Shannon Guirl, owner and designer of Caravan Pacific. Photo courtesy of Lela Cyd.
If you are a fan of mid-century modern inspired design, you are going to love Caravan Pacific! Owner and designer, Shannon Guirl, was a television editor in New York until 2011, when she decided to leave Brooklyn for Portland to become part of the city’s entrepreneurial “maker scene.” She’d been designing lighting in her spare time, and continued developing her designs on the road. A year later she introduced her first table lamp, the Alberta and just like that Caravan Pacific was open for business.
All the table lamps in Caravan Pacific’s offering are handcrafted by teams of skilled artisans. Shannon makes the prototypes herself, using a lathe, a traditional wood turning tool originating in ancient Egypt. Talk about a time tested technique! That prototype is then molded and cast in clay to make the body of each lamp. The neck and base are also turned on the lathe and then wired and assembled one by one in her studio. Even the shades are made by a family owned company that has been in business since the 1940s.
Here’s a peek at Caravan Pacific’s newest creation, the Sullivan. It’s a petite table lamp with clean lines and subtle curves that I have been coveting one for my nightstand since the first time I saw it. It’s such a great price, at $185, I don’t think I will be able to resist!