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Authentic Designs builds historically accurate lighting fixtures by hand in our rural Vermont workshops. We specialize in Early American and Colonial designs, and also create lighting designs reproduced from (or inspired by) other styles and traditions. Sources for our designs include private collections, historic buildings, restorations, museums, auction houses and antique dealers.

Many manufacturers these days import their components, meaning that only the assembly is done locally. We however start from scratch using tools and machines that we have acquired over the years, salvaged, or in some cases built ourselves. All of the chandeliers, sconces, wall lanterns, post lanterns, floor and table lamps we offer were entirely built here in our workshops. We start with only the finest raw materials, including brass, copper, terne, and American-grown hardwoods. We take great care to ensure that the quality and durability of our lights are as lasting as the originals by which we are inspired.

Sources for our traditional designs have come from extensive research conducted over many years. We have worked with museums, historical restorations, private collectors and clients who bring originals for us to recreate.  Our adaptations can be built for candle and wired for electricity.

Our clients include designers, architects, and home owners looking for the perfect lighting to complement their house, and we have been featured on PBS Television’s “This Old House,” and in Architectural Digest and other magazines..

Our shop is located in a converted wood pick mill with brick and slate floors, old wooden beams and many large original windows that look out over the Green Mountains. In the area? Consider a visit to Authentic Designs and tour our workrooms where you can explore the great variety of lighting fixtures and accessories that we produce, and see for yourself how handsome and well-built they are. Or you could just sit back and watch a video of us making a chandelier.

Authentic Designs is open from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and on weekends by appointment.