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. 

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Dramatic Dome Designs

The dome style of light fixture has been around as long as the lightbulb -- literally.  In the first years of the 20th century the earliest commercial electric bulbs were scarcely brighter than a gaslight flame, so housing multiple bulbs together within a single glass dome was a common sense solution for achieving greater light output. The rest, as they say, is history: dome fixtures quickly became the utilitarian default for overhead lighting in everything from commercial warehouses to closets to cars. 

Today, the humble dome enjoys higher status as the interior design world has embraced its decorative potential, and Hammerton celebrates this marriage of design and function across a wide range of styles and forms. We fabricate in blown glass, kiln-fused glass, rawhide, acrylic and other materials, incorporating decorative accents such as blown glass finials, organic silhouettes and decorative metalwork. Below are a few examples.

Above, a simple frosted acrylic dome creates a warm and welcoming entryway. Pins and strapping in hand-forged steel surround the dome, quietly nodding to the home's Craftsman  style. 

Again, another simple dome is featured above -- but the decorative band of scrollwork and finial take it in an entirely different aesthetic direction. As shown: a CH9109 from the Hammerton Chateau collection, in light mica, onyx acrylic, and a Brushed Pewter finish. Photo courtesy of McKinley Masters in Calgary, Alberta.

Above: A Lake Tahoe estate features two very different approaches to the traditional dome fixture, both from the Hammerton Craftsman collection.  At left is the octagonal CH8095, nearly 4 feet in diameter, in light art glass with a Stippled Antique Iron finish. At right is the CH8104, 27" in diameter, in light acrylic and a Brushed Antique Iron finish. Photos courtesy of Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect. 

Shown above and below are two-tiered dome fixtures from the Hammerton Craftsman and Log & Timber collections. The CH7161 in the rustic interior above  is 45" in diameter, with shades in lashed rawhide, a dome in dark acrylic, and an Antique Bronze finish. Photo Courtesy of Centre Sky Architects, Big Sky, MT.  Below left: is a modified CH7161, and below right is a CH8112, 4 feet in diameter, in light acrylic with a River Rust finish. 

Blown and kiln-fused glass can dramatically elevate the style quotient of a dome fixture. Without a metal housing the fixture is often referred to as a bowl, but the functional impact is the same. The bowl light shown in the beautiful bathroom above makes decorative use of both blown and kiln-fused glass and is accented with an elegant  blown glass finial.  Photo courtesy of Alison Whittaker Design, Inc., Saratoga, CA

Above and below, bowl designs from the Lightspann collection shown in various settings. The entry fixture shown above left is a modified CHA0015, with a frosted bowl and Tiger Eye funnel. At right, a dining chandelier featuring three CHA0016 bowls in Sea Tide blown glass with Iridized Gold edge wrap and clear ribbed ball finials. In the wine cellar below, a custom fixture in kiln fused Frosted Crystal glass and hand sculpted steel. Photos courtesy of Staprans Design, Portola Valley, CA. 

Above, dome chandeliers from the Hammerton Chateau collection extend an old-world aesthetic through this traditional European style home. Left and center are two modified versions of the CH9109, at right is a CH9066.

Above, a CHA0014 from the Lightspann collection. With 3 layers showcasing frosted kiln-fused glass, Aurora Gold blown glass with an Iridized Gold edge wrap and a Tiger Eye funnel, this fixture is truly a work of functional art. 

We leave you with this detail of a unique bowl fixture featuring three graceful tiers of custom kin-fused glass, recently fabricated for a Colorado client. Photo courtesy of AP Resort Concepts, Vail, CO.

A Modern Take on a Timeless Look

 

This popular design family from the Hammerton Chateau collection shows how a marriage of old and new can be marvelously magical. Fondly called 'Chateau Redux', these fixtures feature time honored, old-world silhouettes updated with clean contemporary lines and subtle artisan details like hand-forged finials and delicate scrollwork. Their surprising simplicity and airy elegance suits a wide range of interior styles, from classic to contemporary.

A  wide choice of decorative options and finishes expand the design potential of each fixture. For example, wax candles paired with intricate banding and tumbled quartz crystal swag lean more classic, while steel candles or cylinders and steel swag lean more contemporary. 

Take an up-close look at the craftsmanship and design detail below...

 Designers have incorporated this versatile look in everything from city pied a terries to lakefront retreats...

Below are a few photos of Chateau Redux fixtures from a designer client's own home in Southern California. Her choice of wax candles and beaded swag provided the perfect counterpoint to the traditional style of her interiors. 

See a fixture design you like but need it in a different look? Scroll through the film strip below for more ideas!

DRUM MATERIALS THAT SAY 'WOW'

Is there any light more versatile than the drum? We think this workhorse fixture deserves much more than a white shade. By incorporating eye-catching materials and textures -- think fused crystal, textured kiln-fired glass, woven steel mesh and more -- drum lights can dramatically elevate interiors instead of simply blending into them. 

At Hammerton, our most popular drums are those that juxtapose unusual materials in visually engaging ways.  Take a look at a few of our top sellers below. 

Above & Below: A 2014 remodel of the Hilton Houston Southwest makes strategic use of contemporary drums in fused crystal and fine woven mesh to update the look and feel of the hotel's central common areas. 

Below: A few of our most popular triple drums featuring fused crystal, textured kiln-fired glass and steel mesh.

CHA2021

CHA2021

CHA2021

CHA2021

CHA2030

CHA2030

CHA2021

CHA2022

DCH-2-040-14A-A

DCH-2-060-9A-A

DCH-2-060-9A-A

 DCH-2-100-14A-A

DCH-2-100-14A-A

DCH-2-100-14A-A

Below: A triptych of triple drums in the DeJoria Conference Center at High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah.

Summer Custom Series: "WHOLE HOME" PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Much of the custom residential work we do at Hammerton involves creating signature lighting packages that address all the decorative fixture requirements of the home.  

These 'whole-home' custom services enhance the overall design integrity of a project by providing consistency in aesthetics, scale, proportion, finish detail and quality -- without the generic look that frequently results from using the same brand of lighting throughout. And since each whole home project involves a dedicated team of Hammerton design, engineering and service personnel, additional benefits include streamlined project management as well as delivery and budget control.

Below is an inside look at a recent whole home project that is currently installing at a northern California lakefront estate. 68 custom and modified catalog fixtures representing 21 signature designs blend the timelessness of old world European elegance with the warmth of organic style. By offering a combination of distinctive and shared design elements -- including distressed edges, decorative pins, joints and straps, scrollwork, twists, light-hued diffusers and complementary finishes -- each fixture design stands on its own while collectively unifying the home's overall aesthetic. 

Stay tuned... we hope to show you the completed home -- including many fixtures not featured here -- in a few months!

Above: unfinished outdoor sconces just out of the fabrication shop provide a good view of the extraordinary design detail in their distressed edges and decorative pins and strapping. Below: the finished outdoor sconce.

Above: two additional outdoor fixtures. On the left: several fixtures in this post mount style illuminate the driveway. On the right: the entry pendant. Each of these outdoor fixture designs subtly introduce aesthetic elements that are carried throughout the interiors.

Above left: This window-style drum was designed to visually punctuate key traffic areas on the main floor. Its ornate twist detail is echoed both in the main hallway sconces (above right) and in the adjacent wine room dome fixture (below) to visually unify the separate spaces. Note also the subtle scrollwork and hammered flare detail which are repeated in many of the other interior lights. 

Below, the 9-foot tall great room chandelier -- a very different design than those above, but with many familiar design details. Also, note the octagonal pendant in the chandelier's center: though it plays a supporting role in this enormous fixture, it takes center stage as a multi-port pendant chandelier in the home's magnificent floating circular stairway (not shown).

Above, the two kitchen fixtures. At left, a multi-port chandelier that will hang over the peninsula. At right, the 53" diameter island chandelier. The scalloped shades, used exclusively in these kitchen fixtures, are intended to distinguish the space separately from the adjacent great room, although the overall aesthetic is unmistakably similar. 

In more private spaces, the homeowner opted to incorporate a warmer organic style that still nods to the timeless elegance of the home. Above left, the master bath chandelier. Above right: a gracefully sculpted linear suspension that will hang over the master tub. 

Above, two additional organic-inspired fixtures intended for secondary bedroom spaces. Below, lamping cups used in the above left fixture.