Niermann Weeks’ Quick Ship Program offers a variety of beautiful lighting and furniture designs that ship within just two to four weeks. We created the program over twenty years ago to help designers provide instant gratification for their clients and fill last minutes needs for their projects. The latest Quick Ship product mix encompasses new additions like our popular Crevecoeur Chandelier and Palissy Ceiling Fixture, as well as program staples like the Danieli Chandelier and Roman Side Table.
Our new Quick Ship Brochure is now available online. For more information about the program and products, please email us at email@example.com, or click here to find the showroom representative closest to you.
Interior designer Hillary Staats has just installed a home in northern Virginia, which includes an eye-popping dining room. Her clients, let’s call them Mr. and Mrs. Paul, had asked her for a home combining formal elements with the comforts of casual living, and Hillary certainly complied. She gave them a home as accessible to blue jeans as to a couture outfit.
The Pauls give frequent dinner parties, so Hillary created this well-bred, neutral dining room with its table extending 104 inches in length. For the table she chose a light wood, slightly different in tone and texture from the floors and the sideboard. She scaled down this pair of our Lille Chandeliers so they’d let light fall evenly over the entire dining table. Then Hillary selected our Gabrielle Chairs. As is our wont, Niermann Weeks designed these dining chairs to provide comfortable support throughout a ninety minute meal. We don’t want guests squirming here and there, but rather we want them to enjoy the Paul’s company. The orange velvet (by Osborne and Little) certainly invites people to come on in and relax. Our nailhead trim accentuates the chairs’ sensuous curves, and it also gives guests’ finges the pleasure of running their fingers over the nails.
Here is a side view showing our chandeliers and chairs in closer detail.
When she’s not designing interiors, Hillary uses her store as a stocking dealer for Niermann Weeks. Her store has a great name of Sanctuary On Church (Street) in Vienna, Virginia. This view into her display also shows how subtly she integrates color into her overall presentation. The Niermann Weeks’ products in this image include:
- Palissy Lantern
- Crevecoeur Chandelier
- Avignon Chandelier, peaking out behind the
- Capucine Chandelier
- Empire Side chairs, around our
- Mirabeau Dining Table
Thanks, Hillary, for making sure brilliant use of our designs! You can see much more about her at www.sanctuaryonchurch.com.
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Back by popular demand, we are opening up our factory doors for a special holiday sample sale starting Monday, November 21st. Please stop by our Millersville, MD offices to shop our hundreds of sample sale items discounted at 50-80% off! Our sale gallery will be open Monday through Friday* between 10 am and 3 pm, or by appointment. Please call us at 410.923.0123 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*NOTE: We will be closed Thursday 11/24 and Friday 11/25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
760 GENERALS HIGHWAY
MILLERSVILLE, MD 21108
Marie’s first marital kiss was preceded, as you can well imagine, by heaps of planning and coordination. In the last hectic hours before the reception, a crane lifted in Niermann Weeks’ custom Biarritz Pendants and the gigantic Danieli Chandelier. I like the use of greenery to hide the chain; it’s much more elegant than a cloth sock.
The overall space dwarfed our 6 ft x 6 ft Danieli Chandelier.
Just before the party started, all the overhead lights dimmed so our lighting glimmered over the black and white dance floor.
For her floral theme, Marie chose blush, just like these rose petals in an antique silver bowl.
Peonies and hydrangeas supplemented her orchids from Argentina.
The caterer finished the last detail on the wedding cake before wheeling it into the reception.
The band took its place on the raised stage, and then the party began!
Family and friends watched the newly married couple dance their first waltz.
Oh, so romantic. My mother would have approved.
All of us at Niermann Weeks offer best wishes for great happiness to Marie and her groom. May they live long and prosper!
Marie, thank you for including Niermann Weeks in your wedding festivities, and thanks also for letting us share these photos (courtesy www.scottburtonphotography.com).
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Eleanor McKay Presents Greener Lighting in the Post Incandescent World at the Nessen Showroom in DCOTA
Please join Eleanor McKay, CEO of Niermann Weeks, to learn about changes in light bulb standards, especially for chandeliers and sconces. Owners of traditional residential lighting will soon have difficulty finding standard incandescent candelabra bulbs, because federal law has mandated phasing out inefficient incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012. She will show the good and the not-so-good in available alternatives: CFL’s, LED and halogen light bulbs. We in the interior design industry must lobby to include our aesthetic considerations in the newly developing technology for light bulbs.
11 am Presentation (1 CEU Complimentary Credit)
12 pm Lunch Reception to Follow
Light reflects around and through the Trianon Chandelier’s composition of curves, highlighted by strings of graduated round crystals and an warmly patinated silver leaf finish. Small sprays of crystal florets flare out underneath the domed top add a touch of whimsy.
The chandelier measures 30” diameter by 39” high, and is shown in our new Distressed silver leaf finish.
The Niermann Weeks DC Showroom is celebrating spring with the make over of our Brindisi Chandelier in a brand new finish! During Capital Design Days on April 12-14, our artisans will be working in the showroom to transform the look of the chandelier from its current rustic Toulon white finish to the glamour of our new Veronese silver leaf finish. Please visit us at the Washington Design Center, Suite 701, to see the finishing process, from the hands on process of building up the first layers of finish, to attaching the elaborate scheme of crystal strands and pendants.Niermann Weeks DC Washington Design Center 300 D Street, SW, Suite 701 Washington, DC 20024 tel 202.488.1220
Niermann Weeks has a rule: bring out a new product, and the first order will customize it. So, please look at how pretty our new Coquille Chandelier is in the Venetian Silver Leaf finish.
On our tear sheet it shows in Camel and Gold Leaf.
Either way, the Coquille’s a swell chandelier.
Another beautiful image came to me from interior designer Marjorie Johnston, showing our Louis XVI Bed. Her fortunate clients live near Miami, and from their king-sized bed can watch the ocean rolling in.
Here ‘s our tearsheet showing the full bed in queen-size.
Marjorie and her daughter Wendy Barze manage both an interior design business and the adjacent retail store, jojo Home, in Birmingham, AL. You can read up on their businesses at www.mhjinteriors.com and be sure to enjoy their mascot, Rover. He’s made of recycled, rolled newspapers and magazines.
Thanks for reading my blog, and please do pause to savor some beauty in your own life today!
From now through March 31st 2011, Niermann Weeks is offering a special finish promotion on all lighting products!
Here are the specifics of the promotion:
- - Every Niermann Weeks lighting product will be sold at the lowest published price, no matter which finish is ordered. Example: The standard finish on the Italian Chandelier is chalk rust, which is a standard (B level) finish. During the promotion, your customers can upgrade to Venetian silver leaf, a premium (D level) finish, and still pay the standard finish price.
- - Products ordered in the standard (B level) finish, and all lighting designs priced only at the premium (D level) finish, will be discounted by 5% during the promotion.
- The promotion includes all Quick Ship lighting products in premium finishes. Example: The Quick Ship Torino Chandelier is offered in our Parisian gold leaf finish, which is priced at the premium level. During the promotion, it will be sold at the standard level price.
- - This is for standard products only – custom orders and add-ons such rock crystal balls, extra chain, candle covers, etc. are exempt from the promotional discount.
- - Standard lighting lead time is approximately six weeks.
Niermann Weeks knows how difficult it can be to finish your projects on time and on budget, while keeping your clients happy and yourself sane! In our ongoing efforts to provide first-class service to our customers, we invite you to visit us at our Millersville, MD headquarters to see our constantly changing inventory. There is a constant influx of showroom and showhouse samples, photo shoot displays, and new product prototypes. We are also happy to give tours of our entire facilty to see these amazing pieces being made right here in Maryland.
Please stop by, or contact us at 410-923-0123 or email@example.com to make an appointment.
760 Generals Highway
Millersville, MD 21108
Hi, I’m back now on a part-time basis. This summer has just whipped by me, while I was busy recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from my uterus. Cancer does give you a passport into another place, a great image borrowed from Christopher Hitchens of Vanity Fair. Soon I hope to relinquish my passport to the strange and wonderful C-Land, but my visit there was certainly ‘real different.’ That’s a mid-western expression pronounced in a flat voice but meaning OMG! Just re-watch Frances McDormand in the film Fargo to understand the Minnesota accent and inflection; she sounds exactly like many of my family’s Minnesota relatives.
I can’t leave C-Land, however, until thanking the incomparable Dr. Neil B. Rosenshein and his team at the Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine at Mercy Medical Hospital in Baltimore. Those people had a biblical ability to lift the crippling fear off my shoulders, and just let them do their jobs – helping women beat cancer. Thank you very much, Dr. R and your angels of mercy!
On my first afternoon back at Niermann Weeks, Joe gave me a present, our new Coquille Chandelier. Wow! During my recovery I had watched far too many films, and this lovely beaded fixture reminds me of a fantasy film from the 1930’s I can just see multiples of it hanging in the Grand Ballroom of the Prince of Fantasia, with beautifully costumed dancers swirling underneath in their rhythmic patterns. Johann Strauss would be leading a band in playing all the most popular waltzes. Jeanette McDonald or Greta Garbo would be my female lead, wearing long white gloves and swagged in blingy jewelry that repeats the swags of our chandelier.
In reality, our Coquille Chandelier is now on display in all its glory at our New York showroom (232 E. 59th St, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). If you can, go visit it and inspect the new finish of Camel and Goldleaf. Tell them Eleanor McKay is back at work, and she sent you in to see the Coquille. Thanks so much!
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From now through 3 September 2010, Niermann Weeks is offering a special finish promotion on all products.
Here are the specifics of the new promotion:
- Every Niermann Weeks product in the price list will be sold at the lowest published price, no matter which finish is ordered. Example: The standard finish on the Avignon Chandelier is rusty steel, which is a standard (B level) finish. During the promotion, your customers can upgrade to Silver leaf, a premium (D level) finish, and still pay the standard finish price.
- Products ordered in the standard (B level) finish, and all lighting designs priced only at the premium (D level) finish, will be discounted by 5% during the promotion.
- The promotion includes all Quick Ship products in premium finishes. Example: The Quick Ship Satyr Table is offered in Venetian silver leaf finish, which is priced at the premium level. During the promotion, it will be sold at the standard level price.
- This is for standard products only – custom orders and add-ons such rock crystal balls, extra chain, candle covers, glass tops, etc. are exempt from the promotional discount.
- Standard lead-times apply.
Please call your Niermann Weeks Showroom or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Niermann Weeks introduces the Coquille Chandelier.
A symphony of curves, this new fixture is finished in a subtle camel & gold leaf finish, highlighting the sinuous structure with splashes of antiqued gold leaf. We then strung delicate cascades of alternating oval and round beads on this elegant framework in rhythmic curves reminiscent of the ridges of a scallop shell.
The chandelier measures 33.75” in diameter by 38.5” high.
The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey recently wrapped up in Saddle River, NJ. The Designer Showhouse’s purpose is to raise funds and awareness for the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. Our New York showroom staff worked with some of the showhouse designers to loan some Niermann Weeks products.
Timothy Miller of Timothy & Associates in Pearl River, NY designed the Atelier, using our Armillary Chandelier and Hadrian Planter. Andres Sampedro, one of our New York salespeople, was able to visit the showhouse in person last month, and Timothy kindly sent photos of his room to us in Maryland so we could also see how it turned out. Here’s an overview of his room.
Timothy also sent us some great detail shots from around the room, including a close up of the dramatic folding screens, the artwork above the striped cabinet, and the room reflected in an antique mirror.
Barbara Ostrom of Barbara Ostrom Associates designed the showhouse dining room featuring our Swedish Crystal Chandelier. The bold yellow walls make a great backdrop for the chandelier’s delicate crystals and gold leaf finish.
We’ll be looking forward to working with our New Jersey and New York designers on the fifth Designer Showhouse of New Jersey next summer.
Traditional Home (March 2010) includes a lovely photo of Niermann Weeks’ Chevalier Chandelier in a family home Manhattan Beach, California. The owners have moved hither and yon in the past, and in this home asked designer Mark Williams for a sparse, restrained interior in a palette echoing the nearby beach. He designed most of their furnishings and found our chandelier a perfect complement. The home owners are happy with his work, and I am honored that he included our chandelier in the dining room.
Our chandelier started its life as a fussy element in a free-standing Italian baroque torchiere. According to Wikipedia, torchieres were candelabra, usually with two or three lights. When it was first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century the torchiere mounted one candle only, and when the number was doubled or tripled the improvement was regarded almost as a revolution in the lighting of large rooms.
We found our mother antique somewhere in Europe about 15 years ago, thinking that the candle part would look great once we removed it from its heavy base. We also re-arranged the wavy octopus of arms for better definition and light diffusion. The final chandelier needed to take up a decent amount of space yet allow people to see through it to the beauty of the rest of the room. Merely describing the new chandelier was, however, the easy part.
Developing the physical prototype took many trials. For fire protection standards, we specified arms of hollow metal tubing within which electrical wiring would be threaded. Our poor prototype-maker had difficulties selecting tubing and wiring that would curve to our esthetic standards. He’d make a sample set of arms and the curvaceous central pole, and we’d reject them as not pretty enough, or too difficult to use, yadda,yadda. Everybody got a little surly until just the right combination of form and function emerged.
Then we had to determine the finish. Joe wanted to make this fixture unique in our line, to add a new dimension of light and air. To that end, our daughter Eleanor selected hanging tassels of slightly different shapes and gilding. Daughter Claire suggested an overall finish of faux pewter, real gold leaf, and faux rust. Then Joe said let’s use beeswax candle sleeves under the light bulbs. This is a close-up of the final finish sample showing the faux rust and faux pewter.
Put it all together and presto….
Our Chevalier Chandelier premiered in 2004 in a Montecito showhouse, thanks to designer Barry Dixon. His mandate with this showhouse was to firmly anchor the home to Montecito’s earth tones, sky line, and clarity of light. I have always admired Barry’s creative approach to interior design, but this room blew me away. I had to call him at home to rave, and this is still my favorite setting for our chandelier. He perfectly combined the local earth tones with the interesting geometric shapes of our chandelier, the chairs, and the mural. As an added bonus for me, Barry anchored the walls with a pair of Niermann Weeks’s Beaton Mirrors.
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New for 2010, Niermann Weeks introduces the Crevecoeur Chandelier.
The Crevecoeur started life as a typical antique chandelier loaded down with tons of goopy crystals. Somehow the frame seemed dynamic enough to make us decide to explore different variations based on the basic frame. Editing and paring away the excess revealed this fixture.
Measuring in at 36″ in diameter an 34″ high with 12 lights, the Crevecoeur Chandelier is shown in our Veronese Silver Leaf finish and available exclusively at Niermann Weeks’ Showrooms.
Custom lighting is so much fun to make. First, it provides an intellectual challenge to change the proportions of a standard fixture and modify its bead structure. Our design team flexes their mathematical brains with problems in solid geometry, leaving me to admire their mental dexterity. Lately our clients have engaged these skills by specifying both giant chandeliers and teeny ones, leaving many special drawings and CADs in their wake.
Second, the chandeliers are beautiful to behold. The poet John Keats was absolutely correct when he wrote:
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases;
it will never Pass into nothingness;
The smaller in scale one goes, the less room the human hand has for maneuvering to do its work. Let me show you in our smallest standard Sancerre Lantern, which measures 19″ diameter x 26″ high. This photo on the right shows you how little room the beaders have in which to string their crystals. The process takes much time, patience, and attention to detail, so that the right graduated bead is always inserted at the right place. If the beads aren’t just right, then the entire 10 hour process must start all over again.
The final result makes all this labor worthwhile.
This week we’ve miniaturized a Biarritz Pendant to a mere 19″ diameter x 10″ high. Normally our smaller sized one is about a third larger at 30″ diameter by 22″ high.
We also reduced an Italian Chandelier to 18″ diameter x 23″ high, about 30% smaller than our typical small version which also features a simple strand of beads swagging from arm to arm.
My guess is that these small fixtures will hang in a foyer, a closet, or a bathroom.
At the other side of the size dimension, we are also crating a giant Avignon Chandelier. It measures 70″ in diameter by 75″ high with 24 lights, finished in Antique White, and will hang with matching sconces in a great room in a house in New York or Connecticut.
We’re always careful when we pack our products, and these big ones are a special delight. Basically we must make this Avignon its own room-size crate, in which the chandelier hangs from a central beam and then will be surrounded by packing material. Then the crate gets enclosed and reinforced with a lumber shell resting on its own wooden pallet.
As a final step, we always also remind everybody that Niermann Weeks’ products are proudly made in America by Americans earning a living wage and working in decent surroundings. Our employees also get health care benefits. Joe and I have always loved our flag, but 9/11 made our patriotism even more important to us.
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Joe and I had been travelling in rural France and Italy and had become fascinated by this curly-armed shape from the 17th century. We had seen it made of much heavier metal stock and often hidden behind a thick gesso and gold-leaf finish further smothered with crystal ribbons. Joe could see through all the extraneous decoration and liked the basic silhouette. Our homage to this classic is designed in a more delicate, flat metal stock. To accentuate the basic shape, he swagged it with a hint of beading. The fixture is all made by hand, with cut steel elements, beads on “aged” brass wire, finished to a deep patina, wired to UL, and capped with waxed candle covers.
The twelve arm chandelier The eighteen arm chandelier The three arm sconce
All these versions are shown here in our rusty steel finish.
(The red frame means it’s on Quick Ship)
As with all our fixtures, almost any of our metal finishes can be applied to any piece. When in doubt, just call to ask.
By hand, we apply our finishes layer upon layer before beading. Most of our fixtures are done with glass beads, but we do use rock crystal as accents. For custom jobs we have even used amber, amethysts, and emeralds. The responsibility of inventorying such precious beads always makes me tense.
This client needed a shorter, squatter version of the Avignon. She specified a 30″ diameter fixture finished fancily in Pavilion goldleaf finish with regular glass beads accentuated by custom rock crystals.
Our 18-arm Avignon started out as a custom order. After several requests, we now make it as
One of our standard sizes. The original was in a custom goldleaf finish and looked very grand.
A long-time client in Bermuda asked us to make this chandelier,60 dia x 54″ h with 20 lights and in a silverleaf finish. We wired it to British UL standards for a damp location. It will end up on a covered porch in Bermuda.
In 2008 the showhouse in Los Angeles’s Greystone Mansion included a room by Niermann Weeks. Our Avignon illuminated the Quatrefoil armoire, Poiret Chairs, Venetian Secretary, La Falaise Chair, Chinoiserie Fret Coffee Table, Hadrian Planters, St. Cloud Dining Table, Avignon Sconces, and Bel Air Planter. This room wonderfully showcased the versatility of our designs.
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In Connecticut Joe and I found a damaged sconce arm dating from the 17th century. Through all its rust, you could see that it had once been heavily plastered and gilded, but now it was just a derelict piece of iron. We paid a pittance for it. Back in his studio Joe re-scaled the curve and created a back plate for the first version, which was the five-arm sconce.
The standard three-arm sconce and the standard five-arm, both in chalk rust finish.
(The red frame means it’s part of our Quick Ship Program!)
The sconces quickly morphed into chandeliers also. The English designer Nina Campbell hangs our Italian chandelier in her own bedroom, and every time she’s moved, it’s moved with her. How cool!
The standard 12-arm and also the standard nine-arm, both in the chalk rust finish.
(It’s on Quick Ship) (It’s on Quick Ship)
The Italian Sconce premiered in a Virginia showhouse that brought us national publicity. Washington, DC designer Frank Babb Randolph collaborated with Joe to create this room. Our Roman Garden Table was specially designed just for this project, and all these designs have gone on great sales.
(c)1990 Gordon Beall
Here is the Italian Sconce in the second ad Niermann Weeks ever published. The sconces frame our Harewood Mirror.
The graceful curves of the Italians chandeliers and sconces let you look right through them , and they expose a volume of open space. They are perfect to hang in foyers with staircases that wrap around. The viewer can look into and through our fixture, seeing its beautifully decorated shape. We consider our lighting as architectural jewelry that must look perfect from every angle. Using a dimmer allows the user to vary the light from pleasingly dim to as bright as an operating theatre.
The Italian design customizes perfectly for our clients’ needs, from an overall height of on the left of 54″ to a high of only 22″ on the right.