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

CU-CH2254-16A-A Detail

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. 

CU-CH2254-16A-A

CU-CH2254-16A-A

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.

CU-ID2176-16G-A

CU-ID2176-16G-A

CU-ID2176-16B-A

CU-ID2176-16B-A

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.

CU-PL2253-16C-A

CU-PL2253-16C-A Detail

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.

CU-LA2095-17A-A

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!

CU-LA2095-17A-A

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.

A Modern Take on a Timeless Look

 

This popular design family from the Hammerton Chateau collection shows how a marriage of old and new can be marvelously magical. Fondly called 'Chateau Redux', these fixtures feature time honored, old-world silhouettes updated with clean contemporary lines and subtle artisan details like hand-forged finials and delicate scrollwork. Their surprising simplicity and airy elegance suits a wide range of interior styles, from classic to contemporary.

A  wide choice of decorative options and finishes expand the design potential of each fixture. For example, wax candles paired with intricate banding and tumbled quartz crystal swag lean more classic, while steel candles or cylinders and steel swag lean more contemporary. 

Take an up-close look at the craftsmanship and design detail below...

 Designers have incorporated this versatile look in everything from city pied a terries to lakefront retreats...

Below are a few photos of Chateau Redux fixtures from a designer client's own home in Southern California. Her choice of wax candles and beaded swag provided the perfect counterpoint to the traditional style of her interiors. 

See a fixture design you like but need it in a different look? Scroll through the film strip below for more ideas!

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. 

VIEW MORE CUSTOM IMAGES IN OUR CUSTOM GALLERY