Buzzer 22: Seeing the Light


c2a9jvinas_gvinas_portrait_2-resize3About the author: “Buzzer 22″ is a new column by Ghislaine van Loosbroek Viñas, who was born in the Netherlands, schooled in South Africa, and has called Tribeca home for 20 years. (Want to guess which buzzer is hers?) Her firm, Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, has been designing residential and commercial spaces—half of them in Tribeca—since 2000. She also blogs for Interior Design.

Tucked away on Walker Street is an absolute gem of a store called trans.LUXE. The little space is filled with quirky, unusual light fixtures. We’re working on a custom light fixture that requires a very large custom shade. As luck would have it, we popped into trans.LUXE just as the staff was setting up for an opening to reveal some of its newest lighting designs as well as a show of work by supertalented local artist Bettina Blohm. While sipping martinis, we started discussing with owner Sandra Santos the details of our lampshade, and she’s going to fabricate it for us. The moral: If you need a quickie lampshade, keep going to the lampshade store in Chinatown. But if you’re looking for a very special light fixture and quality is important, then see Sandra at trans.LUXE.

trans.LUXE is at 59 Walker, between Broadway and Church; 212-925-5863,



1 Comment

  1. Hi Ghislaine,

    Thanks for your report about trans.LUXE. We were very happy to see your great pictures and kind words about our lighting and design endeavor.
    It’s pretty cool to know that your article is really going out to the WHOLE WORLD!
    Sandra and Elliott at trans.LUXE