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A Wall Sconce named Audrey

23 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Our handcrafted custom items at Turn of the Century Lighting are exciting, wonderfully designed fixtures that show off our metal working skill and finishing ability. We have created many items over the years from Silver Teapot Chandeliers to overscaled Modern Mica and Brass Fixtures. We enjoy restoring antiques, but we love to design and create.

Our first custom wall sconce was created the mid-1990s. It was called the Audrey, named after a wonderful employee at the shop who worked here in the 1980s and 1990s. This sconce was sold for many years before it was eventually discontinued.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/audrey-candle-single-light

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About a year ago, we rediscovered the beauty of the original Audrey design. Not as ornate or detailed as many of our elaborate fixtures, traditional yet clean and beautifully finished. We decided once again recreate this fixture. In a short time period, our Audrey family of wall sconces has become one of our most popular.
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The Audrey Wall Sconce was created as an affordable, yet beautiful wall sconce. Traditional in nature yet clean enough to work in any interior, this sconce can be custom made in any of our finishes. Complimentary to any existing light fixtures in a home, and a work horse with each socket giving a minimum of 60watts of light.

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With the renewed interest in this sconce, we decided to create two additional sconces. First an Audrey that incorporates a glass shade instead of the candle. This sconce is very versatile, gives great light, and looks as good going up, as it does going down.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-elmwood-single-light

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The other sconce we just recently introduced is a double light version of the Audrey. With two sockets instead of one it gives up to 120watts of light, and only a 4-1/2” projection. This makes it ideal in dark, narrow hallways, or any room requiring good light.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-audrey-candle-single-light

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All three of these Audrey Sconces are available in all of our custom finishes, and in any quantity.

http://www.tocl.ca/search?q=audrey

Currently we are once again looking into the past for more inspiration with new designs in the fall. Keep checking our website for new additions!

Exciting New Mid Century Modern Designs

05 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Nothing is more exciting than designing new items. At Turn of the Century Lighting, many of our designs have been inspired by traditional fixtures from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Industrial, Edwardian and Art Deco eras to name a few. Our finishing and quality craftsmanship has made these designs come alive.

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With renewed interest in the shapes, styles and colours of Mid Century Modern Design, we have begun to explore new designs, and restorations on great pieces from this era. All of these lighting fixtures are designed and handcrafted by us.  Below are a peak of some of our great new items!

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 This incredible double "C" pendant light was inspired by offset Mid Century fixtures that played with form to create interesting geometric shapes.  The initial design concept was based off of a more simple midcentury pendant that was hanging in our stock area for many years, that we loved, but was beyond restoration.  Handcrafted and finished in Satin Nickel.

 Many people have 8'-0" ceiling heights, especially in midcentury, and modern spaces, and these fun close mount fixtures are a great way to get beautiful light with the clean organza material, and the playfulness of many of the tiered double shades at the time.  We are looking forward to creating these with additional colours and materials!

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This fixture waMidCentury Atomic Sputnik Lights created specifically for the Marilyn Dennis Show in Toronto and was inspired by many of the Mid Century sputnik designs created by companies such as Lightolier in the 1950s and 1960s.  For this particular fixture, we finished it in a golden brass finish to replicate a popular finish at the time.  We have created this fixture in many different configurations, finishes, and lengths since our first one, but the result is always spectacular.

 

 

Atomic Magestic Table Lamp As a sneak peak.... One of the fantastic designs we are currently working on is inspired by many of the amazing designs created by the Mid Century Majestic Lighting company with their wonderful forms, and fun materials.  The designs have our own trademark touch, and modern interpretation, but we couldn't be any more excited.  StayTuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Antiques: Lighting Made Here

19 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

We believe in quality.

  

Both past and present.

 

That's why we make our own lighting. Or at least one of the many reasons.

 

When picking or restoring old lighting, you always get a sense of the quality paid to the design and manufacture of them. From the smallest embossing to the tiny floral buttons used on the thumbscrews, the level of detail is unmatched. Unfortunately, many of the old lights existing today have been filtered through time and often stand as singular examples where hundreds were once made. Although it would be nice to have a time machine and raid lighting warehouses of the past but we have to be realistic and get our head out of the DeLorean.

 

So that's another reason we make our own lighting.


And selection, don't forget that too.

 

With 12 unique brass finishes available, finishes on our lights can be mixed and matched and each fixture has 12 distinct possibilities as well as available quantities. Our custom selection of ceiling lighting and pendant lighting tops over 150 and our wall sconce selection is at 180. That's a lot of selection and unique designs that can be modified to suit your space.

 

Lastly, there is nothing like making something in the same way it was made 100 years ago. I know it echoes back to quality, but there is a pride in making an antique of the future in the style of today. We're one of the last Canadian manufacturers of fine quality brass lighting and having personally made a number of our lights as well as commissioned lighting for clients, there is no better feeling than seeing your work being loved in someones home. It's doesn't top new papa pride but is pretty darn satisfying in itself.

 

Vintage Electric & Custom Creations

12 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

 

We love antiques and we love making antique style lighting. But what about modern antiques? One offs that are artistic and created with over 200 years of design history and over 50 years experience in making lighting. That's where our Vintage Electric & Custom Creations come in. Chandeliers, wall sconces, table lamps and pendant lights which are one of a kind pieces designed and crafted in our workshop.

 

No two are a like..........unless you want many and all are unique and unlike anything out there. Our workshop is one of the best in Toronto and we can make things others can't. From what we have in here to custom creations with your ideas, we can do it all.

 

This section is only going to grow as we keep adding new, interesting and unusual fixtures.

 

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/custom-creations