Monday, September 08, 2008

Out Of The Box!

They are more slender generally than the lamps you see today and the bases are smaller, but what a find. I'm talking about the lamps Ed Sexton and Doug Taylor found all crated and untouched in the Edward P. Paul Company's east coast warehouse.
The Edward P. Paul Company originally imported these gorgeous high-end lamps from the 40s, 50s and 60s, from the finest Venetian glass houses including Barovier & Toso, Barbini, Seguso, and Venini. They were marketed under the BALBOA trade name and were sold exclusively at their New York City store. Later, BALBOA lamps were offered at fine department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Marshall Fields.

Changing tastes and mass production techniques in the 1970s compelled the Edward P. Paul Company to focus fully on their gilded iron furniture business, leaving hundreds of beautiful Murano lamps ...all but forgotten.
Ed and Doug purchased the entire contents of the warehouse. They took seven months to uncrate these timeless works of art and then completely restored the Murano lamps using UL Certified hardware. That's when Swank Lighting was born.

Now, Swank Lighting is working with MaterialGirls to sponsor a ‘virtual’ design contest. Their contest was inspired by the collaboration between Metropolitan Home Magazine and SHOWTIME to create ‘Metropolitan Home’s SHOWTIME House’.

You must design your own room based on one of your favorite tv characters! Your design must be from a a pretty well known tv show, new or old, but the winner will be the one whose room captures the tv character’s personality the best, AND you must include a pair of Swank Lighting lamps in your design board.

After MaterialGirls gets all the submissions via email ( or by November 1st, they will announce a winner on November 15th!

Do you want to know what you are competing for?

**The winner will receive a pair of lamps (valued at more than $2,000) from Swank Lighting!**

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery

1 comment:

Mike Landfair said...

We received an email from Lorraine Carson owner of Lorraine Interiors. She wrote:

Bev and Mike,

I popped open your blog the other day and was shocked to see the pink murano glass lamps. I just purchased one almost identical a few weeks back at a garage sale. It was dirty and had a hideous ruffled shade on it and I replaced that with a new shade. The lamp cost me $10. I took a photo of it and the sticker on it. The initials on the sticker are B.G.. If you know anything more about my lamp please let me know!! It was SO fun to read your article. LOVE Swank lamps. Thanks.

Lorraine attached a picture and it sure looks like the pink lamps, just in a pale blue and a different base.