Schoolhouse Electric Co. owner Brian Faherty founded the company after he discovered a cache of original cast-iron glass shade molds languishing in a warehouse; he restored the molds and set about creating a line of original American lighting with an emphasis on the schoolhouse-style shades used in the early 1900s. The resulting fixtures, featuring traditional hand-blown and hand-painted glass shades, resonated with consumers—so much so that Schoolhouse Electric recently relocated to a refurbished Douglas Fir and brick warehouse on Portland's West Side.
Now the company has expanded its offerings to include furniture, tableware, and other goods for the home featuring an early industrial American vibe. Faherty has collaborated with craftspeople and manufacturers across America and has kept the business as local as possible; to browse the new offerings, go to Schoolhouse Electric Co.
Above: Designed in collaboration with Egg Press, which shares studio space with Schoolhouse Electric, the Dot Sheet Set is $145.
Above: The Schoolhouse Electric Clock is $275 and features a spun-steel case with domed glass lens and steel dial; hand assembled in the Schoolhouse factory.
Above: The Steel Waste Basket ($34) is made of stamped steel with rolled edges.
Above: Mosser Glass Mixing Bowls ($54 for a set of three); made in Ohio by the Mosser Glass Company.