2016 marks Boyd Lighting’s 95th year. Since the family-owned company opened in San Francisco in 1921, they have been designing and manufacturing exclusive, made-to-order lighting using talented craftspeople in Colorado Springs. (Read what it means to be “hand crafted” on Boyd Lighting’s blog, The SociaLight. The Fall/Winter launch is filled with a little history, lots of glamour and 8 exclusive designs with all the qualities Boyd is known for – meticulous perfection, lasting durability and noticeably beautiful finishes.
The New Lighting Designer
Boyd Lighting manufacturers lighting in partnership with well-known and talented designers like Jamie Drake, Barbara Barry and Windsor Smith. New to the Boyd design family is High Point, NC-based HTK Design. Their over-sized and stunning Comet Series contains a single sconce, double sconce and chandelier. All three fixtures have textured cast parts resembling rough wood bark available in one set of finishes, and smooth machined parts available in a second set of finishes. The sconces have a textured rectangular backplate from which extends one or two arms holding a textured spike. On top of the spike is a textured cradle which holds either a clear or inside etched glass shade. The chandelier features the same arm/spike/shade configuration, with 8 staggered on either side of a rectangular beam. At 23” tall, the spikes are both luxe and breathtaking.
Returning to design for Boyd Lighting is Fisher Weisman of San Francisco. Their San Miguel Chandelier is named after San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands known for baroque Spanish architecture. The over-the-top statement piece is built of solid brass and composed of nearly 1,000 drops that dangle from scalloped mesh panels. When the drops catch the slightest breeze, they “sing” gently with the tinkling sounds of a wind chime. When the drops catch the light, the polished inside surfaces sparkle and disperse a golden glow over the matte outside surfaces and the effect is stunning!
To honor their 95th year, Boyd Lighting has established a new program called Boyd Archives in which they will re-release one historic fixture each year. The first release is the Opera House Ceiling fixture, originally used in San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House (the first municipally owned opera house in the country). It features a star-like mounting bracket and an elaborately faceted glass shade that creates a charming effect on the surrounding ceiling. While the concept might seem familiar, both the glass and the ceiling plate on this fixture are proprietary pieces from the Boyd archives, which means they are not available anywhere else.
Inspired by requests from architects and lighting designers for “non-fixture fixtures” that won’t clutter spare spaces or compete with restrained interiors, Doyle Crosby and a team of in-house designers have developed three fixtures that CEO, Jay Sweet refers to as “un-statement statements.” Joining the T-Light Pendant, released in May 2016, are the Hoopla Pendant and two in wall sconces, the Portal and the Sunbeam.
The Hoopla Pendant is built of a scant, 7/8” powder coated aluminum channel that forms one sinuous stem starting at the canopy and dropping to form an illuminated “hoop” lit by dimmable LEDs. It is available in a warm black powder coat called “Coffee Bean” and a soft white powder coat called “Milk,” and is available in two sizes.
Available in two diameters is the round, in-wall, recessed mounted Portal Sconce. The low profile interior bowl features Boyd’s stunning yellow gold leaf, white gold leaf, or aluminum leaf. The trim ring is available in blackened aluminum or white primer so it can be painted to match the wall color. Imagine a trio of the dimmable, glowing rings in blackened aluminum and gold leaf hanging behind a reception desk.
The linear, in-wall, recessed mounted Sunbeam Sconce features a narrow channel that runs lengthwise down its middle. The inner reflector is available in gold or white gold paint, or white or yellow gold leaf, and the outer frame is available in white primer so it can be painted to match the wall color. With its subtle sparkle, a row of these dimmable sconces lining a corridor would make a big impact.