Chicago’s New Metal Crafts

A beautiful antique French iron lantern

Lighting is an integral part of what I do as designer.  It has the power to be one of the most important elements of a design because it can control the mood of a room.  Bright light promotes activity, while dim light promotes relaxation and conversation.  Lighting also is important because it is a great way to continue the look of a space.

Finding lighting fixtures that are appropriate to a space can be difficult.  A lighting source like New Metal Crafts takes a lot of the work out of the process.  New Metal Crafts is a Chicago resource I have used for years.  On our recent Chicago visit, I was finally able to go to their showroom and was blown away by the depth of their collection.  They have executed many custom pieces for me in the past, and any time I have an antique fixture that needs repair or rewiring, they are the only place I will send it.  Their work is always first rate, and their knowledge second to none.  Lighting is often overlooked as a design element, but after a trip to New Metal Crafts, you will realize how important it can be.  Following are some photos of the showroom and warehouse.

 

New Metal Crafts

New Metal Crafts

A fabulous pair of Italian lanterns waiting on the perfect home

A fabulous pair of Italian lanterns waiting on the perfect home

An endless array of smoke bell lanterns

An endless array of smoke bell lanterns

Detail of one of many "walls of sconces"

Detail of one of many “walls of sconces”

More crystal than Versailles

More crystal than Versailles

Antique railroad lanterns awaiting conversion Walls of bronze sconces Beautiful mica shades on iron sconces The third floor attic, a treasure trove of antique parts More treasures in the attic