Many people question the value of customizing a piece of furniture or hardware when a similar item may be available for immediate purchase. Take a look at the latest incarnation of our limited edition Ascot Tallboy and you will clearly see the value of a custom piece.
This piece was commissioned by architectural designer Jan McHugh of JBM Designs. Jan works in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This tallboy is intended for her clients who are the proud owners of an incredible art collection. The interior of the tallboy was customized to hold their prized Victrola and store their valuable collection of “78′s”. Coincidentally, this is #78 in a limited edition of 100 and it is going to be used to store 78′s…clearly meant to be!
In order to properly support the Victrola and still enjoy the beautiful japanning details we adjusted the placement and allowed the pattern to wrap around the sides of the cabinet instead of across the top. We also wanted to make the pull more of a focal point so chose to use the medium sized scarab pull from our Animal collection of custom architectural hardware.
As usual, the tallboy is crafted from English brown oak and darkened chiseled walnut. You may remember that Martin likes English brown oak for the lovely golden amber hue and the “leopard spots”, or dark brown markings that are part of the character of this particular wood. These brown spots are a result of a fungus that the English brown oak tree suffers from or supports, depending on how you look at it.
The interior of the cabinet was also customized to house the sleeves of the unique record collection.
As you can see, a ready to purchase cabinet would not have met the unique needs of this client but being able to request specific design and function details will make it possible for them to enjoy not only a beautiful piece of furniture but store and display their prized record collection.
To view other items from our custom furniture collection and our bespoke hardware collection, visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
It’s that time of year again…time to turn the clocks back (or is it ahead?). This means dusk and darkness will arrive much earlier so effective interior and also exterior lighting becomes even more important.
As you are probably aware, there are three major types of interior lighting necessary to properly illuminate interior spaces: task, accent and ambient. Task lighting is just as it sounds–lighting designed for a specific task and includes desk lamps, under counter lighting in the kitchen or office, a reading lamp etc. Ambient lighting illuminates an overall space and includes lamps, spotlights and recessed lighting and accent lighting can brighten a dark corner or add subtle light to a space such as the powder room through the use of small lamps or plug-in night lights. And in today’s energy conscious environment, selecting the correct light bulb is a major decision that requires expert knowledge. Fortunately, help for this can be found here.
Exterior lighting’s primary purpose is to safely illuminate walkways in the form of pathway or flood lights and to provide security in the form of doorway lights and spots that light up dark corners where danger could be lurking.
Your project’s lighting requirements will be determined by size and location of the building(s), use of the area (i.e. residential, commercial) and any special accommodations that need to be addressed as in the case of nursing homes, medical centers, regional weather concerns etc.
As with all design decisions, details like custom architectural hardware or unique lighting fixtures can make or break a project. So take the time to not only select the proper lighting but also to find fixtures that will enhance the overall design and feel of the building.
To view our collection of architectural and custom hardware, please visit us at http://www.martinpierce.com.
Stainless Ergo Front door lock from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware ADA compliant
One of the key responsibilities of any designer whether they are working on a residential, commercial or hospitality project, is to create an aesthetically pleasing environment that functions well for all who use the space. To be successful this requires attention be paid to even the smallest of details. Some important areas of concern might be:
- Color: Designers are aware that color plays an important part in the design of a space. Choose a color that is too energizing and you have an anxious clientele. On the other hand, choosing a color that is restful and calming and you may have a boss angry because he cannot seem to get his employees motivated! Determine who will be using the space and select a color palette accordingly. You can find a nice refresher course on the psychology of color at this site.
- Hardware: Hardware requirements include entry door levers, interior door knobs, drawer and cabinet pulls, window hardware along with hinges and deadbolts for specific areas. Selecting hardware that compliments and/or enhances the client’s brand offers a custom look that will be unique to that space. Attention also needs to be paid to the needs of specific clients that may have physical limitations that require ADA compliant hardware or other special considerations.
- Lighting: Hospitality and other design specialists know of the importance of proper lighting. Improper lighting can make it difficult or unsafe to navigate hallways, restrooms and offices. These areas are not where you want to create an ambience. Save that for lobbies, restaurants, bars and private spaces where you want to set a mood and encourage specific activities.
- Artwork and accessories: These are the items that set a space apart from its competitors. Examples of this include a hotel with a gallery wall full of original artwork, office furniture upholstered in bespoke fabric, hardware that celebrates the natural surroundings or a private residence that displays treasures from world travels.
Every experienced and trained designer and/or architect is aware of the importance of creating a space that is certainly safe and functional but also a space that provides a visually pleasing impression as well.
When you live and work in Hollywood it quickly becomes apparent that most “stars” are just normal people like you and me. They have their jobs that keep them in the public eye but they also enjoy personal hobbies and other interests that have nothing to do with the movie and television industry. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the Grammy award winning Lenny Kravitz dabbles just a bit in interior design and that may be the understatement of the century!
Lenny is very talented and his designs are well-known in the interior design industry. His firm, Kravitz Design, has completed many hospitality design projects that include hotels, restaurant interiors and furniture design. His Casino Royale chandelier, designed for Swarovski, is certainly fit for any rock star, real or imaginary!
Talent as a designer seems to run in the rock music world as Vanilla Ice joins Lenny Kravitz in the category of stars who design. Rapper Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, is a well-known house flipper with his very own DIY show on HGTV’s DIY Network titled, The Vanilla Ice Project. When you see some of his projects you may arrive at the conclusion that, perhaps his biggest talent lies in knowing what real estate to purchase.
Ellen DeGeneres has also joined the ranks of successful real estate flippers. She has made a very lucrative “hobby” of purchasing estates and homes in the surrounding areas of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles (certainly not your average “flipper” area) and is involved in the remodeling and redecorating process all the way down to selecting the furniture and even the plants that dot the landscape. When completed she then sells it for a nice little profit, no doubt. I am certain her relaxed and eclectic style, along with her name, add to the value of the property.
If you are interested in viewing our entire collection of rock star worthy custom architectural hardware and bespoke furniture, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
Door knob from the Ergo Collection of custom hardware from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware
When is a door knob just a door knob? Never! There are several components that come together with the end result being the door knob you or your customers take for granted several times every single day.
If you were to dissect a door knob you would find: