CUSTOM SHOWCASE: BOLD CONTRAST

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
— Friedrich Schlegel

As in all forms of art, memorable lighting design frequently makes bold use of contrast. Much of the custom work we create in collaboration with our design clientele explores the power of contrast in material, texture, color, form, scale and space. It’s interesting to note that many recent custom designs coming out of our ‘shop’ have focused on the study of contrast relative to one particular color: gold.

Along with other metallics, gold tones — ranging from true gold to brass to amber — are increasingly becoming used as neutrals rather than accents. Pairing gold tones with other neutrals like black or white provides a visually compelling, high contrast combination that creates drama and edge. Black, especially matte black, is increasingly deployed as a super sleek, moody color that can command a leading role in spaces well beyond the ‘statement’ powder room.

GOLD & BLACK: BOLD, EDGY, SOPHISTICATED

Pairing black and gold in lighting design results in an aesthetic that is rich and warm, yet bold and modern. Adding a layer of gold, whether it’s in the color of a glass shade or the finish on the underside of a fixture, packs a striking impact. Together, black and gold can also look refined and timeless with its effortless ability to set a sophisticated mood. The design versatility of this color combination easily explains its increasing popularity.

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Above & below: striking contrast between a matte black exterior and an LED-illuminated gold interior brings an edgy modern mood to this traditional drum style. Fixture: DCH-2-001-17A-A

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Above & below: a gold interior finish updates the look of this traditional barn light fixture style. Several of these 24”D sconces were commissioned for a large hospitality project at the Yellowstone Club..

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GOLD & WHITE: REFINED, GLAMOROUS, CLASSIC

This classic color combination evokes the ultimate in luxury and glamour. Whether it’s a modern, contemporary, or a traditional interior design style, a contrasting gold and white color palette sets an upscale, sophisticated tone.

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Four feet in height, the statement wall sconce shown above pairs a gold-toned finish with sparking panels of our Rimelight frosted kiln fused glass. Several of this design were commissioned for a large Miami oceanfront condominium complex.

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Above & below: A gold and white palette underscores elements of traditional and modern style in this sleek 42”D ring chandelier, designed in hand-polished steel and glass. A trio of these fixtures were recently installed in the newly renovated “One” business lounge at the historic Union League Club of Chicago.

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CONTRAST COUNTERPOINT: MATERIALS & TEXTURE

Deploying different materials and textures to convey a contrasting palette adds an additional element of design intrigue. For example, take a look at the chandelier below. You’ll notice that the clean-lined geometries juxtaposing smooth art glass and steel intentionally create a harmonious balance between the black and gold tones

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Similarly, in the custom dining light shown above and below, hammered metalwork quietly echoes the organic aesthetic of the undulant glass shade, lending an important element of harmony to this asymmetrical fixture design.

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A high-contrast palette juxtaposing luminous amber-colored optic blown glass and matte black steel adds design edge to the modified LAA2013 pendant shown above.

See anything of interest? Contact your Hammerton representative for details on any of these recent custom designs, or to incorporate ‘bold gold’ contrast in your next lighting project.

Project Spotlight: AVI & Co.

NYC-based SEED Design Solutions Inc. conceived this sleek boutique-style showroom interior for Avi & Co., a luxury watch and jewelry retailer in Manhattan’s Diamond District. Led by Principal Lesly Zamor, the SEED team layered reclaimed woods and natural stone with metallic finishes and faceted surfaces.

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Located between 5th and 6th Avenue on West 47th Street, the Diamond District is the primary destination for jewelry shopping in Manhattan. Since World War II, when thousands of Jewish diamond merchants were forced to flee Antwerp and Amsterdam and settled in New York City, the district has become a central player in the global diamond industry.

To clearly differentiate the new Avi & Co. space from the district’s traditional merchant showrooms, SEED Design used a sumptuous yet edgy design palette that spoke directly to a younger upscale audience. “We wanted to strike a hip and innovative tone to signal our client’s unique leadership position in the luxury watch and jewelry industry,” explains Zamor. “We paid particular attention to texture, color and balance in order to achieve a richly luxurious aesthetic that was also clean and modern.”

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To underscore the luxury aesthetic, the SEED team paired smoke-colored Hammerton Studio artisan blown glass in Gem and Rock Crystal styles with contrasting metallic finishes. Adds Zamor, “The sparkling glass and simplicity of design underscores the jewelry theme with wonderful understated elegance. These fixtures suited the project perfectly.”

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I’ve worked with a lot of lighting lines over the past 20 years, and Hammerton stands above the crowd. The superb quality of their design and craftsmanship speaks for itself.
— Lesly Zamor, Principal, SEED Design NYC
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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 >

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