Our Story

Palmer “Jack” Hargrave, a hardworking family man, talented designer and tradesman, made a name for himself with his lighting designs even prior to starting his own lighting firm. Jack was responsible for the lighting fixtures in Los Angeles’ Union Station. Opened in 1939, the station is on the National Register of Historic Places and one of its truly iconic features is the lighting. In 1946, Jack founded Palmer Hargrave. In the early days, you could find Palmer Hargrave lighting in Gump’s in San Francisco prior to its exclusive representation in every top design showroom in the Nation. He built a legacy of handcrafted, luxury lighting synonymous with elegance and beauty for nearly three decades until his death in 1975.

Determined to continue what her father had built, Janet Hargrave operated the Company until she retired at the age of 78. At which time the Dessin Fournir Companies acquired the brand and operated from 2000 – 2019 until the luxury design manufacturer ceased all its operations.

Just a few months later, former employees Chris and Kelli Hansen successfully acquired the storied lighting company and restarted operations with the high standards of quality and design set by the company’s original founder.

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From 2001 until 2021, brothers Steve and Chuck Bird, longtime friends of the Casella family, owned and operated Casella Lighting. And now, Casella will join the Palmer Hargrave collections to continue the Casella legacy. The craftsmanship, supreme quality and personal service associated with both storied lighting brands makes Casella and Palmer Hargrave a perfect match.

As one of the Nation’s oldest and most trusted lighting resources, Palmer Hargrave’s custom, made to order, luxury lighting, is suited for America’s top interior designers and their most discerning clients. From high-end residential to luxury hospitality projects, every piece is fully customizable to accommodate any project’s needs. Crafted to exact specifications with the highest quality materials and finished by hand, Palmer Hargrave always has been and continues to be proudly made in the USA.