We are Celebrating 25 Years in Berkeley!
Along with many iconic startups, Metro Lighting was launched in a garage on Virginia Street in 1993, the same year our first of three daughters was born. Originally named Organically Grown Design Works, our design-build company made lighting fixtures that fit each client's home and style. As recent architecture grads, Christa was drafting plans for rebuilds after the 1991 firestorm and Lawrence was refurbishing antique lighting at Ohmega Salvage. With a newborn, it seemed like the perfect time to start a new business, right?! Yes, we were young, idealistic, and ready for adventure in our oversized 1990s hipster overalls.
In 1995, we changed our name to Metro Lighting & Crafts, to reflect a growing company and as a nod to our architectural inspiration, the Art Nouveau style Paris Metro stations. From our home garage, to 600 square feet on Delaware Street, to three progressively larger spaces along a two-block stretch of San Pablo, we've always called Berkeley our home.
Thanks to our creative and supportive customers, along with an incredibly talented crew of metalworkers and glass artists, we've designed and built over 50,000 fixtures in our shop over the last 25 years. On any day, Metro Lighting lights up thousands of homes in the Bay Area and from coast to coast, as well as wineries, hotels, and dozens of restaurants.
Throughout 2018, we'll be celebrating with special events and offers. Stay tuned!
Christa & Lawrence
We Support Architects and Designers
We understand that the most successful designs are fully integrated, from concept through construction details. Working with Metro Lighting allows you to stay in creative control, and to minimize the time you spend detailing custom fixtures or researching catalog items. You can rely on our architectural lighting expertise to take your thumbnail sketch or idea and develop the details into a high-quality, beautiful finished product– communicating with you every step of the way.
Design Drawing on his background in architecture and over 25 years experience in lighting, our creative director Lawrence Grown enjoys working with other designers in a collaborative process.
Fabrication Most of our fixtures are completely built in our on-site metal shop, but we also draw from our extensive local network of skilled fabricators and glass artists to bring custom projects to fruition.
U.L. Certification As an Underwriters Laboratories certified shop, we build, test, and U.L. label our fixtures in-house. Our U.L. listing includes Dry and Damp Location for incandescent luminaires and GU24 LED fixtures.
We are happy to meet and brainstorm; call 510-540-0509 or email us today to discuss how our lighting can enhance your next project.
Etude Winery, Sonoma, CA / MH Architects
Tender Greens, Berkeley, CA / Studio KDA