All metal parts are made of American sheet copper, brass or terne coated copper. Individual parts start out as sheets of metal on which patterns are laid out, cut, folded, rolled and soldered by hand.
When called for in a particular model, wood parts are hand turned of Vermont maple and stained or painted in keeping with the original designs. We make no compromises with either materials or quality.
Authentic Designs offers a die array of finishes on a wide range of lights. We offer Basic brass, Basic Terne, Basic Copper, Poverslished & Lacquer, Special Darkened Terne, Special Hand-Rubbed Bronze, Special Antiqued Brass, Special Gunmetal, Special Verdigris, Basic Terne, Special Antiqued Copper, Special Pewter, Special Hand Painted.
We offer three kinds of glass options for our standard lines: pane, rippled and seeded. Pane glass comes standard while ripple and seeded can be added for an additional cost. Rippled glass is the most opaque with bubbled striations while seeded glass is handblown and shaped and has minor dimples and blemishes.
Custom Lighting Designs and Builds
Authentic Designs has been designing and building custom lights since our inception. We work one on one with our clients to ensure that the fixtures we build perfectly fit their intended space. We are committed to creating an atmosphere that makes the process of purchasing our lights a pleasant, efficient and even educational experience, and we extend that commitment into the management and operations of our workshops.
Excellent Customer Service
We are committed to creating an atmosphere that makes the process of purchasing our lights a pleasant, efficient and even educational experience, and we extend that commitment into the management and operations of our workshops.
Experts in our Field
With over 50 years of experience Authentic Designs is a leader in our industry. Each of our products are beautifully crafted and durably made so they shine for decades to come. Whether classical or contemporary our designs are steeped in historical precedence and our attention to detail ensures a perfect piece every time.
This Old House: The North Shore Farmhouse
Several years ago, the film crew from This Old House came to our workshops to showcase our shop and the fixtures we are building for the Harb Family's Connor Home.
The episode began airing on local PBS stations in late April 2016.
House Beautiful: Into the Woods
We’re pleased that our Salem Meeting House Chandelier was chosen to grace to cover of House Beautiful magazine.
A special thank you to Chapman Designs of Houston Texas and Truex Cullins of Vermont for specifying our lighting.
Design New England: Revival on Main St.
About a landmark mansion in Manchester VT from the 19th century, being restored by architect Ramsay Gourd.
Authentic Designs built the custom library lamp featured on p. 150.
New England Home: The Genuine Article
Every month, their editors highlight local sources of quality interior goods through their series "In Our Backyard". Check out Authentic Design's profile.