154 Mill Road, West Rupert, VT 05776
Authentic Designs builds historically accurate lighting fixtures by hand in our rural Vermont workshops. Our designs range from Colonial, Federalist, and other Early American designs to Victorian, Art Deco, Empire, Arts & Crafts, and more.
In addition to our signature line of historic lighting, we also create custom fixtures for many design & architectural firms. Sources for our designs include private collections, historic buildings, restorations, museums, auction houses and antique dealers.
For people who are restoring older homes, and for those who enjoy the grace and beauty of historic designs in more contemporary settings, Authentic Designs crafts hundreds of chandeliers, sconces, lanterns and table lamps. They are electrified with fully concealed wiring, or can be built unwired for candles.
Not only are our designs faithful renderings of the originals, but as far as possible, our reproduction methods are too. Our lighting fixtures are made of solid American brass and the finest Vermont maple. Wherever feasible, each piece is cut, bent, shaped and turned by hand.
Authentic Designs is proud of the superior quality of our finishes. We use the finest materials, formulated especially for us, to achieve the soft patina of aged metals. Our brass pieces are hand burnished to acquire a golden lustre. We also use an 18th century pewter formula, and a plating technique unique to Authentic Designs, to hand apply pewter or gunmetal finishes to our solid brass fixtures.
Our fixtures are UL listed, and many of our outdoor lights are certified for wet locations.
We can also accommodate electrical requirements outside the US. Do you have a design project that calls for hand-crafted lighting fixtures of the highest quality and historical accuracy? An existing fixture which you would like to reproduce or improve upon? Please contact us to discuss.