Brass Light Gallery
You don’t usually encounter the words hand-crafted and high-volume in the same sentence, but Stephen Kaniewski’s Brass Light Gallery in Milwaukee is beloved by commercial designers for its capacity to produce handmade fixtures in genuinely large numbers. The company, which opened as a one-man studio in 1974, has a 12-story warehouse and distribution center, in addition to manufacturing and showroom spaces. Residential designers are also happy to mine the Gallery’s exhaustive catalog of impeccably styled fixtures. The company archives their samples of finishes every 6 months to provide buyers with an accurate picture of how a finish will age. And speaking of patina, the Gallery’s venerable Italianate showroom also contains the Midwest’s biggest trove of vintage fixtures.