Shawback Design’s Modern Interiors Inspire a New Lighting Studio Longhouse


The name of the new lighting company Longhouse is a reference to communal live-work spaces dating back centuries. Partners Julie and Damon Savoia, of Shawback Design, Nicole Cornell and Brooklyn furniture designer and fabricator Will Kavesh of Token, harken back to longhouses in the collaborative way they design lighting, working with local artists, architects and ‘makers’ to bring the client’s overall vision to life. Shawback’s recent Napa Valley project Zinfandel designed by Field Architecture provided the impetus for forming the new lighting studio.

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Shawback designed the interiors for the Zinfandel residence and entertaining barn, featuring custom hand-blown glass lighting fabricated by Kavesh’s team of artisans in Brooklyn. In the dining area, SF knot artist Windy Chien’s spiralling Helix rope suspends the pendant globes with fluid elegance.

Photo by Mael Renault

In the barn, Shawback filled the massive entrance with a chandelier inspired by the constellations, the mobile-like installation reflecting off the pool and making a striking statement from the main residence. With custom wood and steel fixtures and smoke grey and blue glass, Shawback worked closely with the architects to compliment the barn’s rustic modern design.

Photo by Mael Renault

The Downtown Napa showroom showcases the makers’ design and fabrication process for their handcrafted furniture and the Napa-Brooklyn “mashup” for their new lighting company. The showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, weekends by appointment. 1215 West Street, Napa

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