NeoCon is coming back to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on June 10 through June 12. Discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors
Niermann Weeks is proud to announce that the architecture and interior design department at our Maryland neighbor, Anne Arundel Community College, will be participating in the student project display special exhibit on the seventh floor. We partnered with the college and the MADE in America organization in nearby Washington, DC for a special design competition to challenge their students to create a custom light fixture for our company. The winning entry and runners up will be on display as part of the student project display.
It’s hard to fit a glamorous chandelier in a room with eight foot ceilings. We designed the simple metal framework of our Madeleine Ceiling Fixture to fit into such a space, and then finished it in gleaming gold leaf and dripping with shining glass beads. It may be small, but its presence is mightily alluring.
The Madeleine Ceiling Fixture measures 21″ in diameter by 13″ high, and is shown in our French gold leaf finish.
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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From now through the end of May, we are offering a special spring promotion on select chandeliers and their coordinating sconces. When you purchase any size or finish of the Avignon, Danieli, Italian, Crevecoeur, or Iron & Crystal Chandeliers, you will receive a 20% discount on two or more coordinating sconces. This applies to standard items only on orders placed within the months of April and May.
The Palissy Ceiling Fixture, whose shape is reminiscent of an eternity ring, features silver leaf glass tubes and a disk of antiqued mirror surrounding four lights. This fixture measures 14 ½ diameter by 9” high, with four lights, and is shown in our Distressed gold leaf finish.
The Palissy Ceiling Fixture in our Washington, DC Showroom
We are ringing in the new year with the Redfern Chandelier, our adorable first lighting introduction for 2012! Joe Niermann found an antique chandelier made of ice tongs with floral iron embellishments in an antique shop years ago, and he kept the curved forms in the back of his head. With more requests for smaller fixtures, we thought it was the perfect time to pull this idea to the front with the creation of the Redfern Chandelier.
The fixture has six lights, measures 21.5 diameter by 19 high, and is shown in our Parisian gold leaf finish.
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.
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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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Our stocking dealer Matt Nicholas, www.mnicholascollection.com, gave us lighting orders for his sister’s wedding reception. Here’s the story of the 6′ x 6′ Danieli Chandelier. At the reception, it will be flanked by a pair of 42” diameter Biarritz Pendants, all to make the bride and groom look even more fabulous.
Rob forged steel into the raw chandelier.
Sandi put silver leaf on the entire frame to begin the finishing process.
Becky froze the tarnished finish on the silver leaf, so it will never tarnish anymore or turn black. She captured Sandi’s finish.
As an aside, in the early days of Niermann Weeks, the girls and I were the finishing team. We’d come home from work and school, to then put in a second shift. I can tell you from personal experience that NW products have acres of surface for finishing. The top, the bottom, and the sides all need to receive the same finish with no drips from one plane to the next. Not being a detail-oriented person, I grew to hate my night job and was unbelievably glad when the company could hire employees.
Sandi, however, obviously loves her work, and as a romantic person she poured her soul into this gift for the Southern bride. The completed chandelier took her about seven full days to transform from raw steel to our Venetian silver leaf finish and then to bead with it with crystals of graduated sizes.
You can see her handiwork up close in this detail of some arms and the center bottom of the fixture.
Moving this delicate beauty for packing and crating provided our next challenge. Ike and DeJuan had already measured it for its 7′ square crate.
Robert and Jazz walked it down through the factory while Ike drove the forklift.
Wayne in the baseball hat helped them carefully hang it from the center of its crate.
As our last step, DeJuan and Wayne carefully in-filled the crate with foam and other packing material so the chandelier could not shift around in its crate, then sealed the whole crate shut.
Now we’ve made it and crated it and turned it over to the freight company. Thanks to Matt Nicholas for this order and God speed to our chandelier!
Sandi, however, can’t rest on her laurels yet. She still has to finish and bead the pair of 42” Biarritz pendants fixtures.
Brad Boswell from the NW-DC showroom and his partner, interior designer Richard Ploff, will attend the wedding to take pictures, so you will soon see our lighting in the reception room. I hope the bride lets us show her off too.
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My train arrived at New York’s Penn Station at high noon, typically such a bad time that I had given myself an hour to get to our showroom near 59th St and Second Ave. Incredibly, the fourth cab in the queue got me to our showroom in just 25 minutes. That’s got to be a new record for rush hour. In fact, I arrived so unexpectedly early that Joe was unprepared to hide from my camera.
Our daughter Eleanor Niermann had just finished re-arranging the showroom, so I wanted to see how she’d changed our merchandising around. On the wall furthest from Joe, her new vignette really showed off our Visconti Console. Its attenuated lines form a graceful, three-dimensional X that supports a thin slab of walnut on the top. Joe and I had purchased its inspiration in Paris, a teensy Italian mid-century table. We scaled that table up and into a console more useful for an American home. The size is now 66” w by 16” deep by 33” high. I’ve always envisioned this Visconti Console as a pair in a home, placed opposite each other in a foyer or dining room, holding a lovely display of treasured photos and souvenirs.
Another display that caught my eye was this variation on a theme with our Roman Garden Table. It’s unusual to place our Capucine Chandelier overhead this table, but I really like the juxtaposition of the delicate curves of the chandelier floating over the chunkier curves of the table. At home I also top the table with a Quatrefoil Planter. Its waterproof liner gives me the versatility to show a plant or to chill the dinner beverages.
We’d had a run in recent months one our Milano mirrored cabinet. People like the combination of the sleek French walnut cabinetry with the funkiness of our antiqued mirror. The Octagonal Mirror is also an oldie but goodie, and the Kent Sconces have a special place in my heart. Joe and I got the inspiration for them on a delightful tour of country gardens in southern England during one of our wedding anniversaries. (How will we celebrate #43 this fall?)
After looking around, then my eyes went up to enjoy the shadows cast by our ceiling fixtures like the Iron and Crystal,
the Thistle and Folia ceiling fixtures,
and our Biarritz Ceiling Fixture
As I dashed out for train home, my eye lingered on this vignette of our Louis XVI Bed with the Fantome Bench at its foot. I have a friend who considering this very combination of bed and bench for her own home, so she’s already gotten a copy of this photo to show her husband.
Again the cab swiftly delivered me to Penn Station, where I always enjoy these mosaics and murals. To see them, go in the entrance on Seventh Ave at 31 St. On the walls along the escalators are mosaics done in the style of the ancient Romans but showing scenes of gritty New York.
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When Niermann Weeks opened our own showroom in the Washington Design Center in 1999, we sampled it with all our most popular designs, including the largest size of our Brindisi Chandelier.
At 150 pounds, it measures 57″ diameter by 67″ high. People had been ordering this chandelier in onesies and even twosies to hang in their homes, so of course it had to hang in our new showroom. We found to our chagrin, however, the big Brindisi was too large to fit in the design center’s freight elevator! So five people including my daughter Eleanor hand carried it up seven flights of stairs from the loading dock to our showroom. We’ve been selling from that sample ever since.
Recently we decided to upgrade the finish to our now more popular Veronese silver leaf. Logistically the process was easier to do in the showroom, allowing people to watch the de-beading, re-finishing, and re-beading. Over a ten-day period Eleanor, Alarise, Danny, Hallie, and Shawntai did all the work. These photos show a time progression of their work.
First, they cleared a work space that could be easily viewed but would contain some of the dust. They mounted the Brindisi on a special gurney we use.
They removed all the crystals,
Dusted the frame and started filling in the drippy white finish with an even coat of prep materials,
Applied the warm undercoat that gleams through the silver leaf.
Applied the layers of silerleaf,
Re-wired it for electric lights,
Applied all the final glazing to further warm up the silver leaf,
Completed the re-finishing which Alarise is celebrating, and
Re-installed it hanging from the ceiling in the showroom.
Our ceilings in the DC showroom aren’t very high, so the big Brindisi does dominate its space. Come see it for yourself! Your rooms may be able to accommodate this size, or its two smaller standard sizes.
We make it smallest with five lights at 18″ diameter by 21″ high in our Sienna Mecca finish,
And medium with six lights at 28″ by 32″ in our Sienna Mecca finish,
And customize it as your heart desires, like this 21 ft by 18 ft one for a hotel,
and this tiny custom bathroom fixture.
Just let us know what you want, and thanks for reading my blog.
Please join Eleanor McKay, CEO of Niermann Weeks, for a presentation on the changes in light bulb standards. Owners of chandeliers and sconces will soon have difficulty finding standard incandescent candelabra bulbs, because federal law is now mandating their phase-out. With aesthetics being the top priority, she will cover the pros and cons of the available alternatives: CFL’s, LED and halogen bulbs.Blake House Associates 23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 171 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Tel 949.831.8292
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.
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Niermann Weeks presents our new and improved Quick Ship Program! We’ve updated our product mix to include some of our most popular new pieces, including the Vivaldi and Torino Chandeliers and the Paris Side Table. Other new additions include the Baldachino Ceiling Fixture, a smaller size of the Danieli Chandelier, and the Montaigne Floor Lamp in both silver and gold leaf finishes. Many old favorites are still in the mix, such as the Italian Chandelier, Carcassonne Mirror, Satyr Table, and Quatrefoil Tole Planter.
These items are in stock and will ship within two to four weeks.
Click here to download the new brochure.
Click here for a map to our location at 760 Generals Highway, Millersville, MD 21108.
Please join Eleanor McKay, CEO of Niermann Weeks, for a presentation on the changes in light bulb standards. Owners of chandeliers and sconces will soon have difficulty finding standard incandescent candelabra bulbs, because federal law is now mandating their phase-out. With aesthetics being the top priority, she will cover the pros and cons of the available alternatives: CFL’s, LED and halogen bulbs.
The presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 7 at 2 pm in the Niermann Weeks showroom at the Washington Design Center.
We just received some great installation shots of two custom fixtures ordered by a Florida designer through the Nessen showroom in Dania. The custom lantern was built to her design, and it looks fantastic hanging tethered in the ceiling of the customer’s beautiful outdoor pavilion.
These customers also ordered an extra large custom Rivoli Chandelier that measured 78” diameter by 74” high. It looks spectacular in their wood paneled great room. Now we’re all curious to see how the rest of the house looks!
It’s always such a pleasure to see our products installed, and to get a peak at the completed design work of these very talented designers.
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.
Sometimes a single curve can inspire an entire new design, as is the case with our Monteverdi Chandelier. The simple silhouette of the frame presents a distinctive and dynamic form that can fit in traditional or contemporary interiors.
The chandelier measures 38″ diameter by 33.25″ high and is finished in our new forged steel finish.
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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Our Fall 2009 Sample Sale has come and gone, but Niermann Weeks still has lots of items available for immediate delivery!
With items in Lighting, Seating, Tables, Cabinetry, Beds, and Accessories, there’s sure to be something available to help you finish that last minute project or home decoration for the holidays.
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Niermann Weeks uses the Washington Design Center as our ‘home’ showroom, since it’s only an hour away from the factory. As the crow flies, the car only travels 35 miles; but as the traffic jams, the time passes by. Thank goodness gasoline is no longer $4 a gallon.
The design center periodically invites a local designer to transform its lobby, and Justine Sancho has whipped up the latest transformation. It is so interesting to see how the same space transforms, depending on the designer. Justine’s style is lush, elaborate, layered, calming, and peaceful. She’s made this cold, tall space look like a palace featuring Niermann Weeks’s Tissage Chandelier as the dominant lighting fixture. That really makes me happy! As you can see, from day one people have immediately felt comfortable using her space. Justine brings my blood pressure down as I enter and leave this building, which is a nice feeling. Please visit her website at www.justinesancho.com to enjoy her portfolio.
All happy, I left the lobby for my showroom on the 7th floor. Niermann Weeks now represents the distinguished Canadian furniture line, William Switzer and Associates, and who better than Mr. Switzer himself to spend a day in the showroom? We kept him busy explaining his line to our staff and visiting with designers and architects. In this photo he talks with our road rep Rita Hunter.
Mr. Switzer founded his company in Vancouver almost 60 years ago, and today his son Allan, daughter Renée, and grandson Adam all work with him in the family business. Their furniture includes lovingly carved furniture in the finest European styles from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the French modernist lines. They have a fascinating mix of high traditional and mid-20th century avant-garde. This photo shows one of their galleries in our showroom. If you ignore our chandelier and chinoiserie curio cabinet, then you can enjoy the rest as the Switzer mix. See even more at their website.
In addition to the showrooms, the Washington Design Center also presents a Design House of over a dozen rooms re-designed semiannually by Washington area designers. On the day of the preview party, Mr. Switzer and I snuck into these rooms early, even before all the lights were turned on. Entering its Foyer designed by Beverly Claiborne, we enjoyed seeing my Regency Center Table with its Greek key motif and his Le Trainon Chair upholstered in Switzer’s private mohair.
I took the photo on the left with my phone’s camera using just the security lights for illumination. It shows off my table better than the other photo. Then the security guards caught us, realized we weren’t vandals, and turned on the lights. The photo on the right shows off Mr. Switzer’s chair.
Designer Lori Ludwick did the Artist’s Studio, using a Switzer Palazzo Capponi Center table, based on another masterful of French moderne. Look at the lusciously deep carving on the greyed base with the knockout top lacquered in orchid. They added a bunch of punch to this studio.
Lori’s website is www.indesignllc.net.
Delving even deeper into the Design House, we found Niermann Weeks lighting in the Vestibule/Parlor by Dana Tydings of Tydings Design. She used one of our newest designs, the Nautilus Chandelier in the larger of her two adjoining rooms. This chandelier reflects Joe’s fascination with all things relating to the ocean. In this fixture he fantastically conjoined three shells of chambered nautilus to cast a glow into its environment.
In her second room our Folia Ceiling Fixture added its spiral of shadows to the elongated tree-y wallcoverings by the Robert Crowder Company. Niermann Weeks also represents in DC that line in our DC showroom.
All in all, I had a wonderful day with Mr. Switzer in the Washington Design Center. Please come and visit us soon!