Down to the Wire

attention to the smallest details

A few years back I was involved in a loft installation, for which I’d designed and manufactured the curtains.  As the day progressed, and elevator after elevator of furnishings arrived, things began to take shape nicely.  I’m going to leave out all the names, but suffice it to say this was a well-known designer at a swanky Soho address.  In the end, just about everything looked great, except for the plastic wire coming from 2 tripod floor lamps (incidentally from an equally swanky, equally well-known Italian fashion designers collection of home furnishings).  I may be knit-picking here, but as they say, the devil is in the details.

Changing out the standard plastic covered wiring on just about any lamp is easy, and doesn’t require an electrician.  I’ve done the research, and all that’s typically needed is a length of basic 2 conductor, 14-16 gauge wire, a plug, and a screwdriver.  [We’re talking basic table/floor lamps here, do some additional online research on wire gauge if you’ve got an unusual fixture.]  I’ve done this switch-out at least a dozen times when it was impossible to hide cords.  Attention to the smallest detail is what sets the best apart from the average.

The best source I’ve found for both a great selection of fabric covered cord and retro plugs is Sundial Wire.  It’s worth noting that the style of cord has very little to do with the function.  Stick to the 2 conductor – 14-16 gauge cord and let your imagination dictate your choice.  Check out the video link to get the step-by-step.