2015 HD Expo, here we come!

 

bronze sculpture from Martin Pierce Hardware

bronze sculpture from Martin Pierce Hardware

Like the Jaybird that inspired our latest bronze sculpture, the first month of the new year simply flew by!  But that just puts us one month closer to the 2015 HD Expo and our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.  This will be our fourth consecutive year exhibiting at the Expo and we are, as always, looking forward to connecting with many of you.

As we get closer to the event we will be sure to share not only our location in the Exhibitor’s Hall but we hope to have some custom hardware surprises that we think will please many of you who are involved in the hospitality design industry.  If you will recall, we debuted our new Morphic cylindrical entry pull last year featuring a hot patina color enhancement that adds a new dimension to this very unique item of architectural hardware.

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

More to come!

To view the entire Morphic collection please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Wildflowers offer inspiration for custom hardware designs

We have always been intrigued by the beauty and the variety of California wildflowers and other indigenous plants, as evidenced by many of the designs in our Flora custom hardware collection.

Daisy drawer pull by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Daisy drawer pull by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Like many areas of the country, southern California has a wildflower season that begins sometime in the early spring.  The first blooms and the duration of the wildflower viewing season are determined by the weather, specifically the amount of rainfall the area receives during the year.  The drought continues to be in effect, even with the recent rains we have enjoyed, but we are looking forward to some cooler days and more precipitation to enhance the blooming season.  This photo, taken in May 2014 shows just how beautiful the hillsides are when the poppies take over in all their citrus colored glory!

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve courtesy of desertusa.com

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve courtesy of desertusa.com

The succulents that grow in the desert also flower and require very little water in order to survive the soaring temperatures and arid conditions.  We are equally intrigued by these hardy plants and often take photos of the various species we discover on our hikes and visits to local botanical gardens.

Cacti and succulents photo by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Cacti and succulents photo by Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Flowers are a great source of inspiration for your hospitality design projects, as evidenced by this gorgeous orchid pull designed for our client in Hawaii.

The height of elegance, Martin Pierce's silver plated orchid stem pull.  Notice all the grooved areas. Martin Pierce Hardware

The height of elegance, Martin Pierce’s silver plated orchid stem pull. 
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If you get a chance, a trip to the local desert to see these wildflowers in bloom is definitely in order.

To view our Flora designs or our entire collection of architectural hardware, please visit us at http://www.martinpierce.com

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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
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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
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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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