Michael McHale Designs

The Michael McHale Designs Story

Michael McHale didn’t set out to become a critically acclaimed lighting designer, but it’s just what he’s done. The former entertainment lawyer discovered a hole in the lighting market when shopping for chandeliers for his own apartment and, since 2007, has stepped in to fill that niche. Michael McHale Designs was born of his realization that “lighting is important,” and we can’t help but agree.

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Michael McHale Designs embody an industrial-glam aesthetic, with juxtaposed materials and clever arrangements brought together with precision and care in a small, hands-on design studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Why We Love Michael McHale Lighting

McHale's aesthetic sensibilities undercut tidy categorization. Repurposed steel pipes are ruggedly raw; high-quality, fully-leaded crystal confer luxuriousness; the regular use of flame-tipped candelabra bulbs play off a traditional archetype long associated with elaborate chandeliers. The disparate material mediums stylistically balance the high and the low, successfully coalescing into a unique amalgamation that McHale understandably references as "industrial chic." That desire to juxtapose grime with glam led to a positively received upside - reclaiming distressed pipes from building sites (originally due to the desirable patina) also happens to be environmentally responsible.

Fun Facts about Michael McHale Designs

In no respect is this considered a "fun" fact, but it is gripping - speaking to the reclaimed/repurposed aspects of the production process, one of the deadliest hurricanes in American history resulted in an unintentional upside for Michael McHale Designs. The large swath of foundational destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina resulted in a literal heap of scrapped pipe, some of it given new life via McHale's creations.

The Tribeca Collection is an accessible entry point into the world of Michael McHale Designs. The Tribeca Banqueting Linear Suspension impressively exemplifies the MMD aesthetic on a grand scale, its 42" Black pipe frame laden with twelve lights that are sumptuously surrounded with multiple rows of cascading crystal that perpetually reflect and refract the light.

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Michael McHale Designs