HD Expo 2015 update

As we count down the days and weeks before we pack up and make our way north to Las Vegas we have been teasing you with a few hints at items we will be debuting at this year’s HD Expo.  One such item is the illuminated Morphic door pull that is definitely worth seeing.

Mophic door pull with illuminated handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016   Photo by Doug Hill

Mophic door pull with illuminated handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca 90016

The open work design of the Morphic collection is a natural fit for the addition of a lighting feature which adds an element of surprise to the more obvious benefits of easy to locate entry hardware and statement making design.

You can view this new addition to the Morphic collection along with all the details that went into this design by stopping by our booth #2277 at the 2015 HD Expo.  And remember that the first ten visitors to our booth will receive one of our exquisite orchid cabinet knobs as our way of saying “Nice to meet you.”

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

To view the entire Morphic and other collections please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.  Designers can visit our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

all photos by Doug Hill

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Hardware design inspiration from an iPhone photo?

Has anyone else noticed the huge billboards on Vine Ave in Hollywood advertising iPhone? According to this article, they are part of a worldwide campaign from Apple.  So I thought I would add one of my own iPhone photos.

We have two ceramic sconces outside our front door that always attract all manner of insects and occasionally we get a rather beautiful image to shoot.

phoo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

photo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

We spotted these two mating moths late Sunday morning and snapped this photo.  They are white striped Hawk or sphinx moths.  We originally spotted them around midnight on Saturday but they were still entwined in the throes of passion on Sunday morning when I decided to take this photo.   You can see from this shot how much native American art has been inspired by the amazing geometric markings on the body and wings of these beautiful moths. Having metamorphosed from pupae to moth they come up from the ground, feed on sweet nectar and look for a mate.

We have been thinking about a new door pull series that will use geometric patterns derived from flowers, and now moths, that will be influenced on some level by this new image.  As you may be aware, we have a very stylized moth in our drawer pull series and we are now thinking about a flock of them together as a geometric door pull. At the moment, however, this idea is in its own pupae stage.

A beautifully detailed moth door or drawer pull from Martin Pierce Animal Collection of Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

A beautifully detailed moth door or drawer pull from Martin Pierce Animal Collection of Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

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

Designers can stop by our showroom located at:

5433 W Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

 

 

 

 

MOTH SITES:

 

http://www.desertusa.com/insects/sphinx-moths.html

 

 

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Spotlight on architectural hardware collections at Martin Pierce—Morphic

One of the more popular lines of architectural hardware at Martin Pierce Hardware is our Morphic collection.  One look at the sleek design and interesting texture of these pieces and it is easy to understand it’s popularity.

Morphic in brushed finish

Morphic in brushed finish

 

On our website we describe it this way: “Fluid contemporary designs are the basis for this innovative style of decorative door hardware. Cast in steel, these hardware pieces are extremely contemporary but when cast in bronze the effect is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style.”

The openwork design of this grouping makes it the perfect candidate for innovative customization options like the addition of a powder coated color:

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 Los Angeles Ca  90016

or an LED lighting feature that will be debuted at this years HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This collection also underwent some color and form changes for the new Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas.  More on this exciting project to come.

The collection also includes large and small pulls for cabinetry and furniture, passageway knobs, entry way levers that can be adapted to meet ADA standards and our majestic entry door pulls that will make a great first impression to all who enter a residence, hotel, spa or other hospitality project.  Here is a sampling of the collection:

Large pull from the Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Large pull from the Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA 90016

Heroic door pull from Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Heroic door pull from Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

To view the entire Morphic and other collections of custom hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

Designers please stop by our showroom at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

323 939 5929

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Spring Equinox has arrived!

spring time drawing

The arrival of the spring equinox is just two days away and that, I am certain, is good news for many people who have endured this very long and cold winter.  So, in honor of the changing season I thought I would offer up a little bit of springtime inspiration for your enjoyment.  As you will see, the world is certainly an amazing place–regardless of the season!

courtesy of canadian-in-clogs.

courtesy of canadian-in-clogs.

courtesy of Robert Pacelli You know you're from Pacific Grove California when..

courtesy of Robert Pacelli You know you’re from Pacific Grove California when..

 

You can view our entire collection of architectural hardware, often inspired by Mother Nature, by visiting our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.  Designers, please stop by our showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

323 939 5929

 

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Our location at the 2015 HD Expo

HDExpoVendor

It is hard to believe that the 2015 HD Expo is exactly 60 days from today!  The first quarter of this year has just flown by what with preparations for the Expo as well as working on other projects.

We have been assigned our booth location.  You can find us in booth #2277  in the Exhibitor’s Hall.   We are excited to share with you some new products (more on these later) as well as display some of your favorites from past shows.  Suffice it to say our Morphic Heroic door pull has undergone some amazing changes!

As we have done in past shows, we will be awarding to the first ten visitors to our booth one of our silver plated orchid cabinet knobs.  Pretty and feminine and wonderfully detailed, this knob will add an elegant touch to your home or office.

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Orchid cabinet knob from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

And be sure and check out our new lighting collection that we are debuting at this year’s Expo.  Game of Thrones fans will enjoy the new designs.

To view many of our architectural hardware collections, please visit 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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Interior design trend alert: the art of chinoiserie and japanning

Vintage 1970's Chinoiserie mirror available via Dering Hall Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Vintage 1970’s Chinoiserie mirror available via Dering Hall
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016

The art of Chinoiserie (meaning chinese-esque in french) is re-appearing as an interior design trend for 2015.

In and out of popularity since it was first introduced to western Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, it is often found on wallcoverings, fabrics and porcelain  decorative objects.  Designs included depictions of life in the Orient, exotic birds and insects and plenty of floral motifs.  Its popularity was due, in part, to how well it complimented the then popular Rococo style of architecture and decor.  Chinoiserie represented wealth and luxury and names like Rothschild and Getty, along with royalty,  enjoyed its beauty in many of their residences.

In an attempt to imitate the beauty of Chinese lacquer, the art of japanning was later introduced. This multi-step process is time intensive but will give any item a distinctive style as you can see by the vine design japanned onto our limited edition Ascot tallboy.

Ascot Tallboy limited edition by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  980016

Ascot Tallboy limited edition by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 980016

You can employ this trend in large doses as the famed Elsie de Wolfe did in the 1920’s in her own residence:

Chinoiserie wallpaper lines the walls of famed designer Elsie de Wolfe's residence Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Chinoiserie wallpaper lines the walls of famed designer Elsie de Wolfe’s residence
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016

or you can add this historic look through the use of well-curated decorative accesssories such as vases, mirrors and lamps.

To view our entire collection of bespoke furniture and 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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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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