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Meyda Tiffany Lighting Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Yorkville, New York — What started as a hobby for Meyer Cohen and his wife Ida Cohen (hence the name Meyda) 40 years ago, has evolved into a nationally recognized American lighting manufacturer. Meyda Lighting, a decorative lighting company, creates beautiful lighting for homes and businesses across the nation, and around the globe.

Robert Cohen, who runs the family business today and is son of Mr. and Mrs. Cohen, gives us a glimpse inside the popular lighting manufacturer. “Meyda started as a hobby with Meyer and Ida in their basement in 1974,” Mr. Cohen explains. “My mother wanted a stained glass window for our family’s dining room and my father was a master tinkerer and was able to troubleshoot nearly any problem. So, they picked up some stained glass supplies and took a lesson at a local continuing education program and the rest they taught themselves. And, Meyda Stained Glass Studio was born.”

In the seventies and eighties, the company called Meyda Tiffany, captured the popular Tiffany market with authentic reproductions, interpretations and stained glass originals. Lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces and windows were offered including the famous Wisteria, Mini Tiffanies, and the original Meyer stained glass lanterns. Pond Lily, Quality Bent Glass and Precious Memories mottled glass fringed lamps were also featured in the line.

Meyda expanded its line into other styles including Mission, southwest, deco, nouveau, contemporary and modern. Among its latest innovations is the world’s largest LED free standing chandelier featured in the Stanley Theatre (pictured) in Utica, New York, and the award-winning Chandel-Air, which combines custom lighting with fan technology. With many years of designing and manufacturing expertise, Meyda has developed innovations, technologies and value engineering that transcend architectural lighting for any budget or economy.

Today Robert Cohen and his wife Ellie continue to manage the company with their sons, Chet, Max and Ben by their side. Under their leadership, the company produces an industry-leading product development program that creates dozens of new lighting designs every week.

Meyda retains a diverse group of designers and engineers that create custom fixtures, lamps, windows and accessories to meet the exact specifications of any residential or commercial project A variety of lighting diffusers include stained glass Tiffanys, mica, fabric, fused glass, sand-carved glass, blown-glass and acrylic. Fabricators work with steel, iron, aluminum, bronze, brass and copper, while employing a variety of craftsmanship techniques including forging, welding, forming, plasma cutting and soldering. The company’s extensive palette of finishes features many textures and colors achieved by employing gilding, hand painting, power coating and electroplating.

Conventional and energy efficient lamping solutions are available, including LEDs, compact fluorescents, incandescents and more.

Meyda Tiffany Lighting is headquartered at 55 Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, New York.

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