How Allied Maker’s Arc Lighting Series Is Made

You may recall the work of Allied Maker previously shared on Design Milk, as we’ve been fans of their modern lighting fixtures for some time now. The New York-based design and manufacturing studio combines raw materials like brass, American hardwoods, and hand-blown glass to create fixtures with clean, geometric forms that display a remarkable attention to detail, like the Arc. While their Arc lighting collection’s handmade parts can be mixed in all different ways, one component remains the same – the arc piece. The entire collection was built around that particular part, which you’ll see in this month’s Deconstruction where Allied Maker walks us through the process from the design and engineering of the arc through to the finished product.

Details of our arc’s part drawings and models being looked over to be
implemented into a new design.

This is the initial and most important bend of our half-inch arc.

The final bend completes our half-inch arc part.

Picking through a batch of raw brass arcs to be spun then pulled for finishing.

The arc is sanded to prep for its custom finish.

An arc being hand finished in our Bronze patina, each with a one of a kind pattern.

The Bronze finish is being applied to a group of arcs.

A Nickel 20” dome is being blackened by hand.

The parts are being laid out parts for an Arc 20” assembly.

A brass socket is being fastened onto an arc.

The socket is being secured to the arc with a brass finial.

The arc is being wired.

Assembly is being completed by fastening the rod, canopy, and dome onto the arc.

These are the finished and threaded brass components.

Arc Dome 14” in Brass and Black Walnut

Arc Globe 06” in Blackened Brass and Black Walnut

Arc 30” in Stonewashed Brass, Black Walnut, and Porcelain White

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.