Stone and Dove Hardwood Lighting


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Dan has an MFA in design and spent the first part of his career as a graphic designer. After creating a small woodshop in his basement, he fell in love with design in the third dimension and the warmth and tactile qualities of working with wood. His interest in the vocabularies of the Art Deco period influence his work and his belief in the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement informs the construction. He works with master glass artists and woodworkers all in Baltimore. His work uses all carefully selected sustainable, domestic hardwoods.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: The table lamps are a collaboration between Dan Trachtman, the owner and designer, and a small group of master woodworkers and glassblowers all located in Baltimore. Dan creates the turned pendants. The wood is all sustainable domestic hardwood such as maple, cherry and walnut. Construction uses traditional joinery such as mortise and tenon or is hand turned on a lathe.

    A: In a world where trends in lighting are towards cool metals and high-tech LEDs, Dan is most drawn to the comfort and warmth of wood. It is the ultimate natural material, and when sourced responsibly, is also fully renewable and sustainable. The pairing of wood with glass is both timeless and limitless in opportunities.

    A: For the table lamps, the pieces truly come alive when the user switches them on.The turned pendants are each unique based on the figures in the wood.

    A: The prototyping process is long and the biggest question is often how the glass looks when lit or a pigment will interact with a particular piece of wood. The results can be unpredictable, but sometimes you discover a truly beautiful illumination that was even more compelling than you could have predicted.

    A: My dad was a strong influence and perhaps continues to be even though he passed away some years ago. He was passionate about all creative mediums and encouraged everyone he met to try some creative pursuit. He never got to see my reinvention as a lighting designer, but I think he would have been proud of what I have accomplished.

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