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Inspired by Design: History and Mission
Lamps and objects to contain light sources are among the earliest design efforts, meeting a universal need with the human instinct to beautify and decorate. Every age from prehistoric times has left behind its decorative lamps, torchieres, or lanterns made to burn oil, wood, or wax, usually the work of individual craftsmen working in clay, metal, glass or stone.
In our times lighting designs are made by organized industrial efforts. But when our company came into existence, the founders chose the name Fine Art Lamps to highlight a dedication to lighting design as an art form, an ancient tradition that would again be practiced by creative designers, artisans, and craftsmen.
Max Blumberg began his glass-making factory in the late 19th century, and by 1941 his son Jack founded Fine Art Lamps. He endeavored to gather the finest designers, sculptors, artisans, and decorative artists, many of whose talents had roots in the ancient crafts of Italy where they were born. From the beginning, Fine Art Lamps has been a design leader, creating true works of art – innovative designs, beautifully crafted forms of metal, glass and unique materials with exquisite finishes. In the process, the company developed an artistic standard that has come to symbolize the Fine Art Lamps name today.
Since 1965 Jack’s son Max has carried on the commitment of grandfather and father to design excellence and superb workmanship. In 1976, the company moved to Miami and expanded to a state-of-the-art 400,000 square foot facility. Fine Art Lamps is proud of its pledge to manufacture in the United States of America, based on the belief that this insures design integrity, quality control, reliable delivery, and personal service. Today there are Fine Art Lamps galleries in over sixty countries around the globe.
Fine Art Lamps has been honored with numerous design awards, including the prestigious ARTS® Manufacturer of the Year Award an unprecedented eight of the last sixteen years, and the company was recently inducted into the ARTS® Hall of Fame. Our unique designs are copyrighted and protected by several patents. Today our devoted team of in-house design and development specialists continues to explore new concepts. But the past is always present: Fine Art Lamps’ collections from the 1940s and 50s have been shown around the country in museum retrospectives of the best decorative products of the era, and all our new designs continue to uphold the company’s original mission.
Inspired by Excellence: Quality and Craftsmanship
Beauty is nothing without quality – and for over a century, Fine Art Lamps has adhered to the highest standards of craftsmanship and durability to provide a product worthy of our customers’ confidence. All principal design components are manufactured in-house, from glass-blowing to metalwork, under the strict supervision of the industry’s foremost craftsmen and engineers. And before ever leaving our facilities, each piece is pre-assembled and rigorously tested by Fine Art Lamps’ stringent quality control process.
In all, Fine Art Lamps represents the singular vision of over 700 skilled designers, craftspeople, artists and associates, working together to create unique works of art – an intricate blend of Old World tradition melded with New World innovation.
Inspired by Details: Finishes and Customization
Exquisite finishes are the trademark of all Fine Art Lamps collections; many of the finishes require dozens of steps and applications to achieve the desired effect. Each piece is handcrafted with a unique finishing process, making it a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Through Fine Art Lamps’ exclusive Customization Program, many of our products can be tailored to create your very own work of art. The Program allows you to select the finish, choose the shade type and make minor design modifications. The Fine Art Lamps Customization Program offers added range and flexibility to enhance the décor of discerning Fine Art Lamps’ owners around the world. Ensuring that the human instinct to beautify and decorate will be satisfied once again.