An inspiration takes form as Martin works on a sculpture

We have mentioned numerous times on this blog of how inspired Martin is by beetles, moths, lizards and other creatures, along with their unique habitats.  This is evident in many of the bespoke hardware designs found in our collections.

One of the most fascinating creatures are beetles.  We have studied many of them and even owned a pair of Hercules Beetles we fondly named Boris and Natasha.  While they are no longer with us, they did provide Martin with a great deal of information as to their form and lifestyle and he has begun working on a one-of-a-kind sculpture partially inspired by the study of Boris and Natasha.

Martin is making a large sculpture of 2 fighting stag beetles. The concept came from a piece he did many years ago in England.  He carved this piece out of ebony as this wood is close in color to the stag beetle and also, because at this point in our careers we had neither the money nor the audience to sell such art pieces cast in expensive bronze. It is our hope that there may now be an audience for a bronze sculpture such as this.  The current sculpture is of 2 stag beetles in battle on a large piece of bark.  One problem we have encountered was how to cast the bark.  We thought we could actually use a nature made piece so we went in search of a suitable tree.  We have an amazing Pepper tree in our
front garden but could not use it without fear of damage. So we got in contact with our arborist —– Victoria Monson and her husband Daryl of C.O. Arboritsts and they very kindly offered to keep us posted of any suitable trees they were felling. So when a large oak was marked for felling Martin drove to Pasadena and chose the best section of trunk to use as a pattern for the bark sculpture.

The photos follow the process of preparing the tree trunk, shaping it so that it could be used as the pattern for the bark sculpture.  Normally Martin would actually sculpt his patterns from “thin air” as his creative imagination came to life in wax or wood. But since there is a lot of beautiful bark available he decided to manicure an actual tree trunk.

In order, these photos show how he chose the section and then chiseled it to essentailly form a trench. The next step was to make a barricade around the recessed trench by nailing strips of wood to form an outer wall and the last photo shows how the trough was filled with clay to make this area level.

Selecting wood piece to prepare for sculpture photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Selecting wood piece to prepare for sculpture
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

Chiseling wood trench photo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Chiseling wood trench
photo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

Nailing surround to create barrier to hold clay photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Nailing surround to create barrier to hold clay
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

Adding clay to create level area on wood sculpture photo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

Adding clay to create level area on wood sculpture
photo by Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA 90016

The next step in the sculpting process will be preparing the mold…

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Details of our trip to Pt Reyes California

Well we were certainly not disappointed in spotting wildlife, beautiful vistas and even an occasional beetle on this trip to Pt. Reyes, California.

On our hikes we came across California poppies, lupins and thistles and even I had to hold a Darkling beetle.  As you will see in weeks to come, while this specific beetle is not the one Martin has used in the sculptures he is currently working on, like all beetles he finds them riveting and I must admit I have caught his enthusiasm.
Pt Reyes California photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Pt Reyes California
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

We discovered that we could walk 9.4 miles if the views kept us motivated, and they surely did.
Pt. Reyes CA photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Pt. Reyes CA
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

We started out prepared with a huge sandwich big enough for 2 from Perry’s Deli in Inverness  and began an amazingly scenic and surprisingly easy walk along the Tomales Point Trail.  This is the trail that takes you through Tule Elk Preserve and follows the ridge line of a peninsula bordered on the west side by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the calmer waters of Tomales Bay.  On our visit here last summer we saw a herd of elk when we took the Muddy Hollow Trail but this time we were able to get up close and almost  personal with a very tolerant herd who viewed us with cool indifference.
Pt Reyes California photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Pt Reyes California
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

We also came across this one horned juvenile elk and just had to take his photo. Apparently elk and deer go through one pair of juvenile horns before they get their “permanent” set and when they are shedding the first set it would appear that they don’t necessarily drop off at the same time, hence the one horned phenomena. Neither this buck nor his companions seemed to find his lopsided quality odd or humorous, but we did.
One horned elk at Pt Reyes CA photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016

One horned elk at Pt Reyes CA
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Apart from the amazing Elk we also saw a Northern Harrier  Hawk catch a very fat rat and 2 windswept ravens enjoying the views; all  this in a setting that,thankfully, had very few other humans.
Pt Reyes CA photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, CA m 90016

Pt Reyes CA
photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA m 90016

We returned with our friends to the tranquility of Osprey Peak Bed and Breakfast where our hosts David and Nancy had left the necessaries for us to brew some hot tea. The bed and breakfast is situated in a dense wooded area just outside Inverness and spoils us with vistas of thick foliage on the edge of a ravine.
To view our collection of architectural hardware, as well as Martin’s sculptures, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
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Los Angeles, Ca  90016
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A mid-summers getaway to Pt. Reyes

One of the amazing things about living in California is that you do not have to go far to find a change of scenery or climate.  Such is the case for us as we travel north to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, located in Marin County.  This beautiful part of northern California provides us with a change from the sandy and smooth beaches of southern California to a more rugged coastline ripe for exploration and cooled by the breezes and fog from the Pacific.

We will be taking some lovely long hikes and hope to again see herds of wild elk and maybe see a stag as we did last year, which is just such a magical experience.martin pierce elk stag on estero trail

Elk spotted on hike at Pt. Reyes park in California. Photo by Martin Pierce Los Angeles, CA 90016

Bird spotting is just a given and any insects we find along our path will, of course, be photographed.  You never know what new  custom hardware products will be inspired by this trip!

You can view our entire collection of architectural hardware 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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How does a new product evolve at Martin Pierce Hardware?

The process of designing and developing new products is a timely one.  A new idea may be inspired by something we have seen in nature, on our travels or as a result of a client’s specific request, which was the case when we created these amazing door handles for a private wine cellar.

final product two sided door handles Martin Pierce Hardware

final product two sided door handles
Martin Pierce Hardware

One of the new products we are currently working on is adding LED lights to our small Morphic handle and while it may seem like an easy task, it is anything but easy!

  • We must first re-design and make a new pattern that is 5% bigger than the current one we use in order to accommodate an LED bulb.  This is one of the ongoing research and development costs that are inherent to any creative manufacturing process. Fortunately, we enjoy what we do and actually get a real buzz from improving a product or offering an alternative to an existing product.
  • While there are plenty of LED lights on the market the one we are testing is certified for use in wet locations, which is important for any door handle.
  • During the design process we must find a style that we both agree works for the new product.  Currently we have 5 designs for new caps on the pulls but have not been able to agree on which one is best.  Not to worry as we both know that when the right one is drawn we will both know it!  And since Martin is a doodler by nature, coming up with new designs is no problem.

We are also contemplating adding an LED light to the Morphic Heroic pull. This will not be easy and may well prove too costly.  The molds for this piece are very difficult  to make and there are several molds used in one handle. We need to figure out how to increase the diameter of this piece so it is large enough to house a small LED light.

Morphic Heroic door pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Morphic Heroic door pull 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 visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

323 939 5929

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Hotel and travel expectations of today’s millennials

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are defined as “a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.”  They have taken over, in numbers, the Baby Boomers, making them a generation to be reckoned with!

Tech savvy and hooked on social media, the number of young adults in this group is estimated to be around 80 million!  That is an awful lot of travellers with very specific expectations when they do travel.  According to a survey conducted last year by Chase Card Services, whether for business or pleasure, this group of sophisticated young adults search for specific amenities when looking to book a hotel.  By familiarizing themselves with these expectations, hospitality designers can create spaces that they will, hopefully, return to time and again and share positive experiences with their fellow millennials via social media.

  • Access to spas, massages, gyms and other luxury amenities
  • A pet-friendly hotel
  • Personal services such as dry cleaning
  • Easy access to public transportation.  At the very least, shuttles that will pick up and drop off
  • Reward programs are important to this group of travelers, especially those that offer elite status
  • A tech friendly environment.  This group is not shy about posting about their experience as well as seeking the opinion of others before making hotel selection
  • Well-designed lobbies that allow guests to meet and interact.  New and bold designs and ideas will attract their attention.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware that will add that all important detail and touch of elegance to your hospitality projects, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

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Martin Pierce Hardware finds a home in sunny Florida

With every single project it is, of course, necessary for us to focus our attention on the details surrounding the project i.e.location, design details etc.  But there are wonderful people behind the scenes that we are privileged to work with.  Such is the case with this southern Florida residential project.

We were approached by Theresa Wright, owner and principal designer of Interiors and Silks in Marco Island, Florida about some custom door hardware for her client.  She and the builder, Kevin William’s Construction, Inc., have worked together for many years and came together once again to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind home for their mutual client.

Theresa has been an interior designer on Marco Island, Florida for the past 20 years and is always searching for unique items for her clients.   In her words, having found our bespoke hardware pieces “…was a dream come true for me and my clients. I appreciate the artistic value of what you and your husband create.  My client, being an artist herself, truly understands the time and thought that goes into making something this extraordinary.  Thanks for creating this for us. The door hardware is the “crowning glory” on the spectacular, custom made one-of-a-kind front entry door”.

We provided Theresa with pieces from our Willow hardware collection, including our new cremone or surface bolt, as well as front door hardware from our very unique and unusual Hedgerow collection.  We look forward to sharing photos of this completed project as soon as they are available.

Hedgerow entry door lever from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo by Doug Hill photo Doug Hill

Hedgerow entry door lever from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

You can view the Willow and Hedgerow designs, along with our entire collection of architectural hardware on 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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Happy Birthday America!

If you are not already familiar with the history or the reason behind the celebration of July 4th, you can read all about it here.

Regardless of whether you celebrate with a patriotic concert in the park, a family backyard barbecue or enjoying a small town parade, the day is certainly set aside to allow us all to reflect for a moment and then celebrate in an all-American manner.

Enjoy!

American flag and fireworks

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware, you can 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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