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Trending: Vintage Light Bulbs

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 by Andrea

It might seem like an oxymoron to say something that's vintage is trending, but the truth is vintage light bulbs are all the rage, and no wonder. It's hard to resist their warm glow. And the best part? Now you can combine your vintage look with modern LED technology. Talk about a win-win!

At Wolfers, we love this trend, and we're excited to help our customers with their vintage light bulb needs—whatever they may be.

Below are just some of our vintage light bulb offerings…

Beautiful vintage bulbs are in stock!

  1. Bulbrite is synonymous with nostalgia. At Wolfers, we stock the more traditional wattage vintage bulbs in 40w and 60w from Bulbrite, which describes its Nostalgic Signature Collection as "meticulously handcrafted to preserve the look of early 20th century lighting."

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  1. Tech Lighting's Alva Pendant. We're huge fans of Tech Lighting, and this lovely pendant doesn't disappoint. LEDs in the "base" of the glass lamp illuminate laser-etched "filaments" for an elegant take on the vintage look. Get your dose of nostalgia with the added convenience and longevity of LEDs.
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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Currey & Company

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 by Andrea

While Currey & Company originally started in 1988 as a classic garden furnishings business, the company is now known for its distinctive lighting products, and for good reason. An amazing amount of attention and detail goes into the manufacturing of each piece.

The Currey website explains, "With a workforce in Atlanta and Currey International in the Philippines, Currey & Company brings to the marketplace merchandise that not only speaks of the touch of the human hand, but also utilizes a myriad of natural materials."

At Wolfers Lighting, we refer to Currey's lighting fixtures as fantastic statement pieces. When you choose a Currey product for your home, you are definitely making a statement, one that will spark wonderful conversations with family and friends alike.

Here are three products from this innovative designer light brand that always get people talking.

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Three Lighting Trends That Are Sure to Inspire

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 by Christine

At the beginning of the year, you'll find plenty of "what's trending" lists in every category imaginable. The problem is that many of those lists involve predictions, rather than actual trends.

 Now that we're past the halfway point in 2015 (how'd that happen?), we thought we'd take a step back and share the real lighting trends we've been seeing in our lighting showrooms for the last six months. Get ready to be inspired!

Say Hello to Warm Metallics. 

This isn't a huge surprise since metallics have been popular in the fashion industry for the last several years. Let's just say that skirts and shoes aren't the only items you can bathe in the warm glow of gold, brass, and so forth. We're seeing increased interest in lighting fixtures with warm metallic finishes—a wonderful look that can truly help transform a space.

Hubbardton Forge just came out with its new "soft gold" finish, and it's as lovely as it sounds. The soft gold finish on this table lamp has easy-going appeal and can work well in a variety of spaces in your home or office. We have this new finish on display in both showrooms, come on in and see it in person.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Jul 03, 2015 by Andrea

We've written about Hubbardton Forge before, but one article doesn't do justice to this innovative designer lighting brand.

This time around, we thought we'd delve deeper into Hubbardton Forge's design aesthetic and share some of our favorite lighting products.

Hubbardton Forge's tagline is "modern American blacksmiths," an apt description since this Vermont-based company takes tools from a bygone era (think anvils, swage blocks, and trip hammers) and uses them to create designs that work beautifully in the 21st century.

Its website explains it best: "Since the company began in 1974, we have been re-exploring the ancient art of metal sculpting, creating lighting and accessories of grace and simplicity. Our design and manufacturing process is a collaboration of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Every curve, taper, and twist in the metal carries with it the distinctive marks of honest hand-crafting."

At Wolfers, we've been fans of Hubbardton Forge since the beginning. Below are some gorgeous lighting products that reflect the company's commitment to artistry, integrity, and enduring value. Each product has been hand forged by a blacksmith, and the finishes are guaranteed for life.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Tech Lighting

Posted on May 09, 2015 by Steve

Since its founding in 1988, Tech Lighting has been a popular choice among lighting designers, architects, interior designers, and homeowners alike.

Tech Lighting's "refined and timeless designs" always use the "latest advancements in lighting technology." Regardless of your design aesthetic, you can count on Tech Lighting to offer expertly crafted lighting products that complement your space from both a style and function perspective.

All of us at Wolfers are huge fans of Tech Lighting, thanks to their wide variety of products that cover many areas and perform many tasks. In particular, Tech Lighting has excellent LED options, and the company does amazing things with hand-blown glass.

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Contemporary Ceiling Fans: Spotlight on The Modern Fan Co.

Posted on Apr 03, 2015 by Kate

In 1986, the ceiling fan world went through a major shake-up, thanks to an industrious and talented designer named Ron Rezek.

Before 1986, ceiling fans resembled those from the Victorian era. They had a traditional, ornate look—a look that had lasted well over a century. Rezek, however, was a master of contemporary design, leading him to create a new ceiling fan aesthetic, the first one being the Stratos, which is still available today.

 Regarding his design sensibilities, The Sun Sentinel reports, "Rezek's philosophy has been to subtract as many of the details as possible and allow the fan to rely on what he calls 'pure geometry.' His designs eliminate the blade irons and metal brackets that attach the wooden blades to the rotor. Instead, the blades are inserted into the rotor. Pull chains have been replaced with a wall-mounted control or hand-held remote."

 In 1997, Rezek founded The Modern Fan Co. in Ashland, Oregon. Its website says, "Our products celebrate the modern idiom through mechanical simplification, geometric forms, and contemporary finishes, and are intended to meet the needs of the professional specifier and the design-minded homeowner alike.

 At Wolfers, we're big "fans" of The Modern Fan Co. and Ron Rezek. We appreciate the fans' clean, sleek designs as well as their quiet and efficient motors. These ceiling fans fit in beautifully in a wide variety of contemporary spaces, both commercial and residential alike.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Sonneman Lighting

Posted on Mar 06, 2015 by Andrea

While he may be in his early 70s, Robert Sonneman doesn't show any signs of slowing down or taking a break from his lifelong passion: designing lighting that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

In 1961 at the age of 19, Sonneman began his illustrious career under the watchful gaze of lighting and accessory retailer George Kovacs, who introduced young Robert to Modernism. Today, Sonneman describes himself as a "modernist with a historical sensibility," a point of view that has served him well over the last five decades.

Sonneman has won numerous product and design awards. He's taught countless protégés at places like Pratt and Parsons. And he's displayed his work at revered institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1967, he's sold thousands of his own designs worldwide, and in 2003, at 61 years young, Sonneman launched his own brand: SONNEMAN – A Way of Light.

A way of light, indeed.

At Wolfers Lighting, Sonneman is one of our favorite and most popular brands, and no wonder. We love Sonneman's commitment to form and function along with the clean lines his work his famous for. Here are some of our top Sonneman picks, ideal for many areas of the home.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Visual Comfort & Co.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Andrea

For over 25 years, Visual Comfort & Co. has designed and manufactured lighting products renowned for their beauty, superior production, and exquisite attention to detail. Natural materials dominate many of the designs—think hand-rubbed antique brass, forged irons, even parchment paper.

Regarding its approach to finishes, Visual Comfort says, "We create 'living' finishes that are warm and real, fashioned to enrich and patina over time. And, we spare no detail in the realization of each design, giving our lighting true personality and integrity."

Under the leadership of head designer, Earl F. (Sandy) Chapman, Visual Comfort has led the way in producing gorgeous collections that complement a wide variety of decorative styles, including traditional and contemporary. Collections include E.F. Chapman, Thomas O'Brien, Barbara Barry, Alexa Hampton, and Suzanne Kasler. Last fall, Visual Comfort announced its newest partnerships with American interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler and Maryland-based Niermann Weeks.

At Wolfers, we're huge fans of this iconic brand—and so are our customers. Below are several favorite pieces.

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Topics: Decorative, Staff Picks

Lighting Trends: Our Picks from the Dallas International Lighting Market

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by admin

In January, Jeff Seigal (one of our owners) and Bonnie Forbes (our Allston showroom manager) left our frigid New England winter behind and headed south for the Dallas International Lighting Market, a semi-annual event showcasing all the latest and greatest in the lighting industry.

If you're not familiar with the Dallas Market Center, here's some background. Founded in 1957, the DMC boasts "the most complete wholesale marketplace in the world." Its four buildings total more than five million square feet—roughly twice the size of the Empire State Building. In addition, the Dallas Market Center offers more than 1500 permanent showrooms featuring thousands of product lines ranging from lighting to garden accessories to everything in between.

Here's a small sampling of the lighting products that wowed us.

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Topics: LED, Decorative, Staff Picks

Wolfers Staff Picks: Corbett's Graffiti

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 by Andrea

 

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 You may have seen some of our recent facebook posts about our staff favorites from the showroom. Corbett's Graffiti pendant is one of those fixtures that wows both staff and customers alike. We love it's contemporary styling, the handcrafted iron details and the play of the polished stainless steel and silver leaf accents. 

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Topics: Decorative, Staff Picks