Louis Baldinger was an immigrant brass turner, who founded the company that bears his name in 1893. The company operated out of a small storefront plant in the historic Williamsburg section of old Brooklyn and specialized in creating and manufacturing beautiful decorative gas lighting fixtures. Deliveries were made to customers literally by horse-drawn wagon, throughout New York's cobblestone streets.
In 1955, Daniel Baldinger, grandson of the company's founder, became president of the family business. The company grew tremendously and expanded into new markets during the latter part of the twentieth century. In 1985, Daniel's son Howard joined the company to become the fourth generation Baldinger in the business.
Under Daniel Baldinger's leadership, the company solidified its position as a world-class manufacturer of high quality decorative lighting fixtures, with residential and corporate clients worldwide. He relocated and expanded the company's manufacturing plant to the Astoria section of Queens, where it has employed generations of highly skilled immigrant metal workers.
One hallmark of Mr. Baldinger's efforts began in 1982 when architect Michael Graves chose Louis Baldinger & Sons as the manufacturer of the custom designed lighting fixtures for his seminal, Post-Modern Humana Building in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1986, with the project complete, the public and design-community response to the building and its lighting led Daniel Baldinger to found Baldinger Architectural Lighting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Louis Baldinger & Sons, Inc. Baldinger Architectural Lighting, Inc. provides high quality, American made lighting fixtures designed by some of the world's most respected architects and designers. The company's first standard product release was its pace-setting Michael Graves Collection of wall sconces and ceiling fixtures.
Since its inception in 1986, Baldinger Architectural Lighting, Inc. has gone on to launch a selection of lighting fixtures designed by the most prominent architects and designers in the world such as Michael Graves, Andree Putman, Richard Meier, Kevin Walz, Adam D.Tihany, David Rockwell, the late Charles Pfister and many more. These collaborations bring to light an ideal union of form and function. Baldinger Architectural Lighting, Inc. plans to continue giving architects and designers a place to shine in the years ahead.