One of the defining features of an Eichler home is the set of globe lights that were original to the homes built in the 60s (the late-50s often had a pagoda-style light). We've learned the hard way the each tract has a slightly different design — some white, some black, some with domed celing mounts, some with cylindrical)... but one thing's for sure. If a bad 70s renovation found yours in the skip, then you were sort of hosed.
Recently, though, a few folks have brought these back to the marketplace. While there have always been corded choices from Seagull Lighting and a few others — even Ikea — these new versions from Schoolhouse Electric and Rejuvination Hardware come sthe closest with solid rods. The ones from Rejuvination are even customizeable, however, I'd guess the Schoolhouse ones could be made shorter if necessary.
Our friends Michael and Iris are on a work-junket in NYC and are looking to rent out their house... furnished! The house is in sunny Marin and is full of original covertable MCM goodies that makes stepping into the life of Don Draper all the easier. Drop us a line if you're interested and we'll connect you.
On a lark, I remembered what magic Penetrol did for Eames fiberglass chairs, so I gave it a try on these Urbans. First, clean well and "exfoliate" the seriously ashy bits with a Scotchbrite. Protecting the area well (dropcloth, etc.), saturate a rag with the Penetrol and wipe liberally on the chair. Rewipe if necessary and let dry for a few minutes. Wipe (or even out any excess). Let it dry a day and protect with 303.