Michael McHale Designs started life almost a decade ago as a DIY project from a somewhat digruntled entertainment lawyer in New York City. Michael McHale, at the time in the middle of a career crisis, was on the hunt for a light fixture for his Brooklyn apartment, and thought that what was available at that time was lacking both in terms of the materials used and the aesthetic expressed. The message seemed to be "look at me -- I'm cool!" There was room in the marketplace, McHale, thought, for a more interesting, complex message. That was almost a decade ago.
From its start, Michael McHale Designs has been an ongoing experiment in pushing the boundaries of conventional lighting design.
MMD makes lighting out of gas pipes. And rubber hoses. And flowers. And old cell phones. It makes chandeliers to hang in all the traditional places but also in untraditional ones: Outside; in corners; over bathtubs; in closets and lockers.
It makes lighting that can change with the times without needing the electrican.
It makes lighting for people who know their own tastes, and know that, in the right circumstances, even the most mundane materials can be beautiful and evocative.
Since MMD started, its lighting has hung in the homes of TV stars and US senators; in Moscow coffee houses and Doha boutiques -- even in a Harley Davidson showroom. But, despite all its success, Michael McHale Designs has remained deliberately small. Many customers have, at some point, spoken with Michael personally. Michael will never be commoditized, and will always ensure that to own an MMD light will always be to own a handmade labor of love.