TGM field trip: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.


The Good Mod was recently invited to tour the factory of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., a Portland-based interior products company focusing on vintage and contemporary light fixtures, home accessories, furniture, and hardware. Having only been to the saliva-inducing showroom with perfectly arranged vignettes of slick and stylish, yet cozy and unusual home goods, it was exciting to see what goes on behind the scenes, through the factory doors...

Schoolhouse Electric Factory Doors

Detail of light fixtures in showroom

Schoolhouse, founded in 2003 out of owner Brian Flaherty's basement, now employs just over 100 workers in the four-story, 125,000 square foot building that produces anything from light fixtures, clocks, hardware, to cushions and bed spreads—and shares the space with graphic design print shop Egg Press

Schoolhouse Electric showroom

Schoolhouse Electric showroom with lighting

We had a chance to visit with Colin Jones, Marketing Coordinator, and get some insight into Schoolhouse's facilities. We witnessed production methods at hand, and even caught up with some old friends—vintage pieces that have made their way from The Good Mod to the offices of Schoolhouse Electric. What a fun and inspiring tour.

Schoolhouse Electric design offices with upholstery by The Good Mod

Light fixture production  the finished patina on a light pendant

Light fixture production and the process of applying patina

chemical baths to create patina on light fixtures

storage at Schoolhouse Electric

Props and Vintage pieces for photo shoots and showroom

The Prop Room at Schoolhouse Electric, filled with eclectic vintage pieces for photos

the Prop Room at Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric Lunch and Meeting Area

Photos by Arthur Hitchcock

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