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Luxury Flashback: ADG Lighting Styles Wallace Neff

The year was 2006. The place was exclusive home on an acre of land in the Beverly Hills flats. The project was to design and create elegant lighting fixtures inspired by the creative vision of architect Wallace Neff. This scenario was the perfect opportunity for ADG lighting to collaborate with a discerning client/homeowner who had a distinct vision to carry on the long-standing design tradition of the original home. The cover photo reflects the Wallace Neff style of the home and prominently features one of our signature fixtures.

Architectural Inspiration

Our project home was originally designed by Wallace Neff, a Los Angeles based architect, who was largely responsible for creating the regional architectural style referred to as ‘California’ style. ADG Lighting was commissioned to design and manufacture specific lighting fixtures that reflected clearly the design inspiration of Wallace Neff. The home has signature Wallace Neff style design elements such as heavy wooden pocket doors, a massive stone fireplace and stenciled ceiling beams. Most notably, the home features a spectacular ceiling mural in the dome of the rotunda. The mural was created by renowned artist Richard Wyatt, whose work is prominently featured in Union Station, Los Angeles.

Custom Lighting Design Inspired By Wallace Neff

There is significant value in retaining 20+ years for creative sketch books and for this project, our sketches reflect how the project came to life.

Wallace Neff Sketch – Beverly Hills #1

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Wallace Neff Sketch – Beverly Hills #2

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Wallace Neff Lighting – Beverly Hills #1

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Wallace Neff Lighting – Beverly Hills #2

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Our work has been viewed millions of times online and featured in several media outlets, including 20/Twenty Architectural & Beyond, California Homes Magazine, Elle Decor, 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.

Give us a ring at (818) 597-9494 or email us for more information on our custom services.

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Los Angeles Architecture: Behind the Liquid Shard

Los Angeles is the perfect venue to launch cutting edge and innovative projects in architecture, music, media and entertainment. We are a backdrop for historical and visionary architecture. Some of the most profound architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Frank Ghery have their work featured in our city. There could have been no better place for the creativity involved in the ‘Liquid Shard’ project. The project was a collaborative endeavor involving students of the Los Angeles Visiting School of the Architectural Association of London (AAVSLA) and Poetic Kinetics, a Los Angeles based creative company specializing in large-scale art installation and experimental design.

Raising the Liquid Shard

The ‘Liquid Shard’ was constructed of several holography mylar strips arranged in a long ribbon-like canopy that is 15,000 square foot in length and moved depending on the wind and weather conditions. Architectural Digest commented upon the work, calling it a “mesmerizing kinetic sculpture comprising hundreds of silver streamers that would leave passersby feeling as if they’re strolling beneath the sea’s rolling waves.” Los Angeles Magazine also remarked on the installation, which they felt brought a little delight to an urban eyesore.” The challenge to those involved was they had a specific window for completion, so as not to disturb the daily flow of the site. A period of 2 days and a night created focused chaos for the project. Once completed, the ‘Liquid Shard’ created a new destination in downtown, which was described as an oasis of calm. The kinetic movement of the ‘Liquid Shard’ gave the viewer a different look every time they looked. It created a significant buzz on social media because it was a different experience to everyone who viewed it.

Features from ADG Lighting

This week, we would like to present two of our favorite fixtures in our vast collection.

Lite Brass Wall Sconce

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Glass Rod Nickel Sconce

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Downtown Los Angeles: A Tower Rises at Broadway and 4th

A long anticipated tower will begin its rise into the skyline of Los Angeles. The project will add a creative and unique imprint on downtown. The project will rise 34 stories and will contain 450 residential units, along with 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level.

Rise Up DTLA

The project is part of a larger initiative of the city’s called ‘Bring Back Broadway.’ Under the leadership of Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, the revitalization project is an ambitious 10-year plan to infuse prosperity into the historic Broadway corridor in downtown Los Angeles, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Council member Huizar has established goals to provide economic development and business assistance; re-activate Broadway’s historic vacant theaters, as well as more than one million square feet of vacant commercial space and increase parking and transit options, including bringing the beloved streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles.

Although there has been some opposition to the project, most feel that it will be a significant boost for the area and the overall ‘Bring Back Broadway’ initiative. A spokesperson for the developer recently stated:

 “Our project on Broadway and 4th Street is an important milestone in the ongoing transformation of Downtown Los Angeles’ Broadway District. Our team will work in tandem with the city’s ‘Bringing Back Broadway’ initiative to revitalize this iconic neighborhood — while preserving its history. We’re excited to be part of such an important project, which will be tastefully designed to integrate with the surrounding streetscape, contributing to the area’s overall walkability and appeal.”

Hamid Behad, Representative, SCG America

The founder and CEO of ADG Lighting recently commented about the project:

”It is exciting to see the revitalization of DTLA. As an architect, I am inspired seeing the revitalization of the Broadway district. I know this tower will help breathe life back to a historically valuable part of DTLA.”

Gerald Olesker, CEO/Founder ADG Lighting

Broadway and 4th Building Site

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Expanding the Art of Architecture

“What is architecture anyway? Is it the vast collection of the various buildings which have been built to please the varying taste of the various lords of mankind? I think not.”

“No, I know that architecture is life; or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived. So architecture I know to be a Great Spirit….”

“Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change. That is really architecture.”

—Frank Lloyd Wright, from In the Realm of Ideas

There could be no better definition of architecture that is expressed by someone who embodies that definition.“That Embodiment by the trades, the architectural professionals and those that participate in the process elevates all that collaborate together, making a better Architecture – with a capital ‘A’ ” , says Gerald Olesker of ADG Lighting, a go to source in the design industry.

The practice of architecture is not only the science of building structures, but constructing the visual state of civilization. The hopes, dreams, desires and visions of man are represented by the work of architects. We can understand the evolution of man and the state of civilization through the vision of the structures that leap from the minds of our architects.

This year, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will offer four specialized postgraduate programs aimed to enable architects to better prepare for a wide range of twenty-first century careers. The institute will offer one-year degree programs in a Master of Science in Architectural Technologies, Master of Arts in Entertainment and Fiction, Master of Science in Design of Cities, and Master of Science in Design Theory and Pedagogy.

“I am excited to see the advanced educational opportunities offered to architectural professionals, which is based in the Los Angeles area. Our region offers a unique representation of architecture, and there could be no better place for such a groundbreaking institute.”

– Gerald Olesker, CEO/Founder ADG Lighting

At ADG Lighting, we are driven by the spirit of creative exploration. Our work embodies and reflects a deep understanding of inspirational design. Spend some time exploring the possibilities at

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Dering Hall Feature: Adding a Touch of Style In The Entryway

Have you seen our feature this week in Dering Hall? Their inspirational piece on 11 Different Entryway Looks includes our Saturn’s Ring of Life Pendant.

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