Large Exterior Door Pulls — Martin Pierce. With the continued surge in construction we are seeing more demand for large exterior door pulls and ladder pulls both in the commercial and residential sectors.
In the early 2000 period our large “Heroic” door handles topped out at a mere 19” for our Hedgerow and Ergo handles but by 2012 we responded to demand and revised our Ergo series to include an epic 35” tall handle. Clearly though the demand continues for even more gargantuan pieces and so we are about to launch our newest “Grand” Ergo door handle which will be 54” high with a 1 ½” diameter. Making larger scale handles is both stylistically and technically challenging.
The iconic Ergo shape began as a mere 12” cabinet door pull that was subsequently rescaled to a 35” handle. The stylistic challenge was how to keep the fluid contours of such a small piece yet make it substantial enough to work as a large exterior door pull but not so substantial that the diameter would be difficult to grip by those with disabilities. Arts and Crafts Movement Inspiration for Door Hardware — Martin Pierce. One of our earliest introductions to the American arts and crafts movement came when we discovered the Gamble House in Pasadena.
This gem is a perfect example of the craftsmanship and artistry that is the name sake of this organic architectural style. When we arrived in Los Angeles we started out as a small furniture company that specialized in hand carved pieces so it is not surprising that we were awestruck by the design brilliance of the Green and Green brothers who were commissioned by the Gambles to design their home. The Gamble house offers a wonderful insight into households living in a less technological world and one where construction techniques were integral to whole aesthetic of the house.
When constructing the walnut stair hand rail and cabinets the carpenters used peg joints rather than mortise joints which gave the joint strength but also added a decorative contrast. Paso Robles A Destination Place for Wine Enthusiasts — Martin Pierce. As spring drifts to summer so we drifted north 350 miles to the still green countryside of Paso Robles.
We have been re-charging our culinary and artistic batteries in this delightful countryside for 15 years and have seen it change from an agricultural community to an acclaimed wine making hub. While some may debate the merits of such intense viticulture and the orderly tidiness that now characterizes much of the scenery, few would contest that the region is home to some of the best wineries in the state. As the wineries have grown so has the breadth of wines now grown with the historical Zinfandel now co-existing with Syrah’s, Grenaches and Tempranillo varietals. As a white wine imbiber who shuns chardonnays I have been thrilled to see that Sauvignon Blanc and Viogniers are gaining audience awareness and acceptance even amongst those who are fond of their oaky siblings.
Arts and Crafts Movement Inspiration for Door Hardware — Martin Pierce. Classical Door Hardware Now Trending — Martin Pierce. This recent trend prompted a Google search into the meaning of “classical” and I found the results enlightening.
The word comes from the Latin “classicus” as in class or group and has over time become synonymous with words that include; pure, restrained, harmonious, elegant and balanced. In England the word classical is also used to suggest rank or superiority and can be used to mean that something is “outstanding of its kind” or “exemplary” as in the phrase a “classical piece of Wedgwood China” or “a classical Victorian romance novel” The more I searched the more I discovered the breadth of this word which can be used to indicate a significant period of an area of study, such as in classical mechanics or as in the case of classical physics, to denote theories that preceded Newton’s theories of relativity and quantum mechanics.
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So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I have always been more interested in birds and bugs than books and so these were the pieces I began carving in my school’s woodworking class. I left school at 16 and my Dad helped me find a position as an apprentice wood carver. In my apprenticeship, I learned to carve quickly and decisively but found that I got bored with repetitive work and so began my own business carving sculptures for sale and supplementing my work with private commissions for church lecterns.
My wife and I are both from Worcester, England but left in 1980 after Maggie Thatcher was elected as we felt the prospects were bleak and both of us felt stifled by the class system that prevailed and with how it limited our prospects. Moths and Butterflies- It is the Season for Insect Cabinet Knobs — Martin Pierce. Unique Door Handles in Steel the Place where Art Nouveau Meets Modern Design Trends. Unique door handle “ we cast this in stainless steel but brush the steel rather than polish it and thereby create a softer grey white handle that plays well against the cooler tones of many modern interiors”.
(PRWEB) April 27, 2017 The Hedgerow tree door handle is the signature piece in Martin Pierce’s unusual door hardware collection so it is not surprising that Pierce has decided to reinvent his work by casting this piece in stainless steel. The Hedgerow collection series was the first collection of door hardware that marked Pierce’s transition from furniture maker to door hardware designer and it is a collection he plans to continue re-inventing.
Later this year, he hopes to launch a new illuminated tree handle and in free moments over the last 14 months has been painstakingly carving two grand scale tree motif door handles. Martin Pierce’s has several videos of his company’s door hardware collections that can be seen in the video gallery on the company’s website. Contemporary Door Handle Meets Art Nouveau source — Martin Pierce. We have added a new video to our video gallery and now have 2 videos that show the full range of door handles that use tree motifs.
The latest video is short but still manages to show the three dimensional nature of this iconic handle which is shown in brushed stainless steel and as a handle set, with one left and one right tree. The video shows the fluid nature of this sculpture and the close up shots focus on the depth of the details in the leaf, root and canopy areas of the tree design. By panning across the tree trunks and up the profile of the canopy our video director, Jeff Jenkins, has been able to capture the shadows cast by the leaf canopy. The video was shot very simply using mainly natural light and this in conjunction with the dark ash doors gives the video an old moody black and white quality. The mood of the video is in contrast to the medium of stainless steel which it often pegged for more contemporary settings.
Unique Door Handles in Steel - A New Spin on Hedgerow — Martin Pierce. Ladder Door Pulls — Martin Pierce. Ocean-Inspired LED Illuminated Door Handles from Martin Pierce. Martin Pierce, the Los Angeles based shop featuring custom furniture and artistic hardware specializes in originally designed, cast and hand-tooled organic style pieces using the lost wax method.
Featuring nature and organic inspired shapes, Martin Pierce’s Door Handles and Door Hardware Collection consists of several beautiful, unique and copyrighted options ranging from Netsuke-like cabinet knobs to Reptilian and Tree Door Pulls. Now, they’ve added their first LED illuminated door handles to their collection. Inspired by the ocean and the creatures within, the new Coral and Fish handles have color changing capabilities and can be customized with brand logos if desired.
Available in bronze or stainless steel and made to order, they make a dramatic entry statement to any home or business. Cylindrical Morphic Door Pulls with LED lighting have also been added. The newly developed illuminated door handles were designed to add beauty, color and fun to entry and interior doors. Decorative Door Handles Inspired By Bees — Martin Pierce. Contemporary LED Wall Sconce for Hotels — Martin Pierce. The simple answer is when it is hanging on a wall or along a corridor to create patterns of light that will add mood or atmosphere to a room or corridor.
The Morphic sconce is available through design professionals and offered either in a brushed stainless steel or in an oil rubbed bronze. This UL listed luminaire at present is offered with a single color LED small spot and can be ordered with a red, blue, green or white light. Who knows maybe a boutique hotel will use the different colors to help their guests remember which floor their room is on, this certainly would take the stress out of finding your room after a long day trudging the halls of a Vegas trade show.
Soon we will be offering this piece with a color changing spot and then our designer clientele can really have fun pairing the mood of each floor or room function with the color of the LED. Cylindrical Illuminated Door Pulls. Cylindrical Illuminated Door Pulls. Unusual Wall Light Debuts in Martin Pierce Video. The Dragon Egg wall sconce was named after the “Game of thrones” and is really a tribute to the dragon eggs rescued from the flames by the Mother of Dragons.
(PRWEB) March 14, 2017 Martin Pierce is now taking his artistry and craftsmanship and applying these talents to creating distinctive wall lights. Three distinctive but complimentary themes form the basis of this new collection of low voltage wall lights debuting in March 2017. While all of Pierce’s work has an earthy organic sensibility, the inspiration for each sconce was quite specific. When asked about the inspiration for his Dragon Egg wall sconce Pierce admitted that it, “was named tongue in cheek after the Mother of Dragons in Game of thrones and in tribute to the dragon eggs she rescues”. For his Floral style sconce, Pierce looked to the flora and local artistry of Granada, Spain which he had recently visited. Share article on social media or email: Unusual Wall Light Debuts in Martin Pierce Video. Martin Pierce - Contemporary Illuminated Door Handles.
Martin Pierce - Contemporary Illuminated Door Handles. New Handles and Lighting A Spring Summer Preview — Martin Pierce. New Handles and Lighting A Spring Summer Preview — Martin Pierce. Custom LED Wall Sconce Cast in Bronze — Martin Pierce. The Floral sconce was fashioned from the foliage Martin and I saw when staying in the Albayzin quarter of Granada, Spain and by the local Moorish art work of artisans like Munira Mendonça who honors the traditions of this region in her superb embossed leather work. The vibrant colors of Munira’s stamped designs influenced this piece and led us away from the more obvious use of white light to more dazzling blue and red LED’s which provide a dramatic contrast to the subdued but rich tones of bronze.
As low voltage luminaires, designers will be offering their clients an energy efficient yet still beautiful fixture with a carbon foot print firmly planted in Los Angeles which is where we cast and finish all of our work. As we have shared in earlier posts Martin made this piece by printing a 3D hollow gourd shape. Collage of LED Door Handles — Martin Pierce. Collage of LED Door Handles — Martin Pierce.
Making Unique Cabinet Knobs from 2 Dimensional Art — Martin Pierce. I have recently been sorting through our digital collection of Martin Pierce’s drawings and wanted to share these with our blog followers. As a door hardware designer, our clients who are themselves designers frequently ask us to create unusual cabinet knobs as statement pieces for residential projects and also for public spaces in commercial settings. If we are to be awarded the commission, then the first task is to come up with a beautiful drawing that will capture the interest of the designer.
Some designers will have already sketched out their own ideas but for the majority of commissions we are given little to go by, which we like, as this gives Martin a broad creative license. We have shared with you how our Hawaiian door pulls began with a commission by designer Debbie Zylstra who was in search of cabinet knobs for an entertainment center and how the designs we created needed to incorporate local floral and bird life.
Organic Inspiration for LED Wall Sconces — Martin Pierce. We have named our recent wall sconce Dragon Egg as we were riveted by the special effects and scenery of this show but this was a tongue in cheek naming and while the gourd shape may be egg like the texture of the piece is not. The custom sconce started life in Martin’s sketch book and went through several design modifications before being created as a three dimensional piece. In this and in the next few posts we will be looking at how our new LED wall sconces and illuminated door handles came to life. The Dragon Egg sconce took its direction and feel from our Morphic custom door handle collection, which was based on coral and other oceanic forms.
Martin began the design by deciding the overall shape and settled on the gourd. He then focused on the characteristics of the open area and moved away from geometric shapes to a more random and sinewy look. How did we then make the pattern and subsequent castings? Organic Inspiration for LED Wall Sconces — Martin Pierce. Golden Door Handles — Martin Pierce. While we have on occasion silver plated our designs thereby earning the description of luxury door hardware, the appearance of opulence can be achieved in silicon bronze. We often visualize bronze door handles in darker more antique oil rubbed finishes but cast silicon bronze has much richer golden tones. Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper with varying amounts of silicon, zinc and iron and trace amounts of other metals and metalloids including aluminum, manganese and phosphorous.
While the high amount of copper gives the bronze casting its rich color, the remaining components combine to make the bronze a strong, durable and rust resistant alloy. The strength of the cast bronze and its dense pore free surface allow us to achieve a highly polished finish that looks like gold. We first started using this high polish finish with our cabinet frogs in an effort to emulate the silky glossy appearance of tree frogs which were the inspiration for their design. All bags created by Martin Pierce. Sign in. Luxury Handles for Windows by Martin Pierce — Martin Pierce. Custom Door Pull Collection with a Colorful Twist.
Designers are often looking for a door pull that will make a dramatic entry statement Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2017. What Do We Mean by Custom Door Handles? — Martin Pierce. Looking Forward to 2017 With New LED Lighting — Martin Pierce. In 2017 we will be photographing and making videos of these new pieces and our hope is that designers will share these with their discerning clients. To further that goal in 2017 we will be partnering with the well-established Interior Design site www.interiordesign.net and their partner Architonic to launch our new illuminated door handles as well as our new door hardware so that designers can easily access this material on this site as well as on our home site. In 2017 we will be represented in Moscow by EMPORIO.RU. a showroom known for luxury hardware brands. We were approached in late 2016 by Mikhail Grigoriev, general director of EMPORIO RU who was drawn to the craftsmanship and detail of our castings and who was searching for more original works that are not available in Russia.
We are looking forward to this new venture and to working with such a well-respected showroom with offices in Moscow and St. Choosing Cabinet Pulls for Christmas Ornaments — Martin Pierce. Enjoy a virtual tropical vacation with our nature inspired door hardware — Martin Pierce. While many of you across the U.S. and Canada are digging yourselves out of yet another winter storm we are continuing to bask in unseasonably warm weather here in Southern California. I don't share this to make you feel bad but, rather, to introduce you to some of our custom hardware collections that will have you dreaming of blue skies and warmer climates.
Few places on earth have the variety of foliage and flowers as Hawaii. The islands are alive with colorful hibiscus, the state flower, leafy green ferns, elegant orchids, fragrant plumeria and exotic protea. We designed our orchid pull in silver plate that offers the ultimate in luxury for a client's island home. Enjoy a virtual tropical vacation with our nature inspired door hardware — Martin Pierce. Trees That Inspire Door Handles — Martin Pierce. A Textural Approach to Luxury Door Hardware — Martin Pierce. Martin Pierce's Custom Door Handles Shown in New Video Release. “The big advantage to showing our custom hardware in this format is you get to see and understand what we mean by functional art”. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 09, 2016. Martin Pierce: Powder Coating Door Handles by Martin Pierce. Martin Pierce: Powder Coating Door Handles by Martin Pierce. Unique Bronze Towel Rails — Martin Pierce. We are known for casting unusual custom door handles and our creative designer clients often will come to us with their ideas for a new concept which is how the dialogue began with a design group in Florida who specialize in luxury yacht interiors.
As I am not well versed in specifics of yacht interiors I had assumed all yacht fixtures needed to be very light weight and made in corrosive resistant stainless steel, so was pleasantly surprised when we were asked to use our fiddlehead fern motif to create towel rails and robe hooks in solid bronze. While the major component of a towel rail is a simple bar the fun and artistry comes in creating wall mounts to support the rail. However, with this custom project we were also tasked with making a curved towel rail to fit the wall surface in the master bathroom which was no easy feat given the very specific radius of the wall. HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO BAT LOVERS — Martin Pierce. When Martin and I were in Belize several years ago we stayed at the luxurious Blancaneaux Lodge, a Coppola resort and took a guided excursion by canoe to Barton Creek Cave.
Color As An Accent for Bronze Door Handles — Martin Pierce. Martin Pierce. Reflection of KAUAI Beauty in Martin Pierce Work — Martin Pierce. Thankfully, there were more accessible trails near Princeville including the Okolehao Trail, a 2.5 mile hike that climbs to 1,250 feet, which while muddy underfoot was home to a multitude of orchids, hibiscus and golden palm and bamboo. At the beginning of the trail we spotted a very well camouflaged frog which was especially rewarding as the arid conditions in our home, Los Angeles, have rendered frogs scarce in our local Nichols Canyon and Griffith Park.
There is one coastal road that takes you from Lihue to the remote and breathtaking craggy cliffs of Na Pali, where on route, tree lovers are rewarded with the sight of hundreds of Koa ,Eucalyptus and native Pine trees. The Koa trees are part of the acacia family and have wonderful airy feathery canopies that reminded me of the tree canopy used in our Hedgerow style of door handles. Princeville is also the location of the St. Regis hotel and we stopped by to see how well our. Anatomy of a Custom Patio Door Handle — Martin Pierce. Martin Pierce: Door Handing and Why It Is Important. Martin Pierce: Door Handing and Why It Is Important.
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