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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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Our NYC Showroom

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Our NYC Showroom

Located in Tribeca, New York, our east coast outpost is a beautiful showroom displaying our lighting, housewares, and furniture collections.

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Our New Factory

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Our New Factory

What was the home of Pacific Hardware and Steel Company in 1910 is now the home of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Company 101 years later. The San Francisco based company needed an outpost in Portland, Oregon, for their growing hardware and tool business and so the heavy timber Douglas fir and brick structure was designed and built by notable Portland architect John Virginius Bennes. The building went from hardware storage to wool storage - for the Columbia Wool Warehouse Company until 1918 - to paint supply storage for W.P. Fuller & Co. The most recent occupant was Coffee Bean International...

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Portland Design Library

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Portland Design Library

Find Inspiration in our Portland Design Library Visit our Portland showroom and find a lounge, long library table and old vault filled with our favorite design books and resources. Enjoy the space for research, meetings or a place to relax. Recently a group of managers from our two Portland Anthropologie retail locations met to find inspiration and plan their upcoming seasonal rollout (see image above).  Designers meet with clients and friends rendezvous for coffee.  We are delighted to see people using the library and welcome you to do the same.

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The History of Our Lighting

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The History of Our Lighting

In 2002 owner and founder Brian Faherty discovered a collection of original cast-iron glass shade molds in an upstate New York warehouse, all but forgotten for more than a half century. “We were literally searching through this huge old warehouse with flashlights, running our hands around the inside of these massive cast-iron molds to feel the shape they made...These are the old original molds that make our shades today.” Once covered with layers of rust and dirt, these molds have been restored and returned to production. This collection represents some of the best examples of true American lighting design and...

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