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Dering Hall Feature: 32 Blown Glass Pendant Lights

“Each fixture in this collection is made from blown glass, representing the very best in craftsmanship and design. From modern, colorful orbs to sleek lanterns, browse this collection to find a stylish glass pendant light that fits your design.”


We are so proud to be featured by Dering Hall in their 32 Blown Glass Pendant Lights feature. Our creative and inspirational fixture was featured and presented to you below:

Blown Glass Pyrex Pendant

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German Architecture: Focusing on Health and Personal Well-Being

We define architecture as both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. The architect breathes life into a project. Their creation rises from the ground to inspire a certain message to the community for decades to come.

Düsseldorf-based Ingenhoven Architects, a pioneer of sustainable architecture, values the ecological use of resources and the achievement of a high degree of aesthetic quality and has created an inspirational structure that embodies the principles of health and well-being.

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Health and Wellness in German Architecture

Today, Germany has one of the most comprehensive spa cultures in Europe, with the support of the German federal healthcare system. Their culture has focused on both individual well-being and the well-being of the environment. These values are embodied in every aspect of German culture. When you understand those values and priorities, you can understand the inspirational vocation of Ingenhoven Architects.

The architects at Inghoven has created the Lanserhof Tegernsee health resort in Marienstein, Germany. The resort succeeds in combining both personal well-being and environmental well-being. It’s an architectural approach that combines minimal use of energy and resources with high levels of user comfort, which includes allowing guests to rest, recuperate and regenerate, as part of a hotel’s function. The floor-to-ceiling glazing in almost all the rooms with spacious loggias for panoramic views of the mountains and lake in the Tegernsee valley.

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Creativity outbound on the way to New York…

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Dering Hall Feature: 60 Stylish Bathroom Lights

Whether it’s for a powder room for guests or a sprawling master suite, lighting is an integral part of the design of a bathroom. See 60 of our favorite lights, including sconces, pendants, and flushmounts, in a mix of styles to suit every taste.


We are so proud to be featured by Dering Hall in their 60 Stylish Bathroom Lights feature. Our creative and iconic fixture was featured and presented to you below:

Ceiling Flush Lantern

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Los Angeles Architecture: Amazing Examples of Stained Glass

Do you love seeing the most creative and artistic works of stained glass? Then it is time to get on a plane and visit England or France. But isn’t that just the problem? It is unreasonable to say that to appreciate fine stained glass work, you have to travel frequently to Europe to enjoy it.

Exploring Stained Glass in Los Angeles

The good news is, there are some of the finest examples of stained glass work right here in Los Angeles. You can find these works in many of LA’s most interesting churches, temples or other houses of worship. Many more can be found in hotels, theaters, fine restaurants, and financial institutions across the city.

Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, must support its own weight. Many large windows have withstood the test of time and remained substantially intact since the late Middle Ages. In Western Europe they constitute the major form of pictorial art to have survived. In this context, the purpose of a stained glass window is not to allow those within a building to see the world outside or even primarily to admit light but rather to control it. For this reason stained glass windows have been described as ‘illuminated wall decorations.’

Los Angeles Features Stained Glass Works

Some of the finest stained glass work in Los Angeles has been imported from Western Europe. However, we are very fortunate to have many fine works on display from Southern California artists, such as Judson Studios.

Click on the link here and explore the finest examples of stained glass in Los Angeles from an exciting article by Sandi Hemmerlein of KCET.

 

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Creating brass lanterns for a client…

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Los Angeles Architecture: Can They Save Our Landmarks?

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Danny Heller’s painting, LAX Theme Building — Ground Level (2011)

Change is inevitable. Architecture is a landmark of ideas, hopes and dreams, a visual representation of the inspired (and not so inspired) thoughts of a glimpse of time. The architecture of Los Angeles tells us the story of our city. Some of those buildings remain an iconic vision, while others suffer the fate of the wrecking ball and disappear from our view.

Preserving Midcentury Modern in Los Angeles

In the middle of the traffic jammed flow of LAX stands an iconic representation of Los Angeles architecture. The space age landmark known as the Theme Building was constructed to demonstrate the futuristic vision of Los Angeles to all that transit LAX. Today, the retro cocktail lounge and restaurant have been closed to the public since 2013, but the observations deck is open to visitors. This iconic building has been part of a debate about whether to preserve or destroy some of the landmarks that make up Los Angeles. Fortunately, the building at LAX was designated as a historic-cultural monument since 1993 and thereby saved from the wrecking ball. No doubt, without that protective action, this landmark would have become a victim of developers wanting to free up valuable space in a congested LAX complex.

That is the challenge we face in Los Angeles. Our cityscape is filled with some of the finest examples of midcentury modern, Googie or Populuxe architecture. Those structures captured the streamlined form of L.A.’s aerospace ambitions. Think of the jaunty roofline of Norms on La Cienega Boulevard, which was saved from demolition last year. The diner sign, with its Jetson’s-style cometlike shapes, literally points to the optimism of the midcentury.

The Architectural Story of Los Angeles

Our architecture tells the story of our city and is a tangible reminder of a slice in our historical timeline.

“In many ways the midcentury modern–era buildings and places from the 1950s to the 1970s best tell the story of Los Angeles during its greatest period of growth and prosperity,”

Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy at the Los Angeles Conservancy

Unfortunately, the race is on. Our cultural vision is changing, and so goes our landscape. We are losing fine examples of architecture from the period. The wrecking ball brings cruel change and relagates our history to memories and pictures. Advocates like the Los Angeles Conservancy have a battle ahead. Many of iconic structures have been demolished, with many others scheduled for destruction. Will we find a way to preserve our architectural history?

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LED oil rubbed bronze fixture on the way to a Manhattan client…

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[UPDATED] What to Do When You Can’t Give It Away


UPDATE: January 10, 2017

It was announced after the publication of this blog that Los Angeles will be the home of the George Lucas museum. Read more here.


What do you do when you can’t give something away? No strings attached, no cost to you, we are going to give it to you completely free! How would most people respond to an offer like that? Well of course, most people would take the offer without hesitation. Even the more cautious among us would take the offer, after a reasonable amount of due diligence. Since we are agreed on that concept, we must then struggle with why George Lucas cannot ‘give away’ his proposed museum project.

George Can’t Give It Away

George Lucas is a visionary and an icon in American history. Whatever he touches, turns to gold. Nothing that crosses his desk could even remotely be considered sub-standard or shady. So why then, has it been such a frustrating struggle for George Lucas to donate a museum to a major American city? Mr. Lucas has go so far to say, that there will be no costs involved to the host city. He will pay for construction and development, the content of the museum and fund an endowment to ensure the operation of the facility. WOW, now that is a gift, in every possible way.

The problem has been that cities across the country have turned him down flatly! The reasons are mostly superfluous, citing a complete laundry list of reasons why the museum wouldn’t work for them. The most recent effort has been to try and create a competitive situation between San Francisco and Los Angeles. As with previous offers, his vision is being shot down and torn apart by those prospective hosts.

Common Sense Must Prevail

Building this landmark vision of Mr Lucas is really, in every way, a ‘no-brainer’ decision. The presence of a museum that has been envisioned would significantly enhance the culture of a host city. Not to mention, the amount of revenue from tourism would be significant. City leaders need to carve a path for a quick approval in their respective city. There can be nothing but advantages for a host city. May the Force Be With You!

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Above illustration by Simon Abranowicz

 

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