Custom Winter Gondola Decorative Lighting

We’re not the only ones excited about the beginning of winter. Our clients are, too! A wonderful custom light just came through our shop that will get you in the spirit of the season. A whimsical row of miniature ski gondolas, each individually illuminated and hanging delicately from a “cable”, are a perfect example of how our designers, engineers and craftsman bring unique ideas to life. Watch the video below and see for yourself!

Over the years, we’ve completed several different variations of this gondola light. When you want to display a reminder of the mountain life in your home all year round - or any other special custom lighting request - we’re the ones to call!

Above and below: a larger version of this custom creation, scaled to 1/3 actual size, hangs in the backyard of a Park City client.

Above and below: a larger version of this custom creation, scaled to 1/3 actual size, hangs in the backyard of a Park City client.

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It’s all in the details: If you’ve ever sat on a chair lift, you’ll recognize this cable suspension design. This version, however, is barely an inch in height!

It’s all in the details: If you’ve ever sat on a chair lift, you’ll recognize this cable suspension design. This version, however, is barely an inch in height!

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Above and below: Two miniature gondola lights previously done for other mountain-loving clients.  Design by C. Randolph Trainor Interiors.

Above and below: Two miniature gondola lights previously done for other mountain-loving clients. Design by C. Randolph Trainor Interiors.

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Merry and Bright Winter Decorative Lighting

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.

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HAMMERTON’s Custom Expertise, By The Numbers

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.

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A buffet bar light that doubles as a retractable sneeze guard, designed and built for the Watertable Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, CA. Interiors by EDG Interior Architecture and Design.

A buffet bar light that doubles as a retractable sneeze guard, designed and built for the Watertable Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, CA. Interiors by EDG Interior Architecture and Design.

Over ten feet in height, this signature custom pendant in fine mesh graces the stairwell of a Greenwich CT residence. Interior Design by Interior Consultants.

Over ten feet in height, this signature custom pendant in fine mesh graces the stairwell of a Greenwich CT residence. Interior Design by Interior Consultants.

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.

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For an Irish client, Hammerton designed a series of custom lights featuring this Celtic knot design.

For an Irish client, Hammerton designed a series of custom lights featuring this Celtic knot design.

This bar light designed for a recreational pilot makes clever use of a vintage Cub aircraft propeller. The rawhide shades feature hand-inked drawings of three different vintage airplanes.

This bar light designed for a recreational pilot makes clever use of a vintage Cub aircraft propeller. The rawhide shades feature hand-inked drawings of three different vintage airplanes.

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.

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A custom version of an original Hammerton design, enlarged to suit the grand scale of this outdoor space at the L’Auberge Du Lac Resort in St. Charles, LA and engineered to be weatherproof, lightweight and maintenance-free. Design by Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design.

A custom version of an original Hammerton design, enlarged to suit the grand scale of this outdoor space at the L’Auberge Du Lac Resort in St. Charles, LA and engineered to be weatherproof, lightweight and maintenance-free. Design by Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design.

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.

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Final inspection of a signature custom chandelier featuring three open “C” rings, designed and built for the entry foyer of a large Florida residence. Although deceptively simple in design, this fixture required significant engineering in order to accommodate the open rings.

Final inspection of a signature custom chandelier featuring three open “C” rings, designed and built for the entry foyer of a large Florida residence. Although deceptively simple in design, this fixture required significant engineering in order to accommodate the open rings.

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.

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A 3.5 ton LED chandelier at Isabella Eatery located in the upscale Tyson’s Galleria in Fairfax, Virginia. The fixture was designed and built in multiple operational pieces that bolted together onsite to facilitate installation. Interiors by Streetsense, lighting design by Illuminating Concepts.

A 3.5 ton LED chandelier at Isabella Eatery located in the upscale Tyson’s Galleria in Fairfax, Virginia. The fixture was designed and built in multiple operational pieces that bolted together onsite to facilitate installation. Interiors by Streetsense, lighting design by Illuminating Concepts.

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!

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This model gondola at 50% scale illuminates the nighttime backyard of a ski enthusiast in Park City, Utah.

This model gondola at 50% scale illuminates the nighttime backyard of a ski enthusiast in Park City, Utah.

DECORATIVE PENDANTS: BEYOND the breakfast bar

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.

Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

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.

Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

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.

Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

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.           

Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

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.

Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

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.

Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Both our Hammerton and Hammerton Studio brands offer pendants in a variety of materials, styles and sizes, and most can be customized to accommodate unique requirements. 

View Hammerton Pendants > 

View Hammerton Studio Pendants >

See the Magic Created by our Residential Design Clients!

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..

This bright, modern kitchen remodel featuring a Hammerton Studio Rock Crystal Starburst chandelier is by Pasadena, CA-based   Cozy Stylish Chic  . Principal designer Jeanne Chung took this project from stud walls to completion in four weeks! 

This bright, modern kitchen remodel featuring a Hammerton Studio Rock Crystal Starburst chandelier is by Pasadena, CA-based  Cozy Stylish Chic . Principal designer Jeanne Chung took this project from stud walls to completion in four weeks! 

Contemporary Hammerton pendants set the tone in this sleek, sophisticated powder room by the talented design duo   Mark and Aly Interior Design  in Salt Lake City.  

Contemporary Hammerton pendants set the tone in this sleek, sophisticated powder room by the talented design duo  Mark and Aly Interior Design in Salt Lake City.  

A glistening custom Hammerton dining light in artisan fused glass hangs in the dining room of this contemporary mountain home by   KAM Designs . See this entire project  in our  Shooting Star residential case study >

A glistening custom Hammerton dining light in artisan fused glass hangs in the dining room of this contemporary mountain home by  KAM Designs. See this entire project  in our Shooting Star residential case study >

This beautiful interior by Westlake Village CA-based Karma Home Accents showcases a sparkling Hammerton Nested Ring chandelier. We featured this photo in a full page ad in a recent issue of Western Art & Architecture.  

This beautiful interior by Westlake Village CA-based Karma Home Accents showcases a sparkling Hammerton Nested Ring chandelier. We featured this photo in a full page ad in a recent issue of Western Art & Architecture.  

A dazzling Hammerton Studio trifecta shines in this downtown condominium b y Jami  e Schachtel Design Group , one of Chicago's premiere interior design firms. A Gem oval starburst chandelier glistens over the living area while Parallel fixtures grace the kitchen island and dining table. 

A dazzling Hammerton Studio trifecta shines in this downtown condominium by Jamie Schachtel Design Group, one of Chicago's premiere interior design firms. A Gem oval starburst chandelier glistens over the living area while Parallel fixtures grace the kitchen island and dining table. 

This glamorous modern kitchen features a Gem Belvedere linear suspension in Gilded Brass finish. Designer Jaki Yermian is making a name for herself and her Carlsbad, CA based firm  JY Design Interiors  with her ethereal designs.  

This glamorous modern kitchen features a Gem Belvedere linear suspension in Gilded Brass finish. Designer Jaki Yermian is making a name for herself and her Carlsbad, CA based firm JY Design Interiors with her ethereal designs.  

Gem pendants sparkle above the vanity in this master bath interior by  AP Resort Concepts .  S ee more of Vail, CO designer Annette Phan's work in our Eclectic Mountain Condo case study >

Gem pendants sparkle above the vanity in this master bath interior by AP Resort Concepts.  See more of Vail, CO designer Annette Phan's work in our Eclectic Mountain Condo case study >

An oversized Downtown Mesh drum chandelier makes a bold statement in this chic dining room by  Lori Gentile Interior Design . Stay tuned for a feature on Lori's work in the near future!

An oversized Downtown Mesh drum chandelier makes a bold statement in this chic dining room by Lori Gentile Interior Design. Stay tuned for a feature on Lori's work in the near future!

A contemporary Crankshaft chandelier hangs above this rustic contemporary interior designed by  Cathers Home . The talented Cathers Home team used custom Hammerton lighting throughout this project recently  featured in Mountain Living Magazine >

A contemporary Crankshaft chandelier hangs above this rustic contemporary interior designed by Cathers Home. The talented Cathers Home team used custom Hammerton lighting throughout this project recently featured in Mountain Living Magazine >

Share Your Work and Be Featured! 

Submit your projects featuring Hammerton or Hammerton Studio fixtures! Send us an email with high-resolution professional images and a brief description of the project, and we'll contact you to make it happen. 

REMODELING? FIVE LIGHTING-RELATED PITFALLS TO AVOID

Are you including new decorative light fixtures in your remodeling project? If so, read on to avoid some common (and often very expensive) oversights.

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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. .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

See what a successful remodel with Hammerton looks like > 

INSPIRED DESIGN NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

 
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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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TRENDSETTING GEMS POP WITH COLOR!

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.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Brown for Leighton Design Group, Delray Beach FL

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Brown for Leighton Design Group, Delray Beach FL

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%.

Gunmetal finish with smoke glass. Photo Courtesy of Poison Creek Furniture & Design, Park City UT

Gunmetal finish with smoke glass. Photo Courtesy of Poison Creek Furniture & Design, Park City UT

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

Ring Chandeliers

Matte Black finish with amber glass

Matte Black finish with amber glass

Matte Black finish with amber glass

Matte Black finish with amber glass

Matte Black finish with bronze glass

Matte Black finish with bronze glass

Flat ronze finish with bronze glass

Flat ronze finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with smoke glass

Heritage Brass finish with smoke glass

STARBURST CHANDELIERS

Matte Black finish with bronze glass. Photo courtesy of Jamie Schachtel Design  Group, Highland Park IL

Matte Black finish with bronze glass. Photo courtesy of Jamie Schachtel Design  Group, Highland Park IL

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Gilded Brass finish with bronze glass

Gilded Brass finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

Heritage Brass finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

LINEAR SUSPENSION

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Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Oil Rubbed Bronze finish with bronze glass

Oil Rubbed Bronze finish with bronze glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

Heritage Brass finish with amber glass

Gilded Brass finish with amber glass

Gilded Brass finish with amber glass

Belvedere CHANDELIERS

Metallic Beige Silver finish with smoke glass

Metallic Beige Silver finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Heritage Brass finish with clear glass

Heritage Brass finish with clear glass

MULTI-PORTS AND CLUSTERS

Flat Bronze finish with bronze glass

Flat Bronze finish with bronze glass

Flat Bronze finish with bronze glass

Flat Bronze finish with bronze glass

SCONCES

Photo courtesy of Gina Holz Designs, Los Angeles CA

Photo courtesy of Gina Holz Designs, Los Angeles CA

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with smoke glass

Matte Black finish with bronze glass

Matte Black finish with bronze glass

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. 

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Custom Gem ring multi-port chandeliers glisten from the ceiling of the Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. 

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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. 

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