Zio & Sons’s Mitzi Lighting Will Make Everyone Think You Went Vintage Shopping
Did one pendant actually come off a ship? You’ll never tell.
Published Jan 27, 2023 11:25 AM
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As the CEO and creative director of design firm Zio & Sons, the founder of luxury real-estate listing source This Old Hudson, and an associate broker at Houlihan Lawrence, Anthony D’Argenzio knows what details make a house feel like a home—and also what details add value to a property. Good lighting is a nonnegotiable for D’Argenzio. “When you’re moving, fixtures are something that typically stay in a home, which I don’t think a lot of people realize,” says the seasoned renovator. “If it’s done right, lighting lasts a very long time and it does improve your property value.” Not wanting to keep people in the dark (literally), D’Argenzio teamed up with fellow Hudson Valley–based maker Mitzi to create a line of fixtures with nostalgic silhouettes, clean lines, and intricate finishes, and it’s available to shop starting today.
“It’s very much a reflection of my style, which is old world–meets–new but with a contemporary approach,” shares the designer. The collection, which has been in the making for nearly three years, was a personal endeavor from the very beginning: D’Argenzio’s favorite piece, the Havana light (available in a wall sconce and chandelier version), is named after his daughter, and the complete collection was photographed inside one of his real-estate client’s circa-1650 Dutch stone house. “I love working with vintage and antique pieces, but it can be hard to find them in multiples (for example, when you’re doing a long hallway),” shares D’Argenzio. “I really wanted this line to be a way of scaling lighting that has a heritage look.” Here are four standout pieces from his debut lighting collection.
If You’re Also in the Market for a Sculpture
Art Nouveau and mid-century Italian influences played a heavy role in D’Argenzio’s beloved Havana fixtures—available in aged brass, old bronze, and polished nickel finishes—but their squiggly necks have never felt more current.
If You’re Not Trying to Throw Shade
Topping off many of the pieces with oversize globe bulbs was a no-brainer for D’Argenzio. “I find a sphere to be timeless,” he says. The magic is in the detailing: Peep the notched metal rings around the base of the Beverly sconce. “It’s almost like jewelry for your space,” he adds.
If You’ve Also Got a Thing for Stripes and Oars
The Nori pendant is a nod to the designer’s longtime love of sourcing lights from old ships. While the piece can be seen hanging in his client’s bedroom by the fireplace, the designer also suggests placing it above an island or in a bathroom.
If Your Reading Nook Could Use Some Sparkle
Inspired by a pear-shaped mid-century piece the designer found at a flea market, the Thea lamp features a crackle-like finish on its amber-hued glass body. The fixture is French wired—meaning the electrical cord comes out of the bulb socket as opposed to running down the lamp internally—and topped with a linen drum shade, providing some textural contrast. “There are a lot of hidden details in the line that I think people will be pleasantly surprised with when their pieces arrive,” says D’Argenzio. You’ll also be convinced each one was a one-of-a-kind vintage find.