Meet Cassidy Brush
It was an abandoned piece of plywood on a Brooklyn curb that changed Cassidy Brush’s life and career.
The national and online fashion sales executive was returning to her office in a Dumbo loft building in late 2011 disappointed that she couldn’t find a lighting fixture to meet her vision of what she needed. The plywood caught her eye and she took it up to the office. She figured she would reclaim it to create a fixture to her liking and her needs.
She stained the 20” x 30” piece of plywood ebony and used it as the fixture’s base from which she hung 18 antique light bulbs and created her very first “industrial-funky” chandelier. She called it an Urban Chandy.
Building neighbors and customers saw the chandelier and orders began coming in. Brush’s new career in lighting fixture creation was officially launched. Sales grew as did the buzz in design circles.
Since then Cassidy has designed and built well over a thousand unique lighting fixtures from recycled and repurposed materials for interior designers, architects and site developers as well as for homes, apartments and commercial use in retail, entertainment and office locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, South America and Europe.
Cassidy’s work has been featured in design and green magazines and websites, in the New York Times and New York Magazine, on the Food Network and on television shows. At the 2013 BKLYN Designs show, Interior Design magazine selected Urban Chandy as its top Editor’s Pick of the event.
She eventually sold her company and in 2017 moved to Colorado with her husband and daughter.
Cassidy recently established Lighting Folk in the exciting NoBo Arts District with a mission is to create custom lighting that is both artistic and functional while still resonating with its owner's style. All her work will be available only through custom orders for homes, apartment complexes, and sites such as restaurants, workspaces, offices, commercial buildings, retail stores and institutions.
Cassidy has broadened her business to help clients not only with their lighting but with their overall interior design for the fixture’s use. And, she’s broadened her source materials from just rescued or reclaimed wood and other materials like old-fashioned tin ceiling panels and doors to include more salvaged pipe, glass, doors and windows. The bulbs used for the fixtures are cost-saving LED bulbs fashioned like “Edison” and antique bulbs.