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Newport Beach: ADG Creates Magic in Villas Fashion Island

Our magic and creativity is unsurpassed. We have a stellar reputation for not only design, but manufacturing of lighting fixtures for high-end and luxury projects. Across a broad spectrum of architectural and design projects, we are able to translate client vision into high quality fixtures that exceed all expectations.

This expansive project in Newport Beach, the prestigious Villas Fashion Island, was an opportunity to collaborate with the Irvine Company on the residences. Gerald Olesker has designed lighting for some of its monument entries, establishing lighting specs for some of its residential communities. ADG was responsible for the 50” tall modern pendant chandelier in the coordinating tower lobbies. The project began as a concept sketch using ADG’s ring chandelier as inspiration. The final project is a pendant, with four tiers of varying sizes, and extends about 6 feet wide. The resort style property is full of high-end fixtures and features, including stainless steel appliances, island kitchens, and hardwood-style flooring.

“We have worked with the Irvine Company for the last 22 years on a number of other projects,” said Gerald Olesker, founder and CEO of ADG Lighting. “We were thrilled when we found out we were collaborating with the team again.”

Last year, ADG Lighting worked closely with the Irvine Company on the remodel of the Crystal Cove sales office with Homer Oatman. Outside of Orange County, ADG Lighting is working with the Irvine Company on three more residential upper scale buildings.

With a number of residential and hospitality spaces under its belt, ADG Lighting is well known in trade circles for their premier custom lighting work on multi-family homes, spec homes, beach homes, restaurants, hotels, and landmarks worldwide. Their work on multiple lighting projects throughout Southern California and the United States. Current projects include work in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and in major cities across Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Florida.

From the job site at Villas Fashion Island

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture: Refreshing the Classic Hotels

The mid-century modern movement was an American reflection of the international and Bauhaus movements, including the works of Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. American designs of mid-century architecture were frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in.

Without doubt, mid-century hotels are popular both with nostalgic travelers and with millennials who admire the timeless modern design and the casual ambiance it embodies. Recently, several iconic mid-century hotels in the U.S. have been reinvented and given a facelift, while still retaining the essence of the era. These structures cheerfully embraced their mid-century heritage with a renewed vibe and updated feel, welcoming guests to enjoy a glimpse of stylish history while enjoying modern comforts and amenities.

The Monkey Tree Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

The heart of mid-century architecture, Palm Springs is known for its numerous examples of both private residences and hotels. Showcasing its well-defined mid-century history, the boutique Monkey Tree opened its doors in 2016 as a revitalized version of its former inception, which was designed in 1960 by famed Palm Springs architect Albert Frey. A renowned celebrity hangout in years past, guests of the Monkey Tree have included stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Eric Clapton, Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn.

The Diplomat Beach Resort – Hollywood Beach, FL

A rekindled beachfront property, The Diplomat Beach Resort was a hip Southern Florida hangout for Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies in the 1960s. After a grand re-opening in April 2017, the Diplomat celebrates its illustrious past with a multi-million dollar renovation and distinctive design elements.

Andaz West Hollywood – West Hollywood, CA

A prime location in the heart of the famous Sunset Strip, the Andaz WeHo’s clean lines and minimalist exterior instantly became a legendary property. Nicknamed the Hyatt “Riot” House during its heyday in the early 1970s, it was a raucous home away from home for major rock bands including Led Zeppelin and The Who.

Watergate Hotel – Washington, D.C.

Infamously known for its’ role in the 1970s political scandal, the Watergate Hotel’s classic architecture is considered the finest example of mid-century hotel design. Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the iconic property was revitalized in 2016, after being shuttered for over a decade. Today, the hotel today is reinvigorated, following extensive renovations and major luxurious upgrades.

ADG has worked on a number of major hotels and resorts worldwide. Check out our portfolio of hospitality clients.

From the ADG Job Site

Inspired collections through the centuries by Gerald Olesker. Onyx and bronze lantern.

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Nature Architecture: Traditions Steeped in Japanese Architecture

The line between nature and architecture is a blurred one in Japan. The country’s leading architects are using this concept to create innovative and cutting edge designs.

While the designs are innovative, they have their origins in a tradition, which are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The practice of architecture in Japan has always been to work in harmony with the natural surroundings. Buildings are built around trees, in trees and as trees.

Japanese Architecture in Harmony With Nature

Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. It is achieved through design approaches that aim to be sympathetic and well-integrated with a site, so buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.

 

 

With an indigenous religious sensibility that long preceded Buddhism, the Japanese perceived that a spiritual realm was manifest in nature. Rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and gnarled old trees were viewed as the abodes of spirits and were understood as their personification. This belief system endowed much of nature with numinous qualities. It nurtured, in turn, a sense of proximity to and intimacy with the world of spirit as well as a trust in nature’s general benevolence.

The symmetry of Chinese-style temple plans gave way to asymmetrical layouts that followed the specific contours of hilly and mountainous topography in Japan. The borders existing between structures and the natural world were deliberately obscure. Elements such as long verandas and multiple sliding panels offered constant vistas on nature — although that nature was often carefully arranged and fabricated rather than wild and real.

From the ADG Job Site

Our gigantic mercury ball triple threat pendant!

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Are You Ready to Build the Guggenheim In Your Living Room?

Need a challenge? How about building the Guggenheim in your living room? For all of you who are fans of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright or the Guggenheim, you day has arrived! You can hone your best architectural skills and creativity and build the Guggenheim in your own home. LEGO architecture debuts its latest ‘brick building challenge’ featuring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Guggenheim.

LEGO Architecture series has released its newest model from a collection that features some of the best-known buildings of the world. For all of you LEGO fans, there was a much loved edition released in 2009, featuring 208 pieces to challenge LEGO and architecture fans. This edition was released just in time for the 150th birthday of the renowned architect.

This edition will feature 744 pieces, which will allow architecture fans the ability to create a more realistic and accurate depiction of the famed Guggenheim. This offering will feature more accurately the eight-story office tower, green rotunda roofs and Wright’s lettering across the front of the structure. It even offers yellow taxi cabs that accent 5th Avenue. The kit will also offer a detailed booklet that details the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Guggenheim.

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which has been called the best all-time work of American architecture. He was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

His creative period spanned more than 70 years. In addition to his houses, Wright designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and other structures. He often designed interior elements for these buildings as well, including furniture and stained glass. Wright wrote 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and Europe.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as the Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. In 1959, the museum moved from rented space to its current building, a landmark work of 20th-century architecture. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit.” Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 (when an adjoining tower was built) and from 2005 to 2008.

 

From  the Factory Floor

Custom rust and patina iron chandelier

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