About

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Who We Are
Drew Dearwester and Bertie Ray III opened Switch in 2008 on historic Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati.  They now serve personal and commercial clients throughout the region and from New York City to San Francisco. They also enjoy daily conversations, sometimes heated, about their shared passion: fine modern lighting.

Drew’s remarkable sense of style and expert knowledge of lighting, developed over two decades in the business, will bring surprising and pleasing new ideas to your home or commercial project. Drew was born in Cincinnati in the years just before the Big Red Machine.

Bertie, a businessman and entrepreneur, thrives on bringing the big idea to life.  His career as the Man Who Gets Things Done has taken him up the East Coast, through long years in Manhattan, and now to Cincinnati with his lovely wife and daughter.  A graduate of NYU,  Bertie is active in numerous philanthropic and cultural arts endeavors, including the board of the Cincinnati Opera.  Bertie was raised in Washington, D.C. during the Nixon administration.

What We Do
Switch is a modern lighting, furniture and design emporium located in downtown Cincinnati. We work with a variety of residential and commercial clients, large and small, who love modern lighting.

To answer two common questions: Yes, we do consultations, and no, we don’t have an online store just yet. You can order anything you see on this site over the phone or by email. Or come into our showroom — we’ll be glad to chat.

For Residential Clients:

Switch is the place to get thoughtful, cheerful, expert guidance on your home furnishings and lighting. Drew and Bertie love to talk about lighting and furniture for kitchens, family rooms, entryways, patios, and all the spaces that make up your home. We’ll help you find the perfect furniture and lighting for your needs. If you like, we can take care of installation as well.

We love to design interiors! Whether you’re building a new home or redoing a current space, Drew and Bertie can help you find the perfect tables, rugs and sofas to go with your new light fixtures. We believe that modern lighting is at its best when it’s part of a holistic approach to your complete living space.

We’ll be happy to talk lighting with you — call us today at (513) 421-1901 or email us at info@switchcollection.com.

For Commercial Clients:

Switch handles commercial projects as intimate as Kaze in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine and as enormous as Mason, Ohio Intelligrated, Inc. We can give you full access to industrial lighting, indoor features, outdoor spotlights, and commercial fixtures and contract furniture of all kinds.

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