Bronze Jay sculpture reveal

Several months ago we introduced you to our jay sculpture in a three-part series that chronicled the process of designing, sculpting and casting a bronze piece, whether it be used as door hardware or as wall art.  Our goal was to share with you how, after all the hard work, a collection of pieces like this

Underside of hollowed out mold for jay sculpture Martin Pierce Hardware

Underside of hollowed out mold for jay sculpture
Martin Pierce Hardware

become a beautiful piece of  sculpture like this soaring beauty:

bronze sculpture from Martin Pierce Hardware

bronze sculpture from Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

This majestic piece measure 18″ from wing tip to wing tip, 12″ from beak to tail and projects 4″ from the wall.  The dark oil rubbed patina allows the exquisite detailing of the wings and body to be enjoyed.  Part of a limited edition, this bird sculpture can be hung on the wall and admired as a piece of wall art or utilized as custom door hardware for an impressive entry to a residence, hotel or commercial building.

If you are interested in the jay sculpture or any of our custom hardware collections, please contact us to discuss your specific project.  Our entire collection of architectural hardware can be viewed on our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Our four legged friends

Completed bust Martin Pierce Hardware

Wood sculpture
Martin Pierce Hardware

If you follow this blog then you know it is no secret how we feel about our own four-legged friend, Iris, as well as those of our friends and clients.  She is more than a friend, she is a beloved and valued member of our family.

We found our Iris through the amazing rescue organization located here in Los Angeles, The Rescue Train.  She joined our family in 2011 and life has never been the same.  She enjoys coming to work with us everyday, walking the neighborhood and meeting her “friends” along the way.

We already know that pets are great companions that offer unconditional love, but they can also provide even more health benefits:

  • Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients experience fewer anxious moments when there is a pet in the home.
  • Caring for a pet can provide exercise and fresh air for those responsible for the animal. A daily walk is certainly good for both pet and owner!
  • Therapy dog programs are present in many hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.  This is particularly valuable in Children’s Hospitals where the kids are missing their own family pets and look forward to the weekly visits, offering them a sense of normalcy during a difficult time.

These photographs of Iris at play with her best friend, Hoyt, are proof that few things will make you smile as quickly as watching a couple of dogs battle it out over a squeak toy.  And when it is all over there are no hard feelings….a lesson we could all learn from our pets.

Hoyt starts it all by finding a favorite squeak toy.

Hoyt starts it all by finding a favorite squeak toy.

The tug-of-war battle begins

The tug-of-war battle begins

Not sure who the “winner” was but Iris was exhausted after this playdate!

martin pierce dogs  at play iris all tired outWe would love to see photos of your four-legged friends and hear about the lessons you have learned from them.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

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Meet you over at Dering Hall

We are excited to announce that we have recently partnered with online marketplace, Dering Hall, to offer our custom architectural hardware products to designers and architects.  This partnership makes it possible for those design professionals to find custom entryway, passageway and drawer and cabinet hardware for their hospitality, commercial and residential projects.

The site features a selection of our hardware including items from our Ergo and Hedgerow collections as seen in the snapshot of the webpage below:

Ergo Door knob

Product Specifications

Dimensions
Rose 3 1/2″W 1/2″D Knob 2 1/2″W 2 1/4″D 3″H
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Category
Accessories, Hardware, Knobs/Handles
Product Type
Made-to-Order
Lead Time
8-10 Weeks
Material
Stainless steel

Product Description

Our contemporary styles are cast in 316 Stainless Steel. We pride ourselves on our exceptional quality
And artistry. The contours of this piece are designed to fit your hand hence the name Ergo-nomic. For a warmer tone we recommend ordering this piece in bronze.

Other pieces featured include our Hedgerow entryway door pull:

Hedgerow collection from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Hedgerow collection from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Dering Hall  best describes their services-“Dering Hall is an online marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects, artisans, and design galleries to showcase their work and sell new, high-end home furnishings and accessories.”  They make it easy for discerning design professionals and homeowners alike to search for and find high-end products like furniture, fabrics, lighting fixtures and, of course, hardware.

You can view our entire collection of custom hardware at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Hardware, bugs and more at Martin Pierce Hardware

Throughout the years we have shared with you Martin’s interest, actually fascination, with insects.  So much so that for several months last year we hosted two beetles we fondly named Natasha and Boris. This interest not only includes the study of their habits but extends further to the study of their habitats, behavior and skeletal structure.  Therefore, many of our vacations and weekend excursions are planned for the very purpose of scouting for and studying many of these creatures.

All of this research and study enables Martin to apply amazing detail to not only custom hardware pieces but also to the bronze sculptures and paintings he has been working on. While photographs and more information on these pieces will be available soon, rest assured that the wait will be worth it.

Here are a few examples of some of the custom hardware pieces, in actuality miniature sculptures, that we offer in our collections.  The same labor intensive casting process is used in our smaller hardware pieces as is used in our larger sculptures and custom projects.  Please make note of the exquisite detail in each and every piece.

Wasps feature prominently in some of Martin’s new work.  However, our Animal collection of architectural hardware includes a bronze wasp drawer pull that is available in both an open wing and closed wing design.  The beautiful detailing on the wings adds dimension and texture and would be a wonderful addition to the decorative design of a retail boutique, spa or residential project.

Bronze wasp pull with open wing design from Martin Pierce Hardware

Bronze wasp pull with open wing design from Martin Pierce Hardware

martin pierce wasp closed wing pull

Closed wing bronze wasp pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

Many items from our various collections, including the wasp pull, are artfully displayed at Folger & Burt’s showroom in San Francisco.

martin pierce folger and burt display of bug hardware

Shown is the moth, dragonfly and wasp pull along with the swallow and bat pulls from Martin Pierce Hardware

To view our entire collection of custom hardware or to discuss your own hospitality design project, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

 

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HD Expo 2015

It is that time of year again–time to begin preparing for our annual trek to the HD Expo in Las Vegas Nevada.  It is very early in the process but we wanted to tease you with a few items we hope to exhibit in our booth at the Expo:

  • Last year we debuted our new Morphic cylindrical pull with the addition of a powder coated color accent added.  We continue to work with this collection by adding LED lighting and if all goes well, the debut will certainly be exciting.
Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware

Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware

  • We also hope to share at least a prototype of our hinge collection
  • While they will probably not make an appearance at the Expo, Martin is in the process of designing some very unique wall sconces and candle holders.  All we can say is that “Game of Thrones” fans will be very excited.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of all of these projects as we look forward to this year’s HD Expo.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware or to discuss your upcoming hospitality or residential projects, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Brass continues to be a popular interior design trend for 2015

Brass is back and in a big way.  In fact, this warm metal has been making an appearance in both residential and hospitality projects for a couple of years now.  This is not the gaudy brass of the seventies but a softer version that is beautiful in both matte and shiny finishes. And it is being seen throughout the interior design industry in furniture, lamps, hardware and accessories.  Here is just a glimpse of what is out there.

You can make a bold statement in the bedroom with this new bed from Taylor Burke Home featuring a brass frame and upholstered insert.

Brass headboard from Taylor Burke Home

Brass headboard from Taylor Burke Home

Highly polished or left in its natural state and allowed to patina over time, brass fixtures offer a welcome option from chrome, stainless, nickel and bronze finishes that have been popular for so long.

While we do appreciate the look that brass offers, we do not work with brass.  It is a soft and porous metal that will tarnish and flake off over time and certainly not give you a lifetime product. We do, however, offer a high polished bronze finish (shown below) that provides a high shine and warm golden tone similar to brass but with the added benefit of being a strong metal that will not flake or peel off, tarnish etc.

frog pull from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware available in multiple finishes

frog pull from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware available in multiple finishes

Contact us to discuss your architectural hardware needs or view our entire collection of custom hardware at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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A year in review for Martin Pierce

As the year draws to an end we thought it might be fun and interesting to take a quick look back at some of the new products we introduced in 2014.

We began the year in a colorful way with the introduction of our Morphic entry door pull with a new hot patina color added that we debuted at the 2014 HD Expo.  This new option makes further customization of this piece possible for all of your hospitality and commercial clients.

Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware

Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware

Sculpture was the word of the year for Martin.  From the very interesting custom door hardware designed for a private wine cellar and modeled after the client’s artwork to our very personal bust of our beloved pup, Iris, Martin created several new pieces for our clients as well as for our personal use.

We gifted a dear friend with this sculpture of her three-legged dog Dale.  Needless to say, she was delighted.

Completed sculpture out of alder wood Martin Pierce Hardware

Completed sculpture out of alder wood
Martin Pierce Hardware

The beauty of the wood’s grain is apparent on the completed bust of our Iris.

Completed bust Martin Pierce Hardware

Completed bust
Martin Pierce Hardware

The artwork that inspired the design of our client’s wine cellar doors

inspiration for custom wine cellar hardware artist unknown Martin Pierce Hardware

artist unknown
Martin Pierce Hardware

and the completed hardware with the unique feature of being double-sided.

final product two sided door handles Martin Pierce Hardware

final product two sided door handles
Martin Pierce Hardware

And Martin continues to work on the Jay sculpture

martin pierce jay assembledWe traveled quite a bit during the year seeking both design inspiration as well as much needed breaks from a very full schedule and were happy to share interesting details of these trips with you; in particular our dream trip to Barcelona Spain to view Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.

We are excited to begin a new year so stay tuned for new and exciting projects and products.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

 

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