Archistoric Products LLC was formed in 2003 to purchase
the assets of the Wilmer S. Snow Company, which was established
in 1923. Archistoric melds Architectural and Historic to
produce products of the highest quality using only the finest
materials and techniques.
In 2006, Archistoric purchased Lang
Levin Studios, Ltd.
a leading source for hand-made custom lamp shades, pendants
and fixtures for restaurants, hotels, clubs and private residences.
Whether custom designed for a specific project, each fixture
is produced by hand in our Chicago facility.
In addition to our manufacturing capabilities,
we also maintain a historical archive of over 3,000 lighting
designs dating from the early 20th century to the present.
These designs are a constant inspiration to architects and
Archistoric Products is a UL shop. Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. (est. 1894) is an independent, not-for-profit
product-safety testing and certification organization. The
UL Mark is one of the most recognized, accepted and trusted
symbols in the world. When we apply our UL label to a lighting
fixture, it means that we have followed the safety standards
for mechanical and electrical construction, and testing required
by UL to insure the light fixture is safe.
The early 20th century was a remarkable time in the history
of architecture, with some of the field's most prominent
practitioners working in and around Chicago. At that time,
Chicago was also home to Wilmer S. Snow, a lighting designer
and graduate of the School at the Art Institute. Snow built
a reputation for creating architectural lighting known
for both its design and its craftsmanship. During this
period, Snow's work was commissioned as an integral part
of the architectural design process. This process depended
heavily on renderings, design drawings and shop drawings
that make up the basis for the vast Archive Collection.
He also created a large number of original drawings for
unique lighting fixtures which were archived and never
produced - until now.
Founded in the early 1930's, Lang Levin Studios is a leading
source for fine hand-made custom lampshades, pendants and
fixtures for restaurants, hotels, clubs and private residences
throughout the world. The Studio creates silk and linen
shades (pleated, shirred, stretched, or smocked), painted
shades, lacquered paper shades, laminate shades, and custom
shades. Our pendant lights are handmade and available in
countless shapes and sizes.