WARM UP YOUR HOME WITH CANDLE LIGHT FIXTURES by blake shott

As our days start cooling down, there’s nothing quite like coming home to the warm glow of a custom candle light fixture. Once relegated to rustic spaces, candle light fixtures have taken on a fresh, new form and a distinct contemporary aesthetic, making them a versatile choice for today’s more modern homes. These distinctive lights capture all of the beauty and ambiance of a lit candle while offering numerous design possibilities to suit your home’s unique decor.

Whether traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, all of Hammerton’s expertly crafted candle light fixtures exude a time-honored aesthetic with a sophisticated, modern twist. The type of candle base used in each fixture dramatically impacts the overall aesthetic. For example, melted wax candles are perfect for traditional and rustic-style homes, while steel-base candles add a industrial-inspired element to more contemporary interiors. Our mastery of design and metalwork allows us to craft these elegant fixtures with clean lines and simple forms that work well in a variety of spaces.

You can view some of Hammerton’s most recent custom candle light fixtures by clicking through the gallery above.

If you’re interested in including one of these finely crafted candle light fixtures in your home, or if you’re interested in creating your own custom piece, contact Hammerton at 801.973.8095 for a design consultation.

BEAUTIFUL COVER SCONCE DESIGNS by blake shott

Cover sconces are one of the most common wall-mounted fixtures for task and ambient lighting, but they don’t have to look it. Here are a few recent Hammerton custom cover sconces that might expand your perception of this functional fixture type.

Designed for a wide-range of spaces — from great rooms and hallways to bedrooms and bathrooms — each custom cover sconce is designed to complement its unique surroundings by thoughtfully combining a timeless form or innovative silhouette with interesting materials, textures and colors. Because we work with a broad palette of materials, the possibilities for custom design are virtually limitless.

The gallery above features a few of our favorite recent custom cover sconce designs. Browse through our online portfolio to view additional designs, or call one of our team members to discuss your custom lighting needs.

LED SCIENTISTS WIN PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE by blake shott

The world is now a brighter and more sustainable place thanks to three scientists who succeeded where all others failed in the field of lighting technology. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded this year’s Nobel prize in physics for inventing the blue light emitting diode. This invention has helped create the transformational (and now ubiquitous) LED light.

Akasaki and Amano are both professors at Nagoya University in Japan, and Nakamura, co-founder of Soraa, is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For over three decades, scientists tried tirelessly to create the elusive blue diode. Red and green diodes had existed for years, but when the three scientists produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors for the first time, they overcame one of the greatest technological challenges of the century. By combining blue diodes with existing red and green beams, the trio created the glowing white lamps we now see everywhere.

LED lights are on path to dramatically lower the cost of lighting worldwide and shift the industry to a new era of efficiency and sustainability. Unlike red and green diode technology, environmentally-friendly LED lights don’t contain any mercury. Today, they’re replacing traditional light bulbs and fluorescent lamps everywhere, from streets and living rooms to smart phones and airplanes.

Congratulations to Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura on this well deserved recognition.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: CHARLES RIVER WINE CELLARS by blake shott

We love to feature American artisan manufacturers who share our high standards for aesthetic and functional design. Charles River Wine Cellars is an excellent example.

What started out as a simple passion for beautiful wine cellar designs launched Edward Loughran into a world of specialty varietals and high style storage solutions. As a stonemason by trade, Loughran’s attention to high quality craftsmanship can be seen across New England. Indeed, his personalized designs — whether for wine tasting or showcasing — all reflect the artistry and complexity of winemaking itself.

In 1999, Loughran founded Charles River Wine Cellars after assembling a strong group of professional artisans and designers. Fusing a dual passion for craftsmanship and fine wine, every cellar design executed by his team reflects the exceptional skill and impeccable quality of numerous custom features, ranging from LED accent lighting to weathered stone accents.

Loughran’s affinity for high quality materials, excellent craftsmanship and sophisticated artistry naturally struck a chord with our team at Hammerton. In a collaborative effort with designer Randi Skiffington of Interiors By Randi, a beautiful wine cellar design was completed for a client’s home on Lake Winnipesaukee and finished with several of Hammerton’s elegant, old world-inspired light fixtures.

Click through the gallery above to view this stunning Charles River Wine Cellar design featuring luxury light fixtures from Hammerton.

To learn more about how Hammerton can work with you to create custom lighting designs for a commercial, hospitality or residential project, contact us by emailing info@hammerton.com or calling 801.973.8095.

LIGHTING DESIGN INSPIRATIONS FROM ARCHITECTURE by blake shott

“Where do I start?”

This can be quite a daunting question when considering custom light fixtures for your home. Usually, the best first step is the most straightforward: simply consider the home’s architecture and overall aesthetic design.

Your goal may be to create a bold modern fixture for a industrial-style urban loft with an abundance of concrete and metal finishes, a dramatic old world fixture to offset hand-hewn stone walls, an organic contemporary piece to update a timber frame retreat, or a countless number of other options.  Whatever the case, consider different forms, materials and colors to coordinate with the home’s structural design, furnishings and finishes.

Custom homes featuring distinctive architectural details and interesting materials are a great source of inspiration for the Hammerton design team. We also look to a home’s natural surroundings and views to form an idea for a fixture design. In the end, your home’s architectural design is one of the most important factors to consider when designing custom fixtures.

Browse through the gallery above to view some examples of custom fixtures inspired by their surrounding architecture and environment. If these pieces inspire a new design project, contact one of our team members at Hammerton to discuss your ideas for a luxury custom light fixture.

COLORFUL GLASS FIXTURES ADD A POP OF DESIGN INTEREST by blake shott

Thoughtful use of color can empower interiors with energy and an invigorating sense of joy and tranquility. Colorful light fixtures can come in many shapes and sizes, as well as in dozens of materials, from reflective mica to breathtaking glass.

With an intelligent combination of design elements, you can leverage color to achieve an effortlessly cohesive and sophisticated lighting plan. Simply put, the ethereal element and subtle translucence of colorful glass can add an undeniably delicate yet uniquely modern appearance to interior designs.

View how we’ve used colorful glass to craft stunning Lightspann contemporary light fixtures by clicking through the photo gallery above.

If these glass designs speak to you, contact a team member at Hammerton. We’re ready to help you find the right fixtures for your project. And if we don’t have the perfect piece, we’ll work with you to custom create one. Read about our custom work and view our custom gallery to learn more.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: GLENWILD RESIDENCE by blake shott

Breaking from the norm is a regular occurrence at Hammerton. For this custom hilltop home in Park City, Utah, Hammerton collaborated with interior designer Leslie Schofield and architect Mike Upwall to strike a unique balance between Craftsman sensibility and organic contemporary style.

Schofield’s intention was to create a fresh and modern aesthetic with a subtle nod to the legacy of Greene & Greene. The home’s contemporary Craftsman style inspired our team to incorporate different design elements that would resonate as both timeless and innovative. A series of custom designed fixtures both complemented the natural materials used in the home and highlighted the classic principles of Arts and Crafts style. Click through the gallery above to view the final results of this collaborative project.

To learn more about our custom work, browse through our online catalog and portfolio of past projects. Email or call us at 801.973.8095 to speak to one of our team members.

MATERIALS WE LOVE: ECORESINS by blake shott

You may not have heard of ecoresin before, but you’ve most certainly seen it. This translucent co-polyester sheet material can be found almost everywhere you look. In the interior design world, it’s most often used as a decorative architectural panel that diffuses light from one space into another. It comes in a variety of colors, textures and patterns, and it is heat formable. Perhaps the most innovative characteristic of the material is that decorative elements can be suspended within the resin – think leaves, geometric shapes, etc. Another beautiful characteristic of ecoresin is the significant amount of recycled content it contains.

Several years ago our design team took a good look at this material and found it was a perfect alternative to traditional lens materials like glass and acrylic, and Hammerton became one of the first to use ecoresin in the fabrication of light fixtures. Today we use the material in a variety of interesting ways, primarily as a means of incorporating an organic aesthetic into a contemporary fixture design.  Take a look through the gallery above to see how ecoresin can lend an elegant and earthy aesthetic appeal to luxury lighting designs.

You can view more of our ecoresin light fixtures and lens materials by browsing through our various collections, which range from rustic and industrial chic to contemporary and modern. If you’re looking for more assistance, contact one of our team members by emailing info@hammerton or calling 801.973.8095.

USING MATERIALS TO BRIDGE LIGHT FIXTURE STYLES by blake shott

Lines and shapes may give lighting designs form and structure, but materials bring them to life. While silhouettes engage the eye, it’s often the materials comprising those shapes – their textures and colors, the way they reflect light and create shadow — that stimulate our emotions and generate an aesthetic response.

This powerful role that materials play in lighting design can be leveraged to bridge styles and create surprisingly refreshing alternatives to traditional fixtures. For example, dressing a trio of geometric pendants in lashed rawhide can add authentic western flair to an otherwise contemporary fixture. Updating a traditional European chandelier or sconce silhouette with sleek glass cylinders creates a versatile yet timeless look equally at home in transitional or modern interiors. Substituting industrial mesh for white fabric turns a basic drum fixture into an eye catching, urban-inspired focal point. Whatever the style, combining familiar silhouettes with unusual materials can yield eye-catching fixtures that elevate interiors in creative and compelling ways.

As a custom lighting designer and manufacturer, Hammerton is frequently tasked with creating these types of ‘statement’ fixtures that marry innovative design with the high quality craftsmanship we’re known for. Click through the gallery above to view a few of our favorites.

You can explore more luxury lighting designs by browsing our various Hammerton collections. To learn more about how we can customize fixtures to take your commercial, hospitality or residential  project to the next level, contact one of our team members by emailing info@hammerton.com or calling 801.973.8095.

PLATED FINISHES: THERE’S A BETTER SOLUTION by blake shott

If you’ve ever wondered why Hammerton doesn’t offer chrome or other plated finishes as standard options, just google ‘metal plating facility + Superfund’ and you’ll see 71,700 reasons why.

Superfund, of course, is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program that deals with uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. There are over a thousand Superfund sites across the United States, and metal plating facilities are high on the list.

By their very nature, metal finishing industries are highly toxic, but metal plating is among the worst due to its heavy reliance upon dangerous chemicals and compounds like cyanide, chromium and cadmium. Yes indeed, the process that creates that shiny finish on your kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures uses highly toxic chemicals to do so… and the waste from this process frequently ends up in our ground and surface water. That’s when the EPA steps in.

Is a shiny finish worth risking our environment and our health? We don’t think so. At Hammerton, we take pride in applying the highest standards of quality, aesthetics, functionality and environmental compliance to every one of our products, and that includes our finishes. All of our 30+ finishes are not only beautiful and durable — they’re also very environmentally friendly, and many of them offer beautiful substitutes for plated finishes. A few are highlighted in the gallery above.

Hammerton’s proprietary finish process is just one example of how we minimize our impact on the environment. We also source our raw materials domestically, we use recycled materials whenever possible, and we fabricate 100% of our products here in the U.S.,  among other conscious efforts.

Want to speak with a Hammerton representative to learn more? Give us a call at 801.973.8095 or email us at info@hammerton.com.

HAMMERTON STUDIO & THE INDUSTRIAL CHIC STYLE by blake shott

Metal has never looked so chic. From contemporary lofts to fashion runways, the remarkable staying power of modern industrial style is undeniable. Luxury light fixtures featuring raw metal combined with contrasting textures, like weathered wood and soft, clean surfaces, can translate into gorgeous designs with a bold and sophisticated edge.

Inspired by the industrial revolution and steampunk culture, this uniquely urban aesthetic juxtaposes a range of materials, textures and colors to create designs that engage the eye. Oftentimes, industrial chic fixtures fashion simple lines and shapes into interesting and dynamic forms cut from steel and aluminum. These structural works of art are often softened by simple, monochromatic fabrics or warm, distressed wood, found either in the piece’s surrounding environment or within the fixture itself.

Reflected in our industrial-inspired fixtures, Hammerton Studio product designers have been particularly inspired by these materials and design concepts. We invite you to browse through the slider above to view some of our industrial chic lighting designs in their modern environments.

You can also download Hammerton Studio’s 2014 catalog of accessibly-priced luxury lighting designs for a better look at how our artisans have re-imagined the industrial chic style. To speak to a lighting design expert who can help you select the right fixture or work with you to create a custom design for your project, contact Hammerton online or by calling 801.973.8095.

MIXING MATERIALS IN LIGHTING DESIGNS by blake shott

At Hammerton, we’re passionate about exploring – and expanding — the boundaries of lighting design. To do this, we’re continuously broadening our palette of design elements – shape, form, composition, space, texture and, of course, materials.

Integrating different types of materials into a single design can result in a delightfully surprising light fixture that pleases the eyes and captivates the imagination. However, it’s impossible to do this well without an intimate understanding of each material, and the knowledge and skill set to transform that material into an integral design element of a functional fixture. That requires a lot of time and resources – which is why many lighting manufacturers limit the palette of materials they use in their designs.

While Hammerton’s roots are based in steel fabrication and mountain rustic lighting, we’ve long since evolved into a “materials agnostic” lighting designer and manufacturer of a broad range of lighting styles. From woven steel mesh and artisan glass to parchments, eco-resins and rawhide, the materials we embrace in our designs have become an integral part of our evolution as a leading American lighting manufacturer.

We invite you to browse through the gallery above to view some of our favorite custom fixtures that feature an often surprising mix of materials and reflect the sensibilities of our imaginative design team.

 

ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE AS INSPIRATION by blake shott

Anyone familiar with Hammerton’s design sensibility can see how architects Frank Lloyd Wright and the Greene Brothers have significantly influenced our work.

Wright’s Prairie School and Charles & Henry Greene’s bungalow-style designs shared strong roots in traditional Japanese architecture and the principles of the Arts & Crafts movement. Their styles were all about clean lines, bold forms, authentic materials and meticulously handcrafted details that lent aesthetic appeal to pegs, joints and other functional construction components. All of these design elements were deployed in their work to celebrate both the high art of craft and the role of architecture as a connection between interiors and the natural world. Wright called this “organic architecture.”

These same principles represent the stylistic foundation of Hammerton’s design aesthetic, and some or all of them can be found in virtually every light we build. Take a look at the gallery above to view and read about some of our favorite “organic architecture” inspired custom designs.

 

COAXING NATURE FROM GLASS by blake shott

At Hammerton, we’re passionate about using commonplace materials to create uncommon lighting designs. While glass is certainly a conventional material, using it artistically to evoke nature-inspired lighting designs is not.

Our artisans transform blown and kiln-fired glass into a variety of shapes and textures that can add delightful organic interest to lighting designs. From drops of sparkling dew to a bundle of bamboo stalks, we love to push the boundaries of this material to create unique and surprising fixtures. Take a look at the gallery above to view a few examples of our designs that feature the natural forms and textures of beautifully crafted glass.

You can also browse our Lightspann and Hammerton Studio collections to view more of our glass lighting designs. To speak to a lighting design expert who can help you find the right fixtures for your project, or to learn more about our custom work, contact Hammertononline or call 801.973.8095.

ALCHEMY, HAMMERTON STYLE by blake shott

A designer client who recently toured the Hammerton manufacturing facility marveled at the dichotomy of what he saw in our shipping and receiving area. On one side stood the latest delivery of raw material —  raw sheet metal, tube steel in various diameters, angle iron, and so on. On the other side hung a variety of completed fixtures staged for crating – elegant 5′ diameter domes, organic-style chandeliers, contemporary drums and pendants — all beautifully fabricated, finished, and looking nothing like the raw material they were made from. “It’s alchemy, Hammerton style,” the client remarked.

We couldn’t have said it better.

Of course, it’s not through some mysterious medieval science that our artisans turn cold hard steel into works of functional art, but the end result is indeed magical — particularly when it comes to our nature-inspired fixtures. Combining deep metalworking skills with an unusual artistic sensibility, our artisans transform raw steel tubing and sheet metal into lifelike aspen and evergreen branches, elk antlers, organically textured panels, and more.

Take a look at the gallery above for a glimpse at our artisans’  incredible skill with metal. You’ll be hard pressed to believe that each began with several unassuming pieces of raw steel.

Contact Hammerton to see how our design team can work with you to select or customize a luxury light fixture. Our version of alchemy can take your project to the next level of design.

THE NATURAL REALISM OF HAMMERTON SILHOUETTE LIGHTS by blake shott

There’s no better way to bring a rustic lighting design to life than with a natural landscape or a beautifully crafted animal motif. Hammerton’s Log & Timber Collection offers a variety of lighting designs that boast gorgeous landscapes and detailed animal silhouettes against a glowing background of illuminated mica, acrylic or glass. These fixtures add personality, warmth and artisan detail to any interior or exterior environment.

There are a variety of silhouette fixtures on the market, but not all are made alike. The majority are simply machine-cut panels of thin steel or aluminum with little to no artistic detail or personality. Hammerton silhouette lights are very different: they’re handcrafted from multiple layers of steel and incorporate texture and dimensionality to capture realistic elements of each landscape and animal. Our artisans employ grinding and distress techniques to add these lifelike details to deer, moose, elk, wolf, bear, buffalo, horse, or even the family dog. Yes, we even create custom silhouettes fixtures, and have included a few of our favorites here.

We invite you to browse through the photo gallery above for a closer look at these elaborate landscapes and silhouettes.

If you would like to learn more about the customization options available with our Log & Timber Collection, or if you’re looking for assistance from an experienced lighting designer,contact Hammerton today by emailing info@hammerton.com or by calling 801.973.8095.

RECENT CUSTOM: ORGANIC LIGHTING DESIGNS by blake shott

Recreating the likeness of nature’s beauty is not an easy feat… that’s why all of us at Hammerton take great pride in bringing the outdoors in with our organic lighting designs. From rustic fixtures with lifelike branches to contemporary lighting with subtle nods to nature, Hammerton organic light fixtures are carefully crafted to enhance the look and feel of interiors with superior quality materials, realistic textures and striking detail.

Our organic lighting designs offer elegance and sophistication from every angle. These dynamic designs depict a variety of motifs, from a rich natural landscape to gorgeous metal taxidermy with lifelike antlers. In addition to drawing the eye, these organic lighting designs feature awe-inspiring craftsmanship and natural motifs that uplift the soul and ignite the imagination.

We invite you to browse through the gallery above to view some of our most popular and recent custom organic lighting designs.

Contact Hammerton today to learn more about our luxury lighting designs and custom work.

WORK IN PROGRESS: LITTLE AMERICA PROJECT by blake shott

It maybe the dog days of summer, but at Hammerton we’re busy as ever with a number of exciting custom projects slated to ship in the coming weeks. One of the most unusual is a signature centerpiece for the new steakhouse currently undergoing construction at the AAA Four Diamond-rated Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Hammerton is thrilled to work with the talented team at Denton House Design Studio to bring this project to life.

Over 20 feet in diameter, the fixture will feature five “branches”, each 8 feet in length, interlocked to create a 20-foot diameter wreath-like sculpture that is suspended from the restaurant’s dramatic coffered ceiling. The life-size branches will give the fixture an organic quality, while contemporary elements of color, texture and illumination will create a sleek aesthetic appeal that simultaneously evokes sophisticated elegance and reassuring warmth. Also in production are several custom sconces that will carry the organic branch motif throughout the restaurant.

The Hammerton team has been working closely with designers and project managers from both Denton House and Little America to flesh out all aspects of the project, from concept development and materials selection to finish details and installation logistics. The gallery above provides a snapshot of  progress to-date — stay tuned for a look at the final result in the coming months.

As background, the Little America Hotel chain is part of a collection of hotel and resort properties owned by the family of the late Robert Earl Holding, who was one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs and largest landowners at the time of his passing in April 2013. The family’s other properties include Little America hotels in Arizona and Wyoming, the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, the Snowbasin Ski Resort in Huntsville, Utah, and, most recently, The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, which was originally constructed to accommodate attendees of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and is one of only two AAA Five-Diamond Rated hotels in Utah.

We’ll post pictures of the finished installation later this fall. 

THE ICONIC HAMMERTON PINECONE by blake shott

Some stories can be reduced to a brief summary with the popular phrase, “In a nutshell.” The Hammerton story is better abbreviated with, “In a pinecone.” Indeed, this unassuming little collection of seedpods is a mighty symbol of both our organic heritage and the extraordinary artisan metalwork that still distinguishes our work today.

Back in the 1990′s, Hammerton got its industry foothold by crafting light fixtures for booming mountain resort markets like Park City and Deer Valley in Utah, Vail, Aspen and Telluride in Colorado, and Sun Valley in Idaho. Our most popular look of the time was a mountain rustic style featuring realistic looking textured evergreen boughs laden with needles and pine cones — all meticulously handcrafted from steel.  We made thousands of pinecones, ultimately patenting the process that enabled one artisan to handcraft 3-4 pinecones per hour. A time-consuming process, but one that the market clearly desired.

Today, the pinecone is not only a symbol of our organic roots and our USA artisan-made craftsmanship. In fact, it’s one of the most popular motifs from our Log & Timber Collection. With graceful lines and rustic warmth, our organic Log & Timber motifs – including pine, oak, aspen, vine, branch, grape, and maple — bring the phenomenal beauty of the great outdoors right into your home. Whether you’re looking for sconces to flank the front door or a bathroom mirror, a centerpiece for the dining room, or a focal point for any room, a Hammerton Log & Timber fixture can add artisan elegance to a variety of interiors.

Take a look at a few of our pinecone-laden fixtures in the gallery above, or browse our entire Log & Timber collection for inspiration. We’re always available to help you with your lighting needs, so  contact us at info@hammerton.com or 801.973.8095.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE by blake shott

One of the most iconic breakfast restaurants in both greater Chicago and San Diego just opened a new location in La Jolla! Locals and visitors can now enjoy an award-winning breakfast in a gorgeous environment at Richard Walker’s Pancake House. Not only are they home to the best Baked Apple Pancakes around, but they also happen to have excellent taste in lighting too!

For his new restaurant, Walker worked with the incredible Tahoe-based design teams at Aspen Leaf Interiors and The Lighting Showroom to customize fixtures from Hammerton’s Lightspann collection. Along the center isles and above the tables and booths, Walker and The Lighting Showroom team incorporated our slumped, fused and painted crystal glass fixtures. Tastefully done just like their pancakes (and with a similar shape too!), these fixtures add sophisticated style and a warm glow perfectly suited for dining in comfort.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House joins a long and impressive list of restaurants across North America that feature Hammerton Lighting. Browse through the gallery above to view how our American-made light fixtures created a beautiful yet approachable appeal to this warm and doubly inviting pancake house.

To learn more about how we can help you design the right custom light fixtures for any space — both commercial and residential – contact Hammerton today by calling 801.973.8095.