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Finding My Analog Self in a Digital World

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Finding My Analog Self in a Digital World

Our founder and owner, Brian Faherty, spoke at this year's TedX Portland event. Brian discussed the importance of finding his analog self in a digital world, as well as his emerging anxiety around our constant interaction with the "smart" world. Watch his TedX Portland talk below.

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Warby Parker Visits Schoolhouse

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Warby Parker Visits Schoolhouse

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Alabax Video

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Alabax Video

Watch our Alabax video narrated by company founder and owner Brian Faherty. The Alabax celebrates the beauty of simplicity and quality. Available in 3 sizes and 4 colorways - marigold, gray, white, and black - our versatile, utilitarian fixture resonates with a variety of design styles.

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Sample Sale at Schoolhouse Electric

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Sample Sale at Schoolhouse Electric

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Radar Love Video

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Radar Love Video

Our 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...

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Old-School Plant Swap

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Old-School Plant Swap

Bring some plants, take some home: It’s an old-school plant swap on our Factory Dock, sponsored by Plant Lust. We here at Schoolhouse love gardening. We are spoiled with our temperate Northwest climate, where so many plants thrive. We routinely ignore plant spacing recommendations, which results in unruly plant beds bursting from overgrowth this time of year. Fall is the perfect time to tame crowded gardens by moving plants around, dividing and filling in spots that didn't shine this past summer, and Schoolhouse is proud to host the first-ever Plant Lust plant swap on our factory loading dock, Saturday, October...

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IBM Clock Video

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IBM Clock Video

Watch our IBM Clock video narrated by company founder & owner Brian Faherty. Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. partnered with IBM to exclusively produce their iconic 1960s standard issue wall clock. The clock is a faithful reproduction of the classic IBM clocks found in offices, warehouses, and schools during the mid-20th century. Hand assembled in Schoolhouse Electric’s Portland, Oregon Factory, it is constructed with a USA made spun steel case, domed glass lens, and the original graphic hands and faceplate design. Operated by a Quartz movement with a red, continuous sweep second hand.

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Our Portland Flagship

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Our Portland Flagship

Light abounds in our spacious flagship showroom. It took nine months of renovation to uncover the factory's original character in our 5,000 square foot showroom.  Massive old growth beams were revealed, original maple floors re-found and wood ceiling hand brushed clean.  The original storefront façade was restored and lost windows replaced.  Found local materials and wood salvaged from the building were used in the showroom partitions and display fixtures. The resulting open space feels simultaneously historic and modern; the perfect backdrop for our line of classic fixtures, hardware, furniture, and housewares. Find inspiration from the space, our collection of products...

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Schoolhouse Expansion Story

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Schoolhouse Expansion Story

Watch our Founding & Expansion Story video narrated by company founder & owner Brian Faherty. Hear more about the story behind Schoolhouse Electric Co. and our recent product expansion.

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