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Mardakan Castle Is Set to Be Revamped

The restoration of the Mardakan Castle was recently signed and agreed upon between the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the State Service of Cultural Heritage Conservation, Development and Rehabilitation, under the Azerbaijani Culture Ministry. The latter is in charge of the protocols on the restoration.

The Mardakan Castle was originally built in the middle of the 12th century by Akhsitan I, son of Manuchihr III. At that time the castles and fortresses were built to protect against the enemy. So the previous life lived by the Mardakan Castle was rich and full, and now it’s time for a facelift.

The castle was originally built in a quadrangular form, has five tiers, and the entire castle consists of six rooms. There is an inner courtyard that is huge, 28x25m, followed by a round tower that is 22 meters in height, and contains 76 stairs inside the tower. It has been suggested that as many as 108 empty wells that are located in the courtyard were used to store food. Let’s not forget the moat located in front of the castle! This body of water is said to be 25 meters in depth. These details don’t take into account the richness in heritage and culture of that medieval era. 

It’s all about location location location! This motto used in current real estate also played a part during the medieval era. These fortresses were placed in specific locations to defend vital routes against the enemy. 

In Azerbaijan there are many castles and fortresses that primarily functioned as fortresses; some of these include the Gulistan Fortress, Sabayil Castle and Ramana Tower just to name a few. Their similarities were also their differences — each contains the strong rich architecture of the medieval era, each is different in specific detail. It is obvious all stood the test of time.   

Azerbaijan is an ancient country, it’s history is rich in culture and its architecture reflects that. This restoration is important, and the end result will be fascinating.

 

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Hidden Hills Estate Features ADG Custom Lighting

This gorgeous Hidden Hills estate is the epitome of quality and luxurious design. It is currently on the market for $17.5 million and listed by Marc Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway.

To accentuate and refine the design quality of the home, ADG Lighting was commissioned to design and custom manufacture lighting fixtures throughout. The wide-open floor plan prominently features high volume ceilings, glass sliding walls and magnificent picture windows which flood the home with natural light. This Hidden Hills estate offers 11,850 square feet of living space, including 6 bedrooms with an additional 2,300 square feet of living space over the four-car garage. It is loaded with amenities which include a private study, a spa with steam shower and sauna, along with a mirrored gym. There so also a 4-stall barn with turnout, as well as multiple fruit and shade trees.

ADG Lighting enjoyed the opportunity to design and build lighting throughout the home, including the gas lights on the pathway and leather-wrapped pendants featured prominently on the property.

Special Thanks to ~ Marc Shevin

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – California Properties

From the ADG Job Site

Thanks William Hefner for having us at your beautiful midcentury reboot. We appreciate helping to design and fabricate this 17-foot long skylight. Three cheers to collaboration and working together! 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

 

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ADG Lighting Custom Fixture Featured On Dering Hall

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 our recent feature on the Dering Hall platform.

We are grateful to be a featured professional this month with Dering Hall — check out our featured fixture!

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From the ADG Jobsite

Lighting at a Malibu vineyard pool for a complete modern makeover!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Bad Kissingen is a Retreat for Aristocracy

Travel is Europe has never been more exciting than now, thanks to the openness of the European Union and the promotion on social media. Most everyone is familiar with the most high-profile attractions of Europe, such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum in Rome. Because of the influence of digital media and social sharing, the most amazing locations in Europe have been opened up to the world. These sights and locations have only been notable to local tourism or the fortunate few who have been able to spend extended  amounts of time on the continent. Now, the hidden wonders of Europe are being opened up to the world, and anyone can plan a trip to previously obscure locations for a monumental experience, avoiding the largest of the tourist traps.

One of these special locations is Bad Kissingen, Germany. For centuries, the Germans have believed in the curing treatments found in localities across the country, thus the town would be designated a ‘Bad’ or ‘cure spa’, thus the name of Bad Kissingen. The town is located in the Bavarian region of Lower Franconia on the Saale river. The town traces its roots back to the year 831 A.D. It was developed into a spa in the 1500’s. Because of the special geographic location and sheer beauty of the region, the Kings of Bavaria and renowned architects created a magnificent city on the Saale. It quickly became the favorite location for the nobility and aristocracy of Europe. Prince Otto von Bismark spent a great deal of time in Bad Kissingen, conducting affairs of state and entertaining royalty, along with taking in the ‘cures’ the town became famous for.

Bad Kissingen is know for the grand splendor of the architecture. From the Regentenbau and Arkadenbau buildings, to the Wandelhalle complex and Casino Lutpold, visitors are immediately inspired by these impressive buildings. These magnificent structures are surrounded by three expansive formal gardens and parks. Luitpoldpark was inspired by English landscape gardens, the Kurgarten incorporates many baroque elements, and the Rose Garden is arranged in impressive geometric shapes. The entire complex of parks, gardens and buildings nestle up to the slow moving Saale river which wanders through the town. This makes for a breathtaking tourist experience once reserved exclusively for the nobility and aristocracy of Europe.

Travel On!

From the ADG Jobsite

Hotel fun and construction in San Luis Obispo with Carrie!

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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.

ADG Team with SAM 27000

 

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – Simi Valley, CA.

From the Factory Floor

A bronze base…

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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ADG and Michael Berman: Sketching the Possibilities

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When two creative forces meet over a sketchpad, the possibilities are endless. There is nothing more exciting or gratifying than to explore ideas and concepts of a design, then translate that into visual possibilities on a sketchpad. That’s how innovation in design is created!

Over the years, we have had the distinct pleasure of creating possibilities with one of the most prolific and creative designers in the industry, Michael Berman. Michael is a premier designer in the Los Angeles area who has created breathtaking projects for numerous high profile clients and properties on a global scale. With over 25 years experience, Michael has been able to translate the vision into reality in such a creative and thoughtful manner, that he has become of of the most in demand designers in the industry. The key to our success is that we have been able to understand Berman’s needs and precisely execute his vision. He is one of our favorite designers!

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Sitting down with Berman is such a satisfying and energizing process. Over the years, we have been able to collaborate on many noteworthy projects, such as GUESS co-founder Armando Marciano’s Beverly Hills residence (now currently owned by Elton John), a beautiful estate in the Carmel Valley area of Monterey, and numerous other projects in the hospitality and restaurant industries, including design collaborations at the Arroyo Chop House and the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

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Recently, we were able to collaborate on a project for the annual Modernism Show in Palm Springs, CA. His project was met with astounding acclaim — Berman stated that the ADG floor lamps were the “hit of the show!” We are honored to continue our creative exploration with a design icon like Michael Berman.

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Visit our website and explore our creativity. See how easy it is to innovate and collaborate with ADG Lighting! Feel free to contact us at 818-597-9494 or email us at info@adglighting.com. To get the ADG creative process started immediately, go to adglighting.com and check out our Custom Request portal.