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An Ace Radar Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric Co.

Sep 28th, 2012 | Categories: Made in the USA, Oregon, Shelter | by Michael Williams

The things that Schoolhouse Electric Co. turn out always interest me one way or another, and this wall light the Portland-based manufacturer is no exception. Created in collaboration with their crosstown friends at the ACE Hotel, the new Schoolhouse Electric Co. Radar Sconce comes in six color options and was developed from a light from an old 1970s parts washer.

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Our new Radar Sconce was inspired by a light originally used on an industrial parts washer. Utilitarian simplicity. We loved it. So did Ace Hotel Portland. Teaming up again after a 2007 collaboration, Schoolhouse and Ace developed a versatile and elegant industrial lamp to be used bedside in the hotel’s rooms and bar side in the new Ace basement bar.

When sourcing parts, we stumbled upon a 1970s stamped electrical box from one of our East Coast vendors that had the vintage tooling but hadn’t used in decades. We crushed hard on all the stamped details, including a cross, risk-of-fire warning, and wattage rating on the canopy box face. Functional communication incorporated into the design is what makes many vintage designs so rad. The message wasn’t hidden; it was part of the design, adding texture and character.


Over the last few years I have had a chance to get to know the company founder Brian Faherty a little bit and I tell him frequently how much I appreciate what he does. To me, to see him build a company like Schoolhouse that makes such well-made and aesthetically excellent products is admirable. In my mind he’s doing everything right —making things the way they should be (high quality, good-looking, unique) and defying what many see as conventional wisdom by doing it all in the U.S. —it’s no easy feat. I’m sure it has not been all smooth sailing, but I have to say that I consistently look at the company as one I truly admire. I hope some day I can personally take on an endeavor as ambitious.

A light on a parts washer like this served as inspiration for the Radar Sconce.

Comments: 4

4 Comments to “An Ace Radar Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric Co.”

  1. mat
    on Sep 29th, 2012
    @ 1:15 PM

    they look really great and the way they hang seems pretty unique to me. nice one, not seen these before

  2. Jamie Herzlinger
    on Sep 30th, 2012
    @ 11:02 AM

    Although this isn’t my particular style, I must say…I love these! They would be great to use in a garage or basement! Thanks for the post!

    Love,

    Jamie Herzlinger

  3. henrik
    on Oct 1st, 2012
    @ 12:25 PM

    Ahhh, good ol’ Schoolhouse Electric. Vintage industrial lighting design at it’s finest. But how will these look in 3-5 years? Will this trend withstand? On another note, I do enjoy stopping by their warehouse shop for coffee on Saturdays.

  4. Michael
    on Oct 2nd, 2012
    @ 10:41 PM

    Love industrial. Is the dude with the hat QA? Watch out -Henry Ford wants to kaizen that s€#t and put it on a conveyor..