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Urban Cottage Industries: The Golden Age of Lighting Revived

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Urban Cottage Industries: The Golden Age of Lighting Revived

October 14, 2014

Urban Cottage Industries started life in 2007 on a kitchen table in East London with a plan to sell light fixtures salvaged from textile mills and factories. The team tracked down the workshops and factories in the UK that were still in business and making the original fittings and components of the industrial lights from England’s manufacturing heyday. In 2011, having outgrown their London location, the owners relocated the business to a renovated trouser factory near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Urban Cottage Industries now offers more than 500 interchangeable and connectable components, which can be combined to make customized lighting fixtures, and the small company has worked with everyone from Jamie Oliver (on his restaurants) to SoHo House Group and Levi’s. 

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Above: The Finchley Road Apostrophe Cafe, in London, features a row of Maria Banjo Brass Designer Wall Lights in the lounge area.

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Above: The Maria Banjo Brass Designer Wall Light with gray shade (other colors available) is £175.20 ($281.47 USD).

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Above: The Maria Spotlight Brass Antique Light with gray shade (other colors available) is £118.80 ($190.86 USD).

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Above: The Ceramic Bathroom and Outdoor Ceiling Light is £106.80 ($171.58 USD).

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Above: Gray Reflector Pendant with green fabric cord (shade and cord available in a variety of colors); £194.40 ($312.32 USD). For more, go to Urban Cottage Industries.

Browse Lighting in our Shop section to see more of our favorite designs. And take a look at our posts on Trainspotters’ Industrial Lighting from the Edge of the Cotswolds and Made in America: Classic Porcelain Enameled Lighting from Barn Light Electric.

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