When Brian Faherty discovered a set of cast-iron glass molds in 2002, he thought a new craft lighting business would be a fun side project. Lo and behold, Schoolhouse Electric’s hand-blown shades and lighting fixtures inspired by American craftsman and mid-century modern styles took off. Soon Brian was searching for a bigger production facility, and a bigger space to show his wares.
The new Schoolhouse Electric factory and showroom opened its doors this month in the trend-setting Northwest Industrial District. True to Portland form, it is a hive of collaboration. Ristretto Roasters has moved in with a café (featuring James Beard Award winner Kim Boyce’s fine pastries). There are plenty of nooks for sitting and savoring – and people watching – in this expansive 1910 warehouse made cozy in its artful layout. Anna Mara Floral Design adds sweet scents and a colorful bounty to the scene while local fashion celebrity Adam Arnold brings a whimsical touch to slipcovers (and Brian’s outfit, above). Portland design favorite Egg Press is also on site; their partnership with Schoolhouse Electric has led to a whole new line of textiles including bedding and jaunty heraldic throw pillows.
In fact, Schoolhouse Electric’s wares have now expanded to furnish an entire condo, office or bungalow with quality goods from small manufacturers. And the only place to experience it in its entirety is here!