Historical Arts & Castings

Historical Arts & Castings

Seventeen years ago, faced with restoring the ZCMI department store in Salt Lake City, architect Stephen Baird couldn’t find a crew to restore and replace the deteriorating cast iron. So he enlisted his own. Baird and his sons David, Richard and Robert assembled a team of artisans to create the necessary castings, and that group would later reform as Historical Arts and Castings. Working in a variety of cast metals, including bronze, aluminum, copper, steel and iron, the Bairds have created light fixtures, door canopies, chandeliers, fountains, clocks, entrance gates and soaring stained-glass skylights. In addition to custom work, the company produces the Metalwork Collection of objects and ornaments.

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  • My favorite lamp is from Vaughan Lighting. They have classic simple things. There's a solid crystal column lamp with no ornamentation that is fantastic, especially when you use it with a burlap shade. It gives it a twist, which is... My favorite lamp is from Vaughan Lighting. They have classic simple things. There's a solid crystal column lamp with no ornamentation that is fantastic, especially when you use it with a burlap shade. It gives it a twist, which is even better.

  • I love the upholstered chairs from Roman Thomas. They also create fine furniture, lighting and glass and midcentury accessories.

  • In the dining room, good candlelight is essential. the Urban Electric Company has wall fixtures with beautiful faceted mirror backed plates that reflect candlelight.

  • Jan Showers in Dallas, Texas is the best antique dealer; they specialize in 1920s to 50s French furniture and accessories, and some Italian.

  • Lots of companies pulled in their horns or gave up entirely during the recession of the late 1980s, but Steven Handelman Studios expanded. Handelman guessed that America was hungry for honest crafting, and he was proven right. Tod... Lots of companies pulled in their horns or gave up entirely during the recession of the late 1980s, but Steven Handelman Studios expanded. Handelman guessed that America was hungry for honest crafting, and he was proven right. Today, his Santa Barbara firm is a national source of such wrought-iron products as fire screens, chandeliers, ceiling mounts, sconces and outdoor lanterns. "Our products are handmade, and we offer so many options that each product is customized," says Handelman. "Clients love the attention to detail. They’ll often remark, ‘I’m so relieved that somebody gets it’ when they see our products." A catalog is available.

  • The 60-year-old company Palmer Hargrave may be a bit old, but they’re not outdated. They are classic. The 69 designs in the Palmer Hargrave inventory are slightly Gothic, vaguely mid-century, perhaps nautical, and just a touch min... The 60-year-old company Palmer Hargrave may be a bit old, but they’re not outdated. They are classic. The 69 designs in the Palmer Hargrave inventory are slightly Gothic, vaguely mid-century, perhaps nautical, and just a touch minimalist. By paring styles down to their essence, these light fixtures will resist the ebb and flow of fads, and their well-made design will stand the test of time. In 2000, the company was acquired by DessinFournir Companies, which produces everything from furniture to wallpaper--you can now create an entire interior ensemble from one great company.

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  • On a routine treasure hunt a dozen years ago, Mark Elson, owner of the Architects and Heroes antique shop in Austin, TX, found a certain Craftsman-style pulley-lamp. It not only inspired him to make an adaptation, but also a whole... On a routine treasure hunt a dozen years ago, Mark Elson, owner of the Architects and Heroes antique shop in Austin, TX, found a certain Craftsman-style pulley-lamp. It not only inspired him to make an adaptation, but also a whole line of lights and hardware. Four years ago, Elson sold the lighting business to former employees Palmer Early and John Wetherford, who now sell 18 styles. Their favorite: The pulley-sconce, with its metal or ceramic egg counterweight, can adjust its distance from the wall and will stay in any position you leave it.

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  • Randy Tuell and Victoria Reynolds graduated UC Berkley a few years apart, he with a degree in architecture, she in environmental design. Tuell, co-founder of Reification--a loose assembly of area sculptors crafting furniture and a... Randy Tuell and Victoria Reynolds graduated UC Berkley a few years apart, he with a degree in architecture, she in environmental design. Tuell, co-founder of Reification--a loose assembly of area sculptors crafting furniture and accessories for high-end interiors-- and Reynolds the project manager joined forces in 2000 to launch T + R. Commissioned work, which was the sole aspect of Reification remains the foundation of the business; however, they recently introduced a small product line that includes handsomely finished lamps rooted in the Arts & Crafts style.

  • In 1978, as New Yorkers won a case to prevent Grand Central from going the way of Pennsylvania Station, preservationists of another stripe opened a salvage shop in Soho. Urban Archaeology since has assembled a trove of 19th- and 2... In 1978, as New Yorkers won a case to prevent Grand Central from going the way of Pennsylvania Station, preservationists of another stripe opened a salvage shop in Soho. Urban Archaeology since has assembled a trove of 19th- and 20th-century architectural fittings, and the craftsmanship of those rarities is widely accessible via the company’s own lighting collection. It features re-creations and new designs inspired by fixtures rescued from long-ago hotels, schoolrooms, wharves, warehouses, sidewalks and train stations.

  • 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 ... 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.

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  • The collaboration between manufacturer Lloyd Scott Kirsch and Los Angeles interior designer Lucia Lawrence began decades ago, with a common interest in both design and Asian travel. "No one else was going to China to manufacture t... The collaboration between manufacturer Lloyd Scott Kirsch and Los Angeles interior designer Lucia Lawrence began decades ago, with a common interest in both design and Asian travel. "No one else was going to China to manufacture things in 1960," says Lucia’s daughter Marcia Van Liew, who became director in 1990. Kirsh passed away long ago, and mother and daughter now often work with the children of craftspeople that Kirsch and Lawrence met decades ago. The collection continues to reflect the founders' discernment. "We don't pursue trends," Van Liew says. Indeed, the company’s bronzes are buried in Chinese earth for long periods to achieve the desired patina.

  • A visit to the Ball and Ball showroom in Exton, PA is like a visit to a house museum. Before 1700, Ball family members fabricated armor for the British crown; the current company, founded in 1932, specializes in hand-forged metal... A visit to the Ball and Ball showroom in Exton, PA is like a visit to a house museum. Before 1700, Ball family members fabricated armor for the British crown; the current company, founded in 1932, specializes in hand-forged metalwork for the period home. Using 18th-century techniques, Ball and Ball turns out brass and iron chandeliers, tin sconces, copper lanterns, adjustable candle stands and more. Some designs are careful reproductions; others the company owns. (Custom work welcome.)

  • Decades ago, painter John Lyle and art dealer Mark Umbach resolved to do something about not being able to find a certain lamp-- they made the Pompeiian. "We rode in on the Eighties wave for Neo-Classicism," says Lyle, a former pa... Decades ago, painter John Lyle and art dealer Mark Umbach resolved to do something about not being able to find a certain lamp-- they made the Pompeiian. "We rode in on the Eighties wave for Neo-Classicism," says Lyle, a former painter turned company designer. "We used to sell a Pompeiian a day; now it’s one every few weeks." The catalog now numbers nearly 50 unimpeachable lamp designs for table and floor available through Holly Hunt. Lyle divides his time between New York and the L&U business office in Islesboro, Maine, a sort of "offshore 'Mayberry RFD.' We love it there."

  • Seven years ago in his shop in downtown Manhattan, Mohamed Elmaroof met Stephanie Rudloe when they struck up a conversation about Moroccan music. Elmaroof, whose father was a rug merchant, is a seasoned navigator of the Moroccan t... Seven years ago in his shop in downtown Manhattan, Mohamed Elmaroof met Stephanie Rudloe when they struck up a conversation about Moroccan music. Elmaroof, whose father was a rug merchant, is a seasoned navigator of the Moroccan textile market and speaks many Berber dialects. Rudloe, a stylist/interior designer, was savvy to the world of client customization. Respectively owner and creative director of Imports from Marrakesh, they now specialize in supplying customized Zillij tile, plaster, woodcarving, lighting, textiles, carpets and architectural elements from Morocco. Rudloe will help clients design many of these pieces, which are then produced by traditional artisans.