While the term "Chateau style" connotes images of fairytale-like 16th & 17th century castles dotted along the sylvan Loire River in central France, the aesthetic is  more broadly representative of  a mix of late Gothic and Italian Renaissance influences. Collectively, these gave birth to a paradox of architectural and cultural sensibilities that defined the French Renaissance: stateliness and playfulness, symmetry and frivolity, sophistication and whimsy, restraint and excess.

It's no wonder, then, that today's interpretation of Chateau style encompasses a wide array of looks. Our Chateau collection pays tribute to this range, and we showcase five dimensions below.

Crystal Accents

Largely associated with classic Chateau style, crystals weren't broadly popularized in the decorative arts until the 17th century reign of Louis XIV (who was, in fact, the original owner of the 45-carat Hope diamond). Hammerton Chateau fixtures use crystal accents in several different styles, as shown here. 

Detail of CH9263 showing crystal balls and ornamental twist metalwork.

CH9224, shown with rock crystal stones.

ID9227, shown with smooth glass crystal balls.

Above and below: an updated take on Chateau style in a trio of fixtures combining classic elements of crystals and beaded metalwork with a contemporary silhouette. Above: CH9240. Below left: CS9254. Below right: LA9259.

ORNate MetalWork

Decorative arts representative of the Chateau era glorified the elaborate ornamentry popularized during the Italian Renaissance, with details like scrollwork and egg-and-dart motifs reaching back to classic Greek and Roman architecture. Hammerton Chateau fixtures broadly interpret these elements to suit a wide range of interior styles, as shown here.

Left: LA9097

PL9203. Also available in square, round and rectangular.


The castles of France's Loire Valley were considered "chateaux de plaisance", or country homes. Botanical fabrics and organic-inspired details in both architecture and furnishings of the era nodded to pastoral surroundings and a more relaxed and playful country lifestyle. We've captured this spirit in a number of our Chateau designs, including the two above. Left: CH9238, right, ID9249.


The multi-tiered arm-laden rings of large scale Chateau style light fixtures hail the symmetry, proportion and geometry of the era's architecture, and reflect its obsession with an ordered regularity of parts. Hammerton designs incorporate this aesthetic in a wide range of interpretive styles, from Gothic-inspired to contemporary. Most are offered in both single and multi-tiered fixtures.


OD9052, modified

Exterior lighting is a more modern invention, but several fixtures from the Hammerton Chateau collection bring the same decorative elements and detail to the great outdoors. All are available in high performance AAMA 2604 architectural powder coat finishes, which provide the highest standard of UV and corrosion resistance.

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One of our greatest joys at Hammerton is working with fearless design clients who are willing to break the rules. This new Washington, CT residence is case in point: while the simple lines and hand hewn materials of the exterior architecture perfectly root the home in its historic country setting, the interiors tell a surprisingly different story. Light fixtures from the Hammerton Contemporary collection, used both inside and out, help the narrative unfold.

Scroll down to view a few images from the project, and read the entire story in Interiors Magazine here >

Above and below, in background: modified Hammerton drum pendant CH2171. Below: Hammerton linear suspension PL2150 in light art glass and clear seeded glass.

Above: ID2068 and ID2066 sconces with light art glass cylinders. Below: OD2211 sconces and a modified CH2131 chandelier. All fixtures are from the Hammerton contemporary collection.

2016 Custom SPOTLIGHT

We crafted hundred of custom fixtures last year. Some involved major design modifications to catalog products to achieve specific size, scale, aesthetic or functional requirements, while many were completely designed from scratch. Below are a few favorites that provide good insight into the unusual breadth of our design capabilities and the enormous talents of our Salt Lake City-based artisan team.

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EMBASSY SUITES,  PALM DESERT CA  Inexpensive yet remarkably eye-catching, these 18-foot tall asymmetrical drum clusters define the overall space in this hotel lobby remodel. While these particular lights shipped in late 2015,  they're representative of numerous custom projects we've recently completed for many mid-tier hospitality properties across North America.

OCEAN REEF CLUB, KEY LARGO FL  The largest private residential resort development in the U.S., Ocean Reef Club debuted its newly remodeled 30,000 sf conference center in the spring of 2016.  Hammerton designed and fabricated 50+ fixtures in mesh, glass, parchment and acrylic -- each ranging from 4-8 feet in diameter -- for the facility's grand entry, ballroom, cooking school venue, board room and several large conference rooms.

MOUNTAINSIDE RESIDENCE, DEER VALLEY UT   This extensive ski-in, ski-out project involved several dozen large-scale interior and exterior fixtures incorporating kiln-fused textured glass and steel, each custom designed for its intended space.

LAKEFRONT ESTATE, TAHOE CA  70+ custom and modified catalog fixtures representing over 20 signature designs blend the timelessness of old world European elegance with the warmth of organic style. With both distinctive and shared design elements -- including distressed edges, decorative pins, straps, scrollwork, twists, light-hued diffusers and complementary finishes -- each fixture  stands on its own while collectively unifying the home's overall aesthetic. 

YELLOWSTONE CLUB, BIG SKY MT & THE BEAN, TELLURIDE CO This particular look, fondly dubbed 'mid-century industrial' by one of our designers and incorporating little more than sleek steel tubing and vintage bulb-lit glass orbs, was big in 2016. These are two of several fixtures we've completed in this style. 

NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB, NEWPORT BEACH CA  A series of over 100 fixtures incorporating 40 custom designs complement the dramatic glass and wood interiors of this architectural jewel that offers the only panoramic view of Newport Harbor. The $40MM, 62,000 sf remodel was completed in the second half of 2016. 

ROCK CRYSTALS  Yes, these are hot indeed, along with gems, stones and other "rocks" -- and we've created our share of both catalog and custom fixtures showcasing them!  

'MODIFIED CUSTOM' CHATEAU FIXTURES  Above, a large oval design of the CH9236 that was also customized as a rectangular dining light (not shown). Below, a single and double tier version of a CH9244 design, modified to incorporate lantern style shades and custom strapping. 

View more custom fixtures here or call your Hammerton representative for more information on any of these projects.

OCEANFRONT ESTATE, CAPE COD MA  Shown at left and above are five of 17 custom designs completed last summer for a large New England coastal residence. Polished brass pins, strapping and schoolhouse-style glass are elevated to decorative details in this nautical interpretation of Craftsman-style lighting  -- complete with a porthole light fixture. Hammerton created a total of 46 interior and exterior fixtures for the home.

Hammerton 2016 best sellers

While Hammerton is best known as a custom lighting manufacturer, our catalog offers close to 1,000 fixtures in styles ranging from rustic log & timber to sleek contemporary. Many customers purchase within standard specifications, but most take advantage of our unique custom capabilities by opting to modify their selections in size, scale, materials or finish options to better suit the intended space. 

As shown below, the 15 most frequently ordered Hammerton fixtures of 2016 offer a good snapshot of the brand's design breadth. Depending upon client requirements, each was ordered with either standard or custom specifications. Scroll down and take a look. 

1. Hammerton Contemporary Sconce ID2155. In addition to a wide selection of size, finish and shade options, this versatile wall sconce also offers a choice  of backplate motifs to expand its design breadth and complement surrounding interiors. The fixture shown here is 18" H x 5" W. 

2, Contemporary Chandelier CH2249. New in 2016, this double tier ring has already been specified for a wide range of residential, hospitality and commercial interiors. It can be ordered with a choice of several standard mica, acrylic or glass lens options. Many customers have opted to modify the fixture's size and scale to suit specific requirements.

3. Contemporary Outdoor Sconce OD2210. Offered with a choice of mica, glass and mesh lens materials, this sleek "box in box" style has been a top seller since it was introduced over 5 years ago. We attribute its enduring popularity to a winning combination of  crisp lines and bold interplay of materials. 

4. Seriph Chandelier CH1006. The Seriph collection reinvents the artistry of old world European scrollwork and offers a soft contemporary look that suits a wide range of interior styles. This popular ceiling light is offered with several shade styles and finishes, in four sizes ranging from 24" to 60" in diameter. At left is the 30"D medium size with 7 shades; at right, the 60"D extra large with 14 shades. 

5. Contemporary Chandelier CH2297. Offered in a choice of glass, acrylic and mesh, this bold Craftsman-inspired pendant chandelier is a popular "go-to" fixture for mountain contemporary interiors.

6. Contemporary PL2150 Linear Suspension. The classic "box in box" style, this 54" wide dining/game light is equally popular with lenses in fine mesh, acrylic or glass.  While the fixture appears deceptively simple, its sleek, crisp-lined design is very hard to pull off well in a large scale. It requires heavy gauge steel, quality materials and high precision artisan craftsmanship - which is why very few lighting manufacturers dare to attempt this look.  

7. Log & Timber Chandelier CH7001.    This original Hammerton design remains as relevant today as when it was introduced nearly 20 years ago. It can be ordered in 7 motifs including Pine (shown at left), Maple, Aspen, Branch, Vine, Oak and Grape. Standard sizes include 27", 35" and 43" diameters. 

8. Contemporary Sconce ID2066. Slim lined with sophisticated handcrafted details, this versatile 29" H fixture is ideal for a wide variety of applications. 

9. Contemporary Sconce ID2176. A very popular choice for hospitality applications, this 22" H sconce packs a lot of design value for an ADA compliant fixture. It is offered standard in glass and smooth steel as shown here, but clients have incorporated mesh and hand hammered details to pull it in different design directions. 

10. Contemporary Pendant LA2117. Another deceptively simple design that is difficult to pull off well, this pendant works beautifully in a wide variety of interiors.  Take it more relaxed and rustic with a mottled finish and mica lens as shown here, or more sophisticated and contemporary with a glass lens and metallic finish.   

11. Contemporary Outdoor Sconce OD2178. .A beefy clean lined sconce with Craftsman inspired details, this 22" H fixture is ideal for traditional and contemporary exteriors alike. As with most Hammerton outdoor fixtures, this sconce is available in aluminum with a marine grade pretreatment and a choice of several super durable AAMA 2604 architectural powder coat finishes, providing the industry's highest standard of performance for UV and salt spray resistance.  

12 & 13. Log & Timber Outdoor Sconces OD7038 (above) and OD7040 (below). The perfect solution for rustic mountain and lakefront exteriors, both of these beautifully hand sculpted steel fixtures are offered in multiple sizes and a choice of five motifs: Branch (above left and below right), Aspen (above right), Pine, Maple and Oak (below left). 

14. Craftsman Outdoor Sconce OD8034. A classic lantern design with decorative pins and straps, this fixture is available with acrylic, glass (above) or mica (left) lenses. It's offered in two sizes and a wide selection of finishes, including the brushed and stippled finishes shown here.

15. Chateau Outdoor Sconce OD9214. Another enduring design that never goes out of style, this classic 23" H fixture is all about sophisticated artisan crafted details. Choose from a selection of mica, acrylic or glass lens materials and several finishes. 

Interested in learning more about any of these fixtures? Visit or contact your Hammerton representative.

Now Available: CREE® LED option for Top Sellers

On the heels of the enormously popular Bezel/Gem and Parallel introductions – both featuring integrated LED – we’ve added an LED option to several other top-selling fixtures.  Drums, pendants, linear suspensions and sconces from Tempest, Urban Loft, Downtown Mesh, Bamboo, Tweed and several other collections are now offered with CREE® integrated LEDs as an electrical option.

As a U. S. manufacturer of superior quality LEDS, CREE is recognized worldwide as a market leading innovator in LED technology. Hammerton Studio fixtures with integrated LED use the highest quality 2 SDCM, 93+ CRI LEDs available, with 2,700K CCT powered by drivers that dim to 1%.  This compares to the much lower quality 4-7 SDCM LEDs with CRIs of 70 or less used by most decorative lighting manufacturers (for more on this, read: )

Browse the gallery below to view several of the fixtures that are now offered with CREE® LEDs.

To view all products offered in LED configurations, click here

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!