Features: The Ultimate Philadelphia Dream House: Get That Special Touch

We asked designers where they go to make their homes one-of-a-kind. They didn’t want to tell us, but we wormed it out of them. (We have our ways …)

Light

Moore Designs,
54 North 2nd Street;
215-627-3379

SPECIALTY: Custom architectural hardware and custom lighting, often with a Bauhaus or European feel.
COOL PROJECT: Steve Moore made an industrial steel ladder for designer Michael Murtha’s home that mimics a ship’s, leading guests from the fourth floor to the roof deck.
WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT: He’s responsible for the wall sconces at Alma de Cuba and the table lighting at Morimoto.
WHO LOVES HIM: Karl Peters of Otto Design Group, in Old City: “Unlike our involvement with most consultants, we typically work with Steve from the beginning of the design process. His input throughout the project greatly improves the end result.”
PRICE: A completely custom light fixture is $500 and up.

BEAM Ltd.,
4101 Lauriston Street,
215-508-0400; beamltd.com

SPECIALTY: Innovative lighting design for interiors and exteriors that comes from an artistic approach, as opposed to a technical one.
COOL PROJECT: For one space, owner Adam Carangi stripped fiber-optic lights and arranged them in an all-glass pool house so that they reflected on the nearby pool.
WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT: Carangi created the four-foot abstract lights that illuminate Locust Walk at Penn during the holidays.
WHO LOVES HIM: Architect Paul Macht of Rydal, for whom Carangi illuminated a swimming pool, reflecting pool and terrace so that the exterior looked “serene and high-tech at the same time.”
PRICE: $3,000 to $7,000 for design fees for a typical Philadelphia flat.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7< Previous Next >View as One Page

Around the Web

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.