Canopy Designs Blog

Canopy Designs' New Streamer Light

Merrie Shinder - Monday, October 08, 2012

Long, graceful and as colorful as you choose it to be…our new Streamer is a glorious radiance of light.  Choose from 72 colors you can assemble, combine or configure any way you choose.  Extend your color story or begin a room right here.  There are 5 standard sizes:  15”, 18”, 22” 26” & 34”.  Custom sizes are also available. 

Canopy is also pleased to announce we will be opening a new street level showroom this winter in New York City! @233 East 59th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues.

Stay tuned for opening details.


Merrie Shinder - Tuesday, November 08, 2011

For anyone  in Toronto on November 18th or 19th please stop by the Grange store.   I'll be giving a presentation on my Design Inspiration & Creative Process and would love you to attend.  Grange is hosting the event... opening their doors to designers on the 18th and the public on the 19th,  They're serving delicious refreshments -made on those wonderful Aga stoves they sell,  As part of the event I'll be holding a Jewelry Trunk Show with plenty of Canopy Necklaces and Earrings so you can stock up for the holidays.  If you need more info please email me at:    I've only been to Toronto once so if you have any great suggestions for "must sees" please drop me a line.  Hope to see you there! 



Merrie Shinder - Thursday, October 06, 2011

FlowersI'm feeling tulips.... seeing them everywhere from ready-to-wear and tabletop to ceramics and wallpaper.  Not the realistic, stiff tulips that are so very 17th century Dutch but the OVER-SIZED,  floppy, energetic tulips popping up to brighten my mood and challenge color and scale boundaries.  For a while now I've been obsessed with Suzy Hoodless' Jewel of Spring Collection for Osborne & Little.  Her fresh, vibrant take is larger than life and combines a new color palette for an effect my friend's son named a "tattoo of tulips" when he saw their  dining room walls papered in it.  Sanderson has their own wallpaper version that's more painterly and realistic but it's overall pattern treatment conveys the same joyful tone.

All these large,  happy tulips remind me of the grand scaled wall and table sculptures from the 60's.  I have one  in my living room that must have been a light at one time.    People comment about it all the time because it's scale looks like something out of an old science fiction movie and I love the way the stems weave in and out and the energy the piece gives off.

Feeling the "tulip moment" I  decided to make a Tulip sconce .. yes intensely colored and super BIG.  It's now part of the Canopy line and of course it can be custom colored because you can never have enough color choices.   I'm going to keep all my tulip visuals around me.... the wallpaper samples scattered around my office to shield me from and get me through the inevitable NY winter.

(Canopy sconce on left measures:  43" high x 26" wide)

Native American in the Air

Merrie Shinder - Monday, May 23, 2011

What I'm feeling now…

Since the winter I'm feeling a Native American vibe and loving all the intricate beadwork and associated color palettes.  I've gone through many American Indian phases and here I am again.  I'm reaching for a necklace I bought in my 20's during my first trip to Santa Fe.  I bought it on the mall at their weekly market from an older woman who used a carburetor as the armature!   It's not just inventive it's also gorgeous and I still love it.
There was an auction at Christies featuring Native American collectibles including antique beaded moccasins.  I couldn't stop thinking about them.  I went online searching for beaded moccasins I could wear  -- envisioning a sunny spring here in New York, white jeans and colorful beaded mocs.    My search ended with what could have been the ultimate pair.  I found a company in North Carolina called KQ Designs.  They make custom beaded moccasins -meaning they bead according to your design and also make the moccasins according to an outline of your foot!  Of course most people are probably ordering these for ceremonial dances but I thought they would be tremendous just to walk around in.  I designed a pattern, outlined my feet, sent in a package and by the time they got my deposit they had too many orders to fill!   So they are obviously very busy and beaded mocs are in high demand.

To infuse some Native American into the lighting here at Canopy I found an old black & white etching and applied it for a different version of the Bell Jar lighting pendant.    We also constructed a Totem Pole in clay... molded it and used it as the center of our new Totem Pole chandelier with some unusual turquoise colored beads at the bottom.  Both these lights are on the website under "New" chandeliers.

For jewelry I wanted to mix Native American earthy beading with a glitzier array of stones to add some zing and a quirky nuance.   I found some patches with Native American patterns and other materials that I combined with rhinestone chain and hanging stones for some new necklaces.

It's taken a little longer to post this new website and this blog.  So here I am…. Its springtime, I'm sitting in my office wearing white jeans … wishing I was wearing the mocs!


Merrie Shinder - Thursday, May 19, 2011

Welcome to the Canopy Designs blog. This area of our new website will be the place I can share pictures and thoughts that are inspiring me. Images and ideas from my world that are making an impact on me and sometimes drive the designs here at the company. I will also photograph interesting pieces that are running through the factory—sometimes finished pieces and sometimes pieces in progress—new chandeliers we are introducing and custom pieces that were not available to be seen in this way before. There will be times when Jo or Carlos (who work in the office) will also contribute from their perspective. I’m hoping this blog will give you better insight into the culture here at Canopy, how we function, our capabilities and what drives us. Most important, I hope you find this new website a valuable tool to work the line. We spent a good deal of effort re-photographing everything so you could see the pieces in much more detail, there is a magnifying tool to get closer in than the original website allowed for and we are showcasing a wider representation of everything we offer. Enjoy looking and please don’t ever hesitate to call us with any questions. We are here to make your life easier and more glamorous.