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At Illumenate, we always attempt to bring the best lighting and related products from manufacturers world wide. It is not often that we have the opportunity to present truly one of kind lighting objects that are handcrafted by gifted individuals. On this page, we present the works of Bob Schwarz, a talented and inspired artist from the east coast. Also, we offer the works of Matt Downer, creator of beautiful and functional LED lamps and furnishings from the west. Please scroll down this page to view examples of their talent.

Bob Schwarz
Years ago, I stumbled upon the work of Naum Gabo. His ability to produce three dimensional parabolic shapes by the intersection of straight wire appealed to something in my psyche.

I began experimenting with creating designs that were pleasing to my eye and could be constructed with materials I was able to manipulate. The results are the Starbridges that I make. When I began constructing them I had no conscious objective in mind. I did it, I guess, as a form of meditation.

As it turned out they became Mandalas of a sort, and as I gazed at them they explained themselves as journeys into unknown reaches of outer space - that is the unconscious. In fact many years prior to establishing this series a dream came to me foretelling the existence of the Starbridges. Not until thirty years after the dream and the creation of this work had I made the association.

Folks ask me how I can concentrate so intently and create such compulsive structures. I respond that it all comes from years of counting ceiling tiles and not stepping on cracks.
Devices are Bob's most recent Creations
Landing Beacon Near Lyra
2011 Aluminum, Monofilament, Wood Base, LED Light
13.25 x 13.25 x 28.5"
Copyright © 2012 Bob Schwarz. All Rights Reserved.
Landing Beacon Near Lyra is just an Example of Bob's Imagination.
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Matt Downer

Finely detailed, handcrafted work begs to be touched. One of the great pleasures of working with wood is the rich tactility of it. My hope is that my clients caress each piece I’ve made for them on a regular basis. By feeling the curves and seeing the flow of the grain, the piece stands apart from the world full of objects spat out by machine on the other side of the planet. Painstakingly crafted by attentive eyes and practiced hands, every surface of every piece I make is worked so as to bring life back to the wood that once grew as a beautiful tree.

Forms tend toward the curved with exposed joinery, pegged through-tenons, dovetail etc. Cherry, Maple and Black Walnut constitute the lions share of my materials, but other woods with the potential to bring something to the piece are also eligible. I often incorporate metal, glass and inlays of copper, silver and stone.

These LED Lamps are One of a Kind Creations by Matt
Each Example May be Closely Duplicated, Yet Completely Unique

The Arc LED Desk Lamp
This desk lamp combines the clean, industrial feel of steel with the warm flowing grain of beautiful woods. The vertical member is wood sandwiched in brushed steel and is reminiscent of a ship's mast. The sculpted horizontal member gives a bit of fluidity to the piece. Inset LED lights provide generous illumination to your work surface without sending glare into your eyes. The LEDs are rated to last for 50,000 hours of use before needing replacement and consume only the tiniest amount of electricity.

Wood shown is figured bubinga, but any beautiful hardwood can be substituted.

Length - 40" / Height - 15" / Depth - 6" - Custom sizes available upon request.
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Naturally, being a lighting site, it is our desire to feature lighting and related products. Furnishings created by Matt Downer are a natural and fitting extension of our offerings. Like his lamps, each piece is hand made to order.

Examples of Matt's Handcrafted Furnishings

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