Beatrice Girelli, an internationally acclaimed interior architect and founder of Indidesign recently asked us to design and manufacture a 30 ft. by 10 ft. contemporary LED chandelier for the remodel of the Hilton San Francisco Hotel lobby. Since 2009, Interior Design magazine has rated Indidesign, one of the 75 best design firms in the United States. It was a pleasure to work with such a talented Designer, on a large scale project with interesting challenges – some of which are listed below.
In our Factory from Left to right – Beatrice Girelli, Cindy Bullard & Charles Loomis
Our first challenge was – Beatrice’s client didn’t want to open the ceiling to add more junction boxes. There were only two junction boxes available to power 56 lamps and the client didn’t know what was above the ceiling to support the large and heavy fixture. Our engineers designed a rigid decorative metal truss down the center of the fixture for strength and support and added thin cables for stability – problem solved!
Our second challenge was locating three different sizes of the same wattage LED T8 lamps with integral dimming drivers. Not an easy feat! After sifting through countless websites, we located the Green Lighting LED company. They’re great to work with and we highly recommend their retrofit dimming T8 LEDs.
Our third challenge was – the LED lamps required a standard dimmer switch to dim the lamps, but the hotel’s new electrical control system didn’t support this. We searched for alternatives, and determined there wasn’t one that worked with the fixture design. Resolution – Beatrice convinced the electrician to install standard dimmer switches.
The final challenge was to make this gigantic fixture easy to ship, assemble, and install without compromising structural integrity. Resolution – we divided the fixture into three sections making it easy to ship, assemble, and install. Voila – a beautifully engineered contemporary chandelier and happy clients. Beatrice said it was exactly what she envisioned for the space – YAY!
Here are photos of the chandelier in process and the final installation.