LAKE AND WELLS

A CHICAGO DESIGN COLLECTIVE INSPIRED BY AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, AND INGENUITY.  

Designer Mark Kinsley sketching a new design

A look behind the scenes at the artisans who create our Oona Pendant glass. Filmed on location at Vitreluxe Glass Studio.
A look behind the scenes at the artisans who create our Faaro table lamp glass. Filmed on location at Vitreluxe Glass Studio.
EVERY PIECE IS MADE TO ORDER.

Born in Chicago, Lake + Wells Studio brings stories to life in artisan-made furniture, lighting, and objects. Marrying age-old, living materials and hand-crafted methodologies with modern elements and technology, the husband-and-wife studio’s principle desire is to discerningly bring forth fresh, evocative designs in timeless form.

PROCESS

Every element of every piece undergoes painstaking iterative development in collaboration with hand-picked artisans and fabricators - each chosen for their technique and mastery. Metal elements, such as brass and copper, are machined or hand-hammered, and custom finished. Glass forms are mouth-blown and molded. Crystals are individually cut and polished. Aluminum structures are anodized in small batches to draw out beautiful satin finishes. Concrete bases are cast and then stained. These classic techniques result in pieces that are imbued with just enough hand-touched imperfection to make each one subtly unique.