When David Littman, the founder of Hudson Valley Lighting (HVL) was about eight years old, he began accompanying his mother on antique treasure hunts. He credits those excursions for his well-developed appreciation for beautiful, lasting things. Later, in high school, he spent summers working for his inventor grandfather, William Littman, as an apprentice in his commercial lighting factory. Those experiences set the foundation for a leader with a fervent passion for matching the outward beauty of a light fixture with the inner strength of its materials. From a family owned business that started in his grandfather’s basement to a recognized front-runner in the lighting industry, under Littman’s leadership, Hudson Valley Lighting continues to produce exceptional lighting that stands the test of time. Though it’s difficult to pick favorites with this lineup of treasures, here are a few heirloom-worthy mentions:
Hudson Valley’s Roundout Chandelier is an Atomic age-inspired chandelier. The cool contemporary fixture features a central “atom” with 6 or more round lamps juxtaposed with a single open ironwork cube encasement.
Showcased in aged brass or polished nickel finishes, this sculptural collection includes a Roundout Multi-Cube Pendant Light with 8 to 12 lamps. Notice how the cubes appear to be tumbling through space? The Roundout is a perfect example of HVL’s flair for taking an iconic mid-century design and extending it to a new retro-chic status to complement many design settings.
Next in our treasure trove is the Pelham collection. With a nod to vintage industrial lighting, these domed utility lights have all the bells and whistles of industrial age originals. Crafted from solid brass and cast metal, the Pelham family includes pendant and wall sconce styles. Sconces have adjustable domed shades to direct light where you want it and metal tension clips hold the etched glass diffusers to the base.
And for those who prefer a glass shade, the Pelham Wall Sconce with Glass Shade has a white opal matte glass shade which invites a more traditional touch. When you think of industrial lighting do you automatically think of the kitchen work station? There is no denying that this collection would up the chic factor in a modern farmhouse industrial kitchen. Still, with a variety of transitional finishes to choose from, including historic bronze, polished or satin nickel and aged brass, it has universal appeal. Look to Pelham family to effortlessly harmonize with a variety of spaces from the bath and bedroom to the dining and living room.
With HVL’s uncanny knack for giving Old World silhouettes a fresh simplicity, the Abrams Collection is a signature style that shines in today’s tastefully eclectic homes. Juxtaposing thick black textured arms with tall, slim metal candlesticks alight with exposed carbon-filament “flames”, the design strategically straddles one high and low candle on each side.
The two-tiered expression adds visual appeal to both Abrams 10 Light Chandelier and the corresponding Abrams Wall Sconce. Combined with the central black cross pieces, the aged brass and polished nickel finishes harmonize with a wide range of interior palettes and fixtures.
A study in early 20th-century task lighting, the Hillsdale Collection features wall sconces with vintage cast swivels for adjustability, topped with linen shades for a softer, traditional look. Ideal for hard-to-light corners and small spaces, these versatile fixtures feature one light or two light swivel wall sconces.
The Horizontal and Vertical Hillsdale Wall Sconces have extendable and swing-arm articulation. The finish options, which include aged brass, historic nickel, old bronze, and polished nickel play an integral part in bringing a more contemporary or traditional tone to your spaces.
Red Hook Collection
The Red Hook collection showcases a whimsical machine age-inspired design, blending the cage pendant lights of the time with the wide blades of food mixers from the 1940s. The straightforward designs house Edison-style bulbs wrapped in flat-banded whisk cages in streamlined candle-cups.
Red Hook pendant lights suspend from a round canopy by a single stem and use short or long (T10) lamps. The wall sconces style one or two lights for up and down ambient lighting. As with many of the HVL collections, the Red Hook group acts as a transitional bridge to both contemporary and classic design elements.
The best treasures are often easiest to find and the above collections are just a sampling of the heritage quality lighting collections that Hudson Valley Lighting has to offer. Since opening its doors in 1985, the US lighting manufacturer creates and drafts its designs in-house, seeing them through to full-scale production. Priding themselves on putting quality first, Hudson Valley Lighting derives ideas for fixtures from a vast array of sources and is a prolific source of lighting expertise, from selecting the perfect personality lighting to choosing the right sized fixture and installing it for optimal results.
Ashlee Coogan is a Site Merchandiser for YLighting. Ashlee calls the East Bay home and is usually found in the California sun enjoying brunch with her schnoodle. With a great appreciation for glamorous, modern design, she continues on her forever pursuit of perfect gold accent pieces to incorporate into her home décor or fashion.