When Ed Sexton and Doug Taylor happened across a long hidden, nearly forgotten treasure trove of handblown vintage Murano lamps from the 40s, 50s and 60s, they bought the entire inventory and SWANK LIGHTING was born.
An East Coast company originally imported these gorgeous high-end lamps from the finest Venetian glass houses including Barovier & Toso, Barbini, Seguso, and Venini. Originally they were sold exclusively at a New York City store. Later they expanded their market and their lamps were offered at fine department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Marshall Fields.
Changing tastes and mass production techniques in the 1970s compelled the company to focus fully on their gilded iron furniture business, leaving a large cache of beautiful Murano lamps crated, untouched and all but forgotten in their warehouse.
When Ed and Doug came upon what can only be described as a 20th century archeological find, they purchased the entire contents of the warehouse. They took seven months to uncrate these timeless works of art from Murano and Venetian craftsmen. They then completely restored the Murano lamps using UL Certified hardware.
Introducing SWANK LIGHTING, a fabulous collection of original Venetian Art Glass Lamps, updated and ready to show off in your 21st Century environment.
In 2008 Swank Lighting launched Swank Studio to create wonderful contemporary lamps with a unique Swank flair. Check out our American hand blown glass lamps by Joe Cariati, Rock Candy, Minerals & Coral, as well as our furniture and accessories line.