[caption id="attachment_61168" align="alignleft" width="305"] Boyd Lighting sconce with Astoria crystal pendants at Guerlain Spa in New York City. Designed by Perkins + Will. (photo credit: Elizabeth Felicella)[/caption]
SAUSALITO -- Boyd Lighting, a 91-year-old designer and maker of contemporary-styled lighting fixtures, has relocated its headquarters to the former naval shipyards where the company had worked on deck fixtures for Liberty Ships during World War II.
Boyd Lighting (boydlighting.com, 415-778-4300) relocated design, product-development, marketing and finance functions from an owned building at 944 Folsom St. in San Francisco to about 4,000 square feet of leased offices at 30 Liberty Ship Way in early August.
"We thought it would be really nice to be in Marin," said Jay Sweet, chief executive officer and third-generation owner.
A number of the headquarters staff already live in Marin. And the firm had trimmed its headquarters staff from 25 to 15 and decided to move so the San Francisco building could be filled with tenants, according to Mr. Sweet.
At the same time as the move of 15 positions to Sausalito, client-service personnel were relocated to Boyd's manufacturing studio in Colorado Springs, Colo., to be closer to where components for lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers and other fixtures are water-cut, welded, soldered, brazed, polished and assembled. Other work done there includes crafting rock crystal for fixture pendants and blowing glass for sconces. Eighty-five percent of the components are made in the U.S. The firm now has 40 in Colorado.
The firm's work is sold through architects, interior designers and contractors and ranges in price from $450 to $45,000 and more. The firm has 20 sales representatives in the U.S. and eight around the world. Annual sales top $10 million. Half the items go to homes worldwide and the other half to developers of hotel and commercial properties.
Christina DeRockere of Real Estate Advisory Services represented Boyd Lighting in the Sausalito lease. Haden Ongaro, Alisa Belew and Mark Carrington of Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank represented building owner Angelpoints.