High Point Market Recap: Designer TOP PICKS

Last week’s market — Hammerton's first trip back to High Point in a decade — was a tremendous success. Hundreds of designers visited our showroom, several of whom were either new to the brand or entirely unaware of our industry-leading custom capabilities, our contemporary glass and mesh designs, our quick-ship Hammerton Studio line, or the fact that every Hammerton products is handcrafted by our artisan team here in the USA.  

Here are the ten fixture designs that drew the most interest among show attendees. Do you agree with their picks? Any you would add? Write a comment below and let us know!

#1: Bezel Linear Suspension PLB0039-0C
59” W, with Integrated LED
By Hammerton Studio

With the successful introduction of the Bezel collection earlier this year, we received dozens of requests for an oversized version of our 6-Gem linear suspension. This new size -- 15" longer than the original, and with 9 Gems -- is quickly becoming the most popular fixture in the line. It's available in three glass colors and six finishes.

#2:  Chiseled Glass Designs
Pendant, Sconce & Linear Suspension, with Integrated LED
By Hammerton

These latest Hammerton designs showcase our design team's penchant for transforming common materials into uncommon works of art. Showroom visitors couldn't resist  touching the chiseled crystal sheet glass, and were delighted to discover that the pendant's glass layers are suspended independently. One designer commented, "They move like a fan -- how cool is that!" 

#3:  Beacon Outdoor Arm Sconce ODB0043-0A
By Hammerton Studio

This bold interpretation of a traditional outdoor arm sconce turned many heads at market. Several showroom visitors noted that the chilled glass housing and exposed vintage bulb works well with today's popular architectural styles. The Beacon is also available in a torch sconce style.

#4 Optic Blown Glass Ceiling Fixtures
By Hammerton Studio

What's not to love about optic blown glass? Its retro and modern, all at once, and the way the light dances through the glass is mesmerizing. Hammerton Studio offers two styles of optic glass bowls, each available in a wide selection of ceiling and wall fixtures. Shown above is the Ellisse. 

#5 Contemporary Dining Light PL2150
54" W, In Clear Seeded Glass and Dark Art Glass
By Hammerton

We introduced this fixture way back in 2006, and it's still the top selling linear suspension in our Hammerton Contemporary collection.  No surprise, based on the market response! It can be ordered in clear seeded glass, as shown above, or in fine mesh.   

#6 Lightspann Triple Drum CH2021
By Hammerton

We love both mesh and glass -- and as it happily turns out, the two materials go very well together. This triple drum -- shown above in fine mesh and frosted crystal kiln-fused glass -- has become a 'go-to fixture' for large spaces that need a little drama. Showroom visitors couldn't help touching this fixture!

#7 Urban Loft Trestle Linear Suspension PLB0026-0A
45” W, In Bronze Granite Kiln-Fused Glass
By Hammerton Studio

Attendees loved the mix of textured art glass and decorative steel elements in this Craftsman-inspired fixture. Offered in 4 glass styles and several finishes, the Trestle complements a wide variety of interiors. 

#8 Downtown Mesh & Tweed
Ceiling, Wall & Outdoor Fixtures
By Hammerton Studio

We began working with mesh a decade ago, and mesh designs are still among our most popular today. Attendees expressed tremendous interest in both our Downtown Mesh and Tweed, each shown in a few fixtures above. Who would guess that such a utilitarian material could transform the look of a light fixture? 

#9 Double Box Outdoor Sconce ODB0027
18" H, In Mesh or Seeded Glass
By Hammerton Studio

This fixture received rave reviews for its versatility -- "I could use it everywhere!" was heard more than once.  All the Hammerton Studio outdoor fixtures got high marks for their UV and corrosion resistance and lifetime warranty. 

#10 Chateau Chandelier CH9036
By Hammerton

Indeed -- as many showroom visitors remarked -- great design never goes out of style. This chandelier, originally designed by Hammerton co-founder Levi Wilson over 2 decades ago, is still one of our top selling designs. 

Top Seller Spotlight: The Triple Apex

Back in the 1990's, when Hammerton was busy making custom pinecone-laden and Craftsman-style fixtures for luxury hotels and residences popping up throughout the intermountain west, many clients began looking 'across the pond' for a classic old-world look that was equally as timeless and enduring. From this, the 'Triple Apex' design was born.

Combining elements of a dramatically tiered arm chandelier and a more approachable wagon wheel fixture style,  the Triple Apex exudes a warmth and elegance that's difficult to capture in a large-scale chandelier design.  

As shown above, the Triple Apex is 72" in diameter and over 80" in height. Its bold scale, softened with hand-finished steel and delicate candle-style lamping, offers an ideal look for many luxury mountain residences like the one below in Park City, Utah.

Remarkably, this classic chandelier style remains as relevant today as it was 20 years ago, and at any given time there's usually some version of it coming through our fabrication shop. Shown here are several photos taken last week of two Triple Apex fixtures in production for a large Minnesota residence.

As you can imagine, the fixture takes multiple artisans and dozens of hours to fabricate and finish. Many of the Hammerton artisans shown in these photos have been building the Triple Apex since those early days and are among the most valued members of our team.

Our designer clients appreciate the versatility of the Triple Apex and have incorporated it into some breathtaking interiors over the years. Below are two photos of an installation in a European country-style residence beautifully designed by Duvall Architecture & Interiors in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Apex fixture is also available in single and double tier versions. Shown above are two examples of smaller scale Apex designs that have been styled to suit two very different interiors. On the left, lashed rawhide shades and a brushed Antique Iron finish give the fixture a more rustic western vibe, while glass cylinders and a bronze finish capture a more transitional aesthetic for the European-inspired kitchen on the right. 

If you'd like to incorporate the Triple Apex into one of your current or upcoming projects, give us a call!

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. 



From the Hammerton Contemporary Collection: CH2249, 60”D x 60”H, shown with custom ribbed glass and Flat Bronze finish

Let’s face it: finding the ideal fixture for a large overhead area can be a challenge. Well-worn solutions – think wagon wheels, fabric drums, and the like – may fill the space but they typically lack in the unexpected. And oversized arm chandeliers can be too fussy for transitional or contemporary spaces.

Enter the ‘Nested Ring” chandelier.  Clean lined, yet with a bit of sparkle -- and at 60’’ in both diameter and height, it can solve the space problem in everything from large residential entries and great rooms to hotel lobbies, restaurants, country clubs and more. Of course, custom sizes are also available.

Below are images of the Nested Ring both in production in our Utah facility and installed at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse designed by Beth Donner Design Group. 

Product specifications can be found here. Contact your Hammerton representative for more information.

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!