How to spend a sunny weekend in southern California

courtesy theflowerfields.com Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

courtesy theflowerfields.com
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

 

While the rest of the country is battling one of the worst winters on record we continue to bask in unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine here in southern California. Fortunately for us there is always something to do, both indoors and outdoors.  So grab your sunscreen and head out to one or more of these events:

  • The Annenberg Space Center is hosting a very interesting photograpy exhibit that will delight and inspire anyone interested in architecture.  Who knew that expected climate changes are altering the way buildings are designed?
  • The hills surrounding Los Angeles offer up some pretty amazing hiking trails that end with some impressive vistas.  A comfortable pair of shoes and a backpack filled with plenty of water is all you need to enjoy a day away from the crowds and noise of the city.
  • photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Iris and Anne hiking in Griffith Park

    photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
    Iris and Anne hiking in Griffith Park

  • If you enjoy nature but don’t feel up to a hike, a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is in order.  They are featuring a visiting exhibit of nature inspired artwork by some of American’s finest 19th century artists.
  • This is certainly beach weather and we have hundreds of miles of beaches from San Diego, through Los Angeles and on up the coast.  Malibu, Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and La Jolla are just a few that come to mind.  Find your perfect beach here. 
  • Take a drive to the desert in search of blooming wildflowers or venture down to Carlsbad to tour the flower fields.  Worth the trip!

How do you spend your free time enjoying the southern California weather?

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

Designers, please stop by our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

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A look back at past giveaways at the HD Expo

We recently announced that the first ten visitors to our booth in the Exhibitor’s Hall at the 2015 HD Expo will receive one of our exquisitely detailed silver plated orchid drawer pulls to use as they please.

Silver plated orchid knob from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Silver plated orchid knob from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

We have made it a tradition to award a piece of our custom hardware each year we attend the HD Expo.  We thought it might be fun to revisit past giveaways:

In 2014 we awarded twenty lucky visitors to our booth their choice of either the whimsical dragonfly pull or our small scarab beetle pull.

dragonfly drawer pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

dragonfly drawer pull from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Small scarab pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Small scarab pull from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

The spring of 2013 found us delighting ten lucky winners with our beautifully detailed butterfly pull.

Small butterfly pull with hot amber patina created by Martin Pierce custom hardware

Small butterfly pull with hot amber patina created by Martin Pierce custom hardware

Our new at the time bronze daisy pull was chosen as the giveaway for the 2012 HD Expo.

Daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles California 90016

Daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles California 90016

And it all started with the fun polished brass frog pull we awarded to the first ten visitors to our booth during our inaugural visit to the 2011 HD Expo.

Frog pull in polished brass from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Frog pull in polished brass from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Were you one of the lucky winners?

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

Designers, please stop by our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90016

Tel: 323 939 5929

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Light up the room with our new bronze candlesticks

Over the years we have shared with our clients and those who enjoy our blog just how much Martin is inspired by nature and where he goes to find that inspiration.  This may include hiking trips to local canyons or exotic spots such as our recent trip to Spain or a visit to more  formal gardens such as those at the Huntington Library in San Marino or the Botanic Gardens in Santa Barbara.  We are always equipped with our camera to snap photos of birds and other creatures and their habitats as well as beautiful flowers and foliage.  These visits and corresponding photographs serve as inspiration for future hardware and art projects.  For example, this photo of a budding succulent taken on a day trip to the Huntington Library (and hangs on the wall in our home)

Huntington Gardens photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Huntington Gardens
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA 90016

 

served as inspiration for Martin’s latest project–a pair of beautiful candlesticks.

Martin Pierce  Los Angeles, CA  90016

Martin Pierce
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Delicate in appearance only, these candlesticks are cast in solid bronze and measure 14″ high and 6″ wide at the base. They accommodate a “chime” or processional candle with a .5″ diameter.  This unusual size can be purchased from specialty shops like General Wax in North Hollywood, California. The candlestick shows the succulent just before it flowers with the flower stem serving as the “stem” of the sculpture.  The concept was largely based on a succulent similar to those in the Echeveria family of succulents, specifically the ‘Black Prince’.   You can read more about this plant here.

This candlestick was originally designed for our home and we then gifted a pair to our close friends on their wedding day.  We are hoping to use the design to create a larger candle arrangement that will feature a larger central succulent surrounded by small buds and the center piece would use a more standard sized candle.   Here are a couple more looks at this exquisite candlestick.

Solid bronze candlesticks from Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Solid bronze candlesticks from Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA 90016

Solid bronze candlesticks with tapers from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Solid bronze candlesticks with tapers from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca 90016

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

Designers, please visit our showroom located at :

5433 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90016

Tel: 323 939 5929

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Martin Pierce on TODL.com

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Hospitality and residential designers, along with architects, landscape designers and others involved in the interior design industry are familiar with TODL.com (Trade Only Design Library).  This site is designed exclusively for design professionals and provides the opportunity to research thousands of products from the comfort of the home or office.

We are pleased to participate as a supplier of bespoke architectural hardware products for all todl.com members.  Our page features over 200 of our custom hardware products that represent many of our unique collections.  Included is dimension and price information. We are excited to see that our lizard entryway pull was recently featured on the todl.com  weekly online residential page.

Lizard door hardware collection available on TODL.com Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Lizard door hardware collection available on TODL.com
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Please contact us if you are interested in the Lizard collection or any of our other custom hardware collections.  They can be viewed on our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

Designers, please visit our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90016

Tel: 323 939 5929

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Update on our booth at the 2015 HD Expo

The countdown begins for our 4th annual trip to Las Vegas to exhibit at the 2015 HD Expo.  We always enjoy this show and look forward to reconnecting with many of you.

As we have done in the past, we are pleased to be awarding the first ten visitors to our booth a piece of custom hardware.  This year the lucky recipients will receive one of our exquisite orchid knobs so be sure and stop by early!

Silver plated orchid knob from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Silver plated orchid knob from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

We will be debuting several new items.   We are excited to share our first venture into lighting with two new wall sconces; our dragon egg wall sconce and a new floral sconce. They will be cast in both bronze and steel and we are planning to use LED lights in both fixtures.  We will also be showing  a 32” cylindrical handle which will be lit with an LED light, also shown in bronze as well as steel.

As the countdown continues we will be sharing more exciting products, along with our location in the Exhibitor’s Hall.

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

Designers, please stop by our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Telephone: 323 939 5929

 

 

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Inspiration from the Chelsea Garden Show

For one week every May the RHS Chelsea Garden Show is the place to see and be seen for garden enthusiasts.  This year the event is scheduled for May 19-23 2015.  While no longer the largest garden show in the UK, it is considered by some to still be the most prestigious.

If you follow this blog then you are already aware of the inspiration Martin finds in flowers and other foliage for his custom hardware designs.  In fact, the hardware piece that started it all, our Hedgerow collection, was fashioned after the trees and shrubs that reminded Martin of his childhood in England.

Hedgerow Collection from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Hedgerow Collection from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

Do you see any similarities between our hardware and the “real” thing?

Dogwood blooms at the Chelsea Garden Show 2014

Dogwood blooms at the Chelsea Garden Show 2014

Daisy pull from Flora collection

Daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles California

Daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles California 90016

The Topiarist Garden from the Chelsea Garden Show

The Topiarist Garden from the Chelsea Garden Show

Sycamore leaf pull from Flora collection of architectural hardware by Martin Pierce Hardware.

sycamore leaf pull available at Martin Pierce Hardware

sycamore leaf pull available at Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

What garden shows will you be attending this year?

To view our entire collection of custom hardware please visit our site at http://www.martin pierce.com.

Designers please stop by our showroom at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Telephone: 323 939 5929

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A quick update on green living

Bamboo Pull in patina  bronze by Martin Pierce Hardware

Bamboo Pull in patina bronze by Martin Pierce Hardware

Whether you are a professional seeking LEED certification on a current project or a homeowner looking to live a “greener” life in your home, there are several simple and easy methods to employ that take little effort but have a big overall impact.

  • Replace light bulbs.  This is not news and if you live in California you are already aware of the differences in light bulbs.  But replacing those old incandescent bulbs with the more energy efficient CFL’s  and LED’s, that use up to 80% less energy than the incandescents, will make a difference in both your energy savings and your pocketbook.
  • It is important to utilize as much natural light as possible in the design of any building. This is not only aesthetically pleasing but will help reduce the need for electricity, heating and other forms of energy
  • Use self-replenishing natural items such as bamboo for flooring, cabinetry and even personal household items like bath towels and bed linens.
  • Live plants improve air quality and add a touch of life to any room
  • Solar and battery operated lighting for both the interior and exterior is a great energy saver.
  • Buy locally.  This not only supports local business in your community but saves energy by reducing the amount of fuel needed for transportation and reduced the amount of pollutants emitted during transportation.

We make every attempt to keep our manufacturing process as “green” as possible with careful attention paid to the disposal of paints and other waste, recycling etc.

The old mantra of repurpose, recycle and reuse is still a simple rule to live by.  And you can look forward to celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.

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

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