I’ve always got my eye out for unique lighting that makes a statement but doesn’t cost a fortune. The right lighting can transform the look and feel of a room. Let me show you some of the stunning work that’s available from Toronto’s MADE. Owners Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson opened their innovative gallery space in 2006. Many of the pieces they carry can be customized by the artists to fit your space in a range of finishes and colours.
This piece is by Jennifer Graham who works out of a studio in Stratford Ontario. She’s a ceramics grad from the craft and design program at Sheridan College. I love the way she’s paired her delicate designs with the raw recycled frame. It has such a tactile handmade feel to it.
Jennifer’s cylinder lights have a light ethereal glow. Wouldn’t they be perfect in a modern white kitchen?
This walnut veneer Meridan pendant is such a versatile piece. It’s one of many clever lights from Vancouver’s Propellor Design — a multidisciplinary studio owned by Toby Barrett, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust. They’re all grads of the Emily Carr Institute and share a strong interest in sustainable design. They work with wood, stone, paper, eco-resin and glass. All of their lighting is recycled.
More stunning lights from Propellor Design. The Stratus chandelier (above) and the Cumulus chandelier (below) were created from eco-resin leaves and aluminum canopies. Great contrast between these materials.
The environmentally friendly Calvino chandelier is also by Propellor Design. It’s finished with walnut oil and can be ordered in custom sizes.
Talented industrial designer Tamara Rushlow studied art history at UBC. She followed that up with a master’s degree in industrial design in Milan. She’s now based in Toronto and has created a sophisticated lighting collection that showcases her well honed skills. Take a look at her work.
Tamara’s Jagged chandelier is made from powder-coated or plated laser cut steel. It’s available in custom colours and sizes. I’m not a red person but wow, this light is gorgeous.
The designer’s Puzzle table lamps are created from coated steel. You can order them in the size and colour that works for you. Brilliant. She’s also working on puzzle pendant lights.
Here’s a modern take on a classic shape. The details are bang on. Tamara calls it the Ply table lamp as it’s made from laminated ply with a fabric shade.
A dose of neon works in the right space. These Desertscape neon lights are designed by Orest Tataryn. They’re made from mouth blown glass, neon tubing and acrylic casing.
Twin brothers Lars and Jason Dressler created a sensation at the 1DS11 earlier this year. They’re eco-conscious, cool and talented. The boys — I know they’re in their thirties, but they look so much younger, call themselves Brothers Dressler. Here are a few of their lights which you’ll also find at MADE.
These lights (above) are made from reclaimed wine bottles and vintage pop bottles – both with walnut collars. They can be configured as single lights or clusters.
Here’s the ultimate floor lamp for a design savvy hockey fan. It’s called Shiny Red by Barr Gilmore. The artist created it from solid ash hockey sticks, acrylic, flurobars and gels. It also comes in blue.
The October issue of Azure magazine just arrived in my mailbox a few minutes ago. Check it out to learn how MADE founders Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson have injected lumberjack chic into an Ontario boathouse — creating a cool Canadian get-away. Photos courtesy of MADE – 867 Dundas Street West, Toronto – (416) 607-6384.