Meyda Tiffany Lighting, Yorkville, N.Y., began 40 years ago as a hobby for Meyer Cohen and his wife Ida Cohen. In the time since, the company evolved into a nationally recognized decorative lighting manufacturer with installations around the globe.
“Meyda started as a hobby with Meyer and Ida in their basement in 1974,” said Robert Cohen, son of Meyer and Ida, runs the family business today. “My mother wanted a stained glass window for our family's dining room and my father was a master tinkerer and was able to troubleshoot nearly any problem. So, they picked up some stained glass supplies and took a lesson at a local continuing education program and the rest they taught themselves. And, Meyda Stained Glass Studio was born.”
In the seventies and eighties, the company captured the popular Tiffany market with authentic reproductions, interpretations and stained glass originals. The company expanded along the way from lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, lanterns and windows into Mission, southwest, deco, nouveau, contemporary and modern styles.
Among Meyda’s latest innovations is the world’s largest LED free standing chandelier featured in the Stanley Theatre, Utica, N.Y.