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Vendor Spotlight: Tony Brenta, Phoenix Day

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Phoenix Day is owned and operated by Tony Brenta, the company founder’s great grand nephew. Since Phoenix Day’s inception in 1850, the company has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the lighting market and its clients. Tony takes great pride in continuing to fabricate quality custom light fixtures, each carefully hand crafted at the workshop in San Francisco. Most days, will find Tony out in the workshop or meeting with client’s to review custom lighting designs using brass, bronze and hand-blown glass.

Phoenix Day carries a selection of traditional, transitional and contemporary designs, in a full range of standard and custom finishes. They offer the unique opportunity to customize their product line items, as well as create completely custom pieces. Phoenix Day also works on lighting restoration, and is currently restoring the main chandelier for the historic Curran Theater, originally fabricated by Phoenix Day in 1922. Phoenix Day light fixtures can be found at private residences around the world, as well as The San Francisco Opera House, The Awahnee Lodge at Yosemite, Cairdean Winery, The Four Seasons Hotel Ko Olina and Stanford University.

Tony and Phoenix Day uphold a commitment to combining historic traditions with a modern interpretation, all the while maintaining the quality & consistency established in 1850.

View Phoenix Day on the TL site.

Thomas Lavin presents Hearing Light… Seeing Sound: Designing with All Our Senses

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Join us for a spirited exchange among distinguished professionals in the complementary disciplines of fine art, music, and design on how memorable design ignites all the senses to achieve true artistry in their chosen fields.


With noted furniture designer and accomplished pianist Dakota Jackson, who is introducing his newest furniture collection, Symphony, with each piece designed in a particular musical style
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Bonnie Greenberg, music supervisor for such major Hollywood movies as Hairspray,
My Best Friend’s Wedding, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
and It’s Complicated
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Raffi Kalenderian, painter whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at
The Saatchi Gallery in London and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Project
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Moderated by Michael Slenske, a Los Angeles-based writer and contributing editor at Modern Painters, Art + Auction, and CULTURED. His work regularly appears in W, Architectural Digest, WSJ, and Wallpaper* among other publications.
Wednesday, September 21 at 4PM
Pacific Design Center, 2ND Floor Conference Room

RSVP to admin@thomaslavin.com

Reception immediately to follow
in the Thomas Lavin Showroom, Suite B310

Artist Spotlight: Michael McEwen, McEwen Lighting Studio

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mcewenheadshot-blogA life rich in experiences – from performing classical ballet and studying textile design, jewelrymaking, silversmithing and sculpture to a fascination with all things mechanical – prepared Michael McEwen for his ultimate career as a lighting designer. It all began with a field trip to a junkyard, where he saw the possibility of creating functional art with cast-offs such as optical lenses, gears and cast iron furnace elements, and sold his one-off light fixtures via galleries and private commissions. Eventually, the constraints of found objects gave way to the freedom of fabricating in metals with unique finishes, blown and kiln-formed glass, and hard woods, and McEwen Lighting Studio Editions was born in 2003, with a show of standard fixtures at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The fixtures, which are highly customizable, emphasize clean, modern silhouettes, and Michael preserves their soulfulness through his dedication to exacting craftsmanship and use of authentic materials. MLS designs can be found illuminating private residences across the country; shedding light on such entertainment-industry HQ’s as Pixar and Dreamworks Records; and shining up acclaimed food and wine destinations like Chaya Braserrie, Tra Vigne Restaurant, and Silver Oak Cellars – a testament to Michael’s extraordinary passion for his life’s work.

View McEwen Lighting Studio on the TL site.