If you’ve dined in Copper Onion (Salt Lake Magazine‘s Best Restaurant in SLC) or Pallet (Salt Lake Magazine’s Best Restaurant Design), you may already know Nash Martinez’s lighting design/sourcing work.
He’s a light-smith. Nash finds old discarded lights from a forgotten building or house or battlefield supply* or circus train cart or whatever place abandoned it before it’s modern beauty could be realized. In all of my discussions with Nash, I think I’ve found a baseline in his design: A light is never just a light. If you’re just looking for a light, you’re better off looking elsewhere. Nash aims to tell a story. Generally that story has something to do with finding something discarded, unwanted, broken and turning it in to something beautiful.
On the morning of March 23, SLC Mixers + SLC Foodie is giving you the opportunity to make a light with Nash at the Rose Establishment for you to take home. It’s $85 for basic parts. You will have the option for adding different hardware upgrades. Available spots are very limited. Register here.
On the evening of March 23, SLC Mixers is putting on a party to celebrate the spring issue of Utah Style and Design featuring Nash. We’ll drink wine and taste small bites at the downtown Caputo’s. Nash will have lights and other found items on display. We’ll hear from Nash and Brad Mee (Editor of Utah Style and Design). Register here. If you attend the event in the morning, entry to the USD spring issue release party is free.
*While touring around with Nash to take these photos he showed me a surgical light from a MASH unit (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital for those who didn’t grow up with Hawkeye). I would have never thought it was beautiful had I come across it in a junk pile until Nash spent time explaining it’s beauty.