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We’re reaching the end of our #madeintheusalighting designers but before we close out we have one more east coast gang of 3 to show you. Rich Brilliant Willing, a clever combination of last names who may very well be all three of those things… who knows. They certainly have a formidable portfolio and some recent accolades backing them.

But what we really love about these guys is their stage set look and the full bodied light source you get with most of their fixtures. It makes for a very iconic look. We also love that they produce everything from their shop in Brooklyn. That means these fixtures only have to travel a short length of 95 before they end up in your home.

The Monocle Sconce

Looking for class? The Monocle Sconce has it. With a name like “The Monocle Sconce” how could it not. What’s even better is that that monocle gives this fixture that full bodied light emitting capability which we love so much.

As always take a look at our customization page to see where these fit in your home. And head over the RBW website to take a look at some of their other light fixtures.

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So far our #madeinUSAlighting and #madeinPhillylighting campaign has showcased a variety of designers from Cedar and Moss with their woodsy-modern look to George Nelson with his light and airy bubble lamps. This next designer is another west coast, USA made favorite. They go by “Cerno” which is Latin meaning, to resolve, decide or distinguish. And true to the name there is a very deliberate, purposefulness (pretty sure that’s a word) to each fixture.

That deliberate aesthetic is no doubt a product of their working environment. These guys design and produce in house, which gives them an intuitive understanding of their material limitations and maintains an honesty in their work. When you buy a fixture from Cerno you know you’re getting a well thought out design crafted for usability.

But don’t finish reading this post with the misconception that this is a stern company classically rooted to a Latin name and deliberate work. The gang of 3 “do’ers” probably spend as much time goofing off as they do designing. With their So. Cal location and nearby beaches I’m sure there is no shortage of Cerno, “team building” surf days. We’re more than a little jealous but our game of “name that smell” provides all the entertainment Postgreen needs.

Now if you need any more convincing of the awesomeness of Cerno I recommend you check out this video. I think you’ll agree that their seriousness is at least partially a cover for their laid back attitude.

Levo

Without further ado please allow me to introduce the coolest combined ambient and task lighting fixture we’ve ever seen. Designed as a bedside reading lamp with the flexibility to create ambient light for the whole room. It gives you the opportunity to resolve to read more without the guilt that follows when you don’t follow through. It’s rare to find designers with that kind of foresight but these guys have a sensibility like no other.

They even remembered to make a left hand light and a right hand light in case you and your significant other both want to considering reading. I told you they were good. Head over to our websites customization page to see the Levo as well as our other Made in the USA and Made in Philly options.

 

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Today’s #madeinUSAlighting selection comes with a bit of a story to it, a story which sent me back into my FourSquare history to properly remember. Thankfully, this was just after joining FourSquare (2 years later than everyone else), and I was checking in every place I visited no matter how small. So the trail is pretty well documented and even includes some shots from my personal Instagram feed to help fill in the blanks.

It was June of 22nd of 2013 and Brian Phillips and I were in sunny LA attending and speaking at the Dwell on Design conference and exhibit. If you haven’t been, we highly recommend attending and staying a few days to explore downtown LA which nowadays, is actually pretty not bad as hip cities go. We had spent the first two days of our LA travels on food, drink and architecture, as one might expect. But, our final day was reserved for exploring LA’s Art’s District which we had heard was a bit like our neighborhood of Port Fishington back in Philly. Grungy, artsy and scattered with unique housing, design shops, multi-use warehouses, and some of the best places to grab food, drink and coffee (we are never going to stray that far from the food and drink theme).

That day, Brian and I finished our talk on the 100K House and grabbed a cab to the heart of the Arts District. We were full of hunger and thirst from pouring so much energy into our presentation (not actually the reason but still . . . ), so we sought out a Bier Garden called Wurstkuche that came highly recommended by the interwebs. Everything from the entrance doors to the giant beer hall tables reminded us of our own Frankford Hall and we felt right at home. This Arts District was getting off to a good start.

After stuffing ourselves with sausages and a few beers, we set out in search of a remote coffee shop that our late night architecture tour guide (former student of Brian’s) assured us was the best in LA. We had a dark and blurry image of the place from 3AM that same morning and with that in hand we headed out in search of this Handsome Coffee Roasters joint. “Would it be as good as our Ultimo Coffee from Philly?” was the refrain of our conversation on the journey.

A few hundred feet into our journey for the best coffee in LA we stumbled upon a men’s clothing store full of indigo and canvas and all other sorts of obviously well-made items. This store turned out to be Apolis which is a pretty cool global brand based in LA that empowers small communities worldwide through the manufacturing of their goods. Overwhelmed by the awesomeness of their products and sensing Brian’s clothing-related comfort level quickly deteriorating (not enough architect black?), I sadly left without purchasing even a small chambray or linen pocket square . . . a mistake I regret to this day.

We resumed our journey toward amazing coffee. We had nearly arrived at our stated destination when we were again waylaid by the neighborhood. A fortunate glance down an alley revealed a handful of food trucks serving deliciousness to a mass of people in what otherwise looked like a deserted block. We hesitated for a moment, but such was our need of caffeine that we pressed on after vowing to return. Handsome Coffee was around the corner and it did not disappoint. There seemed to be almost nothing in the area other than their massive warehouse containing offices, roasting facility and of course, the coffee shop. We caught them close to closing or during a change of machines or some other unknown coffee-related task that caused a very slight delay in the delivery of delicious coffee to our faces. For this, they gave us our cups of joe on the house. Nice people. Good coffee. The Arts District is still winning in our books.

We were anxious to get back to the food truck oasis and had googled the phrase “Parachute Market” that was emblazoned on a banner around the corner from said trucks. It turns out this place was a sort of pop up flea market with vintage goods along side talented local designers, beer by donation and gourmet food trucks. It was going on that day only. What good deed was karma rewarding us for? Brian and I exchanged quick blank stares upon entering. We were mutually struck with disbelief at our luck in leading us to randomly stumble on such authentic LA design awesomeness in one place.

Led by the basest instinct, we quickly found ourselves at the beer and food trucks in the back. Sadly realizing we were too full still from the bier garden to eat, we checked out the coolest and most substantial collection of aprons we’d ever seen. I never thought I’d have an apron on my design/clothing wishlist, but these guys at Hedley & Bennett made it so.

The beer tent awaited and we were drawn toward it like bees toward nectar. There we received the final two beers in the keg from none other than the wife of Mr. Amazing Apolis clothing store where we had so recently browsed in awe. At that point this kind of fortuitous happening was beginning to seem almost normal.

Fueled with the perfect balance of beer and caffeine, we turned our attention to two designers set up in the main room. One of these was Mr Benjamin Luddy of Scout Regalia (shown below) who had just finished designing and fabricating an urban bicycle with some of his friends in Philly not too far from Brian and I. It looked like an LA version of a dutch cruiser . . . whatever that means.

Finally, we make it to today’s subject lighting designer, Brendan Ravenhill. Next to Scout Regalia sat Matt Hunt (at least we think it was Matt) from the Brendan Ravenhill LA design studio. He was a swell guy and good for a chat. I quickly snatched up a bottle opener of made of wood, a bent nail and a strategically placed magnet I recognized from any number of design blogs on the internets. It was all I could afford at the time and I didn’t want to make the same mistake I did at Apolis.

Ravenhill’s objects were impressive and left a lasting impression on me. I’ve kept an eye on his work over the past year and am quite pleased to offer some of his lighting products in our homes seen below. Peruse those next, but let’s finish this LA Arts District journey first.

Before leaving, I bummed $10 off of Brian and snatched up a well worn, vintage blue handkerchief which has become my go to pocket square and helped right the wrong of not purchasing anything from Apolis an hour prior. Feeling thoroughly pleased with our jaunt through this Fishtownesque neighborhood, we set out for the airport.

The one downside of this neighborhood was that it was a bit removed from downtown. LA is not exactly a walkable city and the only public transit was a random bus here or there. We walked for blocks and were determined not to call a cab. Finally we spotted a bus and hurried to it’s corner stop where some locals were boarding. We were a few steps behind the others and caught the eye of the bus driver. He took one look at our apparently obvious east coast vibe and simple shook his head in disapproval while slowly closing his doors and proceeding through the intersection leaving us stranded once again.

Our local tour guide from the previous night had told us about this magical Uber-like service called Lyft where normal people strapped big pink mustaches to their cars and carted you around to wherever you wanted to go for a suggested donation. We didn’t really believe this was true, but this seemed like as good a time as any to test out it’s validity. A few short minutes later, we had downloaded the app, punched in our cc info and Barry was on his way in a white Rav4 stocked with water bottles and iPhone chargers to take us wherever we wanted. We could hardly believe this thing was not a joke and it was actually transporting us out of what seemed like the middle of nowhere outside LA.

Barry was such a pleasant dude, that we decided we had enough time before our flight to have him drive us to Santa Monica where he happily dropped us off. We donated handsomely and privately to Barry’s efforts while he rated us as excellent passengers on his own intelligent phone. What a concept. What a day.

This was the story of how we were introduced to Brendan Ravenhill’s incredible designs, all hand-crafted in the US of A. We hope you liked it and we hope you buy one of our homes in the future and select one or more of Brendan’s lights to grace it.

We also hope you set out on your own design seeking adventure someday and if you do, be sure to tell us all about it.

Cord Pendant – Entrance Chandelier


Grain Pendants – Dining Table

Grain Barrel Pendants – Kitchen Island

 

Bare Light – Kitchen Island

Cord Lamp & Hood Sconce – Bedroom Sconces

Bare Ring Sconce – Bedroom

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