier's unexpected upside-down crystal pendalogues made it an ideal choice for the mind-bending film.
Noteworthy Lighting From Schonbek Lighting
With its various strands, droplets and arms made of Heritage Handcut crystal, the Hamilton Chandelier is a particularly graceful example of traditional Schonbek Lighting (given a dark twist in the Hamilton Black version). And in addition to luxurious chandelier designs, you'll also find wall lights, pendant lighting, flush and semi-flushmount lights and lamps from Schonbek.