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.


'HIGH DRAMA' PROBLEM SOLVER: THE NESTED RING CHANDELIER

 

From the Hammerton Contemporary Collection: CH2249-L, 60”D x 60”H, shown with a light mica lens and Flat Bronze finish

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

CH2249-M, shown with a Clear Seeded 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, yet 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.  By popular demand, we now offer single tier versions in 26", 44” and 60" diameters, and custom sizes are also available. 

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.


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CL2307 in Smoked Bronze finish and Clear Seeded Glass.

CL2307 in Smoked Bronze finish and Clear Seeded Glass.

CH2249-M in Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens.

CH2249-M in Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens.

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

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

CH2249-L: 60" diameter, in Flat Bronze finish and Frosted Seeded glass lens. 

CH2249-L: 60" diameter, in Flat Bronze finish and Frosted Seeded glass lens. 

CH2306 in Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens. 

CH2306 in Flat Bronze finish and Clear Seeded glass lens. 

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

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


Above and below, the Nested Ring chandelier at a Ruth's Chris restaurant in Houston, Texas, with photos courtesy of Beth Donner Design Group. 

Below, our team at work on one of these dazzling chandeliers. 

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

Craft-based value engineering

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An oxymoron? We disagree.  Indeed, conventional wisdom would claim that quality craftsmanship rarely comes at a competitive price. But quite the opposite is true at Hammerton. We’ve spent two decades refining our operational skill set to serve a wide range of customer needs -- and creating budget-friendly designs are at the top of the list.

Of course we employ a remarkable team of world class artisans, and we take great advantage of modern manufacturing practices. But our capabilities go well beyond the standard formula of “combining the best of the old and the new”.  We also possess extensive expertise in engineering, fabrication and process innovation across a wide range of materials and technologies. So we understand all the various ways that fixtures can be built to meet aesthetic and functional requirements within a given budget.

Modifying designs, re-engineering components, substituting lower cost parts and simplifying visual details are just a few ways we reduce labor and materials costs while maintaining the ideal level of design integrity for each application. High precision, state-of-the-art machining and cutting equipment allow us to execute short runs of high tolerance components and build custom tooling and jigs for rapid fixture prototyping, fabrication and assembly.

And because it all happens under one roof here in Salt Lake City,  we maintain end-to-end control of all activities involved in servicing every aspect of our customers’ needs. This enables us to produce fixtures of unparalleled quality as well as faster turnarounds, superior service, exceptional value and, ultimately, a very happy customer.

Scroll down for a few examples of value engineered designs. 


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The ID2176 above left is a value engineered, ADA compliant version of two similar sconces from the Hammerton Contemporary collection. Eliminating the hand-hammered distress, simplifying side diffusers, and incorporating a lighter gauge steel that allows for a machined fabrication process captures a sleeker modern look and reduces the overall fixture cost.

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Above left is a value engineered sconce installed at a major resort in Colorado, with the original sconce at right. A quick glance suggests that these two fixtures look nearly identical. A closer inspection, however, reveals subtle design difference in both the scrollwork and strap detail. These modest designs changes, combined with a large order quantity, significantly impact the per unit fabrication cost of the fixture. 

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Above left: this value engineered drum fixture is fabricated from machine-cut steel, while its original fixture design at right is crafted using hand-rolled square bar. .Below left: this value engineered double drum fixture is also fabricated from machine cut steel. Eliminating a decorative hammered accent, incorporating a gravity mount shade, and simplifying the diffuser material also reduces the fixture cost versus the original design shown at right. 

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A similar approach was taken with the value engineered mesh pendant below left, versus its original design shown at right. . 

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If you'd like more information on our craft-based value engineered designs, please contact your Hammerton representative


A VIEW FROM THE SHOP: Crystal Fused Glass

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Welcome to our 'View from the Shop', a monthly custom spotlight series presented  by the Hammerton design team. Each month we'll give you a 'first look' of one or more recent custom projects hot off the shop floor, and share insights about our designs, fabrication processes, materials and more. 

We hope you enjoy this inside look at the work we do at Hammerton, and please tell us what you think!


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Broken glass never looked better.  We just finished up several fixtures for a large Park City home that makes ample use of a favorite diffuser medium we call 'Crystal fused glass'. Despite the lofty name, this starts out simply as pieces of broken glass, or frit. The magic happens in the Hammerton glass studio where the frit is laid out on jigs in our kilns, fused together to create a sheet, slumped to form a shape, cold worked to smooth edges, and drilled to accommodate hardware -- all by our skilled team of glass artisans. 

The end result is a luminous material with a glistening crystal-like sheen and unique edge detail that diffuses light beautifully, layers well with other handcrafted media, and lends itself to a wide range of styles. Shown above is a custom 60"D two-tier drum chandelier combining Crystal fused glass with fine mesh and a rich Autumn Harvest mottled finish. 

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Several smaller fixtures designed for the same home -- including the custom pendant and bowl fixture shown here -- position Crystal fused glass center stage in clean-lined contemporary silhouettes, with hardware in a complementary Metallic Beige Silver finish.

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Other custom fixtures completed for the same project lean toward a Craftsman-inspired aesthetic, like this lantern-style pendant shrouded in fine mesh and steel.

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Shown here are a few other custom fixtures using Crystal fused glass, including a triple layer drum chandelier (above) and two cover sconces (below). 

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Several ceiling fixtures in the Hammerton catalog also feature Crystal fused glass in a range of styles, as shown below. Click on any image to  learn about the product.

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Not surprisingly, Crystal fused glass fixtures have been tremendously popular for kitchen and bath applications. Here is one of our favorites:

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THE CRANKSHAFT: Behind the Design

Inspiration comes from many places. In the case of this particular design, it was from a car engine. Way back in 2010, our team collaborated with a vintage car enthusiast on a signature chandelier for his Florida oceanfront residence, and the Crankshaft was born. Since then, this design has become a mainstay in our Contemporary collection, and we've fabricated several custom versions in a wide range of sizes and materials.

An engine crankshaft may be an unlikely inspiration, but it's easy to see the intrigue of this whimsically sophisticated fixture design.  An asymmetrical assemblage of drums and discs surprises and delights the eye, while the center rod provides a unifying vertical axis.

The Hammerton CH2298 catalog version of this fixture, at left,  is 60" high by 48" in diameter, and is shown here with diffusers in frosted seeded glass and a statuary bronze finish. Over the years, we've modified this design in both size and materials to suit a wide range of interior styles for city, mountain and desert residences. Mica and glass are popular diffuser materials for the Crankshaft, as shown here.  

We'd love to hear your thought on the Crankshaft design in the comments section below. And if you'd like to incorporate a Crankshaft chandelier in your next design project, give your Hammerton representative a call!

A 'VIEW FROM THE SHOP': FEATURED CUSTOM PROJECT, MARCH 2017

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This is the first post in what will become our monthly "View from the Shop" series, presented by the Hammerton design team. Each month you'll get a glimpse of one or more custom fixtures 'hot off the shop floor' before they ship to their customer. We hope you enjoy this inside look at the work we do at Hammerton, and please tell us what you think!


Often, it all starts with just one fixture. In this case, the fixture was an indoor cover sconce --  and from that single concept grew a series of crisply-lined fixtures in the striking combination of custom white glass and black finish shown here. The designer, Carpenter Interiors of Buffalo Gap, Texas, wanted a clean contemporary look that seamlessly united the interior and exterior living spaces of a client's new home. 

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Designed to punctuate the overall aesthetic of the interior living space, this drum chandelier is 26" D by 44" H. It is a  CH2254 catalog design from the Hammerton Contemporary collection that has been modified in both size and materials. The catalog version is 60" D. The designer chose a custom glass lens to complement the Matte Black finish shown here.

The original inspiration for this project: the ID2176, one of our best selling contemporary cover scones -- likely due to its unusual design and broad versatility.  Shown here in custom white glass, a Matte Black finish and the standard fixture size of  22" H x 7" W x 3.5" D.

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For the outdoor sconces, we modified the interior ID2176 sconce design to accommodate a UL damp rating for exterior use.  The design incorporates the same custom glass, but the Textured Black finish is a super durable, high performance AAMA 2604 architectural finish.

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For the dining fixture, Carpenter Interiors chose a 7-light version of the Contemporary PL2253 that has been modified to a 73" width. The cylinders are clear seeded glass and the finish is Matte Black.

The standard PL2253 is an oversized 131" in width with 11 cylinders, but ike many of our designs it is easily modified to a custom size.

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For bar pendants, the LA2095 perfectly complemented the larger fixtures in the space, Carpenter Interiors extended the same custom white glass to these fixtures, which measure 4" D x 12" H.

 

We hope to show you these fixtures again once they are installed. In the meantime, if you'd like more information on any of the designs shown here, please don't hesitate to contact your Hammerton sales representative.

Stay tuned for another "View from the Shop" next month, and let us hear your thoughts below!

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