New Product Spotlight: Chiseled Glass

Those familiar with the Hammerton aesthetic are well aware of our passion for transforming common materials into uncommon lighting designs. Think heavy gauge steel, blown and kiln glass, industrial mesh, and so on. So it's no surprise that our design team took a similar approach with basic sheet glass -- and the result is Hammerton Chiseled Glass, currently offered in the pendant, linear suspension and sconce shown below.  

When light is allowed to bounce off and through irregular surfaces, magic happens. Here, it appears to twinkle as it refracts through multiple layers of hand-hewn glass.  Each fixture features 93+ CRI integrated LED that's dimmable to 1% and available in either 2,700K or 3,000K color temperature. 

Above: contemporary pendant LA2304, 16"H, shown in Flat Bronze opaque finish. Like all Chiseled Glass fixtures, it's offered in a choice of over 20 finishes.

Above and below: contemporary linear suspension PL2291, 51"W, shown as 30"H in Satin Nickel translucent finish. 

Below, Contemporary indoor sconce ID2297, 32"H, shown in Dark Nickel finish.

Click on any product image to see complete product specifications, or call your Hammerton representative to learn more. 

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.

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: Specialty FIXTURES

What do Celtic knots, video projectors, the family dog, gondolas, pistols and princess colors have in common? Believe it or not, they've all been incorporated into Hammerton light fixtures at one time or another. As a custom manufacturer, we routinely tackle unique and unusual problems for our clients. Here are a few of our recent favorites. 

Above & Below: When an Irish client asked us to incorporate a symbol of her ancestral heritage into a lighting package for her U.S. vacation home, our design team settled on the Celtic knot. Note the overlapping detail in the motif at the center of the dining chandelier.

Below: A bar light for an aviation enthusiast fabricated from a 1940's J3 Cub propellor, with rawhide shades featuring three different vintage aircraft, all hand-drawn in ink.

Below: A buffet light built with a retractable sneeze guard, designed and fabricated for the Watertable restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA. 

Below: A whimsical European-style pendant fit for a princess castle!  Several of these fixtures were recently installed at a 'very happy place' in Shanghai, China. Don't let the playful finish colors fool you; they're AAMA-2604-rated outdoor finishes that offer the industry's highest standard for UV and corrosion resistance.

Below: A drum fixture, customized with quick release pistol holders. We actually built several of these fixtures for a residential client, but we're still not clear on the purpose of loaded guns hovering overhead...

Below left: A perfect fixture for the 'pet room', right? This client sent us photos of her labrador to create this realistic drum silhouette. Below right: A modified game room fixture incorporating a client's two favorite sports, skiing and mountain biking. 

Above & Below: gondolas, big and small! Above right, three of these gondolas, each fabricated to 50% scale, are realistically cable-suspended in a Park City Client backyard overlooking the surrounding ski resorts. 

Above and Below: While Hammerton's primary business is lighting, clients often ask us to create a wide range of furniture and accessories. Shown here are custom hide-covered barstools with footrests that resemble ski-pole baskets, and deer antler candelabras hand-sculpted from steel.  

Summer Custom Series: Organic DESIGN

Nature has given us a visual smorgasbord of shapes, colors and textures from which to draw inspiration. At Hammerton, we transform these visual elements into functional works of art. Hand-forged and sculpted aspen, maple and oak leaves, grapes, acorns, pine cones, boughs and more adorn realistic bark-covered branches meticulously fabricated from steel. Rich color elements are introduced in hand-applied finishes and complementary shade materials -- like the magenta bell-shaped flowers in the chandelier below left. Rawhide and mica are other popular lens materials and merge with a myriad of nature-inspired elements, from intricately detailed aspen branches to wildlife such as elk and moose. Take a look at a few of our recent and favorite organic custom creations here.

Above: Two very different wine cellar fixtures, both with grape motif details. The cascading chandelier at left (and below) reinterprets a tangled grapevine adorned with hand-blown and scallop-edged flowers, while the old world design at right consigns a simple yet beautifully detailed finial to acknowledge the fixture's intended purpose.

Above: three dome fixtures demonstrate a variety of organic styles ranging from realistic to interpretive. Although the one at left is fabricated from steel, every element is realistically crafted to look as if it was hand-hewn from a pine tree. Decorative aspen leaves, a rawhide dome and dark mica diffuser add organic warmth to the European-style dome design in the middle,  while the fixture at right deploys windswept 'twigs' of hand-forged steel to enhance the fused crystal glass dome. 

Above, the signature fixture of the Lucky H Bar & Grille in Salt Lake City's award-winning Little America hotel. This 25-ft diameter fixture is constructed from five sculpted steel branches, each over 10 feet in length.

Above, the organic sconce design also featured in the Lucky H Bar & Grille.

Shown above are two of our favorite custom designs featuring multiple wildlife motifs. The fixture at left was conceived for the Louisiana Bayou home of an avid fisherman and duck hunter. The fixture at right is a popular catalog design that has been modified to incorporate four sculpted moose heads for a large Montana residence.

Above and below: unique kitchen pendants sculpted from steel and clear thick-walled blown glass shades. The dramatic custom organic motif complements the bold finishes and natural tones in the surrounding space. 

Two very different organic-inspired approaches to the traditional pool table fixture. At left, a traditional rawhide shade adorned with pine cones and boughs. At right, a spray of oak leaves adds organic warmth to an old-world inspired design showcasing scrollwork and dark art glass shades. 

Above: the realistic pine needles and cones, branches and bark-like surfaces of these two ceiling lights -- all meticulously hand-sculpted from steel - highlight the remarkable artistry of our fabrication team. 

Above: two kitchen island fixtures with silhouette diffusers depicting natural landscape scenery. Each silhouette element -- from the evergreen boughs to the elk's beard -- is detailed by hand. 

Above, two oversized entry pendants featuring a pine motif. The lantern style pendant at left has a dark mica lens, while the fixture at right has a rawhide lens. Note in particular the realistic bark-like detail on the center band of the right hand fixture. 

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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.