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Good Lighting is Worth the Extra Cost

Good Lighting is Worth the Extra Cost

I know -- it's very tempting. Go on discount furniture sites such as Wayfair or Rakuten or even Target and you may see stuff you like. Well designed, cute lighting that might look good in your space. And the price will be a fraction of the cost that it would cost you if you sought out the original designer of that light. Even people of considerable means will think twice about paying for a designer-made fixture when a similar looking one is available at a much lower cost. And certainly there is not much difference between original and knock-off in terms of the function of the object: Both of them will light your space just fine. 
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  • Good Lighting is Worth the Extra Cost

    Good Lighting is Worth the Extra Cost

    I know -- it's very tempting. Go on discount furniture sites such as Wayfair or Rakuten or even Target and you may see stuff you like. Well designed, cute lighting that might look good in your space. And the price will be a fraction of the cost that it would cost you if you sought out the original designer of that light. Even people of considerable means will think twice about paying for a designer-made fixture when a similar looking one is available at a much lower cost. And certainly there is not much difference between original and knock-off in terms of the function of the object: Both of them will light your space just fine. 
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  • A Guide to Chandelier Crystal Quality: What to look for

    A Guide to Chandelier Crystal Quality: What to look for

    One consideration when purchasing a chandelier is the quality of the crystals it has onboard. With jewelry, the quality of the gems incorporated into the ring or necklace gives off a message independent of the jewelry design. So it goes with crystal and chandeliers. As with everything in life, there are grades of crystal quality, and -- as with most things -- you pretty much get what you pay for. ​
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  • Imagery Meets Reality

    Imagery Meets Reality

    We came across a beautifully executed project from Luna Grey Interiors and simply put, fell in love with the finished look. Luna’s approach is based on interactions and imagery with her clients. She takes into account all their needs and...

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  • Keen for "The Keen"

    Keen for "The Keen"

    We're excited to showcase our latest collaboration with The Keen (1708 Lombard St.) out in Philadelphia. Their delightful menu captures good ole American flavors and flair, and well...we like how they've lit up the place. I'd personally recommend the  pig...

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  • Luxury Design meets Smart home

    Luxury Design meets Smart home

    We've always been curious how we can leverage innovation with our sophisticated case of style, and at some point, it was a great challenge. The Bushwick Lantern fuses these two worlds beautifully and takes lighting to a whole new level....

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  • Behold the Bushwick!

    Behold the Bushwick!

    The Bushwick Lantern continues the MMD tradition of creating new lighting forms out of familiar shapes. Here, four simple frames (Either all black steel, or with black steel horizontal and brass vertical frames) are discreetly connected together to hold in...

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  • Let the good times roll at Precinct 10

    Let the good times roll at Precinct 10

    This past spring, we worked with Precinct 10 in Weymouth, MA, and further enhanced their speakeasy feel. - A custom Tribeca Banqueting Chandelier against a painted tin ceiling from the Precinct 10 website.  Precinct 10 is a modern take on...

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  • Gabrielle Santiago

    Not every idea on paper makes sense? Some we have to be creative about and find the angle that draws us to what’s right. When I first Gabrielle’s idea of mixing a Tribeca chandelier with lucite dining room chairs, I...

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