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The Perfect Creative Collaboration for Your Lighting Design Needs

ADG Lighting is a leading creative custom design and lighting manufacturing firm. We are fanatical about using our 20 plus years experience to bring to life the vision of clients in a manner that evokes quality and style. This passion for design and quality have made for the perfect partnership with Dering Hall.

Dering Hall is obsessed with quality design and broadening the audience for the best the industry has to offer. Their mission is to assemble a community of the world’s leading creators in one place and to connect them with savvy and sophisticated consumers.

Our collaborative efforts allow us to showcase creativity in a manner that inspires both clients and designers alike. We are proud to share two of our recent features on the Dering Hall platform.

Round & Circular Flush Mounts

Featured in Dering Hall’s Round & Circular Flush Mounts. Kitchens and dining spaces are the ideal locations for flush mount lighting.

Mount Ring Ceiling Flush Fixture

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Vintage Pendant Lights

Featured in Dering Hall’s 40 Vintage Pendant Lights. Vintage and antique accessories add a sophistication and personality to any space in a home.

Vintage Cast Cameo Pendant

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From The Factory Floor

Our new Pop Pendant shipping out to a happy client!
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Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Los Angeles Architecture: Swinging Back to the Roaring Twenties

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
~ Mary Pickford

Trends in architecture follow the ebb and flow of society. Our architecture reflects the feelings and image we want to project of the community. Each time there is a change, it reflects a fresh start. Los Angeles is embracing that fresh start with a noticeable change in the face of her architecture.

From the best new bars and eateries, we are seeing the emergence of Art Deco style in the architecture of Los Angeles. This is a significant change in the face of the culture and style of the city. For years, the trend was in modern Scandinavian. White walls and blond woods were the face of our architectural and design face across Los Angeles. Now, were are seeing the strong and bold elements of Art Deco sweep across the city, changing the face of our culture, taking it back to the roaring twenties and classic old Hollywood.

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with exceptional craftsmanship and luxurious materials. During the height of its popularity, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress, especially in Hollywood.

Cities usually have a single architectural identity. Los Angeles is known for many. It was an incubator of the American Craftsman style, and it embraced Beaux-Arts, as well as Spanish Colonial Revival and Mayan Revival, which found a powerful advocate in Frank Lloyd Wright. Art Deco arrived in Los Angeles and took over the design of the city during the decades when movie studios became the cornerstone of an economy that had previously relied primarily on oil. It left a stunning cache of public buildings in its wake.

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and awareness of Art Deco as a major influence on the 20th century and beyond. The ADSLA has joined with local organizations, as well as Art Deco Societies around the world, to protect the architectural treasures and better educate the public on the importance of historic preservation to the community.

Hot Off the Press

Our work has been featured in California Homes magazine! Thank you and congratulations to Paul Williger Architects and Nancy Isaacs Interior Design for collaborating with us.

CA Homes Sept 2017

 

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British Architecture – A Building Deemed So Ugly It Is A Carbuncle

To be “cruel to be kind” is to cause someone pain for his or her own good. The phrase is used by Hamlet after he had berated his mother for her infidelity to the memory of her deceased husband. It is also a kitchie song from 1979 that is forever embedded in our pop culture. Is it “cruel to be kind” to a building and its designer, to be designated as a carbuncle on the face of London architecture?

The annual contest managed by the UK trade publication Building Design commissions a judging panel which bases its decision on reader input. It is a strong counterpoint to the officially sanctioned and prestigious Stirling Prize given by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The publication Building Design is a professional trade publication for architects to turn to for a broad range of relevant topics. Their insights include articles on a range of topics affecting architects, which includes controversial planning issues, policy, business, project wins and professional issues.

Each year they award the controversial “Carbuncle Cup” for the worst architectural project for the year. What is a carbuncle you ask? It is defined as a red, swollen, and painful cluster of boils that are connected to each other under the skin. A boil or furuncle is an infection of a hair follicle that has a small collection of pus under the skin.

The new mixed-use building called Nova Victoria is this year’s dubious winner of the award. The building is commonly referred to as the “bright red hideous mess” by anyone visiting the area. It has also been described by many as cringeworthy. One of the judges of the competition stated, “It makes me want to cringe physically. It’s a crass assault on all your senses from the moment you leave the Tube station.” No doubt, the architectural firm responsible for the design will eagerly await the next Carbuncle Cup winner to take away the critical focus from their creation. The review and feedback of professional work is a common practice that typically drives innovation and quality. Is this dubious award “cruel to be kind” in the architectural community?

From the Design Studio

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by ADG Lighting founder Gerald Olesker

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Thoughts and Prayers for Texas & the Gulf Coast

With Texas being one of the largest states and Houston being the 4th largest city in the country, there is a high likelihood that you know someone either directly or through another person residing here or affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The stories and images coming out of South Texas are absolutely heart wrenching. There are MANY families and people whose lives are changed forever!

We as a nation, businesses and individuals can do so much to help from small to large.

Living in Austin and working all over Texas, I know a large number of people affected either by flooding or some form of loss caused by this horrific storm. Seeing and being around the devastation first hand really puts A LOT into perspective.

Each and every day we must appreciate the small things and be thankful for the sunshine.

We have volunteered our time and also donated to Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive.

We would like to share a few SAFE, WONDERFUL and LOCAL links to make helping easier for you.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

www.ghcf.org

Austin Pets Alive

www.austinpetsalive.org

United Way Houston

www.unitedwayhouston.org

Thank YOU ahead of time for your generosity and a BIG Thank YOU to those of you who have already given your time or money.

 

Warm Regards and Blessings!

Tina, ADG Austin & the rest of the ADG team

From the ADG Client Site

Successful install at Corinna Knight Designs!

 

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by Gerald Olesker, ADG Lighting