Table Lighting that Plays All the Angles.

What’s so special about a rectangular dining light? Plenty, if you ask our design team. Over the last 20 years, this simple fixture form has spawned dozens of top-selling products as well as hundreds of custom designs for residential, hospitality and commercial projects alike. We think its enduring popularity stems from the fact that it satisfies three basic requirements for compelling lighting design:

1. Function. Good table lighting provides both ambient and task light, and the box style lends itself beautifully to both. With diffusers on all six sides, a central light source can glow warmly in every direction. When extra task lighting is needed, additional light sources can be incorporated into the base. Ambient and task light sources can even be wired separately so each can be used independently -- a helpful feature for creating mood in a space.

2. Familiarity.  Enduring residential design always incorporates furnishings that are comfortable and reassuring. With straightforward clean lines that typically echo the shape of the table below or the room around it, a box-style dining light can “ground” an interior design and help the eye make sense of a space.

3. Flair.  Call it style, panache, glamour --  but as the central focus of most dining spaces, the table light always needs an engaging element of design personality. The box shape is an ideal canvas for incorporating materials, textures and colors that complement the surrounding interior design.

Suffice it to say that this fixture design “plays all the angles” of great lighting design. Take a look the installations below and let us know what you think.

A Dallas Artist’s Remodel

When Dallas resident Billy Mattison embarked on the remodel of his mid-century University Park home, he started with the decorative lighting. “My wife is an artist, and we love to be surrounded by art,” explains Billy. “So we needed lighting that would not only illuminate, but extend the curated feel of the home.”

Mattison worked with Dallas design-build firm RPCD, Inc. to create interiors for the home, and selected ceiling fixtures from the Hammerton Studio Parallel, Apothecary and Urban Loft collections to complement the art-filled spaces. “Hammerton was the perfect choice for this project,” says Cathy Koonsman, RPCD’s owner and principal designer. “The simple and elegant lines of each fixture echo the mid-century style of the house, while the handcrafted glass underscores the artistry of the interiors. We’re thrilled with the result.”

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Above the sink: a 44"W Urban Loft Trestle linear suspension provides ample integrated LED task light along with plenty of eye appeal. Shown in Frosted Granite glass and Satin Nickel finish.

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In the dining room: a 44"W Parallel oval chandelier illuminates both the Smoke Granite glass of the fixture as well as the table below with integrated LED lighting. The finish is Satin Nickel.

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Want to see more 'artful lighting'? Visit Hammerton Studio online or at your nearest displaying dealer.

Engaging Entryways

 

When designing an entryway, many of us will consider the style of the door, windows, finishes and even the rug before choosing the type of lighting that will work best. Lighting is usually an afterthought. However, a central light fixture often provides the best opportunity to set the aesthetic tone for your home and reflect your unique personality. As you can see, lighting can have a transformative effect on the overall visual impact of an entryway.

Below are some examples of Hammerton's fixtures that can make all the difference in your entryway -- 

CHANDELIERS
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CEILING FIXTURES
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PENDANTS
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WALL SCONCES
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ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT: NICK CONNER

 

From metal fabrication to shipping & receiving, Nick Conner has done it all throughout his ten years at Hammerton. But it was not until 5 years ago when he began working in the Hammerton glass shop that he found his calling. Today, Nick heads up our warm glass production team, and is responsible for crafting the beautiful textured glass shades and diffusers featured in many Hammerton and Hammerton Studio fixtures. 

The warm glass process involves heating glass in a kiln or oven to incorporate texture, shape and visual interest, typically by fusing multiple pieces of glass together. The process is called "warm glass" because it requires temperatures below 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, hot glass -- which is better known as 'blown glass' -- involves temperatures well above that. 

Nick has a deep understanding of the design versatility of warm glass. "Different fabrication methods allow you to achieve a wide range of interesting visual elements," he explains. "For example, you can fuse different pieces of glass together to create texture or movement in a single panel, and you can slump glass into jigs or molds to achieve different shapes. Most of what we produce involves both fusing and slumping, which means each piece of glass goes through the kiln twice." 

Because glass expands and changes its composition at higher temperatures, preparing glass for kiln firing requires a high level of precision in order to achieve the desired aesthetic characteristics as well as the exact measurements specified by a given fixture design. Firing protocols are equally precise, since each fabrication method requires a unique firing schedule incorporating varying amounts of time at six or more temperature levels.  "Glass comes out of the kiln in a very different state than it goes in, so producing beautiful glass to precise dimensions is equal parts art and science," adds Nick.  

When glass comes out of the kiln, Nick and his team cold work, etch, drill and clean the finished material to prepare it for final assembly. And when the warm glass team packs up for the day, seven glass kilns continue to hum throughout the night, fusing and slumping glass for the next day's work. 

A VIEW FROM THE SHOP: CLEAN-LINED Craftsman

 With expansive luxury ski homes set against the scenic backdrop of Montana's  Gallatin National Forest, the Yellowstone Club exudes rugged grandeur.  Indeed, 'rugged grandeur' is a perfect descriptor for the massive custom Craftsman project that our production team just finished for a Yellowstone home. These lights are fabricated from ultra-heavy 5 gauge steel - about twice the thickness of the 12 gauge steel used in comparable Hammerton fixtures, and over three times the thickness of comparable product on the market. To balance this visual weight, fixture designs are straightforward and clean -- resulting in a timeless look that is as enduring in style as it is in construction.

Scroll down to peruse a few of the custom designs we created for this project. Contact your Hammerton representative with any questions. 

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Case Study: BIG & BOLD

OCEAN REEF CLUB, KEY LARGO FL  

The largest private residential club community in the U.S., Ocean Reef Club debuted its new 30,000 square foot Carysfort conference center in 2016. Working closely with the on-site team, Hammerton designed and fabricated 50+ oversized ceiling fixtures in woven steel mesh, kiln-fired glass, parchment and acrylic -- each ranging 4-10 feet in diameter -- for the facility's grand entry, ballroom, cooking school, board room and several conference rooms.

 
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All fixtures started with an existing Hammerton design, which was then scaled up to as much as twice its original size. Mesh, white parchment and glass diffusers allowed each fixture to incorporate unique materials and textures into every space. 


Many of the Carysfort spaces are quite large, so it's difficult to appreciate the massive size of these fixtures. Below are a couple photos taken before installation showing the light fixtures next to a 6-foot life-size male cut out.