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Above: Schoolhouse Electric started out in lighting, and Faherty has expanded the brand to include bedding, clocks and other home accessories. The Schoolhouse Electric building now contains a full showroom as well as offices and manufacturing facilities.
Faherty: My research led me to American glassblowers, and after lots of digging and prodding I came across a business in upstate New York that had been in the glassblowing industry since the turn of the century, blowing the old-style shades I had been searching for. The problem was, they had stopped hand-blowing glass since about the time of the war.
Fortunately, they had hung on to the molds. And while some had gone to the foundry for tanks and tools for the war, they had hung on to many of their best molds, which I purchased and had restored. So our shades are blown in the original cast-iron molds from the turn of the century though midcentury.
Do we want to buy disposable consumables in every category? Or do we invest a little more and buy a product that will last, and in certain instances get better with age? We're more interested in fixing things than throwing them away and buying anew. We embrace scratches, fading, patches, dings, tears and other signs of wear as badges of character, artifacts of a unique life lived.