This concrete lamp really caught my eye. It is simply elegant and industrial, it retails at $175USD. You can visit the Stuart’s Etsy store here and see their other gorgeous products.
(Read the interview after the break)
Who are you?
We are Thomas and Andrew Stuart, brothers who like to make things. Andrew is a successful scenic designer and Thomas a carpenter by trade.
Where are you?
We are located in Historic Easthampton, Massachusetts, an old New England mill town.
Why do you handmake your products?
We have been handmaking things since forever. Whether its scenery for the stage, a table, or a concrete countertop, we are not happy unless we are making something. We literally have a gazillion things we are working on at once. There is an inherent satisfaction to honing your skills while making something that brings people so much joy. I think we are addicted to it.
How long did it take to make?
Our Martini Pendants have been the most challenging project thus far. We think they are beautiful. The research and development stage took a couple months. We did a lot of test casts with different molds. We’ve had to do a lot of research on the different available lamps and find the best depth for the socket which in turn means we have to adjust our mold.
Once we finally cast our Pendant, its really just a matter of hours before we can pull it out of the form. Temperature, humidity, climate all play a role in determining when the piece is ready. Then we start the sanding and polishing process. Once that’s complete, we wire them up. We like to give ourselves a good week to finish each one (or batch).
What Dreams do you have for your products and where would you like to see them?
The amount of positive feedback we have received from our concrete products is more than enough to satisfy us. As long as people keep taking pleasure in our stuff, we’ll keep makin’em. Concrete is such a versatile and durable material yet it yields so much beauty and warmth both from its color and the way it ages and patinas over time. We hope these pendants find their way into people’s lives through little kitchen nooks in old farmhouses, or suspended above a 10′ long stainless steel island in someone’s re-purposed loft space.
Thank you to Andrew and Thomas Stuart! Good luck with your fabulous products… Check out their blog here.