Were you born in a barn? Hubbardton Forge can answer "yes" to that age-old question, having been born in a Vermont barn in 1974. Founders George Chandler and Reed Hampton discovered blacksmithing in college and maintain the traditional craft to this day, with all operations taking place under one roof in Castleton, Vermont. Here, the metal artisans collaborate to produce elegant fixtures that combine old-fashioned ironworking techniques with the modern American ideals of innovation and environmentally conscious practices.
Chic and fashionable may not be the first words that usually come to mind when you hear "woven vinyl," but they should be if we're talking about Chilewich. Colorful, durable and a cinch to clean, Sandra Chilewich's innovative collection of floormats and tabletop textiles are a modern alternative to traditional fabrics. The woven products are produced exclusively in the U.S. and proudly underscore the key American values of versatility, adaptability and quality that stand the test of time.
At Cerno, a collaborative and passionate atmosphere produces exceptional results. The founders grew up together in Southern California, surrounded by the creative culture and natural aesthetics of their beachfront community. Their determination and focus is best summed up in the adage often quoted by one of the founders' grandfathers: Where there's a will, there's a way. A more true summation of American work ethic is hard to find, and each of Cerno's exceptionally crafted fixtures is a testament to this ideal.
An international history. A global presence. And an American-made stamp of quality. Schonbek Lighting creates heirloom-quality crystal chandeliers in the tradition of fine Bohemian ateliers. Escaping a troubled Europe after WWII, Schonbek re-established their company in Canada before moving company headquarters and all manufacturing to Plattsburgh, New York. As part of the Swarovski family since 2004, Schonbek brings nearly 150 years of experience to light, revitalizing styles from eras past as well as creating modern crystal masterpieces.
Boyd Lighting traces its progression from its beginnings as a custom manufacturer to the design trade into the present day with one commonality uniting all eras: Quality. The family-owned company has placed artisanship and quality crafting on a pedestal since its inception in San Francisco nearly 100 years ago. After a detour from design during WWII in which the company shifted focus to support the war effort (producing ship lights and hospital stretchers among other goods), manufacturing was relocated to Colorado Springs, where Boyd Lighting continues to create fixtures with exacting attention to detail.
Hammerton founder and lead designer Levi Wilson doesn't give an inch in his perfectionism—he gives 10. His "10-inch rule" mandates all Hammerton Studio light fixtures withstand the scrutiny of a practiced eye from less than a foot away to ensure precise, proportioned fixtures that really are just about perfect. A fusion of two master studios in their own rights, Hammerton Studio combines Hammerton's metalworking expertise with Lightspann's unparalleled glass, blending design-focused contemporary style with authentic American craftsmanship.
Embracing the beauty of their natural surroundings, Vermont-based Copeland Furniture draws from New England traditions in their quest to produce gorgeous, lasting hardwood furniture. Locally sourced hardwood is the medium in which Copeland's modern designs come to life, blending influences from Shaker, Scandinavian and even Asian design. A strong sense of reverence for their environment has resulted in numerous recognitions for Copeland’s environmental stewardship, promoting preservation of the land and forests as well as building the brand around sustainable practices.
A true mid-century modern icon, the Architectural Pottery collection made a splash in Los Angeles in 1950. Nearly 50 years later, Vessel USA was founded to revive the line with its assortment of geometric and organic pottery. Today, the original design specs are meticulously followed to ensure a true reproduction of the designer's vision, and precise engineering is required to create the perfect symmetry in each mold that gives each finished piece an authentic mid-century silhouette. And the quality materials serve the dual purpose of aesthetic beauty and practical performance for planting.
Architectural lighting, American style. Ultralights founder James Pestin helped the company stand apart from the crowd by developing a specialized process he called "metal patination." This treatment allows Ultralights to infuse the fixtures with a character that warms and personalizes the clean, modern designs. The mottled texture of each finish (and there are many) allows these versatile designs to complement many decorating schemes with personality and quality that is best achieved when pride of workmanship is a studio's primary focus.
Innovation, self-reliance and a bit of pioneer spirit—these stereotypically American traits are the basis upon which Niche Modern got its start in New York City in 2003. Unable to find the perfect lighting for their new furniture storefront, founder Jeremy Pyles designed one himself and with partner Mary Welch created Niche Modern to bring handblown glass fixtures to the market. Handmade in New York, the studio has developed a uniquely modern perspective on industrial-style lighting, pairing glossy blown glass in crystal-clear colors with antique-style bulbs for a dynamic blend of aesthetic styles.