Atlanta-based Lighting Artists Crosland + Emmons Illuminate New York, Winning NYCxDesign 2020 Award

Company’s intimate and haunting Bone Collection honored in Best Pendant Fixtures Category.

What began as a desire to combine a knowledge of architecture and design with a passion for art, form and function is growing into a burgeoning reality for Atlanta-based sculptural lighting artists, Crosland + Emmons. Fresh into its sophomore year, the company was recently honored with an NYCxDesign 2020 Award in the Best Pendant Fixtures Category for its striking Bone Collection. Presented by Interior Design magazine, the NYCxDesign 2020 Awards acknowledge outstanding products and projects submitted by both local and international designers. Interior Design magazine editor-in-chief Cindy Allen announced the award winners during a virtual ceremony on May 18th.

Founded by two marketing and advertising veterans who saw a gap in the interiors market, Crosland + Emmons was formed from the belief that sculpture and light can be one. Each piece —from globe to accent—pays homage to the human touch, having the imprint of the maker rather than being machine made.

“When the idea for Crosland + Emmons first emerged, we wanted to create pieces that felt human – raw, real, and imperfect,” said Dana Castle Duguay, Managing Partner for Crosland + Emmons. “We wanted to steer away from the utilitarian feel that we were seeing in the industry and create pieces that are truly one-of-kind and personal to both the artist and the user.”

Duguay and co-founder Michele Emmons custom make each lighting and object piece in their Avondale Estates studio. The two work side-by-side on everything from sketching designs to shaping and firing the forms for the sculptural lighting pieces and accessories to wiring the lighting for installation. The team’s hands-on approach ensures that no two pieces will ever be the same. Crosland + Emmons pieces are made from white stoneware and fired to create a beautiful sculptural object that brings light to any space.

“The Bone Collection was the inaugural collection for Crosland + Emmons, and it has continued to progress over time,” said Emmons. “As an evolution of our Bone Collection, we introduced a multi-faceted linear lighting installation that speaks to the state of being. Built on the premise that life is unsettling, unbalanced, and sometimes isolated, each bone-like ceramic piece represents our individuality within a community that creates strength and light together.”

“We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to grow our passion during challenging times. As a part of the Atlanta art and design community, we feel inspired by those around us and enjoy sharing the results of that inspiration with the national and international design community. We are honored to have our work recognized with an NYCxDesign 2020 award and by artists and designers worldwide,” continued Duguay.

Interior Design will be promoting all NYCxDesign 2020 award winners across various social media platforms including, Instagram, Pinterest, and a Facebook gallery that honors all product winners. The winners have also been featured on WantedDesign.

For more information about the award-winning Bone Collection and to see Crosland + Emmons complete range of sculptural lighting and objects collections, visit

About Crosland + Emmons

Crosland + Emmons delivers handmade lighting designed to be customizable. Located in Atlanta, Crosland + Emmons lighting solutions are formed from the founders’ artistic backgrounds and architecture and design industry knowledge to create pieces of illuminated art ideal for both commercial and residential applications. Find more information about how Crosland + Emmons is bringing a personal, artistic feel to lighting at Follow the company online on Instagram.

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