Developing Our Finishes
In founding Niermann Weeks, Joe Niermann followed a natural progression from restoring antiques to creating of his own collection of faux antique furniture and lighting designs. His restoration experience helped him painstakingly develop the layers of texture and finish that create the unique look of all our finishes. We continue to use his techniques in our production studios today.
New Product Design and Models
Most of our new designs start life as a series of sketches, which we quickly translate into a paper or cardboard scale model. Once we’ve finalized the size, shape, and proportions, we work with our metal or wood shop to build a prototype model.
The Process of Preparation
All our raw products spend time in the prep departments before they’re ready to move to the finishing studios. Wood pieces go through the “spackle pit”, where they are covered in several layers of spackle and gesso to create a textured base for the final finish. Our metal pieces all go through the prep spray booth, where any rough edges are smoothed off before they get their first coat of finish. All our lighting designs are pre-wired before they enter the prep booth.
The Finishing Studios
Once the piece arrives in the finishing studio, one of our artisans will use the product file as a guide to gather the finish control sample and all the premixed acrylic paints to apply the finish. Each finish requires multiple layers of paint, glazes, and silver or gold leaf in some cases, as well as a certain level of distressing to achieve the final “antiqued” effect.
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Putting It All Together
The last stage of finishing takes place in our final assembly area. All our lighting products get beaded, socketed, and tested for U.L. code. Many of our light fixtures are hand beaded, and the sorting and counting of graduated beads and drops can be a time consuming process. Once a piece passes through assembly, it is off to the warehouse to be shipped or stored until needed.