Artist series shade light, $4,950, painted by Marian McEvoy for Coleen & Company
A new string of American creatives are having lightbulb moments.
While American makers like Christopher Spitzmiller, Lindsey Adelman and Circa Lighting are household names in the lighting industry, a new crop of creatives are flipping the switch. New Orleans’ Sazerac Stitches, Richmond’s Oliver Street Designs, Southern California’s Coleen & Company and Charleston’s The Urban Electric Co. are only some of the emerging brands illuminating neotraditional interiors. “Quality control is hugely important to us,” says Coleen Rider of the Coleen & Company fixtures she has made stateside since 2006. “Every light is handmade from scratch by generational artisans.” Across the country, Fleming Jones launched Oliver Street Designs after working for insider decor resource Soane Britain. The millennial designer says she got started because everything she saw was midcentury modern and Brooklyn hip. “I thought it would be fun to introduce a simple, fresh, timeless collection of lighting that still had a hint of whimsy,” Jones explains. Designed in Virginia and made in Florida, her now signature styles are recognizable for their hefty solid brass fixtures and feminine pleated lampshades. “They make a great pair,” she adds. In Charleston, The Urban Electric Co. brightens the city synonymous with classic-meets- contemporary style. This season, the brand, under the creative direction of Michael Amato, shakes it up with a new neon-hued collection, as profiled in this issue’s Now in Palm Beach. Elsewhere in the South, Sazerac Stitches knows no two spaces are the same, so every fixture is made to order—a practice that spotlights sustainable design, especially when energy-efficient lightbulbs are used.