Biophilia and interior design

One of the true highlights of the 2015 HD Expo this year was the time we spent and the very enlightening conversation we had with artist Ted Morrison.  A visit to his website will be worth your time.

Ted introduced us to the concept of biophilia, defined by Wikipedia as:

“means “love of life or living systems.” It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital.[3] Wilson uses the term in the same sense when he suggests that biophilia describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He proposed the possibility that the deep affiliations humans have with other life forms and nature as a whole are rooted in our biology. Unlike phobias, which are the aversions and fears that people have of things in the natural world, philias are the attractions and positive feelings that people have toward organisms, species, habitats, processes and objects in their natural surroundings.

This is such an interesting concept especially in the way it pertains to the arts.  This idea can certainly guide and inspire future designs as we begin to better understand the way our clients are drawn to the “things” that appear in their natural surroundings including plants, creatures, animal and insect habitats etc.  In truth, Martin has always been interested in studying the habitats of the subjects of some of his designs and we have shared some of our trips to the local mountains to locate these habitats with you.

During the Expo Ted attended a round table seminar where designers and show attendees discussed how, on its simplest level, biophilia offers an explanation as to why curved and fluid shapes are more pleasing to people and more relaxing, if you will, than straight- edged pieces.  He returned to our booth after the lecture and commented that we must be “ahead of the curve” as the Morphic and Ergo designs were inherently “biophiliac designs”. While the compliment was well received, both Martin and I pay tribute to the Art Nouveau movement for much of our design inspiration and think this  period was perhaps the most biophiliac movement we have seen in centuries.

One of our new designs attracted a lot of attention at the HD Expo, our new Dragon Egg sconce, and with its membrane like cutout pattern certainly falls into the biophiliac category.

Dragon egg wall sconce by Martin Pierce hardware  Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Dragon egg wall sconce by Martin Pierce hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

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

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

323 939 5929

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Recipients of our 2015 HD Expo giveaway

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

We were thrilled to be able to hand out ten orchid knobs to the first ten visitors to our booth at the 2015 HD Expo.  Some of the recipients included:

This beautifully detailed silver plated knob can be used on a desk, cabinet or file box as a reminder of their visit to this year’s Expo.

Floral inspired custom hardware will enhance many different hospitality and residential projects including spas, hotels, particularly those located in a tropical or warm locale, retail establishments and vacation homes.  Along with the orchid knob, our Flora collection features daisies, trumpet flowers, vine and leaves or you can opt for custom designed hardware that will be unique to your project and celebrate special qualities, brand etc.

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

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

323 939 5929

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Memories from the 2015 HD Expo

Martin PIerce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Unlike many who leave Las Vegas, we did return home from the 2015 HD Expo with our bank account intact. We also returned home with a pocketful of memories.

I had an opportunity to have a very interesting conversation with photographer Ted Morrison on a concept called biophilia and how it is used in design. I will share some of those details in a later post.  In the meantime, some of Ted’s work can be seen by visiting his website at http://www.tedmorrison.com.

Coincidentally, one of the items that attracted a lot of attention during the HD Expo was our Morphic cylindrical pull with a striking blue hot patina color added that we feel falls into the biophilia design category.  Or maybe it is just further proof that blue remains a universally popular color!

Morphic cylindrical pull with vibrant blue hot patina Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Morphic cylindrical pull with vibrant blue hot patina
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

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

The release of our new wall sconces was timely as we continued to see open work designs both nature inspired and organic throughout the floor.  In support of this, our dragon egg sconce enhanced with green lighting also received quite a bit of attention.

Dragon egg wall sconce by Martin Pierce hardware  Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Dragon egg wall sconce by Martin Pierce hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016
Photo by Doug Hill  

Designers can view all of these items with a visit to the showroom located at 5433 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90016

323 939 5929

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Making friends and spotting trends at the 2015 HD Expo

After a very interesting and successful opening day at the 2015 HD Expo we are looking forward to today.

We discovered several trends as we toured the floor but the one that caught our eye was the presence of stylized nature inspired designs and shapes  similar to those found in our new Dragon Egg wall sconce.  Open work designs were spotted in ceiling fixtures, lamp shades, floor screens and room dividers.  Take a look at these room dividers and wall panels from artlinegroup.com.

Room divider from artline.com at the 2015 HD Expo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Room divider from artlinegroup.com at the 2015 HD Expo
Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca 90016

We also spotted several interesting lighting fixtures including this unique, contemporary table lamp by Van Teal, Inc that, when lit, casts such as interesting pattern onto the wall.

Lamp with open work shade by Van teal and shown at the 2015 HD Expo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Lamp with open work shade by Van teal , Inc. and shown at the 2015 HD Expo
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Be sure to stop by our booth #2277 and see some of our products that celebrate this trend, including our new and VERY interesting Dragon Egg wall sconce.  Game of Throne fans will be delighted, we are sure!

You can view our entire collection including architectural  hardware, furniture and, most recently, wall sconces on our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit our showroom located at 5433 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca  90016

323 939 5929

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The doors are open at the 2015 HD Expo

Martin Pierce Hardware booth at the 2015 HD Expo

Martin Pierce Hardware booth at the 2015 HD Expo

We are all set-up and ready to welcome the thousands of hospitality professionals that crowd the halls of this annual event.  Along with over 900 other exhibitors you can locate us in the Exhibitor’s Hall in booth #2277.  As you can see from the photo, we have brought along many of your perennial favorites such as the Iguana entry pull, but we are also debuting several new products including our new wall sconces

Floral wall sconce from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Floral wall sconce from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016 Photo by Doug Hill

and our Morphic door pull enhanced with LED lighting.  Please stop by early and claim your very own orchid knob that will be awarded to the first ten visitors to our booth.

You can view our entire collection of architectural hardware by visiting our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

323 939 5929

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HD Expo 2015—We’re here!!!

Finally, after all of the preparation, we have arrived at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada to exhibit at the 2015 HD Expo.  You can find us in booth #2277 in the exhibitor’s hall which is open from 9:30-5:00 each day of the conference.

Setting up booth #2277 at 2015 HD Expo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Setting up booth #2277 at 2015 HD Expo
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016

It is a flurry of activity here in the Exhibitors hall, as you can see by this photo.

2015 HD Expo Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Nevada Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

2015 HD Expo Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Nevada
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016

I love the dramatic impact our backdrop showcasing our new LED entry door pull has on the space.

Martin Pierce booth #2277 at 2015 HD Expo Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Nevada

Martin Pierce booth #2277 at 2015 HD Expo
Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Nevada

We are excited to be here and experience our 5th Expo and look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

Remember that the first TEN visitors to our booth #2277 will receive, as our gift, one of our silver plated orchid knobs.  These are miniature works of art that you can install on a desk or cabinet and enjoy for years to come.

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo by

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

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

Designers can tour our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

323 939 5929

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