ISSUE 101  |  The Early Bird

A Bright New Lighting Company

December 04, 2013 6:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

Having spent ten years at Schoolhouse Electric as the general manager and, later, as a designer director, Michelle Steinback knows the world of interior lighting exceptionally well. But recently, when furnishing her family’s mid-century Eicher-style ranch house outside of Portland, Oregon, she couldn’t find exactly what she was after. That’s what led her to start making updated versions of modernist designs–and from there her new lighting company, Cedar & Moss, was born. The collection is affordably priced and ranges from midcentury globe lights and hourglass silhouettes to stripped-down sconces that channel the work of today’s design stars. As we said, Steinback is well versed in the highlights of her field.

Above: “My hope is that they feel fresh yet familiar,” says Steinback of her lighting designs. Shown here, the Alto Pendant, made from solid brass parts with a 10-inch blown glass shade; $189. The design is also available in a black and polished nickel finish, and with an opal shade. All of Cedar & Moss’s parts are made in the US of heavy-gauge brass.

Above: The Alto Pendant in black lights Steinback’s front entry. Cedar & Moss designs with a dark or brass finish are given a wax coating that imparts a semi-matte sheen.

Above L: The brass Fjord Rod Pendant, $149, is designed for a round bulb–bulbs aren’t included with Cedar & Moss’s lights, but the company sells them at reasonable prices. Above R: The Waterfall Cord Pendant is detailed with clear glass over brass and comes with a black- or gray-twisted cord; $149. Both designs are also available in a black finish and come in a variety of fixture lengths.

Above: The Tilt Cone light is made of brass with a black finish (also available in brass and polished nickel) and has an adjustable shade; $139.

Above: The Lindsey Adelman-esque Branch sconce in brass, $149. A companion design with a long side arm on the right is available for use as a pair. Cedar & Moss offers two versions of tube-shaped lightbulbs, the T9 Butterscotch, $7, and the T10 Clear, $2.

Above: The Tilt Long sconce lines the walls of Steinback’s dining room. They’re available in brass (shown), black, and polished nickel finishes; $85 each.


Above: Flint 1, a steampunk variation of the classic hardware store porcelain sconce; $29.

Above: Lights are finished and assembled at Cedar & Moss’s four-room studio on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon; the setup overlooks a forested state park, which inspired the company name. See the full collection at Cedar & Moss.

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