Schoolhouse Electric's Alabax Light in New Colors by

Issue 69 · Clean Sweep · April 26, 2013

Schoolhouse Electric's Alabax Light in New Colors

Issue 69 · Clean Sweep · April 26, 2013

Whether it's installed in the Ace Hotel bath or in the attic bedroom of Tsao & McKown's Rhineback getaway, Schoolhouse Electric's Alabax light features a design with a universal appeal.

The Portland, Oregon-based company's founder, Brian Faherty, stumbled on the original fixture while thrifting one day. At first, Faherty assumed it was some sort of strange salad bowl, but upon further research he found a series of Alabax fixtures in a 1951 General Electric catalog. He decided to bring it back, and ever since, Schoolhouse Electric's most popular surface mount fixture has been produced by hand to custom specifications. We've long admired the white and black porcelain fixture (both Julie and Sarah have them in their houses), but as of last week the Alabax is now available in a bright marigold yellow and a warm gray glaze.

Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Light in Grey, Remodelista

Above: The Alabax Surface Mount Light Fixture is $135 for the large size from Schoolhouse Electric.

Designer Brian Faherty of Schoolhouse Electric, Remodelista

Above: Faherty discusses the Alabax and why it's, as he describes it, "a quiet fixture," in Schoolhouse Electric's video.

Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Light in Yellow, Remodelista

Above: The Medium Alabax, measuring 7 inches wide, is $90 from Schoolhouse Electric.

Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Light in Black, Remodelista

Above: A view from below at the pared-down design of the light.

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