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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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.

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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.