We have an ad in the July/August issue of Design New England, a beautiful and informative home and garden publication! Here’s a bit about them:
“We inspire our readers’ imaginations about the way they want to live. Our focus on design professionals provides the connection our readers need to make their dreams a reality. With engaged and informative text, we break down each element of these stunning spaces and all of the decisions behind them, from materials and appliances to new building techniques. A variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional, are included, in keeping with the vast array of design talent in New England.”
Check out the digital edition *and our ad* in its full glory here:
Everything has a purpose, right? The nature of “things” are to be useful in some sense, to be proficient at a task. But we here at Conant Metal & Light see a greater potential in “things”. Saying this thing or that thing is meant for this specific purpose is limiting the potential of said thing. A tire for instance, is most commonly used in the construction of vehicles. But just as humans can have many talents, a tire can have many uses: a tire swing, a garden planter, a go-cart track bumper, sandal treads, or part of a jungle gym. There’s a brilliance in taking one thing and using it for another, especially instead of buying something new.
This is one example:
Singer, still a popular sewing machine company used to create their machines in cast iron. Beautiful and strong, These cast iron bases were built to outlive their users, yet so many are collecting dust forgotten or discarded.
We’re changing that.
The gorgeous textures of the copper top, the elegant contours in the cast iron base. This is a prime example of repurposing.
Tired of your old off-trend shade? Buy a house with unsightly existing fixtures? We stripped this shade and rehashed it as a pendant cage. No longer does it have that dated fabric constraining its potential. now it exposes a beautiful Edison style filament with panache.
For countless examples (I mean, if you really want to you can count all of them) of re-purposed materials, check out our showroom filled with inspired & lighting, furniture, and jewelry. Also, look for my future posts every first and third Wednesday.
Mon nom est Sylvie et je viens du Québec. Plusieurs Canadiens qui viennent visiter Burlington passent par notre boutique pour l’achat de leurs luminaires et de leurs meubles. Notre boutique est très originale et passionnante! Récupération, Récup, Recyclage, Restauration, Réparation, Réutilisation et Luminaires réorientés sont tous des termes utilisés pour décrire notre entreprise. 75% des luminaires dans notre boutique sont fabriqués sur place. Nous sommes situés dans le South End Art District, donc venir nous voir est une occasion de découvrir ce coin de Burlington.
Un dessin vaut mille mots :
On yet another hunt to understand the facets of making things, I came upon a few vocational videos published by the University of Iowa in the 40’s that were extremely interesting. During this incredible period in US history, domestic manufacturing skyrocketed, and our populous demanded fresh laborers who had highly developed skills. Whether it was the manufacturing of homes, automobiles or supplies for our army abroad, computers and automated machines were not quite available. At Conant, the remnants of these great machines still linger as a testament to their quality, still highly functional after decades have past. So, enjoy the video and immerse yourself in the culture of America’s once-great industrial era.
Have you ever looked at something in your home and wondered, “how is this made?” There’s an inherent curiosity in all of us that begs this question, as discovery is one of the greatest joys in life. Today, I encourage you to read on and learn about the process of creating our Single Arm Black Pipe Insulator Sconce, and observe as if you are here with us in the workshop, just behind our showroom on Pine Street.
The process of creating this sconce (as well as pretty much all of what we create here) begins with raw materials. Typically, these materials are first organized in their raw form, for the purpose of documentation and inventory.
Secondly, the desired finish is applied to each part in a highly ventilated space. Here , Santiago applies the black finish to a back plate. The application process is much more difficult than simply spraying down each part; it is a skill to apply well and evenly, requiring great precision. After the application process, the pieces are hung to dry and organized awaiting construction.
Next, the sconce is ready to be assembled. Here, Santiago can be seen connecting the pieces and wiring the fixture. Wiring a fixture is “almost like surgery” Ben Danowitz explains, as getting the wiring through thin curved piping can be a challenge with all of the bends and turns. Think the classic boardgame Operation, except you’d get a real shock were the fixture plugged in! Take a look at an organic looking fixture in your home, a curvy chandelier for example. Now imagine trying to fit wires through each stem…looks challenging, right?
Finally, the sconces are connected to a high voltage tester to assure that each socket is working correctly. Above, Santiago strips the wire and attaches the voltage tester, confirming the strength of the fixture. Now, the fixtures will either be shipped to a client or head to the showroom for replenishment.
There you have it folks, a little insight into the world of Conant Metal & Light! Stay tuned for more behind the scenes goings on here, or stop on by the showroom for a view from the frontlines!
Design New England
working with a (RE)purpose!
The 40's Era Machinist
This Is Not a Pipe...Sconce