Sam Hilliard – Lighting Design in the New Market
Hilliard Lighting, whose founders are passing the torch on to their highly capable son, Sam, has been a luminary in the lighting industry for forty years. When they captured the attention of design company Kneedler Fauchere in the 1980s, the game changed for the artist couple who were making slump glass tile lamps and traveling them to American Craft Council shows across the country. Their business model shifted and they built a workshop in Arcata, CA that could accommodate the volume increase. The workmanship remained strong and that value is essential to their success story today, as is shown in a film Sam recently made about the company. Sam visited the Center on Saturday and talked about the unique nature of design showrooms and the place of craft in the interior design market.