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Don’t Forget Pasadena When You Think of Architecture

When people think of architecture in Los Angeles, their thoughts go immediately to The Eameses, Frank Gehry, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among many others. They were drawn to the sublime light of Los Angeles and were inspired by it.

Like anything else, there are downsides to every attractive part of the city. First and foremost, the traffic! If you live in LA, you known traffic is always going to be a problem and parking is even worse. Then, you have to consider the crowds. Los Angeles is a top global destination for tourists. No matter what your site-seeing adventure in LA, there is going to be a crowd and lines. Wouldn’t be nice to avoid the mind-numbing traffic and growing crowds to take in some great design and architecture? Well, the real secret is…pay a visit to Pasadena.

Pasadena is just 15 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Incorporated in 1886, this city of 140,000 retains much of its 19th-century charm. Here are a few examples of places to visit in the Pasadena area to get your design fix:

1. Norton Museum of Art – A private museum founded in 1922 as the Pasadena Art Institute, later becoming the Pasadena Art Museum. Industrialist Norton Simon, who collected European masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th century, as well as Asian art spanning 2,000 years, took it over in 1974. It is considered one of the world’s finest small art museums, gaining praise for its renovations by famed architect Frank Gehry.
2. Old Town Pasadena – This 22-block historical area has kept many of its 19th century roots, thanks to historic preservation. It was designated a National Register Historic District in 1983, and remains full of Victorian, Mission Revival and Art Deco buildings that give off a European vibe with its pedestrian-friendly streets and historic alleys.
3. The Langham Huntington – This historic hotel originally opened in 1907 and was redesigned seven years later by Rose Bowl architect Myron Hunt. It added the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Southern California in the mid-1920s and is now famous for its lovely wooden Picture Bridge, used as a backdrop in movies and TV shows.
4. The Gamble House – The Gamble House was designed as a winter residence in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene for David Berry Gamble, a second-generation member of the Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. family, and his wife, Mary. It is renowned as an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture.

No matter what your travel plans are, Pasadena has world-class design and architectural destinations that will give you a taste of the past, present and the future, all within a compact 23-mile radius.

Check out this video walking tour of Old Town Pasadena.

From the Design Studio

1920’s beach cottage project


sketched by Gerald Olesker

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ADG Makes a Difference

Lighting completes every project! No matter what you are designing, creating or envisioning, lighting places a crucial role in perfecting every space. ADG Lighting is working with designers and individual clients to make a difference in every project they bring to fruition. Our creative team understands the importance and role of lighting design. We understand the need to collaborate in the creative process and bring to the table inspired creativity that opens new possibilities. Our team makes a difference in every facet of your project with our design and manufacturing expertise.

Choosing ADG lighting and put your project with the right partner. Our creativity, collaboration and exacting attention to detail will bring the “secret sauce” to the outcome of your project. At ADG Lighting … We Make the Difference!

ADG manufactured all of the decorative structural components for this pavilion pictured above. Don’t forget, we also custom design and manufacture furniture. From chairs and ottomans to coffee tables, our design team can design and manufacture the furniture of your dreams. With over 20 years experience in the architectural and industrial design fields, our team can meet the both the functional and structural aspects of your project. You can view some of our furnishings via our pavilions work on our website. If you have a special request, submit your information through our custom request form.

Check out some of our featured products — this week we picked some of our custom furnishings:

Lantern At Estate By Gerlad Olesker Of ADG Lighting

Fall Inspiration With Our Modern Collection

Welcome to ADG Lighting.  As we enter our fall season here in SoCal, it is the perfect time to introduce you to our Modern Lighting Collection. The collection contains inspired custom lighting that will be the perfect solution in any space. We are including a sample of the collection for inspiration!  Please feel free to browse the complete collection here

For more information on our custom lighting design and manufacturing, please give us a call at (818) 594-9797 or email