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Brass Tacks: New Lighting from a Happening Design Firm

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Brass Tacks: New Lighting from a Happening Design Firm

Alexa Hotz March 24, 2014

The collection of steel light fixtures by young Brooklyn design firm Workstead have only been around a few years but are quickly becoming modern classics. By coincidence, they crop up several times in the Remodelista book, including in the rustic residence of Workstead’s co-founders Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler featured on pages 46 to 61.

It’s the just-released Brass Collection from Highsmith and Brechbuehler that has us coveting the pieces anew. Each fixture–a chandelier, wall lamp, and pendant–is composed of solid and cast brass components with a twisted gold rayon cord that can be arranged in a number of ways. The lights are, as the designers say, “built to last, yet can be constantly reconfigured. The joints are carefully calibrated to provide maximum tension about the rods, and introduce a spirit of play in form and function.”

Above: Like Workstead’s original steel chandelier, the Brass Chandelier is designed around ideas of function and flexibility: it can be used as a horizontal ceiling fixture, shown here, or rearranged into a dramatic vertical design with a 62 inch drop. The chandelier is available directly through Workstead for $4,200.

Above: A new form for Workstead, the Brass Pendant is made up of a long brass rod, disc, and socket. A pivot joint between the rod and disc allows for a 360 degree rotation, and the rod itself can be customized to lengths of up to three feet; $675.

Above: The workhorse of the lighting collection, the Brass Wall Lamp can be used as a wall sconce, reading lamp, ceiling washer, or task lamp. A flexible arm and gold cord give way to a solid brass shade; $875.

To see interiors by Workstead, visit our posts An Urban Cabin Made in Brooklyn and Living Small in an Architectural Landmark. And on Gardenista, have a look at Caffé Spina, a combination flower shop and coffee bar that presents another notable of prime Brooklyn design.

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