Based on a sketch provided by Kemble Interiors, a pair of these Directoire* floral lighting fixtures was designed & hand-built by Michael Krauss of Authentic Designs. Once sketches and prototypes had been approved by designer Heidi Bianco at Kemble Interior, we got to work.
The leaf detail was hand cut & raised using a vintage hand-operated beading machine. The brass substructure was spun on the lathe in our shop, and curves were created on a beak-horn stake. All details were hand cut, and much of the raising work was done on 19th-century equipment. All colorizing was done in-house, including application & sealing of the verdigris color.
* Note: Regarding the period and style of the design, we have heard it variously described as Directoire (1790-95) Regency / Empire (1800-1815) and Neo-Classical. Our handy go-to guides (including a helpful timeline of lighting history from This Old House) have proven . . . inconclusive on the matter. So we hereby “crowd-source” the question to our internet readers: please let us know your thoughts! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to keep up with increases in labor, materials, shipping, and other costs, we will need to increase our prices by an average of 7% across the board. Some prices will remain as they are, and several fixtures will increase by up to 15%. These changes will go into effect on February 1, 2017. The [...]
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Authentic Designs, so we thought we'd share with you some stories and photos of the first fixtures we built. We also wanted to share with you a really cool wooden sign, which my father Danny Krauss had created and displayed in that first location. He opened his first shop in [...]
All wooden store sign, composed by Danny Krauss, hand-lettered & painted (circa 1966) The handmade design and fabrication recall the early American store signs, or 'shingles', such as a tinsmith or an apothecary might have outside their door. (Hence the expression, hanging one's shingle.) The scalloped top recalls an Early American Courting Mirror design, [...]
For some time now, we here at Authentic Designs have been creating custom fixtures for various decorating, design and architectural firms, in addition to our catalogue of hand-built lighting fixtures. Some of these lights are quite contemporary, and some use unique, one-of-a-kind architectural elements, which we have incorporated into the new designs. As seen above, from left to [...]
The winter months here in Vermont have passed and left behind a fervent wish for next year – More snow! More cold! More winter! For much of the Northeast, this has been the winter that wasn’t, and besides disappointing cross country ski enthusiasts like us, the unseasonably warm weather has seriously impacted the larger resorts [...]
It's been a magical summer in many ways, weatherwise certainly, and also very busy. We've been doing custom work for some great design firms. We even found ourselves engaged in an elaborate gas lantern project for a home in Texas. We're very excited to be working on a project with Connor Homes which will be filmed [...]
The landscape here has been buried under 30 inches of snow since January, but we are hoping for a gradual thaw this month of March. Cabin fever is slowly lifting, birds are starting to serenade each other here and there. In our little town, we can see the steam rising from the sugar shacks [...]