During Design San Francisco 2013 in the SF Design District, Eleanor McKay will introduce you to the evolving technology of chandelier light bulbs, mandated by 2007 federal standards for greater energy efficiency. Learn about her experiments with various bulbs, and handle samples of incandescent, halogen, CFL, and LED light bulbs. Participants will earn .1 CEU credit.
Michael Taylor Designs will host the talk on Wednesday, February 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Please RSVP by Friday, February 1.
The Swedish Lantern, inspired by a 19th century Scandinavian antique, is our newest lighting introduction. We stripped down the superfluous details and decorations of the original to arrive at this simple balance of circles and lines.
The lantern has six lights, and measures 15″ wide by 15″ deep by 26.25″ high. It is shown in our Pavilion gold leaf finish.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to find the showroom representative closest to you.
Our Caronia Table Lamp shines beautifully thanks to its faceted base of mirrors in antiqued gold leaf. The lamp is shown in our French gold leaf finish, and it measures 6″ wide by 6″ deep by 24″ high with a 12″ drum shade in ivory linen.
This summer, we are offering a special promotion on our outdoor lanterns! You can dress up your covered porches and outdoor rooms with one of these lantern designs upgraded with outdoor wiring and finishing for no additional charge. All lanterns can also be made with picks to accommodate candles. This offer applies to standard sizes of our Mansard Tole Lanterns, Mizner Lantern, Venetian Lanterns, Gothic Lanterns, Foliate Lanterns, Voliere Lanterns, and Zinc Lanterns on orders placed within the months of June, July and August.
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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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 email@example.com 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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Autumn brings the climax of the earth’s growing season and makes me happy. The plants I’ve babied since March, are now at their peak. The frost hasn’t hit yet, but the outside colors are becoming intense. My summer clothes are trading closet space with the winter wardrobe. Weekends I’m in my garden gathering seeds for next year to plant next spring and also to donate to the annual Seed Exchange of the American Horticultural Society. My daughters and I have begun planning our Thanksgiving celebrations, which are so traditional that little planning is required. Wikipedia says that many cultures represent autumn as a well-fed woman, like this 1871 Currier and Ives image,
or like me.
In the late autumn my pineapple sages have grown into huge bushes with sprays of glorious red flowers. Just before the hummingbirds migrated, they gorged at these flowers. Amazingly my plants started in April as baby herbs of just a few inches in height. I never eat them, however, as the September flowers give me too much pleasure to waste any. Our salads include enough diversity from the garden.
Unusually, Annapolis experienced some snow just before Halloween, about two months earlier than we expect,
but the very next day presented as a study in autumnal beauty.
Along with my pastoral enjoyments, autumn also brings closer connections to our showrooms and stocking dealers. My daughter Eleanor Niermann visited the M’Geough showroom at the Boston Design Center where she took this photo of our lighting. Hanging all in a row, starting from the left, are our round Armillary Chandelier, shimmery Palissy Lantern, and the baroque lines of our Vivaldi Chandelier.
Niermann Weeks’ stocking dealer Mayme Baker is also featuring our Vivaldi on the top right of her holiday postcard.
Just now Mayme sent me this view of a bedroom she designed, where she included our William III mirror and the fabulous (her word) Danish Commode. Thanks, Mayme!
My daughter Eleanor, lucky woman, is in Nantucket for a designer trade show with the M’Geoughs, and she sent me a photo of our favorite restaurant for clam chowder. Unfortunately, Captain Tobey’s is already closed for the season, but my family has eaten many a happy meal there.
The trade fair at the White Elephant Hotel gave my Eleanor a happy surprise in her conference room – a custom version of our Wrought Steel CoffeeTable.
I’m now packing for my trip to Dania, FL to speak about the greening of lighting technology. On November 8, come see me in the Nessen showroom at the Design Center of the Americas and earn some CEU credit. Keeping me company on the plane ride south will be this Halloween photo of my grandsons Dylan Michael and little Evan McKay. Just looking at an image of these little boys makes me so very happy.
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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
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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WOW! That’s it in a nutshell. I haven’t been to a design function in twenty years that was so well promoted and attended. Joe and I had to push through the crowds just to enter the building, had to wait for an empty elevator, and had to push through the crowds in the halls and in our own showroom. My heart was tripping with joy.
Our sign on the ninth floor.
The view of our showroom from the hallway with our Andres in the purple cardigan helping a customer Andres has been with us since we opened our first Manhattan showroom, and his product knowledge is as immense as his courtliness.
The beautiful rugs in this room and throughout are on gracious loan by Stephanie Odegard, whose showroom is also in The News York Design Center.
Just inside the door, to the right of this photo, my daughter Eleanor created a vignette that she knew would please me. Our Gabrielle Chair and Ottoman are right there as a comfy, elegant spot from which I could greet our visitors. To the left stands a Henry Royer Side Table holding our Chinoiserie Tulipiere. Joe designed the plant holder as a Chinese pagoda in honor of Charlotte Moss, who like me loves all things Chinese and all things floral.
The plant holder includes a water well in each level, so mine at home displays seasonal flowers: asters right now, and at other times pansies, tulips, miniature irises, roses, daisies, etc.
A lovely customer at the opening bought this diptych Rolling Pathway by Douglas Freeman. I like this vignette for its composition of samples from our various vendors. Including Douglas’s work, you see Niermann Weeks’ Octagonal Mirror, Spectrums’ Edinburgh acrylic table, and Henry Royer’s Frisson Hall Table.
Our Lighting hung through the showroom, and here glows over our ever-popular Steel Four Post Bed with the Fantome Bench at its foot. The bed rests on another outstanding Odegard carpet and is flanked by a pair of our Danish Commodes. The Sienna Chair is by Gemelli Reproductions.
The New York Design Center directory scheduled my daughters Claire and Eleanor for demonstrations from 3-9 pm – oh their aching feet! Claire showed how we by hand wire and attach the beads to our chandeliers, and Eleanor applied silver-leaf on various items to show a step in our processes. As a proud mama, I greedily enjoyed hearing customers sing their praises.
Eleanor had already silver-leafed three of our Baccello Mirrors as door prizes.
Congratulations to our lucky winners!
- Dane Pressner from D’Aquino Monaco, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heather Hickling from Jaime Drake Design Associates, email@example.com
- Suzana Monacella from McMillen, firstname.lastname@example.org
To add to our evening, Traditional Home sponsored a book signing by Matthew Patrick Smyth of his new book Living Traditions. Trad Home’s editor Ann Omvig Maine introduced Matthew before his hand started cramping from all the book-signing he did.
Joe and I stood ready to refill Matthew’s glass of sparkling water. Don’t we look absurdly happy?
Our friend John Danzer from Munder-Skiles of the fabulous garden furniture, also came up to chat with Ann and with a startled looking Joe. Joe should know that my camera is ever-ready!
Our opening was big enough news to attract interior designer/blogger Elizabeth Orgera from Shorely Chic in Darien, CT. Now that’s cool.
Tomas Georgi, the newest member of the NW team, stopped giving tearsheets for a moment so I could include him in this blog.
Joe and I finally left for a party featuring a great bluegrass band, BBQ, and cornbread. We abandoned our daughters who doggedly continued their demonstrations for all comers.
Even the Chrysler Building cheered Joe and Me on, as we trudged to our hotel.
When I left for the train home the next morning, I got to see public health at work in Penn Station. The free clinic for flu shots attracted as many people as the NY Design Center had the night before.
Thanks for reading my blog, and please do come see our digs at The New York Design Center (at Lexington Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets). Tomas and Andres are expecting you.
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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.
Joe Niermann created the Dominique Ceiling Fixture after admiring a swirling art deco stair railing in a home in Paris. He simplified the silhouette and punctuated its interior space with crystal balls. The arms form a stylized fleur de lys motif and alternate high and low, casting intriguing golden shadows.
The ceiling fixture measures 24″ diameter by 16″ high with six lights and is shown in our Gilt Rust finish.
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
With its bold silhouette, expressive curves and golden finish, our new Bergerac Floor Lamp brings elegant light into any décor. We found our inspiration in the Paris flea market for the restrained simplicity of our starburst top, reminiscent of the new designs that emerged in 1940′s France.
The Bergerac Floor Lamp measures 20 dia x 69 high with the shade, and is shown in our Distressed gold leaf finish.
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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Millersville, MD 21108
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.
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.
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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We frequently notice product trends pop up in studios, and the latest one is for custom sconces. A few of the recent orders were for relatively simple size changes, but we’ve also worked on some really interesting totally custom designs.
We just finished a pair of Biarritz Sconces with a double leaf design to add more height. Here are photos of the standard sconce next to the taller version.
We also just completed a pair of sconces based on our Brindisi Chandelier. These are going into what must be an impressive dining room in a residence near Los Angeles. In addition to the usual beads on the chandelier, the designer had us add an antiqued mirror backplate to the sconces to really make a statement on the wall. Here is a photo of the standard chandelier, as well as some process shots and a finished shot of the custom sconces.
Back on the East Coast, we just shipped an order of eight custom hurricane sconces to a residence in Florida. The back plate of the sconce was loosely based on our Mercure Sconce, and we worked out the rest of the details with the designer through CAD drawings and renderings.
We found out a lot more than we expected about custom glass during this whole process. It turns out that they make glass moulds out of tree trunks, and we had to wait a while for the glass company to locate a trunk large enough to use for the large glass globes. The finished sconces have great presence, and we’re looking forward to seeing the installation shots.
Finally, we’re nearing the end of the design process for a coordinating sconce for our new Crevecoeur Chandelier. We’ve gotten so many quote requests for them that we will be adding a standard Crevecoeur Sconce to the line very soon.