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Switched On: Classic Light Switches

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 08, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Margot Guralnick last modified May 06, 2015

A pet peeve around here: thoughtfully-designed houses with mood-killing cheapo light switches. We've long recommended replacing plastic switch covers with inexpensive metal ones. But in the best of all worlds, what we'd really like to live with are these elegant, old-fashioned designs spotted in the offerings from German reproduction specialists Replicata. Above: A trio of porcelain and wood Garby Collection designs: the  Garby Switch,  €39.50 ($44.38), Garby Push Button  light switch, €21.20 ($23.82), and  Garby Socket , €45.70 ($51.35). The designs are by Spanish manufacturer Fontini  and available from a number of sources, including  Replicata , which has a showroom and warehouse in the German university town of Freiburg, near the border of Switzerland and France. Replicata is offshoot of  Florian Langenbeck Historische Türen , specialists in antique doors, hardware, and other architectural findings, and worth a visit. Above: Also by  Fontini :  Dimbler Toggle Switches  of nickel-plated brushed brass with porcelain bases are €45.30 ($50.90) each at Replicata. The design comes in a range of other finishes and materials. (Also don't miss  The World's Most Beautiful Light Switches By Way of France .)   Above: Who knew Bakelite was still in production?  German switch specialists Berker , in business since 1919, modeled their  Serie 1930 Bakelite Rotary Switch  after a 1930 Bauhaus design. It's €42 ($46.98) via Replicata, and also comes in black.  Above: The Berker  Bakelite Toggle Switch and Cover  is available in black and white for €35.50 ($39.71). We've been coveting classic lighting from Germany for years—see our posts on  Thomas Hoof  (now called  THPG )—and are ever hopeful that a stateside company will come up with US-ready versions. A new notable example:  Zangra's Belgian Basics, Now Available in the US.   For easy, affordable switch plate upgrades, see 10 Easy Pieces: Switch Plate Covers .   More Stories from Remodelista For Fathers and Graduates: Gift Picks from This Saturday's Remodelista Market A Grand Residence Reimagined in Berlin Design Sleuth: Knitted Wool Pendant Lights





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