September 19, 2014

Using Materials to Bridge Light Fixture Styles

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Dressing a trio of geometric pendants in lashed rawhide can add authentic western flair to an otherwise contemporary fixture.

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This subtly Asian-inspired fixture elevates a simple bowl form to celebrity status by combining colorful layers of kiln-slumped and artisan-blown glass. A blown glass ball finial adds the finishing touch.

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Lines and layers set the stage while woven steel mesh, light mica and an antique nickel finish complete this industrial chic reinterpretation of a basic drum fixture.

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A warmer palette of light glass and a copper finish lean this mesh drum light towards a transitional Craftsman style.

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This custom pendant features a leafy ecoresin lens material, delicately scalloped into a whimsical
matte black parasol.

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Crafted from Washi paper and polished steel, this violet-patterned pool light gives a simple fixture silhouette a uniquely whimsical spin.

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From the Hammerton Chateau collection, a traditional European chandelier silhouette is updated with tumbled rock crystal swag and sleek glass cylinders to complement a broad range of interior styles.

 

Lines and shapes may give lighting designs form and structure, but materials bring them to life. While silhouettes engage the eye, it’s often the materials comprising those shapes – their textures and colors, the way they reflect light and create shadow — that stimulate our emotions and generate an aesthetic response.

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September 17, 2014

Not Your Basic Light Fixture

 

When lighting designs expand our perception of beauty, a truly innovative aesthetic is born. Whether a piece employs unusual materials, unexpected colors or an atypical silhouette, lighting designs that surprise us with unlikely combinations can add a welcomed dose of whimsy to contemporary and modern interior designs.

Hammerton believes that exploring the unknown is one of the best ways to achieve originality. Incorporating new materials and unconventional shapes, colors and textures into a single fixture requires meticulous choreographing and a deep understanding of design fundamentals. But in the end, the results are well worth the effort. By pushing boundaries beyond the box, whimsical light fixtures can inspire the imagination and uplift high style spaces with artistry and allure.

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September 15, 2014

Project Spotlight: Charles River Wine Cellars

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A simple ceiling fixture featuring a simple form and subtle old world details adds a transitional design counterpoint to this cellar’s natural stone masonry and rich mahogany.

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For the stacked stone hallway, interior designer Randi Skiffington chose a simple sconce design featuring an old world stem to enhance the room’s European feel.

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Graceful curves were combined with a bold use of antique iron-finished steel to achieve this unique custom ceiling fixture, which serves as the centerpiece in the cellar’s tasting room.

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Double-light sconces echo the design elements of the central ceiling fixture and wash the stone walls with light, enlarging the room and highlighting the room’s stunning finish details.

 

We love to feature American artisan manufacturers who share our high standards for aesthetic and functional design. Charles River Wine Cellars is an excellent example.

What started out as a simple passion for beautiful wine cellar designs launched Edward Loughran into a world of specialty varietals and high style storage solutions. As a stonemason by trade, Loughran’s attention to high quality craftsmanship can be seen across New England. Indeed, his personalized designs — whether for wine tasting or showcasing — all reflect the artistry and complexity of winemaking itself.

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September 9, 2014

Plated Finishes: There’s a Better Solution

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This custom sconce with decorative blown glass accent features our standard metallic finish in royal silver.

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The metal bands and backing of this Textured Glass cover sconce are finished with our standard metallic finish in royal silver.

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This custom vanity fixture boasts an elaborate steel and glass design with a stunning matte black finish.

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Our cascading Luna Chandelier — a custom piece from the Lightspann collection — features blown glass shades and a swirling framework with a gorgeous metallic beige silver finish.

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This industrial-chic custom wall sconce flaunts a textured metal base and a bold cord finished in matte black.

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Perfect for an industrial loft or contemporary space, this brushed nickel finished chandelier features a sleek form and custom shades for a sophisticated look.

 

If you’ve ever wondered why Hammerton doesn’t offer chrome or other plated finishes as standard options, just google ‘metal plating facility + Superfund’ and you’ll see 71,700 reasons why.

Superfund, of course, is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program that deals with uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. There are over a thousand Superfund sites across the United States, and metal plating facilities are high on the list.

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September 6, 2014

Hammerton Studio & The Industrial Chic Style

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A layered swirl of steel, featured this steampunk-inspired Tempest chandelier from Hammerton Studio, adds a dash of drama to a tranquil, modern setting.

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A Tempest pendant is the perfect counterpoint for concrete surfaces and a memorable first impression in an industrial-inspired, rustic chic entryway.

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An effortless touch of modern industrialism is created by the precise lines and subtle curves of this chandelier from Hammerton Studio’s new Skyline collection.

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The refined look of this Skyline sconce provides the perfect contrast to industrial-style cement walls.

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The warmth of this wooden staircase is complemented by our Bamboo sconces, which reflect a sophisticated light pattern on the surrounding wall and add a sculptural element to this modern, minimalist space.

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This Downtown Mesh drum chandelier brings an urban touch to a chic, modern kitchen. The woven steel material gives the fixture a bold aesthetic, while remaining light and airy.

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The polished look of this Downtown Mesh wall sconce adds an artful allure to a contemporary space comprised of cement, glass and steel.

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These urban chic Uptown Mesh pendants beautifully illuminate a bright, modern kitchen without weighing the space down.

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These carefully-crafted Textured Glass pendants add graceful shapes and understated elegance to an all-white interior.

 

Metal has never looked so chic. From contemporary lofts to fashion runways, the remarkable staying power of modern industrial style is undeniable. Luxury light fixtures featuring raw metal combined with contrasting textures, like weathered wood and soft, clean surfaces, can translate into gorgeous designs with a bold and sophisticated edge.

Inspired by the industrial revolution and steampunk culture, this uniquely urban aesthetic juxtaposes a range of materials, textures and colors to create designs that engage the eye. Oftentimes, industrial chic fixtures fashion simple lines and shapes into interesting and dynamic forms cut from steel and aluminum. These structural works of art are often softened by simple, monochromatic fabrics or warm, distressed wood, found either in the piece’s surrounding environment or within the fixture itself.

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