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!


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. 



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.





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 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.


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!



Like so many great artists,  Dale Chihuly makes the outrageously complex seem entirely effortless -- in scale, materials, design and detail. So when Hammerton was tasked with creating decorative lighting for a large living space defined by one of his works, we took the same approach.  

Designed by AP Resort Concepts, the neutral finishes and furniture in this luxury condominium provide the canvas for an eclectic assemblage of intriguing art and accessories. From the rough hewn burled wood coffee table to a glittering crystal elk head hovering overhead, each piece demands a second look -- including, of course, the two-story Chihuly stairwell sculpture in characteristic shades of cerulean blue glass.

Nodding to this dramatic focal point -- and underscoring the tongue-in-cheek sensibility of the homeowner's collection -- the Hammerton design team conceived a wide-ranging and somewhat whimsical series of custom light fixtures showcasing artisan glass in several forms, textures, and motifs to add to the artistic drama. 

In the sitting room and master suite shown above, oversized ceiling fixtures in custom blown and kiln-fused textured glass command center stage. 

Custom light fixtures in the kitchen and above the dining table embrace two very different executions of an organic motif. Delicately carved glass leaves float peacefully above the kitchen island, while boldly scaled 'flower buds' in blown glass and heavily sculpted steel tower above the breakfast bar and the dining table.

The great room chandelier showcases slumped panels of glittering frosted fused glass in our Rimelight texture.

In the entry hall, a pair of LED sconces in heavy kiln-fired glass flank a large canvas, and echo elements of color and texture in the asymmetrical candlesticks beneath them.

A custom cover sconce in kiln-fused glass and steel underscores the fanciful whimsy of an adjacent wall sculpture.

Chiseled glass sconces lining the stairwell feature twinkling, LED-lit layers of hand hewn glass. As shown: Contemporary sconce ID2297, 32"H, in Dark Nickel. To view more chiseled glass designs, see this previous post.

A triptych of ceiling fixtures dapple hallway walls with theatric light.  As shown: CH2269 from the Hammerton Contemporary collection, 24"D, in a custom finish.

Tell us what you think of these fixtures in a comment below, or contact your Hammerton representative for more information.


In design, as in life, there's usually a high correlation between commitment and success, and today's large mountain residences offer a great example of that. 

Most luxury mountain interiors, whether rustic, contemporary, or somewhere in between, celebrate authentic materials and touchable textures: think reclaimed woods, hand hewn stone, sumptuous hides. But often the decorative lighting selection brings that textural theme to an abrupt halt and detracts from the overall design. Sound familiar?  Indeed, it's not always obvious how to incorporate engaging textures into lighting design without adding unwanted visual weight to a space. Needless to say, we've tackled this challenge for several design clients over the years. One winning approach is shown below.  

THE DESIGN CHALLENGE:  Today's luxury mountain homes with open floor plans, high ceilings and richly layered textures pose a difficult design dilemma. These spaces yearn for bold, voluminous lighting that adds an element of sculptural drama, while balancing the weight of surrounding interiors. So fixtures must command a lot of space without adding the mass and visual weight normally associated with large-scale lights. The typical 'go-to' fixture styles -- iron chandeliers, soft-hued fabric drums, multi-port pendants, and the like --  usually fall short on one or more of these dimensions. 

THE SOLUTION  For a few recent projects, our custom team designed contemporary silhouettes featuring loosely assembled geometric forms, and deployed an airy palette showcasing authentic handcrafted materials like artisan kiln fused glass and woven mesh. Steel is incorporated sparingly as a structural or decorative element, often with hand distressed or asymmetrical details that make the fixture command more visual space while adding a thoughtful element of contemporary edginess and surprise. 

Featured at top: the master bedroom and bath suite of a Deer Valley residence with interiors by Ontario Design. Featured above: a bachelor's bedroom and great room in Vail with interiors by AP Resort Concepts. 

Here's a closer look at some hero fixtures we've designed for these and similar projects. Each shows an interplay of light colored and textured lens materials with mesh diffusers and accents in steel and glass, but design details can pull the overall style aesthetic in different directions -- Craftsman, industrial, contemporary and so on.  Steel is used strategically to underscore clean lines and incorporate decorative elements that make silhouettes appear larger without adding visual weight. Simpler designs extend the look into sconces, smaller ceiling lights and outdoor fixtures.

We leave you with a couple images showing members of our fabrication team at work on one of these fixtures. Of course, these talented artisans in our metal and glass shops are the heart and soul of Hammerton. They bring both our extraordinary design and our 'Ten Inch Rule' to life in a manner that is unmatched in the lighting industry. 

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The Softer Side of Mesh

Fundamentally, woven steel mesh is a rugged utilitarian material. But in lighting design is it suited solely for gritty, industrial interiors? We don't think so.

A decade ago, our design team fell in love with mesh because they saw  remarkable potential that extended well beyond the obvious. Mesh magically pairs strength and softness, volume and airiness, simplicity and sophistication -- all simultaneously. With thoughtful design, the material offers a sleek, urban-inspired aesthetic that transcends its humble utilitarian heritage, and brings surprising elegance to a wide range of fixture styles.

Indeed, when common materials are used in uncommon ways, the result is often magical. Browse the images below and let us know if you agree. 

Modified LA2149

Modified LA 2149 detail

 Despite its industrial nature, mesh is an ideal lighting material for interiors that bridge design styles.  Here, a series of simple geometric light fixtures sheathed in fine steel mesh underscore the inventive blend of 'old and new, rustic and refined' at this Andalusian-inspired restaurant   overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Project: Watertable Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, CA. Interiors: EDG Interior Architecture & Design. 


Modified PL2159

MESH CEILING FIXTURES:  A few of our favorites

MESH WALL FIXTURES: A few of our favorites

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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.

See something of interest? Call or email your Hammerton representative..


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