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The Authentic Designs Team

Authentic Designs has over 300 different models of handcrafted lighting on display in our rural Vermont location. In addition to a showroom, this restored historic building includes fully-equipped metal, wood, paint and wiring shops, where we create our standard and customized designs for retail, designer and architectural clients. Our lighting is UL listed.

The company was founded in 1966 by Danny Krauss, and today is run by his son Michael. Learn more about the story behind Authentic Designs. Our capabilities and product line have continued to grow, but our core mission has remained the same.

Sources for our traditional designs have come from extensive research conducted over many years. We have worked with museums, historical restorations, private collectors and clients who bring originals for us to recreate.  Our adaptations can be built for candle or wired for electricity.

Our clients include designers, architects, and home owners looking for the perfect lighting to complement their house.  Here are some of our clients and some of the nice things they’ve said about us. We have been featured on PBS Television's This Old House, and in Architectural Digest and other magazines.

Our shop is located in a converted wood pick mill with brick and slate floors, old wooden beams and many large original windows that look out over the Green Mountains. In the area? Consider a visit to Authentic Designs and tour our workrooms where you can explore the great variety of lighting fixtures and accessories that we produce, and see for yourself how handsome and well-built they are. Or you could just sit back and watch a video of us making a chandelier.

Authentic Designs is open from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and on weekends by appointment.