The Hood originated c. 1915
Debuted @ Rejuvenation c. 2010
Updated @ Rejuvenation c. 2016
The original our Hood is based on, from a Rejuvenation archive Wakefield lighting catalog, c. 1915
Our first Hood reproduction c. 2010 (center) and two Hoods with updated shades (left and right)
Everything we make has its roots in history, and the bestselling Hood pendant is no exception. Rejuvenation's founder, Jim Kelly, started almost 40 years ago salvaging and selling house parts from old homes in the Portland area. Supply outgrew demand – especially in lighting – and he started making reproductions. Soon Rejuvenation had a full-blown manufacturing operation which continues to flourish today.
Our 2010 Hood quickly became a bestseller and design-lovers' go-to.
But how do we find the originals we reproduce? Two ways:
1) From salvage finds procured when our Antiques & Vintage team travels the country, and
2) from our vast archive of historical lighting catalogs dating back to the mid-1800s.
The Hood we found in the archives. Back in 2009, Our designers were poring over old lighting catalogs for inspiration when they found, in the F.W. Wakefield Brass Company catalog from 1915, a light that felt surprisingly modern. Wakefield debuted the Type C Nitrogen Unit series to accommodate a brand new lightbulb created as an update to the Edison bulb, called the Mazda C. It was extra large, and put off a lot of heat. The solution? Porcelain-enforced mogul sockets and a large glass globe with a wide open top to help release the heat. Its traditional utilitarian form captivated the designers.
So many choices, but we decided on the one on the left. With the rods of the one on the right.
With only the 1915 Wakefield to guide them, our designers began balance historic authenticity with timeless design. However, finding the parts and pieces proved difficult: as the socket was going to be suspended and exposed, it was very important to find one large enough to complement the open-topped glass globe. With the help of the Antiques & Vintage team, the designers picked through every single historic socket in the company’s inventory. Finally, the right model was found, the pendant took form, and the Hood quickly became a bestseller.
Industrial lights often came with a net to catch broken glass, so we gave our Hood one, too.
We first offered the Hood in 3 globe sizes, in Clear or Opal, with or without net.
As much as we love the original our designers and engineers also like pushing historic designs in new directions. Together they created new handblown shade shapes that update this iconic light in ways that feel fresh while still honoring its rich and storied past.
The Hood comes in 3 sizes, clear or opal, with or without net.
Our Hood shades are handblown in West Virginia and Ohio, including this handsome seeded number.
Continue the evolution by choosing LED filament bulbs--they look like Edison's originals but use only a fraction of the energy and last for years.
The versatility of the new Hood takes it easily from kitchen to dining room, and spaces in between.
Which Hood will you choose?