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The Miracles of Cutting with Water

While using high-pressure water for erosion dates back as far as the mid-1800s with hydraulic mining, it was not until the 1930s that narrow jets of water started to appear as an industrial cutting device. In 1933, a Wisconsin company known as the Paper Patents Company developed a special paper metering, cutting, and reeling machine that used a diagonally moving waterjet nozzle to make a horizontal moving sheet of continuous paper. Done at low pressure, these applications were limited to soft materials like paper.

Water jet technology evolved in the post-war era as researchers around the world searched for new methods of efficient cutting systems. In 1956, Carl Johnson of Durox International in Luxembourg developed a method for cutting plastic shapes using a thin stream high-pressure waterjet, using soft materials. In 1958, Billie Schwacha of North American Aviation developed a system using ultra high pressure liquid to cut hard materials.

 

ADG Lighting is a West Coast award-winning manufacturer of custom lighting pieces. To create complex shapes for lighting and art installations, ADG uses water jet and laser cutting machinery. Here are some samples of our work:

 

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Water jet cutting is a simple and easy way for manufacturers like ADG Eco Lighting to accommodate hotel and resort customers.

 

Never limiting the company, CEO Gerald Olesker pushes his team in design and ingenuity. The Architectural Detail Group team worked on the pattern and elements to ensure that the wall shielded visitors from passersby, as well as would illuminate itself.

Check out more from our water jet cut portfolio. For more information about hiring ADG Lighting to design and manufacture your next project please email EcoCA@adgmail.com or call 818-597-9494. ADG ships worldwide and has a team thriving for over 3 generations. We work with hotels, resorts, and upper-end residential and civic spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Inspiration from California’s Missions

There is significance and relevance to observation of the past. With our Folksy Spanish Revival Monterey styled by ADG Lighting presentation (click to download) we can poke fun at the past, make reference with the design and details of the present, and create the antiques of the future. The following images are from our travels up the California coast.

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Exploring the California missions from San Diego through Northern California, we admire and emulate details of these historic buildings. Inspirations come from stone, ironwork, passages, ceilings, walls and floors. Wrought iron gates to keep out the unwanted are the embellishments today that enhance our estates and properties.

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Ignore the compact fluorescent bulbs, and admire the beauty and simplicity of this historic light. Covet the the raw elegance of this stone fountain carved by the Native Americans during the California Mission period.

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Simple lanterns from hooks and forged iron straps are electrified now. The early days of lantern making was done with candles. Rustic handmade characteristics are part of the movement during the American Folk Art period. For some inspiration, check out our Client Marci Carsey’s Store Just Folk. We find that practical solutions to creative and artistic elements are most inspiring.

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Buttresses and stone walls are the sportive details of buildings.  The old wood decorations, floors, beams and headers are part of the established structures. However, when fences were mended and horse carts no longer functioned, the wood was tossed aside. Today we take the gesture of upcycled elements and repurpose them.

Below is a modern minimalist side table by Gerald Olesker of ADG Eco Lighting. Old redwood siding completes the top as if it were a strewn away shutter. The forged method of the base is an ode to the past, made with care in his California metal fabrication shop.
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Here is an iron chandelier (prior to installation) as it sits at the client’s entry. Much more ornamental than functional in the fabricated iron pendant, it will brighten the room with its 18 candles. Six clusters of three candles make up the strapped iron arms.

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What is the difference between American Folk Art and ornaments of the same time period? It is a question that we address with a fun and light attitude. Crafts, handmade objects that are not European in method, were based on the abilities of the craftsman and the experience of the apprentices in the shop. Emulating these details can be as simple as how we at ADG manufacture a light fixture.

Back in the day, making lanterns, brass and tin were easy and were considered malleable pieces while iron needed to be hot forged. Simplicity and price were all part of the past, and still are addressed in today’s metal fabrication techniques at ADG Eco Lighting.

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A lathe turned center spindle with forged irons scrolls and leafy husks manipulated by hand in brass are part of the make up of this chandelier and decorative pendant fixture. The team at Architectural Detail Group, Inc. designed this for a coastal beach home with a shake roof, metal clad windows and wood turned columns set against stone walls.7-7-2009 284

As we exit the missions’ painted windows and doorways, we extend a wanted memory of the light fixtures, the doors, the beams, the rails and the movement in and out of spaces that were designed for function and embellished with a crafted timelessness.

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For more information about the designs and manufacturing of Architectural Detail Group and ADG Lighting, please email EcoCA@adgmail.com  or call 818-640-0758.

For all PR and social media inquiries for ADG, please contact Endrea Kosven, Executive Director of EDK & Company at Endrea@EDKandCompany.com or call (818) 259-0339.

Government work, private projects, commercial properties and hotel properties are part of the exclusive packaging by Architectural Detail Group’s team.

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Forge techniques emulate nature and details and ornament are part of the exaggerated and fun techniques of the hot forge.

all photos by Gerald Olesker (c) all rights reserved 11-2013

A Spotlight of a Different Kind

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While our daily work focuses on creating custom lighting and furnishings for our clients, we thought we’d take a different approach today, and create a different sort of spotlight if you will.

Today, we’ll focus our attention on those who make it happen everyday: the talent here at ADG.

At times we all review and look at lighting as an item you pluck off the shelf. At times we look at furniture as that item that you see when you walk into the showroom. It is selected, spec’d, and delivered to the customer, and we wait for the relaxed and wonderful smile that comes from the customer’s amazement.

“Wow, my design professional helped with that selection and it looks wonderful!” she says. However, what happens when the specialty side for designers, homeowners and hoteliers alike is customized? Teams like Architectural Detail Group and ADG Lighting take the pen and calipers in hand and begin the design process — because they hold the control with the fabrication that makes the process extra special.

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What about the leap of faith to custom design and manufactured lighting and architectural furnishings? We all know the design studio of Charles and Ray Eames and furniture by the iconic Mies van der Rohe.

If you’ve seen the lighting and ornament work by Gerald Olesker and his team at ADG Eco Lighting, you know it is a sight to see. Many have likened their work to the works of Edward F. Caldwell & Co.

Here at ADG, we take pride in our work and craftsmanship. Our significant designs and inspired collections are developed from Olesker working with some of the finest and most prominent architects, designers and building owners around the globe. His works have been placed into homes designed by Marc Appleton, Gwathmey Siegel, and Robert Stern’s office.

 

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Inspired by Michael Berman, Olesker got into the metal furniture industry when Michael suggested to Gerald that he make the MBL Shearboun table for himself. Olesker then began to fulfill orders for Berman and other designers in town for metal furniture. Each fixture and piece of furniture initially comes in a form developed by Olesker within a specific scope for the project. Certainly while designs are repeated, many of the original inspirations remain some of the most published and seen homes and projects today.

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Diversity is key component of Olesker’s work. The above chandelier was a requested piece, developed for a homeowner and her prominent husband in the banking industry. Read up on what ADG customers have had to say about our work, and you’ll begin to see why Olesker and ADG are sought after in the industry. 

The below modern fixture was developed for a hospital in New Orleans. Joey Genarro, the industrial designer in charge of production at ADG, developed this fixture. It is quite the hit! ADG Lighting has had many orders for this and variations of this fixture. Eight phases of the hospital currently display this timeless piece.

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Contrasting designs and fixtures are key to the successful following and modest studio approach by Olesker and Genarro. The Mid Century Mixx above and the classical iron light and copper lantern are additional examples of the pairings by ADG Lighting.

 

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Where can designers find diversity in lighting and furniture? Look no further. With Olesker’s formal education degree in Architecture and Genarro’s applied hands-on training in Industrial Design, this duo is the 21st-century of teams like Cadwell and Lossberg, Charles and Ray Eames, and the talents of Taliesen.

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The team of Olesker and Genarro have worked on many private label projects for designers from LA to New York. They are currently launching other lines, as well as continuing their custom design and manufactured lighting and furniture projects. Their work can be seen worldwide, from the West Coast all the way to the Middle East.

The talent of this dynamic duo fill some of the world’s most beautiful spaces. From restaurant commissions for the likes of Spago and the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, to the exclusive estates throughout Southern California, their projects represent their multi-faceted talents. For more information about ADG Eco Lighting, a division of Architectural Detail Group, Inc or Gerald Olesker and Joey Genarro, please contact EcoCA@adgmail.com or call (818) 597-9494.

For all PR and social media inquiries for ADG, please contact Endrea Kosven, Executive Director of EDK & Company at Endrea@EDKandCompany.com or call (818) 259-0339.

Government work, private projects, commercial properties and hotel properties are part of the exclusive packaging by Architectural Detail Group’s team.

 

 

New England style Lit

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Project Photo – Michael Smith from his design styles. Gerald Olesker made this beautiful piece of glass work as one of the elements in this celebrity Malibu estate. Crossover architectural details can be in New England style, modern in Newport beach to Martha’s vineyard. homes in Connecticut, details and designed by Gail Barley interiors also utilize Architectural Detail Group’s lighting and elements.

ADG Crossover presentaion is downloadable by clicking.

According to Historic New England Organization the First Period (Post-Medieval English): 1600-1700. Those projects built during the first generation of settlement by English colonists, First Period architecture owes much of its appearance to building traditions from Europe. It could be argued that houses from this period are without style; they were not designed by architects. Yet several common elements mark these structures and two distinct traditions developed (northern and southern) with corresponding similarities of form and appearance. Each of these traditions took advantage of materials at hand as well as architectural features suited to their respective climates.

In New England, colonists departed from traditional European wattle and daub (woven lattice of wooden strips covered with a material……… http://www.historicnewengland.org/preservation/your-older-or-historic-home/architectural-style-guide

Additional insides into New England styles can be viewed on this site as well. click here.. http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/historic-properties-to-visit

 

 A Design Style unmatched by many. Virgil McDowell Craftsman, Artisan, educated is deemed by many a secret weapon in architectural styling.

According to my Good friend Virgil McDowell (project pictured above) his design approach brings careful attention to historical precedents or classical detail essential to graceful, well proportioned homes, whether in the eloquent symmetry of the Georgian facade, the Grand style of a Palladian Manner or the simplicity and restraint of a European farmhouse.

Many of these designs feature handcrafted limestone and custom ironwork. He also enjoy using older, traditional materials such as slate, antique heart-of-pine floors and unique architectural antique doors, floor tiles, and hand carved stone reliefs.

Part of Virgil’s expertise includes old world techniques of watercolor rendering similar to those taught at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, pencil rendering, both in perspective and evaluation, and quick sketch marker techniques, which enhance the communication process. Virgil will also depict his  strong background in the classical orders, proportion systems both exterior and interior and site/garden axial planning use by traditional architects of the past.

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Fluent in all periods, styles and vernaculars. Virgil McDowell will take great interest in the design and planning of paneled rooms and other related case goods. The design process is collaborative with each client, inspired by and responsive to their specific desires, needs, program and budget.

Lighting and projects with http://www.williamhablinski.com/project-details.php?id=45&p=c  William Hablinski have been a part of Gerald Olesker’s 20 years career working with the Elite. Project by Hablinski pictured below. Click to see his website.

 
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Architectural Detail Group,inc and ADG Eco Lighting are full service Design and manufacturing entities making and perfecting the artisans crafts in America. ADG will ship product world wide and has has services to accommodate the trade, home owner and facilities at a most accommodating level.

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California Homes Magazine  November, December 2012 shows off several of our Architectural Detail Group classic lighting and decorative iron products.

Page 78 & 79 of California Homes shares and credits the works of Architectural Detail Group fabrication of the iron chairs with a custom bronze finish. We water jet cut the patterns in the shop to create this magnificent Rocco pattern inspired by Lafia/ Arvin Designs collaborative efforts. Monique Lafia is such a dedicated client. ADG works with her on a very personal level. CEO Gerald Olesker and Monique sketch and compliment each others talents.

Custom iron chairs and other custom iron furniture by Architectural Detail Group is fabricated in Southern California. Some designers even private label their pieces that are made by ADG Eco and place them into showrooms.

 Monique Lafia is listed in the Franklin report and we are pleased to be part of the projects that Lafia/ Arvin is listed on Robb Report’s 2012 List of the Top 40 Interior Designers of the World, and listed as the highest rated Interior Design Firm in the current Franklin Report. Lafia/Arvin is continually featured in Architectural Digest, The Robb Report, Coastal Living, Florida Design Magazine, Trends Magazines, California Homes and other luxury interior design publications. Monique Lafia, CEO, has over 20 years experience, is a graduate of the UCLA Interior Design Program, and is CCIDC and NCIDQ certified/licensed.

At ADG Eco Lighting Products we  are pleased to announce that the latest published Lafia Arvin projects,  a french estate on Los Angeles Country Club in Beverly Hills, is on the cover/featured in the current December/winter issue of California Home Magazine

The decorative lanterns at the estate were designed by Architectural Detail Group. The idea was to create an authentic French entry with flanking light posts. Similar in thought the the guest house at Versailles, Gerald Olesker’s thought process was not to tag the walls with lanterns as Landry Design Group originally anticipated. The historic references that Architectural Detail Group’s lighting division brings brings to the table is incredible. this also translated to other architectural ornamentation and furnishing that ADG Eco designs and manufactures.

As a boutique manufacturer there are things that Olesker’s Team can do. Client’s will typically pay a design retainer to Architectural Detail Group to design, layout and work with the specific budgets of the projects. Whether a home, hotel or Resort or one of the world’s finest commercial establishments, the Team at ADG Eco takes care. After the Retainer of ADG Eco the TEAM manufactures the products for each project.

Budget’s can range for projects. An $80 million dollar project could sometimes spend less per square foot on light fixtures and detail than a $3 million dollar project. One of the best assets is that the design team at ADG Eco understands and controls the manufacturing process. This way the value of a client paying a retainer to ADG Eco results in well designed and fabricated fixtures.

Other well noted Beverly Hills projects are 22 homes in Beverly Park that Gerald Olesker Designed light fixtures for, Spago’s newly renovated restaurant, Private residences off Sunset Boulevard with noted architect Marc Appleton,  to manufacturing lighting for some of the exclusive showrooms in Pacific Design Center, PDC.

As a matter of fact there is one other article with William Hefner’s office in this issue that Gerald Olesker had designed the light fixture and another firm manufactured.The Lighting and ornamental talents of  Architectural Detail Group, range from Traditional to Modern fixtures from the West coast to the east cost. Fixtures are ETL both US and Canadian listed and designs by Gerald Olesker have touched over 3 billion dollars of real-estate world wide.

 To Retain the firms services or just to order decorative light fixtures and architectural ornamentation  contact EcoCA@adgmail.com. for information regarding designs listed on Vintage and Modern http://vandm.com/Gerald-Olesker/1_222_dealer=145863_page=1.aspx paste this link.

 

 

Who do we do it with Why.

Amazing images – where do you find artists, fabricators and designers under one roof? Architectural Detail Group has the best of all worlds. Diplomat of Architecture,Gerald Olesker, Industrial Designer, Joey Gennaro, artists Del Torro and Jose Q are part of the team that makes up an uncompromising team. Award winning designs, this firms team has worked on over 3 billion dollars in Real-estate.  Small projects in the Bellaggio in Las Vegas, the MGM pool side structures, theme parks alike and upper end hotels and Resorts world wide have been engaged with this Team. Sam Shaft, founder of the factory New Providence Designs over 80 years ago has made many thousands of light fixtures. 

Strata Rest blog – this is one of the coolest explorations in theme design. Execution is just one part of the process. Hotels like the Ambrose in Santa Monica and recently Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, Louisiana, have engaged with the team. Interior Designers use ADG Lighitng as one of their Hidden secrets. But those that know of ADG Ligting in Ventura County know that this is the team to use.  ASID

What other teams in this country still manufacture custom quality light fixtures.?What teams are NEFLDA members? That is the National Eco Friendly Lighting Dealers Association that clarifies the positions of “make it here in the USA.”   The team at Architectural Detail Group, Inc lead by ceo Gerald Olesker have truly original design capabilities. But there is more to the design. Delivery and execution of the product are part of the design and budget process that ADG brings to the clientele.

A simple light fixture and Induction light that is well designed also brought Grand Strand Power, a client of ADG Lighting for South Carolina, a large rebate too. As a Trade Ally of Santee Cooper, the team was able to secure a credit back on the Utilities tier and drop GSP to a lower utility bill. Good looking lights, and a lower energy bill.

For more information on how the ADG team can supply your design and manufactured products please rac out to EcoCA@adgmail.com.  Check out some cool projects at www.GreenHotelLighting.com