While Hammerton is increasingly known for industry-leading glass designs, it’s our heritage in artisan metal craftsmanship that put us on the map nearly 25 years ago. The holiday season is the perfect time to highlight several enduring Hammerton designs featuring winter snow sport motifs in dining lights, game lights, and even custom-made furniture and accessories — all meticulously designed and hand sculpted from steel.
The family dining room takes center stage this time of year. From the Thanksgiving feast to the pre-bowl game brunch on New Year's Day, it's where lasting holiday memories are made.
We'd love to spend the holidays in any of these 17 dining spaces. Each exudes that wonderful combination of warmth and style that creates the ideal setting for long, leisurely meals with family and friends.
All of us at Hammerton wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season!
With almost 30 years of experience as a leading domestic custom lighting manufacturer, we are proven experts in what it takes to be successful — not only in design and execution, but also in delivering an exceptional customer experience.
Here are the numbers to back that up:
percent of Hammerton production that involves custom work
Our custom capabilities go well beyond simply choosing from a selection of finishes or accommodating a specific overall height. We routinely modify existing designs in size and scale, incorporate customer specified materials, motifs, unique functional features and other design elements, and create entirely new fixtures from scratch.
Weekly number of custom quotes processed
Our custom team regularly quotes a variety of custom projects across a wide range of design styles for residential, hospitality and commercial applications. Frequently quoted projects include one-off signature chandeliers, high volume runs of value engineered corridor sconces, ‘whole home’ lighting packages, unique fixtures incorporating thematic motifs, and LED illuminated architectural elements.
Average custom quote turnaround, in hours
We know our clients’ time is valuable. Prompt service delivery is integral to our value proposition as a leading custom manufacturer.
Lead time for 90% of custom orders, in weeks
All of Hammeton’s operational teams reside under one roof, enabling our designers, engineers, artisans and service teams to work together seamlessly in order to ensure that each custom piece is executed as flawlessly as it is designed. This close collaboration yields faster turnaround with projects shipping in weeks, rather than months.
Percent of Hammerton employees that are industrial designers or engineers
Engineering horsepower is critical to building design-leading products that seamlessly address both functional and aesthetic objectives. 3D modeling, rapid prototyping, technology integration and finite element analysis for thermal and structural applications.are just a few of the processes our design and engineering teams deploy every day.
Number of years we’ve been doing custom work
Hammerton began as a custom decorative lighting manufacturer in 1995, and today our operations are still optimized around delivering a superior custom solution across a wide range of styles and materials — on time and on budget. Contact your Hammerton representative to discuss your next custom lighting project!
Pendants came into their own with the advent of the open kitchen, but today these decorative and extremely practical fixtures can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of just about any room in the home. As Houzz contributor Lisa Frederick puts it, “Not only do they channel task lighting when it’s needed, but they also offer a prime opportunity to put a decorative flourish on a space.” Indeed, the entire design of a space can be defined by a single pendant.
There's no question that a trio of thoughtfully chosen pendants can beautifully enhance a kitchen breakfast bar. But pendants can also provide a welcome element of surprise in a variety of applications well beyond this standard installation. Consider a few of the following ideas...
In kitchens with large center islands, consider opting for a cascade of pendants at various heights instead of a traditional chandelier. This creative approach can fill the volume of space above the island and provide plenty of decorative task lighting without adding extra visual weight.
Add an unexpected twist to a bath or powder room space by substituting pendants for sconces on either side of the mirror. A decorative pendant can also add spectacular drama directly above a sink or tub, as long as local building codes allow it.
Bring contemporary flair to a stairway or entryway with an oversized geometric pendant. A staggered trio of spheres, cylinders, or any type of polyhedron in an interesting material or design can transform a large empty space. Or group several pendants under a single canopy for a dramatic look in an open multi-story staircase.
Trade out table lamps or sconces for pendants next to the bed. A thoughtful pendant design can provide both ambient and task lighting as well as an intriguing focal point in the bedroom.
Hang on either side of the front door or above garage bays. Or use multiples to brighten a covered patio or outdoor living space. Damp-rated pendants can offer a pleasing alternative to outdoor sconces or chandeliers.
It's very rewarding when our talented interior design customers share photos of their fabulous work. Each designer has a distinctive aesthetic and it's exciting to see how they incorporate Hammerton lighting into the beautiful spaces they create -- including some that we would never have envisioned!
We love showcasing these designers and their 'Hammerton projects' on our website and blog, in our emails, catalogs and advertising. Here are some of our recent favorite photos..
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Are you including new decorative light fixtures in your remodeling project? If so, read on to avoid some common (and often very expensive) oversights.
Remodeling projects pose unique challenges for lighting. Since remodels typically have to accommodate constraints imposed by the existing structure and/or electrical system, these limitations must be taken into account. Below we’ve suggested five lighting topics to cover with your remodeling contractor.
1. Fixture weight limitations. Most lights mount directly to a j-box, but heavier fixtures may be required to mount to the building structure in order to meet UL and local codes. This will require your contractor to install additional blocking so that the fixture can be installed correctly. Generally, chandeliers and ceiling lights over 50 lbs and wall sconces over 25 lbs fall into this category. .
2. Fixture size or height limitations. There’s nothing worse than discovering that your beautiful new great room chandelier can’t fit through any of your existing doorways, or that the bottom of your new powder room ceiling light gets knocked every time a door opens. Unfortunately, these problems occur all too often. Your contractor can provide all the measurements needed to avoid these problems, and Hammerton fixtures can be customized to accommodate them.
3. Electrical loads and line voltage. If you’re remodeling an older home, make sure you understand the constraints of your current electrical system. If other consumers of power are sharing a line, then your new entry chandelier or that row of new pendants down the main hallway may require a dedicated power source.
Also, make sure the line voltage in your home can handle your desired lamping. Homes with fluctuating voltage or voltage higher than 115 will typically require commercial grade incandescent bulbs or xenon bulbs.
Installing new LED lighting? These require drivers for power and dimming. Drivers are typically housed in either the canopy or the j-box. Check with your electrician to make sure they can be accommodated.
If a lighting control system is part of your remodeling plan, make sure your fixtures work with the system.
4. Mounting Surfaces. For both interior and exterior lights, it’s always smart to consider the mounting surface. Slope and beam mounted ceiling lights almost always require special canopy and j-box configurations (yes, you need a j-box in that beam!). For wall sconces, always give some thought to the surface you are mounting to. Whether it’s an existing tile backsplash in the master bath or exterior stone siding on your entry façade, the type, thickness and contour of a surface can impact both the ease of installation and the look of the fixture. Usually just a slight modification to the mounting plate or hardware will provide for easier installation and the best look possible.
5. Smart Lighting Planning. Since lights are often the last features to be installed during a remodel, the tendency is to leave lighting-related decisions until the last minute. This common mistake can be both time-consuming and costly. By developing your overall lighting plan and specifying your decorative fixtures early in the planning process, you’ll be more likely to avoid these pitfalls and the associated last-minute compromises.
Part of the service we provide at Hammerton is helping our clients avoid these type of oversights during the lighting specification process. We provide detailed specification drawings including dimension, weight, mounting and light lift requirements. Together, our designers, engineers and service teams work with each client to ensure a smooth and successful installation.
Today, Hammerton is recognized as an innovator in lighting design at the intersection of glass and metal. But back in the 90's, we were known as the vanguard of authentic mountain rustic lighting. Characterized by hefty wood and stone, the dominant look of mountain homes at that time was 100% rustic. Hand-forged, large scale steel light fixtures were an ideal complement to the prominent natural and handcrafted materials used throughout these homes. This was an inspired style concept at the time and resonated within mountain markets because of its tribute to the outdoor lifestyle.
Our most popular lights at the time were from our Log & Timber collection. Many featured life-like textured evergreen and maple boughs laden with leaves, needles, acorns and pine cones meticulously handcrafted from steel, while others showcased detailed landscape silhouettes with realistic animal motifs or heads sculpted from bronze.
While more recent Hammerton designs emphaize clean lines, contemporary forms and materials like artisan blown and kiln-fused glass, the Log & Timber collection is still relevant today. Old world materials like rawhide and beaded linen bring surprising warmth to transitional and contemporary lighting styles.
The top-selling Gem collection from Hammerton Studio captures the design industry's fascination with faceted shapes in a captivating series of versatile designs and unique color combinations.
A thoughtfully chosen Gem design adds an artistic focal point to any interior color palette. With four glass color options and eight finishes to choose from, the perfect color combination can be made -- whether for a transitional, contemporary or modern space..
There's nothing 'typical' with these designs. With 93 CRI/2,700 CCT integrated LED lighting, the glass shades actually become the bulb. Plus they're compatible with all dimmer types and dim smoothly down to 1%.
The Gem collection offers a wide range of fixtures styles -- from single and double tier ring and linear chandeliers to starbursts, clusters, multi-ports and more. Our favorite designs and color combinations are featured below
MULTI-PORTS AND CLUSTERS
Looking for something even more different? Gain inspiration from some of our recent custom work below.
Inspired by this year's Pantone Color of the Year, an Ultra Violet Gem Ring Chandelier adds drama and a punch of color to a modern, industrial or minimalist space.
Custom Gem ring multi-port chandeliers glisten from the ceiling of the Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah.
We can also create gems in other glass colors for custom projects, like this blue sconce.
Using a steel frame to echo the Gem facets, this geometric pendant feels light yet industrial.
Let’s face it: finding the ideal fixture for a large overhead area can be a challenge. Well-worn solutions – think wagon wheels, fabric drums, and the like – may fill the space, but they typically lack in the unexpected. And over-sized arm chandeliers can be too fussy for transitional or contemporary spaces.
Enter the ‘Nested Ring” two-tier chandelier. Clean lined, with a bit of sparkle -- and at 60’’ in both diameter and height, it can solve the space problem in everything from large residential entries and great rooms to hotel lobbies, restaurants, country clubs and more. In addition to our 60"D size, we also offer single and double tier versions in 26"D and 44”D.
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Above, a pair of two-tier Nested Ring chandeliers cleverly draw the eye up toward a magnificent view of the Tetons. Below, a similar chandelier shines over a California lakefront living room.
Below, a pair of Nested Rings transform the interior of a Ruth's Chris steakhouse restaurant.
Custom Nested Rings are also available. In fact, as you can see below, our fabrication team is currently working on two 90"D fixtures.
We've also designed damp rated versions for outdoor applications.
See something of interest? Contact your Hammerton representative to learn more.
It's true that much of Hammerton's custom work involves bold, large-scale signature fixtures that make a big statement. But clients frequently ask us to solve much more subtle problems. Such requests can include modifying existing designs, extending an aesthetic element, value engineering a popular style of fixture, or simply meeting a tight deadline.
Below are a few recent examples of these type of projects. Call your Hammerton representative to learn more about any of these designs.
Dressing Up the Drum Tasked with updating the interiors of the historic Lake Merritt Hotel in Oakland, CA, Hetherwick Hutcheson Design needed budget-friendly contemporary decorative lighting that nodded to the building's Art Deco heritage. Hammerton developed a series of value engineered drum designs incorporating this Art Deco-inspired bottom diffuser motif.
TAKING INDOOR DESIGNS OUTSIDE
Modifying indoor fixtures for exterior use is something we do every day, and involves 3 basic considerations. First, lights must be damp or wet rated depending upon their intended location. Second, they must be rigidly designed to withstand wind. Finally, they must be constructed, pretreated and finished to resist the weathering effects of prevailing climate conditions -- think UV, moisture, salty air, and extreme temperatures. Below are two popular designs we recently modified for exterior use.
CLEAN Modern Pendants
When Less is More The lights below are a small sample of our recent custom work that falls squarely in the category of modern design. And while they appear very different from one another at first glance, they are all actually quite similar.
Each of these fixtures demonstrates how a single feature or detail can yield enormous design power. A simple glass ball hung akimbo, a steel LED-lit ring of brass, an asymmetrical assemblage of rectangular forms -- each is elevated to a starring role that captures the visual intrigue of the overall design.
This utilitarian fixture is typically function-focused, but the floor lamp can offer a great way to extend a look in seating spaces and other areas that require additional task lighting.
We've created hundreds of custom floor lamp designs over the years for hotels, restaurants, retirement communities and custom homes. Some are sleek and sophisticated, while others are more eclectic. A few of our recent favorites are featured here.
Celebrating the Cube
Reinterpreting a Familiar Form When the design objective calls for a contemporary fixture that's equal parts 'safe' and 'surprising', the cube offers much potential. This simple geometry has served as muse for scores of custom lighting designs we've created over the years, many of which have become permanent additions to our catalog offering. Here are a few recent interpretations.
Modified CATALOG DESIGNS
Sometimes Bigger is Better We routinely scale up pendant designs to suit high ceiling entry halls, great rooms, and other large overhead spaces. Below are recently modified versions of two popular contemporary fixtures.
See anything of interest? Contact your Hammerton representative for details on any of these recent custom designs.