All of our lamps are UL Certified, and proudly handcrafted in small batches in East Vancouver, British Columbia.
A Brief History of East Van Light
My journey into East Van Light began as an adventure in flipping houses in 2005 in Montreal, Canada - gutting homes to the beams and revitalizing them into fresh new spaces. My favorite part was always re-wiring the electrical and installing all the new plugs, switches and fixtures. Falling into lamp design was a happy fluke that came out of my desire to continue doing some form of electrical project outside of flipping houses, and scaled down in scope.
The 'bright idea' arrived in July 2013. After having completed another home renovation, I was left with some scrap Birch wood, and an interesting looking antique reproduction Edison lightbulb that I had recently received as a gift. Holding the wood in one hand, and the bulb in the other, it all just became clear, and from there my first prototype lamps were made. I still use them in my house today!
Later that year I made a big move out to Vancouver, BC, and settled in the heart of the Commercial Drive neighbourhood, in East Van. It quickly became evident to me how prevalent the “support local” attitude was here in the neighborhood, and all around the city. The more I looked, the more I was discovering the incredible wealth of talented and passionate creators working hard at doing the things that they loved to do. Being exposed to all of this here in my own community inspired me to make a few more lamps and get them out there for others to enjoy as much as I did. And so it began...
I love to create, and I love learning new things. For me, East Van Light is as much about curiosity and the excitement of new discoveries, as it is about lighting and lamps. It’s not just about THINGS, and how they LOOK, it's about EXPERIENCES, and how they make you FEEL. I really enjoy people's reactions when they discover East Van Light for the first time, and am thankful that they too are connecting with it in a meaningful way. It's thanks to your curiosity and excitement that East Van Light gets to continue forward.Dan Emery
Designer/Maker - May 2016