Like many people who live in a large city, we often feel the need and desire to get away from it all and take a day trip to someplace peaceful and quiet. One of our favorite destinations in the Los Angeles area is the Huntington Library in San Marino. With an amazing art collection and several breathtakingly beautiful gardens, there is always something to see or be inspired by on every visit. We often make this quick 30 minute drive to seek inspiration and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
As the seasons morph from winter into spring there is abundant new life in the gardens. Spring is the perfect time to visit and see the recent changes made to the lovely and tranquil Chinese Garden. Two new pavilions will be host to visiting musicians for afternoon concerts and there is a new rock grotto with an amazing path that takes you underneath and behind a waterfall!
Rock Grotto in the Chinese Garden area of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Whether you are seeking some design inspiration for an upcoming project or your own garden, or simply looking for an afternoon that does not involve crowded shopping malls and fast food restaurants, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens is sure to delight. Enjoy some of our own photos taken on a recent visit.
Butterflies and birds are always a welcome sight in the gardens.
Songbird captured at rest
photo by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware
Gulf fritillary butterfly photo by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware
These tree roots remind us of the design of our Hedgerow Collection of architectural hardware.
Tree roots at Huntington Library Botanical Gardens from Martin Pierce Hardware
To view the items in our Hedgerow collection or our entire selection of custom hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
We are continuing to countdown to the 2014 HD Expo and our trip to Las Vegas. When we registered in January, May seemed a long way away. But we now realize that we have just a bit over two months to pull our booth together!!
This will be our third year in attendance and every year brings new relationships and contacts as well as the opportunity to reconnect with many of you who have attended and/or exhibited in the past.
As is our tradition, we are offering a fun giveaway to the first ten visitors to our booth #4659. Each of those early visitors will receive one of our scarab beetle or dragonfly drawer pulls!
from Martin Pierce Hardware
These finely detailed pieces of drawer hardware will add beauty to any application you choose i.e. a desk drawer, a cabinet door, a small box or simply as an objet d’art to enjoy.
Be sure to come by and say hello and view our collection of custom architectural hardware as well as some surprises we have in store.
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Architects, designers and builders all have a responsibility to their clients to create an environment that is healthy and safe, all the while preserving natural resources, air quality and the surrounding community. The design community has done a good job of following the three “R’s” of the “movement” –renew, reuse, recycle, as well as attempting to use local suppliers and reducing the use of toxic materials, all with an eye on preserving Mother Earth.
However, while the “green” movement is hardly new, it is a topic that is ever-changing and should be discussed on a regular basis as we have done in posts here and here. Currently, global warming and changing weather patterns have many developers and designers trying to find ways to harness the’earth’s natural resources in an efficient manner without depleting the diminishing supply. On the horizon:
- Automated systems that result in energy efficiency. The future will see many “cloud based” systems for the ultimate in energy and cost savings.
- Solar power will continue to gain popularity in both commercial and residential buildings. Tax breaks, grants and other funding will make these systems more attainable for small builders and homeowners.
- Zero net energy is the new buzz word. Simply put, it means a building uses as much energy as it creates through on-site renewable resources. While usually still dependent on the electrical grid, these buildings harvest solar and wind power and reduce usage of the electrical grid through highly efficient HVAC systems, for example.
- We can dim the lights and design automobiles that use less gasoline but we cannot live without fresh water and those resources are certainly being affected by the changing weather patterns. Engineers and scientists have their plates full as they try to come up with ways to reduce the damage to the atmosphere that has resulted in the change in weather, along with methods that eliminate waste and are more efficient.
- LEED consideration will extend to the “greening” of existing buildings. Owners will be charged with the removal of dangerous products but also required to disclose any dangerous chemicals and products on site, along with any green methods put into place to correct the problem(s).
A combination of carefully considered design that is not only aesthetically pleasing but is safe for occupants and visitors in public buildings, considerate of special needs of those who might be physically challenged as well as an aging population and is sensitive to the need to conserve energy and preserve natural resources will result in buildings and rooms that will leave a positive mark on the community.
We do our best to recycle products, dispose of waste and conserve whenever possible. To view our entire collection of architectural hardware and custom furniture, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
It is no secret that, along with other west coast states, California has been suffering from a serious drought for quite some time and the unusually warm winter certainly did not help matters. But we woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof and wet sidewalks– with the promise of more to come this weekend!
While this rain was so necessary for all the obvious reasons, it will also result in some pretty amazing changes in the local mountains and deserts and provide much inspiration for artists such as ourselves. Residents and visitors alike look forward to the transformation of the desert from dull brown hills and plains to a rainbow of wildflowers in full bloom. You can follow this transformation and plan a day trip via the information provided by DesertUSA.com.
Our state flower, the California poppy, covers the hills in spectacular shades of orange, yellow and red.
It is hard to imagine how this flower can survive in the unforgiving desert terrain! via desertusa.com
Yellow blooms merge with purple that merge with blue and red to create a carpet of color in the early spring months. It will not be long before these desert areas are brown and arid once again but, for a brief moment, this harsh landscape becomes a candy coated dream.
photo via desertusa.com
If your home or hospitality project would benefit from the beauty of custom floral knobs, pulls and levers, or if you would like to view our entire collection of architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com
My how time flies! We are less than 90 days away from this year’s HD Expo, held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have been excited to watch the anticipation grow as vendors post information about their new products and expectations for the event on the HD Expo facebook page.
We will debuting a couple of new pieces of custom hardware including our Morphic cylindrical door handle imbedded with LED lighting. Imagine how the addition of this lighting can enhance your hospitality projects by not only improving the appearance of the facility but also the safety of it’s occupants.
Morphic door pull from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware
And don’t forget—the first ten visitors to our booth #4659 will receive one of our scarab beetle or dragonfly drawer pulls. These miniature works of art will add beauty and luxury to your desk drawer and make you the envy of everyone in the office.
To view our entire collection of custom architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
Martin Pierce custom hardware
Mother Nature has certainly given us all a lesson with this year’s extraordinary weather throughout the world. Unprecedented snowstorms and below freezing temperatures have hit the eastern portion of the United States while unseasonably warm weather has wreaked havoc with winter sports at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But, along with unusual weather patterns, she also provides us with extraordinary inspiration for color combinations, sculpture and other forms of artwork and design.
Limited Edition Ascot Sideboard featuring our dragonfly drawer pull
We often talk about how nature inspires Martin’s designs. For example, our popular Hedgerow furniture and architectural hardware collections were inspired by the trees and shrubs found in our native England. Our Ascot series of custom furniture features beautiful patterns of leaves and vines using the ancient japanning technique of inlay. We offer many custom hardware pieces inspired by insects and other living creatures and Martin is currently working on new paintings that include one of his favorite subjects, the beetle.
If you are searching for design inspiration for a project, it might be a simple as taking a walk in the park, a hike in your local mountains or just open your own back door to come up with the perfect jumping off point for your color, hardware and textile selections.
To view our entire collection of custom furniture and hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
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Ooops…my bad. We have decided to occupy a larger booth at the upcoming HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada and our booth number has been changed to #4659 from the previously mentioned #4756.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the Expo where we will debut several new pieces as well as share some of our more popular collections of custom hardware.