Chris Dorsey is a Los Angeles based designer and craftsman specializing in unique and custom lighting fixtures.
Chris began his career as an electrician’s apprentice in Atlanta, Georgia, and after a number of years in the field decided to pursue a degree in Architecture, ultimately receiving a Bachelors in Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia and a Masters of Science in Architecture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. From the beginning, Chris has been interested in lamps and light fixtures, designing and making several pieces before and during architecture school.
After graduating from The Pratt Institute and working with a local Brooklyn Architect renovating historic brownstones, his interest in lighting and making things led him to take a position at a Brooklyn based lighting restoration and fabrication shop, where he worked with other designers and architects designing custom fixtures for homes and restoring the antique fixtures in well known historic landmarks such as New York’s Park Avenue Armory, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Cooper Hewitt, as well as Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library.
In July 2014, Chris left New York, headed to Los Angeles, and decided to start building his own creations. Drawing on the timeless aesthetic often found in classic architectural and lighting design, his work maintains a modern presence and detail while offering a bit of whimsy in each design. Each of Chris’s pieces are designed, sourced, and custom-built by him, and as such each maintains a high attention to quality and detail.
*If you are interested in a custom design or variation of an existing piece, feel free to send Chris an email at DorseyLampworks@gmail.com