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!

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.