We have an affinity for vintage lighting fixtures, which add character to stark modern interiors or lend an industrial edge to traditional looks. Here are a few of our favorite sources.
Obsolete in Venice, CA, has some amazing finds, including (Above L) thisLarge Glass Bowl Pendantwith metal fitter, c. 1930 to 1940 from Italy; $950 and (Above R) a rewired European Silver Mercury Quilted Glass Pendant, c. 1940; $950.
PW Vintage Lighting in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has a wide selection of vintage and reproduction industrial lighting. If you can't make it to MA, PW has a great website and takes orders by phone. Above: The 13-inch Green Enamel Shades with black cloth cord and vintage fitters are $295 each (several are available).
In New York City, B4 It Was Cool specializes in American industrial objects and lighting from the early- to mid-20th century. The store is at 89 E. Houston Street, and the website includes an online gallery of appealing fixtures available to order by phone.