Our Top 5 Trade Spaces of 2019

One of the highlights of working at Schoolhouse is seeing our finished fixtures be a part of beautiful, considered spaces. As a lighting manufacturer, we welcome the opportunity to work directly with designers, architects, and other industry professionals to come up with pieces that fit the vision of their latest project at hand.
We take special pride in our products and are incredibly grateful for the help of our trade partners who position our pieces in carefully curated interiors.

From neighborhood cafés to legendary restaurants, 2019 introduced us to some inspiring individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses. It’s been a true treat to see our products in the wild and marvel at the creative ways people style them. So, as the year comes to a close, we thought we’d share the Top 5 Trade Spaces our readers responded to the most. 



#1: Restaurant Homer


Earlier this year, we were turned on to a new restaurant in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Homer, which opened in a rustic-yet-refined space, serves a wood-fired Mediterranean menu featuring fresh-baked flatbreads, beautiful produce, and soft serve you can take to go. The eatery is the labor of chef Logan Cox and interior designer Sara Knowles, a couple who moved from Washington DC to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 with a dream of channeling their respective crafts to open their own place.

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#2: The Vandal


Restaurateurs Joey Hilty and Emily Slagel opened their restaurant The Vandal in Pittsburgh in 2015, and in doing so helped introduce a city long known for meat-and-potatoes culinary ethos to a thoughtful, contemporary take on American fine dining. Although the restaurant initially opened as a casual counter service spot, images of its dreamy menu and gorgeous decor quickly began to spread across social media. Joey and Emily took the hint and turned the space into a still-casual but more refined sit-down dinner spot.


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#3: Prince Coffee


Modern and minimal, but imbued with warm hospitality, Prince Coffee’s second location is housed on the ground floor of our very own Schoolhouse factory and headquartersFrom subtle brass detailing to carefully curated lighting, custom wood paneling and an abundance of light, there’s plenty to love about their new location. Known not only for their good coffee, Prince has become a local favorite for their fresh-made stroopwafels, a Dutch treat made from pressing two thin waffles together and filling it with “stroop,” a buttery, caramel filling that rhymes with “dope.”


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#4: Horseradish Kitchen


For many an aspiring chef, the food truck provides an accessible opportunity to showcase their cooking talents. Many of those chefs dream of one day opening a brick and mortar location, but not everyone gets the opportunity. By moving from a food truck into a literal brick and mortar building in the heart of rural Wisconsin, Matt Trotter and the crew behind Horseradish Kitchen + Market became some of the lucky ones. Notably, Matt and crew not only made the transition to a permanent restaurant, but they did so with style, creating a space that’s both timeless and welcoming. 


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#5: Tasty n Daughters


It’s no surprise that Tasty n Daughters has been an instant hit - John and Renee Gorham have been all-stars in the Portland dining scene since the notion of a Portland dining scene commanded any respect at all. Rich woodwork, warm brass tones, and aged plaster walls give the space a historic but masculine energy. Big street front windows, on the other hand, provide enough clean natural light to cut right through any potential stuffiness. The Gorham's show off their talent for swirling globe trotting culinary tastes in cool, contemporary spaces that put the kitchen - and their extraordinary culinary vision - in full view.


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