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The Passing of an Architectural Giant

“Neave was a pioneer. He showed us how intellectual rigor, sensitive urbanism, and supreme design skill, with determination, could deliver wellbeing to the local community he served so well.”

Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President

An RIBA Gold Medal winner and one widely considered a giant for his contributions, the architectural community suffered the loss of Neave Brown at age 88. He passed on January 9th in London, England. Brown was a celebrated architect and social housing pioneer, best known for his work on three iconic post-war housing designs in London.

Brown was an American-born British architect and artist. He specialized in modernist housing and is best known for his modernist, high-density housing designs across the U.K. He is the only architect to have had all his UK work listed. In October 2017, he won the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his 1968 design of Alexandra Road Estate, which is now considered a landmark of British social housing.

The basic design of the complex was determined in 1968, but met with opposition from the Camden Planning Department, who believed that a low-rise development may not reach the required population density. The project was finally approved in 1969, the license granted in 1970 and construction began in 1972. The first residents settled in 1978, although overall it was completed in 1979. It was the first Alexandra Estate housing complex which won the postwar protection grade II in 1993 at that time it was described as “one of the most prominent groups of buildings produced in England since World war exceptional architectural interest.” The property was declared a Conservation Area in 1994.

The property consists of three blocks east to west in parallel, and occupies a site in a crescent shape. Rowley Way has its main entrance on the west, in Abbey Road NW8, the famous Abbey Road immortalized by the Beatles in Camden, in the city of London.

“He brought a thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit to his architecture which has been appreciated by generations of residents of his social housing. It was fitting that the RIBA Gold Medal award last year gave him the opportunity to experience the love that so many have for his work, and for the man.”

John Grindrod, author of Concretopia – a Journey around the Rebuilding of Post War Britain

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Architecture History: Recognizing the Women of Architecture

Beverly Willis and Wanda Bubriski have spent the past five years documenting the work of women in architecture. Since 2012, the work of women in architecture has been exhaustively researched, fact checked, and photo documented to promote the influence of those being recognized. The website Pioneering Women of American Architecture has finally been launched and features architects who have met the strictest criteria of a jury of architectural historians. Some of the women included on the website are Ada Luise Huxtable, Marion Mahoney Griffin and Ray Kaiser Eames.

Beverly Willis is an American architect who played a major role in the development of many architectural concepts and practices that influenced the design of American cities and architecture. Her achievements in the development of new technologies in architecture, urban planning, public policy and her leadership activities on behalf of architects are well known. Willis is best known for her built-work of the San Francisco Ballet Building. She is the co-founder of the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, a non-profit organization working to change the culture for women in the building industry through research and education.

After 35 years leading her firm FAIA, Willis found that women in architecture were not represented in books that documented the practice and history of architecture. This inspired her to work with two architecture historians who shared her concerns. In 2002, the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation (BWAF) was founded with a mission of advancing the knowledge and recognizing the work of women in architecture. BWAF commissions and curates research that pertains to women working in all disciplines of architecture.

Check out the work of BWAF and the website here.

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A series of dashes…bronze work

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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PRESS RELEASE: $23 Million Brentwood Home Purchased by NBA Player LeBron James

Spec Mansion Features Work of Premier Firm ADG Lighting

Los Angeles – December 21, 2017 – Another sports figure has snapped up prime real estate in the Los Angeles area — and straight from the portfolio of premier lighting firm ADG Lighting. NBA player LeBron James has purchased a newly built spec mansion for $23 million.

The contemporary European-styled home, with eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, features custom lighting by ADG. All exterior sconces and pendants were designed and manufactured by the renowned firm, in addition to the lighting in the kitchen, dining room, master bathroom, and kitchen. They also designed the brass bathroom mirrors with ball lights in the powder room.

The 16,000 square foot home is located on North Tigertail Drive in Brentwood, and comes complete with a steam room, elevator, home theater, and massage room.

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Gerald Olesker, founder and CEO of ADG Lighting, worked with interior designer Tiffany Harris of Tiffany Harris Design and listing agent Santiago Arana of The Agency. “This home was simply a masterpiece of European elegance,” said Olesker. “We’re thrilled that LeBron will be able to enjoy all the beauty the home has to offer.”

LeBron James is amongst the growing list of celebrities and sports figures who have purchased homes adorned with the lighting work of Gerald Olesker. Herb Simon, owner of the Indiana Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, is a past client of Olesker’s.

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Gerald Olesker has over 20 years experience in industrial design, and applies his background as a trained architect on all of the custom design projects he has worked on. His firm has several projects in the works across Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and in major cities across Arizona, Oregon, Texas, and Florida.

ADG Lighting’s custom work can be seen in showrooms across the country, with locations in West Hollywood, Austin, and San Luis Obispo.

About ADG Lighting

With offices in Agoura Hills and Newport Beach, California, ADG Lighting works with multi-family homes, spec homes, beach homes, restaurants, hotels & resorts, and landmarks worldwide providing high caliber design and sustainable lighting solutions. Viewed millions of times online, the firm’s work has been featured in several media outlets, including 20/Twenty Architectural & Beyond, California Homes Magazine, Elle Decor, Interior Design, SFV Business Journal, Architectural Digest, Institute of Classical Architecture Publications, Wall Street Radio, Fox News Charlene on Green Hawaii, North American Design’s Green Leaders of Tomorrow, LA City Watch, LUXE Magazine + other award-winning magazines, books, programs and properties around the world.

From the Factory Floor

Silver balls headed to New York for the New Year!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Air Force One – SAM 26000 & SAM 27000 Project Prestige and Power

For decades, world leaders have consistently stated that the most powerful tool the President of the United States possesses is Air Force One. The aircraft projects power, status and is one of the most useful marketing tools available to the United States. Many of those leaders respect the opportunity to visit the President at the White House, but it feels like a common occurrence to many who have even more opulent presidential residences. Very few political or world leaders get the opportunity to ride aboard Air Force One. It is a rare privilege extended to few. Those who do have the opportunity immediately understand the power and prestige that is projected by Air Force One.

The most famous of all Presidential aircraft are SAM 26000 and SAM 27000. Any aircraft which the President rides aboard is designated by the call sign “Air Force One.” The Boeing 707 commissioned by the Air Force in 1962 for President Kennedy was designated Special Air Missions (SAM) 26000. Later in 1972, SAM 27000 was commissioned. The Kennedys commissioned Raymond Loewy, a French-born American designer, to bring a sense of style and luxury to the presidential aircraft. His creative designs created the look and feel of Air Force One that we know today.

Mr. Loewy achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He spent most of his professional career in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1938. Among his designs were the Shell, Exxon, TWA and the former BP logos, the Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, Coca-Cola vending machines, the Lucky Strike package, Coldspot refrigerators, the Studebaker Avanti and Champion.

SAM 26000 and SAM 27000 served all the modern presidents through Bill Clinton. SAM 26000 carried President Kennedy to Dallas, Texas, where it served as the backdrop as the Kennedys greeted well-wishers at Dallas’s Love Field. Later that afternoon, Kennedy was assassinated, and Vice President Johnson assumed the office of President and took the oath of office aboard SAM 26000. At Johnson’s request, the SAM 26000 carried Kennedy’s body back to Washington. A decade later, SAM 26000 took Johnson’s body home to Texas after his state funeral in Washington. SAM 26000 also served President Nixon on several groundbreaking overseas voyages, including his famous visit to the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union, both firsts for an American president.

SAM 26000 was replaced in December 1972 by SAM 27000. It was kept as a backup until retired in 1998. Richard Nixon was the first president to use SAM 27000 as a primary aircraft. After announcing his intention to resign the presidency, Nixon boarded SAM 27000 to travel to California.

SAM 27000’s last flight as Air Force One was on August 29, 2001 when it flew President George W. Bush from San Antonio to Waco, Texas. Following the flight, it was formally decommissioned, then flown to San Bernardino International Airport (formerly Norton AFB) in California. It was dismantled and taken to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where it was reassembled and is on permanent display.

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – Simi Valley, CA.

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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ADG Lighting and Dering Hall Combine For The Ultimate Partnership

ADG Lighting designs, fabricates and manufactures lighting fixtures, architectural ornamentation, and metal work in all styles. Our versatility can be seen in our wide range of work on a number of residential and commercial properties. The versatility of our work includes projects in transitional architecture, traditional architecture, contemporary architecture, historic architecture, and high-end architecture.

Dering Hall offers an entirely new approach to furnishing a home—and one that makes hunting for that perfect bespoke sideboard a dynamic and enjoyable experience. Our partnership is ideal, as we offer unique and creative design solutions for a discriminating clientele. We are proud to share some of our recent features on the Dering Hall platform.

Moroccan-Inspired Lighting

Moroccan-inspired lighting designs are imbued with plenty of character. See these eye-catching lighting options, including brass lanterns, statement sconces, and tiered chandeliers, that add a global touch to interiors. 

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French-Inspired Home Accents

A trip to Paris may not be on everyone’s agenda, but home accents with a bit of French flair are the next best thing. From crystal chandeliers to antique gilt mirrors, these French-inspired pieces can add charm to any interior.

French Pendalogue Chandelier

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Unique Fireplace Accessories

Cooler nights mean more time spent lounging by the fire. Consider this roundup of accessories that can add a dash of additional glamour to one of the most classic parts of the home.

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Indiana Architecture – Have You Ever Heard of Columbus?

Somewhere in the ‘fly-over’ part of the American heartland is an architectural mecca, which most have no idea the town even exists. Annually, thousands of visitors and students of architecture flock there to explore the town and study its architecture. This city of 46,000 is ranked 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design. It offers over 90 buildings and public art pieces by world renowned architects and artists. Columbus, Indiana is that famous and unheard of community.

Columbus is a city in the county seat of Bartholomew County, Indiana. It is a relatively small city, which has provided a unique place for noted modern architecture and public art, commissioning numerous works since the mid-20th century. Located about 40 miles south of Indianapolis, on the east fork of the White River, it is the state’s 20th largest city. It has been ranked 11th on the historic destinations list, describing the city as authentic, unique, and unspoiled.

Columbus is regularly featured in national and international publications. Even if you are not an architecture buff, learning how this small town strives for excellence is both unique and inspiring. Since the early 1940s, some of the world’s finest architects have made Columbus a virtual museum of modern architecture, with works by some of the most notable names in architecture, such as I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Deborah Berke.

If you are seeking an experience that immerses you in world-renowned architecture, go visit the city of Columbus. It is one of the best cities for architecture lovers and is considered a mecca for its architectural experience. Visitors to Columbus agree that their experience can be considered unforgettable and truly unexpected!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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