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.

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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

 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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TOP SELLER SPOTLIGHT: THE NESTED RING CHANDELIER

 
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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Brown @itsmyjamb

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CH2249-M, shown with a frosted glass lens and a Flat Bronze finish.

Let’s face it: finding the ideal fixture for a large overhead area can be a challenge. Well-worn solutions – think wagon wheels, fabric drums, and the like – may fill the space, but they typically lack in the unexpected. And over-sized arm chandeliers can be too fussy for transitional or contemporary spaces.

Enter the ‘Nested Ring” two-tier chandelier.  Clean lined, with a bit of sparkle -- and at 60’’ in both diameter and height, it can solve the space problem in everything from large residential entries and great rooms to hotel lobbies, restaurants, country clubs and more.  In addition to our 60"D size, we also offer single and double tier versions in 26"D and 44”D.

 CH2305-L: 60": diameter, in a Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens.

CH2305-L: 60": diameter, in a Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens.

Click on any product image for specifications, or contact your Hammerton representative for more information.

 CH2249-M in in a Matte Black finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

CH2249-M in in a Matte Black finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

 CH2249-M, 44"D x 44"H, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

CH2249-M, 44"D x 44"H, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

 CH2305-M: 44"D, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

CH2305-M: 44"D, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens.

 CH2249-L, shown in a Flat bronze finish with light mica lens.

CH2249-L, shown in a Flat bronze finish with light mica lens.

 CH2306: 26"D, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens. 

CH2306: 26"D, in a Flat Bronze finish with Clear Seeded glass lens. 

 CH2249-L: 60"D x 60"H, shown in a Flat Bronze finish with Frosted Seeded glass lens. 

CH2249-L: 60"D x 60"H, shown in a Flat Bronze finish with Frosted Seeded glass lens. 

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Above, a pair of two-tier Nested Ring chandeliers cleverly draw the eye up toward a magnificent view of the Tetons. Below, a similar chandelier shines over a California lakefront living room.

 Photo courtesy of Karma Home Accents.

Photo courtesy of Karma Home Accents.

Below, a pair of Nested Rings transform the interior of a Ruth's Chris steakhouse restaurant. 

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Custom Nested Rings are also available. In fact, as you can see below, our fabrication team is currently working on two 90"D fixtures.

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We've also designed damp rated versions for outdoor applications.

 
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See something of interest? Contact your Hammerton representative to learn more. 

Custom SPOTLIGHT: BEYOND THe 'STATEMENT CHANDELIER'

It's true that much of Hammerton's custom work involves bold, large-scale signature fixtures that make a big statement. But clients frequently ask us to solve much more subtle problems. Such requests can include modifying existing designs, extending an aesthetic element, value engineering a popular style of fixture, or simply meeting a tight deadline. 

Below are a few recent examples of these type of projects. Call your Hammerton representative to learn more about any of these designs. 


Custom Motif

Dressing Up the Drum Tasked with updating the interiors of the historic Lake Merritt Hotel in Oakland, CA, Hetherwick Hutcheson Design needed budget-friendly contemporary decorative lighting that nodded to the building's Art Deco heritage. Hammerton developed a series of value engineered drum designs incorporating this Art Deco-inspired bottom diffuser motif. 

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TAKING INDOOR DESIGNS OUTSIDE

Modifying indoor fixtures for exterior use  is something we do every day, and involves 3 basic considerations. First, lights must be damp or wet rated depending upon their intended location. Second, they must be rigidly designed to withstand wind. Finally, they must be constructed, pretreated and finished to resist the weathering effects of prevailing climate conditions -- think UV, moisture, salty air, and extreme temperatures. Below are two popular designs we recently modified for exterior use. 

 A top selling contemporary chandelier, modified for a porte cochere installation. Custom design #CU-CH2249-17G-A

A top selling contemporary chandelier, modified for a porte cochere installation. Custom design #CU-CH2249-17G-A

 Several of these custom outdoor Tweed drums were crafted for the exterior living spaces of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Palos Verdes, CA. Custom design # CU-CHB0037-16B-A

Several of these custom outdoor Tweed drums were crafted for the exterior living spaces of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Palos Verdes, CA. Custom design # CU-CHB0037-16B-A

CLEAN Modern Pendants

When Less is More  The lights below are a small sample of our recent custom work that falls squarely in the category of modern design. And while they appear very different from one another at first glance, they are all actually quite similar.

Each of these fixtures demonstrates how a single feature or detail can yield enormous design power. A simple glass ball hung akimbo, a steel LED-lit ring of brass, an asymmetrical assemblage of rectangular forms -- each is elevated to a starring role that captures the visual intrigue of the overall design. 

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Floor Lamps

 This utilitarian fixture is typically function-focused, but the floor lamp can offer a great way to extend a look in seating spaces and other areas that require additional task lighting.

We've created hundreds of custom floor lamp designs over the years for hotels, restaurants, retirement communities and custom homes.  Some are sleek and sophisticated, while others are more eclectic. A few of our recent favorites are featured here. 

 A nautically inspired design for a waterfront east coast home. Custom design # DFL-2-003-16A-A

A nautically inspired design for a waterfront east coast home. Custom design # DFL-2-003-16A-A

 Sleek and simple, for the common areas of a major Pasadena CA hotel. Custom design #DFL-2-003-17A-A

Sleek and simple, for the common areas of a major Pasadena CA hotel. Custom design #DFL-2-003-17A-A

 An oversized balanced arm floor lamp for a large mountain resort home. Custom design #DLA-B-004-9A-B

An oversized balanced arm floor lamp for a large mountain resort home. Custom design #DLA-B-004-9A-B

 A modern industrial design for a southern California restaurant. Custom design #DMS-B-004-9A-A

A modern industrial design for a southern California restaurant. Custom design #DMS-B-004-9A-A

Celebrating the Cube

Reinterpreting a Familiar Form  When the design objective calls for a contemporary fixture that's equal parts 'safe' and 'surprising', the cube offers much potential. This simple geometry has served as muse for scores of custom lighting designs we've created over the years, many of which have become permanent additions to our catalog offering. Here are a few recent interpretations.

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A modified version of our CH2131. Custom design #CU-CH2131-15A-A

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 An oversized version of a popular Hammerton contemporary pendant. Custom design #CU-LA2296-16A-A

An oversized version of a popular Hammerton contemporary pendant. Custom design #CU-LA2296-16A-A

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Modified CATALOG DESIGNS

Sometimes Bigger is Better   We routinely scale up pendant designs to suit high ceiling entry halls, great rooms, and other large overhead spaces. Below are recently modified versions of two popular contemporary fixtures.

 An oversized CH2246, scaled to 55" in diameter. Custom design #CU-CH2246-16F-A

An oversized CH2246, scaled to 55" in diameter. Custom design #CU-CH2246-16F-A

 A 48" diameter design of LA2115, with a Rimelight glass diffuser. Custom design #CU-LA2115-17A-B

A 48" diameter design of LA2115, with a Rimelight glass diffuser. Custom design #CU-LA2115-17A-B

See anything of interest? Contact your Hammerton representative for details on any of these recent custom designs.

 

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.