Armillary Evolution

We introduced our Armillary Chandelier (left) back in 1991, and we decided to take that basic shape and evolve it into two new pendant designs.  For the Helios Pendant (middle), we emphasized the intersection of the bands with contrasting finishes on the inner and…

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The Six Foot Sphere – A Custom Armillary Chandelier in Production

If you walked through our studio in last fall, you would not be able to miss the six foot sphere, a custom version of our Armillary Chandelier, destined for a converted firehouse in the mid-west. This custom Armillary Chandelier had…

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Fabricating Fontana

Fabricating Fontana

The Fontana Chandelier was inspired by an antique fixture we spotted years ago.  The design of the frame was deceptively complicated, and after many attempts to sketch it, we finally were able to capture its essence by making a cardboard…

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Blackened silver leaf finish samples

Finish of the Moment – Blackened Silver Leaf

Requests for our L05 – Blackened Silver Leaf are pouring in and we can barely keep up! Not only are we receiving requests for the finish sample to be sent out for review and approval, but our studios are full…

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Dreaming of the Tropics…

We have been in the throes of the winter season for a month now (officially), which marks the time that most of us start daydreaming about exotic vacations, warm weather, and palm trees.  Tired of snow, icy cold gusts of…

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A Visit to Brunschwig & Fils in NYC

We recently visited the Brunschwig & Fils showroom in the D&D Building and was impressed by the style and beauty it possessed within its walls. The colorful textiles that hang along the walls of the showroom express a dreamlike setting…

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Custom Palissy Ceiling Fixture

A Rectangular Twist on a Popular Fixture

We just completed a spectacular custom ceiling fixture and we are quite pleased with the final product!  A rectangular Palissy Ceiling Fixture–a distinct departure from the standard circular version–is rather great in size at nearly 4 feet wide by 2…

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Light Bulb Technology is Changing but We’re Not Ready

Since 1879 we have all used and loved the incandescent light bulbs developed by Thomas Alva Edison, shown here in his lab with different sizes of light bulbs. Sadly, his technology has become obsolete as it wastes colossal amounts of…

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Birmingham Antique Show

Iris Thorpe, Niermann Week’s stocking dealer in Birmingham, Alabama, recently invited me to visit.  Her business Iris & Co. took space in the antique show, Antiques at the Gardens, which supports the enchanting Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Iris (standing on the…

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