ISSUE 45  |  Scandinavian Rustic

Shopper’s Diary: Schoolhouse Electric Launches Housewares Line

November 11, 2011 9:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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: The Hamilton Bed ($1,250) with Eleanor Pritchard Throw ($325) and the Princeton Senior Wall Sconce ($199) with Factory Shade No. 3 ($49).

Above: Designed in collaboration with Egg Press, which shares studio space with Schoolhouse Electric, the Dot Sheet Set is $145.

Above: The Utility Stool is available in blue or gray ($165 for the smaller and $215 for the larger). On the counter, the 1960s IBM Standard Issue Clock ($235).

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: The Blackline Stoneware line is made in Ohio exclusively for Schoolhouse Electric Co.; the Blackline Stoneware Pitcher is $58 and the Blackline Stoneware Plates start at $16.

Above: Mosser Glass Mixing Bowls ($54 for a set of three); made in Ohio by the Mosser Glass Company.