Craft-based value engineering


An oxymoron? We disagree.  Indeed, conventional wisdom would claim that quality craftsmanship rarely comes at a competitive price. But quite the opposite is true at Hammerton. We’ve spent two decades refining our operational skill set to serve a wide range of customer needs -- and creating budget-friendly designs are at the top of the list.

Of course we employ a remarkable team of world class artisans, and we take great advantage of modern manufacturing practices. But our capabilities go well beyond the standard formula of “combining the best of the old and the new”.  We also possess extensive expertise in engineering, fabrication and process innovation across a wide range of materials and technologies. So we understand all the various ways that fixtures can be built to meet aesthetic and functional requirements within a given budget.

Modifying designs, re-engineering components, substituting lower cost parts and simplifying visual details are just a few ways we reduce labor and materials costs while maintaining the ideal level of design integrity for each application. High precision, state-of-the-art machining and cutting equipment allow us to execute short runs of high tolerance components and build custom tooling and jigs for rapid fixture prototyping, fabrication and assembly.

And because it all happens under one roof here in Salt Lake City,  we maintain end-to-end control of all activities involved in servicing every aspect of our customers’ needs. This enables us to produce fixtures of unparalleled quality as well as faster turnarounds, superior service, exceptional value and, ultimately, a very happy customer.

Scroll down for a few examples of value engineered designs. 







The ID2176 above left is a value engineered, ADA compliant version of two similar sconces from the Hammerton Contemporary collection. Eliminating the hand-hammered distress, simplifying side diffusers, and incorporating a lighter gauge steel that allows for a machined fabrication process captures a sleeker modern look and reduces the overall fixture cost.





Above left is a value engineered sconce installed at a major resort in Colorado, with the original sconce at right. A quick glance suggests that these two fixtures look nearly identical. A closer inspection, however, reveals subtle design difference in both the scrollwork and strap detail. These modest designs changes, combined with a large order quantity, significantly impact the per unit fabrication cost of the fixture. 





Above left: this value engineered drum fixture is fabricated from machine-cut steel, while its original fixture design at right is crafted using hand-rolled square bar. .Below left: this value engineered double drum fixture is also fabricated from machine cut steel. Eliminating a decorative hammered accent, incorporating a gravity mount shade, and simplifying the diffuser material also reduces the fixture cost versus the original design shown at right. 





A similar approach was taken with the value engineered mesh pendant below left, versus its original design shown at right. . 





If you'd like more information on our craft-based value engineered designs, please contact your Hammerton representative

A VIEW FROM THE SHOP: Crystal Fused Glass


Welcome to our 'View from the Shop', a monthly custom spotlight series presented  by the Hammerton design team. Each month we'll give you a 'first look' of one or more recent custom projects hot off the shop floor, and share insights about our designs, fabrication processes, materials and more. 

We hope you enjoy this inside look at the work we do at Hammerton, and please tell us what you think!


Broken glass never looked better.  We just finished up several fixtures for a large Park City home that makes ample use of a favorite diffuser medium we call 'Crystal fused glass'. Despite the lofty name, this starts out simply as pieces of broken glass, or frit. The magic happens in the Hammerton glass studio where the frit is laid out on jigs in our kilns, fused together to create a sheet, slumped to form a shape, cold worked to smooth edges, and drilled to accommodate hardware -- all by our skilled team of glass artisans. 

The end result is a luminous material with a glistening crystal-like sheen and unique edge detail that diffuses light beautifully, layers well with other handcrafted media, and lends itself to a wide range of styles. Shown above is a custom 60"D two-tier drum chandelier combining Crystal fused glass with fine mesh and a rich Autumn Harvest mottled finish. 



Several smaller fixtures designed for the same home -- including the custom pendant and bowl fixture shown here -- position Crystal fused glass center stage in clean-lined contemporary silhouettes, with hardware in a complementary Metallic Beige Silver finish.


Other custom fixtures completed for the same project lean toward a Craftsman-inspired aesthetic, like this lantern-style pendant shrouded in fine mesh and steel.


Shown here are a few other custom fixtures using Crystal fused glass, including a triple layer drum chandelier (above) and two cover sconces (below). 



Several ceiling fixtures in the Hammerton catalog also feature Crystal fused glass in a range of styles, as shown below. Click on any image to  learn about the product.













Not surprisingly, Crystal fused glass fixtures have been tremendously popular for kitchen and bath applications. Here is one of our favorites:

CHA2027 & DCS-2-001-8A-C

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. 

Want to learn more? Give us a call today!

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

See something of interest or need to learn more? Contact your Hammerton representative >


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 woven steel mesh, kiln-fired glass, parchment and acrylic -- each ranging from 4-10 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.