Our collaboration with O.C. White is a true partnership. O.C. White manufactures components to their high standards and specifications, and supplies them to us.
We assemble and finish the lights, fitting them with our own sockets and shades. Our O.C. White fixtures are the only historically accurate reissues endorsed by the original company.
From Dentist to Inventor
If coming up with new inventions is as hard as pulling teeth, then O.C. White was well suited for the job. A dental surgeon and consummate tinkerer, White developed adjustable joints that helped him create one of the first "modern" dental chairs. White's genius lay not in dental chairs themselves but in their mechanics. He quickly set about figuring out where else to use his patented designs. Thomas Edison's new invention gave him an answer. Because light bulbs of the time were dim, it was crucial to get the bulb close to what it lit. White foresaw that marrying his adjustable devices to electric lamps would make the new lighting technology infinitely more useful. (Image courtesy of O.C. White Company)
In the Details
A combination of their industrial roots and unwillingness to compromise on details drew us to the O.C. White Company. For example, this screw isn't like anything you'll find in a hardware store. Note the intricate knurling, or ridges, on its edge. Completely unique and custom-designed, it matches the original and speaks to the historical accuracy of these reissues.
Revolutionizing the World of Work
In the 1800s, factories and offices were built long and narrow, with lots of windows. That's because workers relied on daylight to see their work. People were often required to do jobs that needed a lot of light without being given the proper light to do it. By bringing the light to the worker, O.C. White's fixtures made it possible for them to complete their tasks more efficiently and with less eye strain. Only after electric task lighting became commonplace did buildings gain depth and lose windows. (Image courtesy of O.C. White Company)
In With a Roar
This lion's paw base was practically de rigueur in the highly decorative late 1800s. We know White used it on his dental lamps, among others. (Which probably looked pretty great next to his dental chair festooned with fringe.)
Have Light, Will Travel
O.C. White's floor lamps were made to be portable and versatile. Their single- and double-jointed rods get the light exactly where it's needed, even if it's needed in several different places.