Trends blossom at High Point Market

The semi-annual Market at High Point North Carolina just closed, much to the delight of the aching feet of over 75000 designers and other professionals who attend. Fortunately for those of us who are not able to attend this spectacle, there are plenty of “style spotters” who share the new trends that we can expect to see in the near future.

Along with plenty of mixed metals, Pantone’s color of the year and the resurgence of brass accents, one other trend that stood out was the use of  nature inspired accents on furniture.  Tree branches wound their way across the front of a buffet, wood grain took center stage on case goods and botanical and garden motifs were visible in all forms from textiles to hand-painted designs to the metal floral sculptures of Tommy Mitchell.  Here is just a sampling of what was debuted at the Spring Market:

Embellished cabinet from Ambella Home Photo by cozy stylish chic blog

Embellished cabinet from Ambella Home
Photo by cozy stylish chic blog

The beauty of nature is nothing new at Martin Pierce Hardware.  In fact, some of our most popular hardware designs were inspired by our natural surroundings and we have discussed that often on this blog.  One of our very first collections is the Hedgerow collection, inspired by the shrubs and greenery in our small hometown in England.  This unique design is available on both hardware and custom furniture pieces.  Here you can see the Hedgerow chair being used in the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and it fits in so nicely with the beautiful and mountainous surroundings.

Our custom Hedgerow chair in the guest rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Our custom Hedgerow chair in the guest rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Included in this custom furniture line are beds, dressers, dining chairs and other case goods.  You can view our entire custom furniture collection by visiting our furniture site.

For more nature inspired architectural hardware collections, please visit 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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2015 HD Expo update

We are just a few short weeks away from opening day of the 2015 HD Expo where we will be exhibiting in booth #2277.  We will be debuting several new items including our first foray into wall lighting with our floral wall sconce.  You can learn more about this new piece here.

Wall sconce by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Wall sconce by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

We are very excited to hear your comments on this beautiful piece.  We will also be debuting the new Morphic entry door pull enhanced with LED lighting.

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
Photo by Doug Hill

Not only does the lighting offer a beacon, of sorts, to the entry of a building but the soft glow is unique and inviting.  Plus, additional lighting at the entry of any building is always a good safety tool.

And keep in mind that the first ten visitors to our booth will receive one of our orchid knobs. This little gem is sure to add a touch of elegance to a desk drawer or storage cabinet in your home or office.

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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Light up your walls with our new floral sconce

There is no reason wall lighting needs to be strictly functional or have a utilitarian appearance.  We believe that wall hung lanterns can be stylish and beautiful while providing ambient or task lighting.

Our new floral sconce meets all this criteria.  It will certainly cast a warm glow throughout the room and is just as beautiful during the day as it is in the evening when the bulb shines through.

The openwork design of this wall sconce was inspired in large part by our trip to  Granada. last year.  It consists of a series of interlocking leaves similar to a type of plant  we saw quite often as a garden shrub in the Albayzin  quarter of Granada.  The sconce also has a Moorish quality particularly in the cap of the lamp, inspired, no doubt, on some subliminal level by our visit to the Alhambra.

Wall sconce by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles, Ca  90016 Photo by Doug Hill

Wall sconce by Martin Pierce Hardware
Los Angeles, Ca 90016
Photo by Doug Hill

It is lit with a small LED light that casts intriguing shadows on the wall.  We will be moving on to the task of NRTL ( Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories) approval within the next few months.

The Floral lamp measures:

Diameter 5″

Depth 7″ from wall to Outer edge

Height 16  1/2″

and will be available in bronze as shown and also in steel.

We will be debuting this wall sconce at the upcoming 2015 HD Expo so be sure and stop by our booth #2277 for an in-depth look at this stunning light fixture.

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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Revisiting 3D printers

As it is in most businesses, research and development plays a big role in the process of creating custom hardware that is not only functional and attractive but is in keeping with the times, so to speak.

Today’s “times” is all about technology.  For example, how do we create a door handle that is unique in design while still allowing one to enter a building and, at the same time, meets the needs of those with physical challenges and employs new technology like LED lighting for safety.  Technology like 3D printers, for example, can certainly make this task faster and easier.

In February we attended the 3D Printer World Expo here in Los Angeles.  You can read all about our visit in our blog post here.  We continue to investigate whether the cost of such a printer is worth it for our business and here are some of our questions:

  •  While a cylinder 16” long with an outside wall of 1.6” and inside wall of 1.5” is not difficult to create a 3D file for, how do I get the organic holes cut in a piece like our Morphic design? Originally Martin cut these out on a scroll saw and then, to create a softer hole, refined and softened each hole by hand using files and different grades of sandpaper.
  • Large pull from the Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA  90016 Photo by David Gill

    Large pull from the Morphic collection at Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles, CA 90016
    Photo by Ted Morrison

  • Can the 3D scanner simply scan the existing pattern and then increase the  overall image  by 5%?  Not as easy as one thinks.  Since this design is a hollow cylinder it is difficult for the scanner to read the depth of each hole.
  • Can the scanner read the holes if we insert a piece of white paper inside the cylinder thus showing the depth of each hole?
  • Would it give us a better new pattern if we simply traced the holes from the existing pattern onto a piece of flat paper, scanned the tracing to create another 3D file which could be superimposed onto the 3D cylinder file?  We would then have to go in and for each hole define the depth and softness.  Would this take too much programming time and thus not be cost effective?

I have described this at length so that you can get an idea of how time consuming and costly it is to develop any new product.  This can be risky,  especially if you do not know whether you even have a market for it.  The process of costing a new product really forces you to hone your designs at the early stages.

This takes me full circle to saying that we thoroughly enjoy what we do and find the challenge of making this all work a lot of fun.

To view our entire collection of custom 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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Ten helpful tips for trade show exhibitors

Martin Pierce Custom Hardware booth at HD Expo Las Vegas 2014 Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Martin Pierce Custom Hardware booth at HD Expo Las Vegas 2014
Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA 90016

This year marks our 5th journey to the HD Expo and, along the way,  we have learned a great deal about selecting products to display, creating a pleasing display and learning to transport and set up a booth ourselves.  Last year we shared a checklist that works for us and are wondering if this checklist also works for other exhibitors.  Here is a “replay” of last years blog post:

  1. Select the size and type of booth you will be renting.  Will it be a corner booth, how close to the entrance is it, are there complimentary exhibitors nearby etc?
  2. Decide which pieces you will be debuting and which signature pieces to take
  3. Design and make the plinths and mock-up doors that will display your pieces
  4. Design the fabric banners that will separate and enclose your booth
  5. Decide how much to spend promoting your booth at the show. This is in one of the most expensive aspects of the show as it involves upgrading your listing on the official website by adding images that can be showcased on the site; enhancing your appearance in the official Show Guide with a full page or half page advert; promoting attendance at your booth by means of a physical postcard mailing etc.
  6. Arrange transportation for both you and your products.  Fortunately for us we are within driving distance so we rent a van and drive to the show 2 days before the show begins.  This allows us plenty of time to set up the booth.
  7. Book accommodations – we always rent a self-contained flat so we can have our breakfast and dinner in a quiet and calm environment.
  8. Rent a lead retrieval system so that you can scan and record details about people visiting your booth
  9. Rent necessary chairs and tables from the show administrators
  10. On arrival find out where you need to unload your van and if you are able to use the “caddie” system to get your products to your booth. This is very effective as you literally pay the staff by the trip to move your pieces on a small electronic cart. If you have larger displays then you will have to crate your goods, organize a shipping company and hope that nothing gets damaged. You also will have to pay substantially for what is known as “material handling” which is the cost of getting your crate delivered to your booth. We have been down this road before and as a result re-designed our booth to easily “break down” into easily manageable components.

While we will follow the same process this year our booth numbert, #2277, is different as well as our giveaway product.  The first ten visitors to our booth at this year’s Expo will receive one of our silver-plated orchid cabinet knobs.  This exquisite depiction of this romantic flower is certainly a work of art that you can enjoy however you choose to use it in your home or office.

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

We  look forward to meeting you and discussing your upcoming hospitality design projects hardware needs and we know you will enjoy viewing some of our new products that will be making their debut.

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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The changing seasons at Martin Pierce Hardware

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

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

All anyone needs to do is step outside and take a deep breath to know that springtime has finally arrived (and summer is just around the corner).  Here in Los Angeles that means there is a slight chill in the air that burns off with the morning clouds and moves into a sunny and mild afternoon before the evening clouds roll in.  Purple Jacaranda trees line the freeways and orange and yellow poppies are in bloom.

Design professionals know how to capture the feeling of spring year-round through the use of beautiful fabrics, artwork and custom details that include bespoke hardware.  Here at Martin Pierce Hardware we  also celebrate this season with custom hardware collections that will add a permanent touch of spring to your next hospitality or residential project. Birds and bees and butterflies can be found in our Animal collection while a garden full of floral designs are featured in the Flora collection.

If you are looking for some design inspiration or just desiring an afternoon surrounded by beautiful flowers there are many spots in the Los Angeles area:

  • The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.  We have posted about this amazing site many times on this blog and it is definitely worth the drive.
  • The Getty Center offers more than a world-famous collection of art.  Their gardens and walkways are a work of art themselves and offer you a respite from the long days spent in the museum.
  • If tropical and unusual plants are more to your liking then be sure and check out the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens located on the UCLA campus.

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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HD Expo 2015 will be here before you know it.

It is hard to believe that the 2015 HD Expo is just a mere 5 weeks away.  The conference runs from May 13-15th but, as exhibitors, we arrive to set up our booth the day before and then de-construct the booth once the conference is over.

As they state on their webpage, “HD Expo is the premier trade show and hospitality conference for its industry. Established in 1992 and presented by Hospitality Design magazine, it remains at the forefront by offering the newest and most innovative products and services, encouraging and sharing ideas, providing inspiration and connecting hospitality professionals…”

Our booth is #2277 and is definitely worth a visit.  We will be debuting several new pieces including our new wall sconces and our highly anticipated LED door handle from the Morphic collection.

We will also be awarding to the first ten visitors to our booth one of our orchid cabinet pulls from the Flora collection.  This beautiful pull is an excellent illustration of the attention Martin pays to details that actually turn it into a functional little piece of art.

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

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

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware, including the Morphic and Flora collections, 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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