ISSUE 50  |  Holiday Décor

Lighting: Vintage Sources

December 11, 2008 11:13 AM

BY Janet Hall

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.

Above top: Rewire in Los Angeles sources and refurbishes vintage lighting of all types, such as the 1920s Industrial Milk Glass Pendants for $1,000 each; and the Lightolier Scissor Lamp for $1,800.


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.