Michael McHale’s journey to becoming a lighting designer is a bit of a Cinderella tale. In 2007, the then-entertainment lawyer went shopping for a light for his New York apartment. Underwhelmed by what was out there, he left empty handed and with a vision that he could do a better job himself. Since then, he’s done just that, creating a grit-meets-glam collection from crystals and steel pipes.
There’s a clear dichotomy in the materials found in Michael McHale’s designs: shimmering, luxurious fully-leaded crystal. Traditional, flame-tipped candelabra bulbs. Reclaimed pipes from construction sites. But the drenching raw, industrial steel in ooh-la-la crystal is a stylistic balance of high and low, and works in a variety of spaces. The crystal chandelier look blends right in with traditional spaces; more modern looks can play off the industrial loft aesthetic.
Here’s a look at a couple of our favorites from Michael McHale Designs:
Tribeca Bar Linear Suspension: A popular and versatile design, this fixture features vintage blackened steel gas pipes drenched in high-quality European crystal. The Tribeca Collection includes a number of other styles as well, including a mini pendant and X-chandelier.
Crystal Gear Pendant: This pendant steps away from McHale’s signature plumbing pipes and instead uses a 3D printed “gear” made out of a eco-friendly, renewable bioplastic. But the design doesn’t stray too far from the Michael McHale look: between the two gears is a ring of optically pure Bohemian crystals that “shifts gears” from gritty to glitzy.
Michael McHale is new at Lumens and part of our semi-annual Design Event, on now. Save 10% on all Michael McHale Designs thru October 31, 2014.