Her one-of-a-kind lamps made from the detritus of the past included ancient camera bodies transformed into bedside lamps. Articulated wooden hands held Edison bulbs, 1930s electric fan cages glowed, no longer harnessing air but radiating light. Steampunk fans loved her Mason jar chandeliers rigged with rusting pulleys, chains and grappling hooks.
Turn the switch • Much as she loved quirky lamps, Lantz understood she couldn’t build a lighting business with one-off lamps. She would need to become more mainstream.
“I thought about what I would like in my house,” she says. “I wanted modern designs, made from materials with integrity.”
Shine and gleam • A year and a half ago, Lantz quit her job to make lamps full time. She maintains an active Facebook page and Instagram account where people can see her progress from quirky lamp maker to high-style designer. Her Etsy store…