Let There be Light

I had the pleasure of attending an event at Conant Metal & Light – a local Vermont business specializing in re-purposed lighting and furniture with an industrial aesthetic. Steve Conant is the brains and founder of Conant Metal & Light and has quite an imagination! An inventor of sorts, you can find things in his studio from light fixtures made of canning jars to a vintage time machine. Here I am with the man himself!

Team Conant invited a handful of local vendors in the design community to give five minute talks about their businesses. I was impressed with the amount of talented people in the room and their creative businesses.

Parker Nichols with Vermont Wildwoods has been experimenting with the grains of woods, and showed us a particulary interesting veneer infused with fungus. He also showed us that cracks in wood do not have to be filled with regular putty, and went a step further by filling them with colored resins to add character and a funky vibe to a standard piece of wood!

Spalted maple veneer infused with genuine fungus…


Colored resin filled into the cracks of wood and into the holes of worm wood…

Rich with AO Glassworks showed us a variety of blown glass pieces including bowls, pendant lights and drinking glasses.

Bruce Beeken with Beeken Parsons gave us some insight into his wood working and furniture making business. You can see some of Bruce’s furniture in the lobby at the fabulous new Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington.

Christine Kelley with Burlington Furniture is right down the road from Conant, and carries a variety of lines including furniture from American Leather and placemats from Chilewich.

Frank & Ernie with Close to Home presented a unique line of plumbing by Watermark - designed and made in Brooklyn. Close to Home carries an array of plumbing and hardware, including some of my favorites like Rocky Mountain Hardware, Duravit and Victoria & Albert.

Jason Boyd with Elemental Impressions showed us his beautiful cutting boards made from many species of woods including cherry and walnut.

Larry Ribbecke with Ribbecke Glass held up a beautiful stained glass window which is one of many types of stained glass he is able to create in his studio located on Pine Street.


Artist Alison Cannon of Woolly Mama Fiber Art presented her line of pillows made of felted wool, also featured in the lobby of Hotel Vermont. You can find her pillows upstairs at Conant Metal & Light.  (Left). Alison’s woolly pendant light (Right).

Nigel and Brian with New England Floor Covering spoke about the varieties of wood and faux wood flooring consumers can use in their home.

Gayle and Jessica from North Country Tile spoke about their tile business. They carry many lines including my favorites by Walker Zanger and Ann Sacks.

Our last visitor of the evening was Alex Eaves, who happened to be traveling through Vermont filming his documentary on reusing and recycling materials that are already here on this earth. Alex and his videographer, Chuck, are on a mission to tour the country, stopping in each state to feature one local business that reuses and recycles materials in innovative ways. Conant Metal & Light was chosen for Vermont – and for a good reason!