Authentic Designs Historic Lighting - Old House Journal Magazine

Authentic Designs Lighting

Original and Historic Reproduction Lighting Made in Vermont

(800) 844-9416
154 Mill Road, West Rupert, VT 05776

Authentic Designs builds historically accurate lighting fixtures by hand in our rural Vermont workshop. Our designs include Colonial, Federalist and other Early American designs, Victorian, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Mid-century, and more.



In addition to our signature line of historic lighting, we also create custom fixtures for many design & architectural firms. We began by researching the originals which we found in historic New England inns, museums and private collections, and now recreate them in perfect detail. All our fixtures are UL listed with fully concealed wiring, or can be built for use with candles. Many of our outdoor lights are certified for wet locations.


For people who are restoring older homes, and for those who enjoy the grace and beauty of historic designs in more contemporary settings, our fixtures are ideal for transitional and eclectic decors such as contemporary farmhouse. In fact, we were featured on a season of This Old House on PBS, which followed the construction of a contemporary farmhouse built by Connor Mill-Built Homes on the North Shore of Massachusetts.


Our lighting fixtures are made of solid brass, copper, terne and the finest Vermont hardwoods. Each piece is cut, bent, shaped and turned by hand. Authentic Designs is also 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.

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.

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