A very basic discussion of stainless steel door hardware

Ergo wave pull in stainless steel finish Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Ergo wave pull in stainless steel finish
Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

If you have been shopping for door and cabinet hardware for yourself or for a client you have, no doubt, discovered the wide variety of options from which to choose, from style and design to color and finish.  We offer a variety of custom door hardware designs in different finishes including stainless steel.

What is stainless steel?

Without providing you with a lot of technical information you may never use, the simple answer is that stainless steel, unlike ordinary steel, contains various alloys such as chromium and nickel that render it corrosion, tarnish and rust resistant.  And it is good for the environment as it is 100% recyclable.  You can learn more about stainless steel at MidAmerica Stainless and here.

Are there different types of stainless steel?

Yes.  The most commonly used for our purposes is steel from the 300 series which is non-magnetic and corrosion and rust resistant.  This durable steel is used in industrial and commercial applications as well as building applications in the form of hinges, locks and other types of door and window hardware, appliances and even countertops and kitchen backsplashes.

Here at Martin Pierce Custom Hardware we usually work with two types of stainless–304 and 316.

  • While still very hard, 304 is softer and a bit easier to work with than the 316.
  • We describe the 316 steel as a marine grade or rust resistant and is best used for outdoor projects.  This grade can be a real challenge to tool and polish.

But we think you will agree that both steels result in a beautiful finish for the contemporary door hardware designs found in our Ergo and Morphic collections:

Ergo

Stainless steel door handle from the Ergo collection at Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Stainless steel door handle from the Ergo collection at Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016
Photo Doug Hill

Morphic

Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 photo Doug Hill

Morphic cylindrical pull with a hot orange powder coated accent from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016
photo Doug Hill

To view stainless steel architectural hardware,  as well as our entire collection of custom hardware and lighting, 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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National Dog Day

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, CA 90016

There is no doubt that pets add so much to our lives.  Therefore, we could not let National Dog Day pass us by without giving a nod to our wonderful Iris.

Iris is our pitbull that we rescued from The Rescue Train in Los Angeles over 4 years ago.  (or maybe she rescued us!)  She has been a faithful companion and a wonderful addition to our family.  Throughout the years we have shared with you bits and pieces of Iris’ life including her play dates here at the office with her Corgi friend, Hoyt–

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

relaxing at the office—

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

the many hikes she has shared with us—

Photo by Martin Pierce custom Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo by Martin Pierce custom Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

relaxing again, this time in the backyard—

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Her playful side—

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

And her sleepy side—

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Please share pictures and stories of your beloved dog with us.

You can view the entire collection of architectural hardware  at http://www.martinpiere.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Tel: 323 939 5929

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Yet another early grape harvest for California wineries

Photo courtesy of one of our favorite wineries, Tablas Creek.

Photo courtesy of our friends at Tablas Creek Winery.

History has a way of repeating itself.  Back in August of 2013 we wrote about the early grape harvest and the reasons for it (weather related) and it appears that the grape growers in California are experiencing yet another early harvest blamed, you guessed it, on the weather.  KCRA better explains the situation but the lack of any real spring season this year has a lot to do with it and it is the earliest harvest the industry has seen in the past six years.  The good news is that an early harvest can produce some delicious wines so we all have something to look forward to!

We often share our love of the Paso Robles wine region and the wines they produce.  In fact, the beauty of this region is what originally inspired our Grapevine collection of custom hardware.

The amazing detail found on levers from the Grapevine collection of custom hardware at Martin Pierce Los Angeles CA  90016

The amazing detail found on levers from the Grapevine collection of custom hardware at Martin Pierce
Los Angeles CA 90016

This collection includes two different styles of entry way hardware as well as interior levers and cabinet and door pulls.  This versatile design can be utilized in both commercial and residential installations and will provide that all-important detail to any project.

To view the Grapevine group as well as our entire collection of architctural 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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Green design trends to watch for in 2016

It’s no secret that our natural resources continue to dwindle.  Therefore, the design of “green” or environmentally friendly buildings, including hotels and restaurants, is no longer just a trend but rather, a requirement set by both local and federal governments in many areas of the world.

Architects and hospitality designers are tasked with designing public and private spaces that are, at the same time, aesthetically pleasing and functional and energy efficient and sustainable.  There is a long list of methods these professionals employ in order to satisfy all the requirements mentioned.  Here are just a few:

  • Capturing natural light can help reduce the amount of energy necessary to light a space.  Plenty of over-sized windows, dual and triple paned, can provide the light as well as reduce noise and heating and cooling costs.
  • Green roofs have been around for a while now but this idea has now moved to walls as well.  These “living” walls help to naturally insulate a building, improve air quality and provide privacy as well as creating something that is simply attractive to see.
  • Supporting local business by hiring local workers, purchasing from local businesses and using products indigenous to the area are all ways hospitality designers and architects are saving money on projects and minimizing any negative impact their projects may have on a community.  This also reduces transporation costs and energy usage–both major concerns when it comes to green building.
  • Metered and electronic faucets help reduce water usage–a must-have after what has been labeled the hottest summer on record across the globe.

Along with designing buildings and rooms that are accomodating to those with any physical or age-related challenges, hospitality designers and architects have their hands full; but they continue to deliver beautiful projects throughout the world.

You can view our entire collection of architectural hardware and lighting at http://www.martinpierce.com.

Designers and architects can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

323 939 5929

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Before, during and after- our drought tolerant garden update.

When we last updated you our backyard looked something like this–

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

And now, with the drip system in place

martin pierce backyard drip system

we have been able to plant many varieties of drought tolerant plants and this area now looks like this–

Martin Pierce Hardware  Los Angeles Ca  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

Before the construction–

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Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

And where we are now–

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

As you can see, our little ceramic birdbath remains part of the new design plans, which I am certain will make our feathered friends happy.  Some of the plants and grasses we decided to use include:

  • This Golden barrel cactus – Iris beware!
  • Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016

    Martin Pierce Hardware
    Los Angeles, Ca 90016

  • Aeonium clyclops
  • Agave
  • Blue fescue – a hardy drought resistant grass

The next step will be to put down the decomposed granite and sand to create pathways.

We purchased all of the exotic plants from World Wide Exotics Nursery and the blue fescue grass from Armstrong Nursery in Glendale.

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

We will keep you posted as we complete each step of this transformation.

Have you altered your landscape as a result of the drought conditions?

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware, please vist 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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What was your most memorable vacation–as we revist past vacation posts

Summer is nearing the end and our vacation destinations this year have been relatively close to home so I thought it might be interesting to relive some of our past vacations, both to far away places and nearby:

England

In September of 2012 we journeyed back home to England to visit friends and family.  We shared many of our adventures such as scuttling races, quaint villages and the beauty of both old and new London.  This is also where the inspiration for our popular Hedgerow collection of custom hardware began many years ago.

St Mary's Ross-on-Wye from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

St Mary’s Ross-on-Wye from Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Gherkin Building in London.  Photo taken by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Gherkin Building in London. Photo taken by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

Spain

Fall of 2014 found us in Barcelona Spain enjoying the trip of a lifetime.  We spent days visiting and admiring the work of Antoni Gaudi .  His awe-inspiring designs are certainly inspirational and we spent many  enjoyable hours soaking up every little detail.

Casa Battlo, Barcelona Spain photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Casa Battlo, Barcelona Spain photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles CA 90016

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

 Local

We have enjoyed many “local” trips to areas that include Griffith Park, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Idyllwild, Pt Reyes and a road trip that introduced us to the grandeur of the Grand Tetons.  The beauty of these areas never ceases to amaze us as we enjoy the wildlife, scenery and all that Mother Nature has to offer.  Many times our beloved Iris is able to join us and no one enjoys a hike quite like Iris does.

photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

photo by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles Ca 90016

We are looking forward to more travel as we depart for Istanbul in late September.  We will be viewing plenty of examples of Moorish architecture and other sites and will be certain to share photos;  so, happily, vacation time has not ended quite yet for us.

What was your most memorable vacation?

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, a  90016

323 939 5929

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Lighting options–Wall sconces

Residential and hospitality designers alike know the power of a good lighting plan for interior spaces.  Accent lighting is equally as important to a room as ambient and task lighting and can be achieved using various types of lighting fixtures.  One such fixture is a wall sconce.

A sconce is defined as “a candle holder, or a holder of another light source, that is attached to a wall with an ornamental bracket.”  Wall sconces are intended for use as accent lighting although certain circumstances may call for sconces to act as task lighting.  They are often hung along a hallway or flanking a fireplace mantel, headboard, bathroom mirror or a beautiful picture window.  Like our custom wall sconces, the designs often cast an interesting pattern onto the wall and offer soft illumination to any space.

We recently ventured into the world of lighting design when we introduced our new wall sconce designs at the 2015 HD Expo in Las Vegas this past May.  As we have mentioned in previous posts, we are big fans of “Game of Thrones” and that is evident in the details and design of our Dragon Egg wall sconce.

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

Along with the stylized back plate and finial, perforations meant to mimic the membrane that lines an egg allow the light to shine through.

In this photo, traditionally styled wall sconces line a hallway and offer illumination as well as an interesting design element.

And this very contemporary wall sconce in a home in Melbourne Australia offers soft lighting in an art form.
Another pair of artfully design wall sconces help make this fireplace the focal point of the room.
To view our entire collection of lighting and 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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