Nancy Hugo & Matthew SantoroI want to share a moment in my world with you.  As editor of Designers Circle I enjoy all the stories and articles that are submitted by the writers for the Design Blog.  I edit each one and find pictures to exemplify the ideas the author wants to share with the reader.

Recently I was editing The Chandelier Club written by Kimberly Pearson.  Kim always digs deep and finds out the most interesting things about people and places.  As I was reading Kim’s article I found two very interesting facts.  The first was that the person she was writing about, Matthew Santoro, had the same last name as a cousin, and second, the business is located 1 mile from my another cousin’s Italian restaurant in Queens.

I called Mr. Santoro about his business and told him I was going to attend the Architectural Digest’s Design Event.  We had dinner and he gave me more of his background and experience. 

“Matty” is one of the last experts in period lighting holding monthly classes in his studio where he educates design students and interior designers about the history and beauty of Renaissance Lighting. These classes also consist of a handful of enthusiastic “artsy” people who pick through his huge collection of parts and pieces of historic components to create a lamp from scratch under Santoro’s guidance.

Santoro, A.K.A., The Lamp Whisperer, has a very impressive list of clients and, after over 40 years of being an integral part of lighting history, is looking forward to his next commissioned project – creating Russian Regency Chandeliers for a man from Switzerland who is building a residence in Ireland.

You can learn more about Matthew and his world in Enlightment Magazine and his website Crystal Renaissance

During our dinner conversation, I learned that Matty and my mother graduated from the same high school, 30+ years apart and they grew up in the same neighborhood.

Yes, it is a small world after all.