Book Lamps & Vintage Inspired Lighting

San Diego, California

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Note from shop owner Hello there! Thank you for visiting our lighting shop. We're no longer making any products for sale. Thank you for the great adventure.

-Philip and Chelsea

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 6, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for visiting our lighting shop. We're no longer making any products for sale. Thank you for the great adventure.

-Philip and Chelsea

Philip Hansen

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About TypewriterBoneyard

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Living and breathing creativity.

There’s something about being able to explore that passion or interest that you share with somebody. It’s beautiful. It’s fulfilling. We were lucky enough to discover it and to live it out everyday. After years spent experimenting, taking things apart, scavenging junk yards and the woods, holding onto all of the little trinkets, + discovering that the old could have new life, we came up with Typewriter Boneyard. It is the place where we are able to share the result of that journey.

All of our light fixtures are handcrafted in our home studio, located in downtown San Diego. This is where it happens – everything. This is the place where we eat, design, sleep, create, entertain, make messes, get inspired, and practice our photography skills. We are creating each piece in the middle of where we live life. Sometimes it’s a little chaotic, but it makes it all feel complete.

We both have a love for things that are old and worn. I’m not sure if it’s the texture, or the story of it's past life, but we incorporate previously used items as much as we can. This is why we describe our style as old-world, industrial, or vintage inspired. It also means that we’d be happy to create a custom piece for you using that book your grandpa gave you or that piece of driftwood you found on your last camping trip.

We love being apart of our local art community, taking in the city around us, exploring different creative outlets, and challenging ourselves to think of fresh ideas. You can see more of what we're doing in a few different places:

Chelsea's personal blog:
This is a collection of our current projects, what inspires us, a peek into our creative process, and too many photos of our dog.

Shaun Boyte, a rising video journalist, featured us in his ‘San Diego Creatives’ series. See where we work and live and hear what we have to say about running this little business of ours. Watch the video here:

If you are in San Diego, you can visit a few of our favorite places and see some of our work:

Coffee & Tea Collective

Luce Loft

Make Good

Hunt + Gather

Form & Function

Shop members

  • Philip Hansen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer

    I handcraft old-world lighting pieces out of our San Diego work/live loft.

  • Chelsea Hansen

    Owner, Designer, Blogger, Photographer

    Normally, you'll find me sketching new designs, taking product photos, blogging about our life, instagraming photos of my lunch, creating something for a wedding, packaging up an order, walking the dog, or catching up on my latest TV obsessions.

  • Patrick Hansen


    My name is Patrick. I'm a Boston Terrier and I keep these two out of trouble... I also acquire strange objects for them to turn into lamps. It's a weird thing they have.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Because many of the items are one of a kind, it better be a good reason for a return!!
We accept payment via PayPal in US Dollars. You may use a credit card with PayPal in my store. All items will ship when payment is made in full and has cleared. If payment has not been received within 72 hours of committing to purchase, then the sale will be canceled and the item will be available for sale again.
We typically ship within 1-2 weeks of receiving payment. Insurance is not included in our shipping prices but can be added upon request. If you need an item received by a certain date, please communicate early and we will do my best to accommodate!
Additional policies and FAQs
Q: Do you do custom orders?
A: Heck Yes! I have done many custom orders based on colors or certain bulbs someone likes. I have also had many customers send me a favorite book to turn into a lamp!