Authentic Designs builds historically accurate lighting fixtures by hand in our rural Vermont workshops. We specialize in Early American and Colonial designs, and also create lighting designs reproduced from (or inspired by) other styles and traditions. Sources for our designs include private collections, historic buildings, restorations, museums, auction houses and antique dealers.
All of the chandeliers, sconces, wall lanterns, post lanterns, floor and table lamps which you see on this website were entirely built here in our workshops. Many manufacturers these days import their components, meaning that only the assembly is done locally. We however start from scratch using tools and machines that we have acquired over the years, salvaged, or in some cases built ourselves. We start with only the finest raw materials, including brass, copper, terne, and American-grown hardwoods. We take great care to ensure that the quality and durability of our lights are as lasting as the originals by which we are inspired.
Authentic Designs is continuing a tradition, passed down through three generations, to build quality custom lighting that is entirely handmade, and both elegant and functional in design and execution. We are committed to providing our clients with excellent customer service — no phone menus or devices — always an informed and invested person to guide and assist. We are committed to creating an atmosphere that makes the process of purchasing our lights a pleasant, efficient and even educational experience, and we extend that commitment into the management and operations of our workshops.