What a Turn On

Let there be light: Shop for retro, rebuilt, and brand-new lighting designs.

By Laura Cassidy January 4, 2009 Published in the April 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Period Pieces
*CLOSED*When it’s got to be the genuine article, Mary Maduzia can supply it. At Bogart, Bremmer and Bradley, the 33-year veteran of the antique business restores pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps from bygone decades and then fills her art-deco-era emporium with their authentic light. Just the thing for the ballroom of your Beaux-Arts mansion: a massive globe lamp rescued from New York’s original Penn Station before its 1963 demo. Bogart, Bremmer and Bradley Antiques, 8000 15th Ave NW, Ballard, 206-783-7333;

Right on Track
Housed in a former train-assembly loft (the engine crane remains, the nearby tracks still buzz), Rejuvenation specializes in spot-on reproductions of lighting and hardware from 1890 to 1960. Homey vignettes and a smattering of architectural salvage help you imagine your living room as a formal colonial saloon or dramatic Victorian lounge. The shop’s extensive line of ceiling and wall designs is crafted in Portland, so the perfect custom-made sconce is less than three weeks away. Rejuvenation, 2910 First Ave S, SoDo, 206-382-1901;

Shady Lane
Whether you’re looking to drop $2,000 on a new crystal chandelier or two bucks for a flame-shaped, amber-hued replacement bulb for your Aunt Edna’s kitschy, cobweb-covered one, Harold’s Fine Home Lighting has you covered. In fact, Harold began as a lampshade salesman. Now owned and operated by his son and grandchildren, the Hansen family business offers a soup-to-nuts variety of lamps, bulbs, finials, shades, and wall and ceiling fixtures to fit any home. Harold’s Fine Home Lighting, 1912 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-633-2557;


Beam Us Up
Even an Arts and Crafts–era home can use an ultramodern glow. When yours does—or when your blank-slate condo or dreary workplace requires a space-age floor lamp—browse the brainy architectural collection of European pieces at LightForm. The enlightened specialists in the showroom can help you conceive of a custom-made piece…or an entire suite full of them. Considering the conceptual components and artful, radiant rows of track lights, the future looks awfully bright. LightForm, 905 Western Ave, Downtown, 206-382-9667;


Guiding Lights
It once suited them perfectly, but the name is now a misnomer; at press time, Antique Lighting Company had just one vintage piece. What they have in spades are customizable replicas of classics. Choose a Victorian-style glass drop bowl and add a modern mount and Asian-inspired finial. ALC also works with potters and glassblowers to offer one-of-a-kind illumination, which begs the question: Why not go by “Artisan Lighting Company”? Antique Lighting Company, 8214 Greenwood Ave N, Greenwood, 206-622-8298;

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