David Calligeros is the founder of Remains Lighting, the source for thousands of vintage and custom fixtures – from six showrooms on two continents, and one LEED Gold, solar-powered, daylit factory in Brooklyn, NY – that illuminate the world’s most distinguished addresses.
David Calligeros received his BA in Architectural History from Columbia College in 1993. Shortly thereafter, in April of 1996, he opened Remains Lighting. Under his leadership the company has evolved from an off-the-beaten-path antique resource to a world-class restoration and manufacturing concern.
His keen interest in fine metalwork, as well as his desire to have a state-of-the-art restoration workshop, focused the business on antique lighting. In 1999 David continued this pursuit with the creation of his own designs, launching the made-to-order Remains Lighting Collection. David’s respect for the outstanding beauty and craft exhibited in vintage examples, and the knowledge he continually gains from restoring them, form the inspiration for each of the Remains Lighting Collections, and inform all custom designs and fabrication. Each piece is handcrafted of the highest quality materials and most sophisticated construction techniques possible, to ensure that they will last for generations and become our grandchildren’s treasured heirlooms.
A strong believer in environmental sustainability and community development, David has been able to incorporate his lifelong passion for environmental advocacy and sustainable manufacturing into the renovation of Remains’ factory building which was purchased and outfitted in Brooklyn, New York in 2008, and which achieved its LEED Gold rating in 2011. This site helps keep the history and knowledge of metal craft alive in the United States, and creates jobs for artisans.
The new capacity of this factory led David to the formal launch of a Custom Division, established to provide totally unique, project-specific solutions. With a long history of collaborations with designers and architects, and broad, in-house manufacturing capabilities, Remains offers a comprehensive service. David personally leads the design team from initial sketch through production run, with a combination of an unerring aesthetic acuity and passion for engineering.
Remains Lighting maintains showrooms in New York, Greenwich, Chicago, Los Angeles and London.
In 2014, David was elected president of the newly formed New York chapter of the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, an organization dedicated to advancing the study of classical architecture and the allied arts.
David currently lives in Nyack, NY with his wife and business partner, Alix, and their two children, Eugene and Thalia.