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Murray Feiss Lighting Complete Guide-Review: Chandeliers, Lamps, Sconces, Mounts,
Murray Feiss is one of the most established and best recognized lighting brands operating today in North America and the rest of the world. The sheer scope of design styles, architectural approaches, materials used, and solutions and products offered places Murray Feiss at the top of the industry pyramid, making it a natural lighting choice for many homes.
Though the firm employs thousands of professionals from different fields, at its core it is still a family business – a characteristic that describes its vision perhaps more than anything else.
Murray Feiss is a multi-category company: chandeliers and sconces, pendants and ceiling lights, all sorts of lamps, fixtures and mounts, vanity and outdoor lights – they are all designed to provide a complete, all-round, aesthetically solid solution for practically any imaginable interior or exterior.
Indeed, in order to address a series of lighting needs in a consistent stylistic fashion, the brand organizes its products according to collections – some of them, such as Tuscan Villa and Boulevard, became classics.
Design and Materials
Murray Feiss continue their completist approach when it comes to design as well. Collections divide into several styles and sub-styles: ancient and antique, followed by renaissance-influenced, then baroque, country and romantic, modern, contemporary, and so on.
Brand artists treat their chandeliers and lamps as if they were distinct sculptures – but never the visual aesthetic will impede the main function of lighting; on the contrary, it will always enhance and amplify it.
In order to address the constantly changing tastes and fashions in today's interior design, Murray Feiss employ a wide range of materials. Materials can be divided into two categories: resin, wood and alloys (stainless steel, oil rubbed bronze, nickel, aluminum, burnished and gilded silver) for the main frames and finishing, and glass (silvered, crystal) or translucent fabrics (crepe, linen, shantung) for lampshades, abat-jours, and plafonts.
All materials vary in texture and color, and, when combined, produce a rich and visually informative whole that's more than the sum of its parts.
Bath Lighting and Hardware
Bath lights and accessories form a separate department in the company's assortment. Lighting focuses on ceiling and vanity and mirror lights, while hardware includes shelves, towel bars and hooks, soap dishes and dispensers, toilet paper holders, tumblers, mirrors (the choices of mirrors and bars are by far the largest), and more.
In general, bathroom accessories tend to display curving lines and shapes – to minimize the possibility of injury, but also to instill a flowing, intimate mood. Because mirrors reflect rather than produce light, they constitute an interesting symbolical extension of the main lighting department, offering possibilities of clever interplay between the two.
Another important aspect in the company's oeuvre is the business partnerships. Murray Feiss collaborate with Martha Stewart and Bob Mackie to add several exclusively designed collections (evidently masculine and feminine, respectively). Fans will recognize the signature of their gurus, but will be also fascinated how the ideas they spread via the media take shape in the world of lighting.
Lighting Categories and Collections
Chandeliers comprise a major department in Murray Feiss lighting, offering over 400 models of regular and mini chandeliers, single and multi-tier chandeliers, and uplights (reminiscent in design to semi-flush fixtures). Some of the largest items can be very impressive, and, incorporating crystal, glass, and alloys constitute an architectural piece of its own merit – when the lights are on, the effect more than doubles. Some of the more popular collections in this category include Tuscan Villa, Barrington, Morning Side, Coventry and Stirling Castle, and others.
Pendants provide a simpler, more restrained alternative to the chandeliers. A single light fixture at the end of the stem or chain imply more intimate and quiet mood, and will in many cases suit less crowded rooms. Interestingly, pendant lights resemble floor lamps and torchieres – fixed upside down. Collections include Trebeca, Keaton, Parker Place, and more.
Murray Feiss offer over a hundred different flush mounts. In terms of design, flush mount ceiling lights take yet another step in reducing the chandelier: not only the tiers, but also the stem is gone, leaving only the body, which literally flushes right from the ceiling. Less decorative, and more functional, these items nevertheless possess their own charm.
Semi flush mounts hang somewhere between pendants, uplights, and flush mounts. They descend from the ceiling by a short connecting fixture – which can be notably more complex than just a stem or a chain – but exhibit a body very similar to regular flushmounts. These lights often carry intricate scrollwork, rivalling chandeliers in sophistication. Styles and collections include contemporary and minimalist, as well as country and baroque.
Table lamps form another highly developed department in Murray Feiss: over 200 items of various styles, executed in glass, porcelain, ceramic and other materials. Depending on size, table lamps can be more or less portable – some of them remind (again) of floor lamps or torchieres. Could be the brand's most varied division in terms of design, as bowls, figurines, trophies, and other sculptural elements become incorporated into the subject.
Floor lamps and torchbearers are among the most traditional and antique-inspired products the company manufactures. The former, with the light covered by a reversed conical shade, refer almost immediately to Victorian and Baroque era, while the latter, with an open plate instead of a shade, go back even farther, to medieval times.
Wall lighting provides a range of solutions, from sconces, to swing arm wall fixtures, to bathroom vanity lights. Minimalism – many of the sconces feature a simple frame and glass cover – becomes an important visual principle, as many prefer to keep the things at eye level as simple as possible. Vanity lights counterbalance by adding one, two, or three appendages.
Outdoor lights: lanterns, pier, hanging, or wall mount, and ceiling fixtures and lamps, all usually completely enclosed to protect the bulb; black finish for contrast and visibility. Stylistically, Feiss outdoor lighting employs mostly classic scrollwork, with occasional contemporary or oriental touches.