is there a paper catalog?
The best and most up-to-date information on our products is here on the website. You can print out the entry for each particular product as a one-sheet, or you can sort by category and print out information on all products we offer in that category.
Are these fixtures easy to install?
Definitely. Easy-to-follow instructions are included with all of our lighting. If you know how to handle a wire nut, you may not even need an electrician. All MMD Lighting comes flat-packed.
What will i need to install these things?
We provide the necessary materials to suspend the light. Some of the smaller fixtures suspend from the wire itself, while more substantial fixtures utilize 2 hooks, which are provided. We also provide a white metal ceiling canopy.
HOW MUCH DO THESE THINGS WEIGH?
Not as much as most people think.
The Tribeca Banqueting Chandelier, representative of an approximate average size and weight of the lighting we sell - weighs only about 14 lbs total. If any thoughts occurred to you about reinforcing your ceiling, lose those thoughts: any ceiling can easily hold the weight of all of our lighting.
How does shipping work?
All MMD Lighting is shipped flat-packed.
We ship all fixtures free anywhere throughout the continental United States. Free shipping applies to retail purchases only, and cannot be combined with any discounts. As we are a small independent company, any return shipments would be at the customer’s cost. Any replacement or upgraded orders will incur standard shipping charges. If a customer wishes to use their own shipping service, we will gladly cooperate to make items available for pick-up. Just let us know how you want to arrange it.
Shipping within the continental US - Free for non-sale items sold at retail price. All other shipping is done at UPS's ground rate, and passed onto the customer. It's almost always pretty reasonable, rarely exceeding 6% or so of the purchase price.
International Shipping: For our customers outside the United States, shipping charges will be added to your order prior to checkout . If your country charges tariffs/duty in excess of our listed shipping charge, we reserve the right to contact you to cover the difference prior to shipment. If you work with your own shipping company, we would be happy to work with them. Please contact us to make those arrangements. We use UPS (United Postal Service) for international shipments, and DHL for international air shipments (for when it needs to get there quickly and you don't mind paying a buck or two to make that happen).
for more information regarding Michael McHale shipping policies, please see our shipping policy page
Regarding our aesthetic
Industrial pipes and fittings possess a simple recognizable geometry which we see all around us in our built environment but our brains have been trained to ignore. Michael McHale Designs has harnessed that simple geometry to create lighting fixtures which are at once familiar and intuitive, yet utterly new. By “re-staging” ordinary materials to occupy honorific areas of the built environment, McHale lights celebrate the beauty of the ordinary objects all around us.
There is an “of course!” quality to McHale lighting which will ensure its aesthetic relevance for decades to come.
Where else are Michael McHale Designs fixtures available online?
You can always buy any MMD fixture right here on this site. All of our retail partners are required to sell at the same price as we sell here on our site. If you see one of our fixtures selling anywhere else for cheaper (other than a private sale on an auction site), let us know and we will match or better that price
Do you offer designer discounts?
WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION SO FAR?
What kind of crystal do you use?
All our crystal lighting is made with superior quality Bohemian crystal. This crystal is fully-leaded (around 30% – the optimal level for light refraction) and is "optically pure."
Optical purity is achieved during the cooling process of making crystal. Most crystal, when it is made, is allowed to cool naturally, which means it cools like a cake would (cooling faster on the inside than the outside). The disparity in temperatures results in tiny striations, which you can see on close inspection. These slight striations slightly distort the path of light passing through the crystal. It’s subtle but becomes very apparent once you are aware of it.
We offer the option with selected collections (The Industrial Collection, The Bryce Collection) of colored crystal, which will always be Swarovski crystal. We have found that when it comes to colored crystal, no other crystal compares to Swarovski when it comes to brilliance, clarity, and vibrancy. It's also crazy expensive, which is why we need to charge an uplift for that option.
How quickly can you deliver?
Tribeca Collection pieces are ready-to-ship and can usually be shipped somewhere between two and five business days if in stock. If we're out of stock, we can usually make and ship an order in under two weeks (if you need the piece by a certain time, please let us know and we will move heaven and earth to make that happen).
Industrial Collection and Bryce Collection pieces are made-to-order, so please allow 4-9 weeks for delivery. Ag you have a particular deadline you need to meet, please let us know. We can usually arrange things to meet your deadline.
I live in a country with 220/240 voltage. Can I still order one of these?
Yes. For the Tribeca Collection, we would include socket adapters which would allow European (e14) bulbs to fit into American candelabra (e12) sockets. The Industrial Collection and the Bryce Collection will work without the need for any adapters.
Please note that international orders do not ship with bulbs, and shipping charges depend on the country and the physical size of your order. We will also work with your shipping company if you have one.
Where can I see MMD lighting?
As our business has evolved over the past eight years, we have moved away from the showroom model and toward the e-commerce model. It's much more efficient for people to see our lighting through our website and online partners than it is through bricks-and-mortar. It is also why our prices are so reasonable for handmade artisanal work.
We've put dozens photographs of our fixtures on Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and our image gallery which should give you a pretty good sense of the vibe of the work we do. Almost everyone who orders from us without having seen one in person beforehand reports that they are even better in real life.
If you live in the New York City area and would like to come to our studio, please contact us for an appointment -- we'd love to meet you in person and show you some of the things we do. Or we could meet at one of the local New York City restaurants which display our work.
What’s the MM Signature Crystal?
This is a special Swarovski Strass Crystal which we have specially lasered with our initials that recapitulate our logo (which you can see at the top of the page). A chandelier crystal signifying a brand of crystal chandelier, it is the ultimate luxury hang tag. The MM Signature Crystal serves as a hang tag, assigning pedigree to these handmade, genre-redefining chandeliers in a way that transcends their furniture category.
As Richard Wise, former Vice-Chairman of the iconic New York advertising agency Agent 16 notes: “This takes a lighting fixture and elevates it to the status of signed art.”
Are MMD Lights UL-listed?
The Matrix Collection Linear Suspension is UL listed. For our Tribeca, Industrial, and Bryce Collections, all are made with 100% UL-listed components but the fixtures are not themselves listed (UL makes it difficult for small artisan studios like ours to cost-effectively list all our fixtures).
If you would like a fixture in one of those collections UL listed, please let us know and we can run it over to get it certified at a UL testing facility for a small upcharge.