Archive for the ‘Decorative Lighting’ Category

New Hilton San Francisco LED Lobby Chandelier

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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.

Assembly in Process

Assembly in Process


Chandelier installed in Hilton San Francisco Lobby


Monday, February 4th, 2013

 Here’s a sampling of  installation photos for past projects.  It’s so rewarding to work with talented Interior Designers and Architects on their projects.   They inspire and motivate us to do our best.


Moons & Stars & Snoqualmie Casino

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Thought you might like to see our latest custom lighting installation in a new upscale Suchi restaurant at the Snoqualmie Casino located in beautiful Snoqualmie, Washington. Bernadette Rubio of Mulvanny G2 Architecture was the Interior Designer and Lauren MacLeod of Candela was the Lighting Designer.
The restaurant’s name is “12 Moons”. For this installation, we were asked to create decorative “moon” and “star pendants. The moons are hand painted acrylic globes in assorted sizes, colors, and textures. The “Stars” are small hand blown glass balls encrusted with glittery glass frit. They’re illuminated with sparkly LED lamps. Here’s a photo of the installation – nice, don’t you think?!

For the Private Dining area, the Interior Designer, Bernadette Rubio, loved the look of the Ochre Arctic Pear Chandelier. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available from the manufacturer in the size, configuration, and lead time she wanted. She asked us to create something similar. Here’s our interpretation. Our glass artist created solid glass pears in three different sizes for this gorgeous chandelier.

This fixture is installed in the Casino’s new piano bar. It’s a custom value-engineered version of our popular Pallina Pendant. This simple yet elegant pendant features a hand polished Stainless Steel finish with a cascade of crystal clear blown glass globes.

Sparkle Plenty!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

It’s been awhile since my last blog! I got caught up in everyday stuff and kept putting off writing. I’m back with lots to say and show you. The holidays are coming and winter weather is settling in. Now that the elections are over, along with all those annoying ads and phone calls, I am digging in and getting back to business. Here are photos of our latest fixture. It is a customized version of our Stix Ceiling Mount. It’s pretty spectacular at almost 12 feet tall – don’t you think?! Three MR11 lamps create a soft pattern of light on the floor that to me resembles a squished snowflake. The most amazing thing about this fixture is the prismatic colors that reflect off the glass as well as the brilliant points of light captured within. Enjoy!