Dynamic Duo

Lauded lighting designer Lindsey Adelman joins forces with her sister to bring her unrivaled fixtures to Boston.

Lindsey Adelman (left) and Whitney Ward, amid elements of Lindsey’s iconic lighting designs 


Lindsey Adelman opened her Brooklyn studio in 2006 with the launch of the Branching Bubble collection. Now iconic, the chandeliers feature handblown glass globes projecting from bronze stems. Over the past decade, the popularity of Adelman’s mod, sculptural fixtures has skyrocketed: Her pieces are coveted for their artistry, innovation and unconventional materials. Machine parts, for example, are often paired with nautical rope, leather and milky white porcelain.

Opening a showroom at the Boston Design Center was a natural step for Adelman, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “Many of our clients are in Boston and on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard,” she says. “Going to New York is too much for them.”

Adelman, who spent childhood summers on Cape Cod, has a particular affinity for Boston. Much of that has to do with the fact that her sister, Whitney Ward, lives in Hingham. Just a year and a half apart, the siblings are very close. “For a long time, we wanted to work together,” says Adelman. She tapped Ward, who has a strong background in retail and event promotion, to run the showroom.

The expansive showroom—set to have its grand opening in October—showcases examples of all of Adelman’s collections. “Whitney will be available to talk with clients about the products that best fit their space and aesthetic, along with the technical aspects,” says Adelman. “The Boston showroom is a first for us in that it’s a nice place for people to come meet with designers. Our other showrooms are appointment-only. Here, as part of the Design Center, people can discover us while they’re here for something else.”

Visitors to the showroom will be privy to limited collections of jewelry and small decorative objects that aren’t offered at either of Adelman’s two other showrooms. Painter Jared Rue’s abstracted landscapes will also be on display. “Jared uses different types of precious metal in his work that are charged and powerful,” says Adelman. “I feel really lucky to have it as a backdrop to my work.”