Process

Dan, the designer and principal, is less interested in classifying his work as sculpture or design and more in finding forms that have a universal  appeal that are enhanced by illumination. He finds inspiration from a variety of sources such as radios of the 20s and 30s, early high-rise architecture, or Italian Futurism. Bringing a single lamp to life, from initial design to final product, takes many months.

Computer Modeling:
Dan begins sketching a variety of designs on paper before moving to the computer. Next he models his ideas in 3D modeling software where he can easily manipulate components and dimensions to help realize his ideas.
Low resolution computer model.

Rough Prototyping:
The first physical prototypes are often produced by Dan out of styrofoam or scrap wood. They are rough proof of concepts to help him decide if he likes the idea “made flesh” as much as he does the virtual versions.
Fully wired, painted styrofoam model

Final Prototyping
The next step is to let the master woodworkers and glass artists work their magic.

Tim McFadden, a master glassblower, typically goes through several versions of shape and coloring before Dan is able to select the most fitting.

Each fixture is a unique puzzle and a lot of consideration must go into the construction to not only realize the original vision, but also to make sure the construction is sound. The wood shops use timeless joinery techniques and an attention to details such as grain patterns and properties of each species.
Tim McFadden picks out imperfections in the glass

Final Construction:
Each lamp is produced using sustainable domestic hardwoods such as maple, cherry and walnut. Almost all joinery is done with traditional joinery techniques such as mortise and tenon, dovetail or biscuit. Modern machining techniques may also be used to produce several of an intricate part thereby elevating the craft and what we are able to produce. Each is finished with several coats of a high quality, pre-catalyzed, low VOC, water borne clear coating such as typically used in high-end custom cabinetry. The finish enhances the wood grain while keeping the lamp protected and maintenance free.

The glass is typically colored with several layers of dye to produce rich colors and attractive gradations. The interior is coated with white to dissipate the light.

All lamps use standard medium base bulb sockets and are designed for easy bulb replacement. Each has a rotary dimmer and comes with bulbs carefully selected for that particular lamp.

Each lamp is produced using sustainable domestic hardwoods such as maple, cherry and walnut. The finish produces no hazardous off-gassing during curing. All packaging the lamps ship with is 100% biodegradable.

All electrical components are UL or ETL/CETL listed.