Among the older buildings on Peekskill’s waterfront is one that blends in with the rest of the other structures on North Water Street. “Early Electrics” is discreetly inscribed on the front window. While the outside might not be eye-catching or memorable, what lies inside is certainly hard to forget. Magnificent handcrafted lights, some more than a century old, hang from the ceiling, while antiques occupy nearly all corners of the two-story store and warehouse. The shop, owned by Steve Erenberg and his son, Daniel, offers customers what very few in the world can — turn-of-the-20th-century industrial lighting and other rare finds….. (More)
“Harrison Design’s Robert Tretsch and Karen Ferguson selected the kitchen cabinetry and finishes for this unit, including the Lines Safari Brown tile backsplash from Porcelanosa, Wolf appliances, an integrated Subzero refrigerator/freezer panel and stainless-steel faucets and sinks from KWC. The set of 1930s-era pendant lights, selected by Westbrook, are from Early Electrics. Barstools, Bungalow Classic. Island counter, Caesarstone. Perimeter counter, Silestone.”
Prism Ring Pendant…
We discovered a collection of scientific ring prisms. That inspired us to create this striking and totally unique 10 inch diameter pendent. These rings were used for optical experments and sometimes found inside medical exam lights. The solid glass is over 1.5 inches thick. It creates a pleasing transparent halo effect around the Edison filiment bulb. There is nothing else like it out there… $375 each.
I’ve been doing this a while and in all the years I rarely get my hands on a one like this. The double mirrored ring of reflectors has a 36 inch diameter. The original fuel tank holds ten lamps and is crafted from ten 3 inch diameter brass tubes. Each joint is mitered to create a large continuous ring. The lamp still shows a good deal of original paint. Every font has been converted and wired for light bulbs. It’s ready to go. These lamps were mostly found in lobbies of an 1800s play house or government building. They don’t get showier than this… $9600
See it on display at our new showroom:
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566
It happens more often than you think. 1000’s of cheap disappointing knock-offs from China or India show up on line and in stores every day. We stopped looking over our shoulders years ago. When retailers like Restoration Hardware, who call themselves “trend setters” need to follow new trends they use our website and showroom for research. When they lack the vision and need to add something new to their line they simply steal it and copyright the designs as their own. Some call that a complement, but its really desperation. Most of our buyers are decorators, designers and architects. If you take pride in your work and sweat every detail to get it right then you already understand how frustrating this is. The court of public opinion has the toughest judges. The companies that live off the backs of others hard work should not be rewarded. Early Electrics is a small innovative lighting company. Our design studio has credentials that go back to Raymond Loewy and Philip Johnson. We will never run out of ideas. Here at Early Electrics you will find antique lighting, original designs using antique parts and trend setting limited editions of our own design. Almost everything offered can only be found in our showroom/studio and on our website. We do not manufacture and wholesale to other stores. For that reason we have become the fresh source for architects and interior decorators. It’s easy for us to stay ahead of the curve because the ideas start here. When you love what you do it just comes naturally.
Steve and Dan Erenberg
These were the best desk lamps ever made. They were very high end and the inside had 4 rows of angled fluted mirror to spread the light evenly. The I. P. Frink Company was very scientific in their approach and had patents on all their reflector lighting. These bank lamps are all bronze, heavy and very stately. These were the lamps found at the check and slip writing counters. The base has 3 holes and were mounted to the table. The Frink catalog called this lamp the – Frink Check Desk Reflector- and the catalog description reads… A lighting system for a bank must work itself into the detail of the equipment and not distract from the dignity and simplicity, and be rich but not gaudy. See these desk lamps along with our collection of other Wheeler, Faries and Frink lighting.
The Early Electrics Showroom
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10567
The size and the color of this glass shade is amazing. It’s one of the largest handblown teardrop shades of this type that we have ever offered. The shape has the look of an early Edison light bulb only larger. The color is a unique and pleasing combination of Vaseline and opaline glass. It has the warmth of the Vaseline glass when lit and a bit of the iridescence found in French Opal glass when the lamp is off. It has just enough transparency to show the bulb filament and still be easy to look at. Notice the handblown tip at the bottom of the shade. We also have a nice collection of these in stock… $415 each
These lamps are now on display at the Early Electrics Showroom, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566.
Steve Erenberg – 914-257-1664
This unique new lamp was designed by Eren Berg Studios and produced by Boston Vally Terra Cotta craftsman. It was created exclusively for Early Electrics. This is a beautifully glazed heavy terra cotta lamp that was inspired by turn-of-the-century cast iron French street lights. The finish is kiln fired producing a subtle patina in a dark matt green gray. It has the feel and finish of Teco pottery and has a look and finish all its own. The lamp has an oval shape that is 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Overall hight not including the pipe is 12 inches. The domed glass is frosted and held in place by a blackened steel plate and brass thumb screws. The shade is also topped with a domed rain cap. $675 each.
These 90-year-old fixtures were recently salvaged out of a Masonic theatre and dates to 1920s. They didn’t spare any expense with this building and the lighting was one of its highlights. They don’t get richer looking than this. The lamps weighty construction is testament to its quality. This large example is extremely well made and very tasteful. It was the main light in the lobby and it has 25 bulbs. It’s wired for 3 switches… The bottom cluster of 5… Every other light on the outer ring… 10 and 10. The lamp must be 60 lbs easy. It’s not the typical stamped decorative brass construction. This was foundry cast and hand finished in heavy bronze. It hangs by 4 brass rods. We also have quantities of 7, 4 and single bulb bronze lamps. You won’t be disappointed with these.
Our new showroom is now open:
115 North Water Street.
Peekskill, NY, 10566.
Machine Age Frosted Dome Pendant and sconce…
We found a large collection of early frosted dome shades. This inspired us to design a new lamp around them. The look is a bit Industrial, machine age with a hint of Art Deco and the overall feel is very modern. We were very excited when the first example went together. Yes we excite easily! The dome has a 7.5 inch diameter.
Pendent $425, Sconce $450
Writer Joel Heumann is a local Realtor & big booster of Peekskill.
I stopped in front of this place several times in the past few months, peering in through the reflected glare at the treasures inside. Tried my best to take some photos. Those shots could best be described as “artsy”; meaning you can’t make out much, but you like it anyhow.
A few weeks ago, the window announced that the place was called “Early Electric”. Googled it. Nothing useful. How could a joint with such cool stuff fly so far under the radar?
This past Monday a guy inside noticed me & opened up. Finally! It was even better, far better, than I expected.
Steve Erenberg and his son Daniel own ‘Early Electrics‘… with an “s”, and its sister company ‘Radio Guy’. Internet searches being what they are, that extra “s” makes all the difference.
Steve is a retired Madison Avenue advertising exec. He & Dan bought the 1880’s landmark building at 115 North Water Street, gutted and transformed it into a showcase and work space for Early Electrics as well as Steve’s odd collection of antiques and curios. The key to its appeal lies in Steve’s gifted eye for the slightly macabre mixed with some steampunk aesthetic and a healthy dollop of Industrial Age modernism and great placement of the items in a beautiful old space.
Early Electrics makes up over 50% of the Erenbergs’ business. What they do is restore antique lighting; take antique or industrial artifacts and re-purpose them as antique-style lighting and design retro lighting fixtures from scratch. Most of their business comes via 1stdibs.com, designers and decorators, who can, for example, order 100 or more units at a time for a new restaurant. The recently opened Hudson Room restaurant at 23 S. Division Street, right around the corner from The Paramount Theater here in Peekskill had their lighting designed and built by Early Electrics.
Steve’s collection takes up most of the display space, and it’s more fun to go through than any antiques store and most museums I’ve visited. Masks and helmets, posters and walking sticks, medical and anatomical ephemera… simply a hodge-podge of offbeat yet tasteful items share space with the lighting displays. Again, designers and decorators make up most of the clientèle, yet interestingly, pieces are frequently rented by TV shows and movie production companies. Steve has also been a guest expert on shows like American Pickers and Oddities.
Check out their websites at http://www.EarlyElectrics.com and http://www.Radio-Guy.net. The storefront is open “by appointment or serendipity”; meaning “if the door’s open, great”…
Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showrooms
115 N. Water St, Peekskill