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A GUIDE TO ILLUMINATING DESIGN

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT A HOUSTON HIGH-RISE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

COASTAL ELEGANCE A RELAXING RETREAT IN SAN DIEGO’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE

NATURAL BEAUT Y

A LOOK INSIDE RANDY MCDANNELL’S DREAM GARDEN GETAWAY


PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through 2014. There are two important yearly events that take place in the lighting world, setting the direction and focus for the industry: the January and June Dallas International Lighting Markets. These events are the lighting industry’s version of Fashion Week in Milan and Paris. Although we are now in the midst of June market, the January market buzz has not stopped! The positive feedback and incredible growth across all of our new collections has been phenomenal. For June market, we are debuting a variety of innovative and energy-efficient collections from CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting), including upgrades to popular existing collections, and some brand new families from Troy Lighting. And we are already rolling up our sleeves, creating and designing new products across Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting® for 2015 that will be sure to impress.

Albion LED by Hudson Valley Lighting®

Littman Brands is also continuing to expand its reach among designers, specifiers and consumers using creative marketing, advertising and added value opportunities. Our new product video campaign is now in place with behindthe-scenes footage and up-close, 360 degree, detailed views of a wide range of our decorative collections. The response to these engaging product videos has been fantastic, and these visually stunning videos can be viewed on YouTube and by using Digimarc® Discover. Look for the special Digimarc Discover icon on select Littman Brands ads, in Corbett and Troy Lighting catalogs – and on select pages in this issue of Larger Than Light. Littman Brands Contract also continues to deliver exquisite designs across the country. These types of public installations and hospitality projects inspire consumers to recreate the looks they experience in their own homes. Some of our creations range from the simplest to most elaborate pieces – whatever a designer envisions can be created. We have also just finished a dedicated Littman Brands Contract video with behind-the-scenes footage from our factories to show all the amazing things our custom team can do. And most of our custom projects are constructed in the U.S.A., which gives Littman Brands’ team the control that is necessary for these very detailed projects. In this issue of Larger Than Light, we feature two beautiful and inspiring contract projects: Corbett Lighting’s standout fixtures in a Houston high-rise and Troy Lighting’s custom fixtures as part of an award-winning design at the San Diego Marriott in La Jolla, California. Littman Brands also recently participated in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase both as part of House Beautiful’s first West Coast Kitchen of the Year and in other areas of the showhouse. The Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase is one of the West Coast’s premier design showhouse events, featuring the work of the country’s top interior and landscape designers. Approximately 15,000 visitors tour the showhouse each year, and all the funds raised go directly to San Francisco University High School’s Financial Aid Program. The Kitchen of the Year feature will run in the October issue of House Beautiful – and look out for our own feature story in the next issue of Larger Than Light with more exclusive designer interviews. Through this opportunity, we secured placements in other areas of the showhouse, including an enchanting potting shed and gardener’s retreat – a peaceful, earthy sanctuary in the mansion that leads to the lush, beautifully landscaped garden. Designer Randy McDannell chose Hudson Valley Lighting’s Pelham and Troy Lighting’s Hangar 31 for their industrial appeal. We sat down to speak with Randy to talk about his inspiration for one of the most talked about rooms at the showcase. Also, this past April, Troy Lighting was part of the Design on a Dime charity event in New York, a yearly fundraiser where interior designers style rooms with donated products that are auctioned off for charity. Troy Lighting’s Morgan sconces were used in the ocean-inspired dining area and added warmth and vintage charm to the space. We are proud to be part of these great installations and charitable causes. As we get ready for the busy months ahead, I’d like to extend my appreciation to the entire Littman Brands family – including our extended family in our factories and our showrooms and reps. Thank you for your dedication and tenacity – and here’s to a great summer!

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Littman Brands is excited to incorporate Digimarc® Discover, a free app which provides access to behindthe-scenes product videos and other extra content on mobile devices and tablets. Look for the special icon throughout Larger Than Light, as well as in select Littman Brands ads and in Corbett Lighting and Troy Lighting catalogs. Here’s how it works:

1. Download the free Digimarc® Discover app from the App Store or Google Play™ store 2. Launch the app on your mobile device, smartphone or tablet 3. Hold your device 6” above the page and allow the camera to focus

Until next time, be well. David Littman Publisher/Chairman of Littman Brands

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Experience Digimarc® Discover

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4. Watch the image come to life in your web browser


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LIGHT

A GUIDE TO ILLUMINATING DESIGN

DEPARTMENTS

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Get The Look

Blend traditional warmth with contemporary cool

Trend Watch

Three trends enlightening designers this season

What’s New

The latest and greatest products from Littman Brands

Inspirations

Get a taste of culinary-inspired style

Real Light

Meet the winners of our Let It Shine contest

FEATURES

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Design on a Dime

Designers give back for a charitable cause

Natural Beauty

A look inside Randy McDannell’s dream garden getaway

Scan the photo above with Digimarc® Discover to see Corbett Lighting’s Fathom up close in stunning detail.

Coastal Elegance

A relaxing retreat in San Diego’s Golden Triangle

The Sky’s the Limit

A Houston high-rise reaches new heights

From the Showroom Floor How one showroom is shedding light on its local design community

Innovations in LED

Lighting up new possibilities with decorative LEDs

Front cover photo: Nikki Ritcher Photography

For editorial consideration, contributions and questions please contact: David Schlocker DRS and Associates 10844 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 david@drsandassociates.com

While Larger Than Light, Littman Brands and DRS and Associates make a supreme effort to ensure the information in these pages is accurate and errorless, they cannot be held responsible for the consequences of any erratum or inadvertence.

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GET THE LOOK Blend traditional warmth with contemporary cool for a balanced look that radiates comfort

MIX IT UP An industrial flush mount brings Machine Age design to the twenty-first century

DIG DEEP Pops of dark brown on warm neutrals add depth and ground the color palette

WAKE UP CALL Clean lines inspire bold style and instant energy

SHINE BRIGHT Metallic accents add pops of instant glam

COMFORT ZONE Plush fabrics create cozy contrast with utilitarian textures

MODERN MARVELS These industrial designs fuse nostalgic looks with today’s technology

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Vestal by Hudson Valley Lighting®

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TREND WATCH

Bright Ideas Three trends enlightening designers this season

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Retro Chic Regina Garcia, Interior Designer Regina Garcia Design, Charleston, SC www.reginagarciadesign.com “The trend toward self-expression through Mod lighting has become increasingly prevalent. A throwback to mid-century vibrancy, the Rockstar chandelier is indeed a performer. This stunning art piece not only provides necessary light, but it creates a playful light pattern through each of its natural agate slices.”

Rockstar by Corbett Lighting

All That Glitters Beverly Rivkind, Interior Designer Beverly Rivkind Interior Design, Norwell, MA www.beverlyrivkindinteriordesign.com

Industrial Revolution Kerrie Kelly, Interior Designer & Author Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Sacramento, CA www.kerriekelly.com “The design industry has become a hot bed Atlas by Troy Lighting for reusing and repurposing items and found objects. With the return and appreciation of hand forged items and the celebration of pairing vintage ephemera with modern functionality, rust and patina have gone from being cons to pros in the lighting arena. The industrial chic Atlas looks like it was reclaimed from a factory but works just like new.” L ARGER T H AN LIGHT | SUMME R

“Can we have energy efficiency without sacrificing glamour and great style? The Albion sconce proves it can be done – with flair. Combining LED technology with a great transitional look, its contemporary lines are truly modern but evoke Art Deco designs of the past. I’d use it almost anywhere in traditional as well as contemporary settings, from the entry foyer, dining room or living room to a powder room or master suite.”

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WHAT’S NEW Littman Brands is proud to showcase the latest in lighting artistry from Troy Lighting with a variety of innovative designs.

Nuage by Troy Lighting

Vortex by Troy Lighting

Vault by Troy Lighting

Canary Wharf by Troy Lighting

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DESIGN ON A DIME

How great design is making a difference

Troy Lighting recently gave back at the 10th anniversary of New York City’s popular design benefit Design on a Dime. Held at the downtown Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, the premier three-day event featured 60 of the world’s top interior designers, who created room vignettes with donated items that were auctioned off for the charity Housing Works. Troy Lighting donated two Morgan two-light wall sconces, which were displayed in a dining room vignette by designer and “Nest by Tamara” blogger Tamara Matthews-Stephenson, who has contributed to past issues of Larger Than Light. Channeling a dinner party at a “sophisticated cottage by the sea,” the room married classic styling with modern and whimsical touches. Troy’s industrial chic Morgan sconces were displayed alongside a color washed Persian rug as well as a large print peony wallpaper from Farrow & Ball and abstract art from local painters.

Morgan sconces by Troy Lighting

Hundreds of VIPS, designers, and design enthusiasts attended the Opening Night Reception, which was followed by a shopping extravaganza to auction off the designer items from the 10-foot-by12-foot vignettes. The event attracted around 3,000 guests, and all proceeds went to low-income and homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, Design on a Dime has raised more than $7 million in support of Housing Works, who provide lifesaving services to these New Yorkers.

Morgan sconces light up Tamara Matthews-Stephenson’s ocean-inspired vignette

Designer Inspiration Tamara Matthews-Stephenson, Interior Designer & Blogger nestnestnest.blogspot.com

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What was the primary inspiration behind your design? “I wanted to create a beautifully set table and vignette that was ready for a party but in a vacation-like setting for an added feeling of celebration. I brought in many accoutrements one finds living by the ocean (coral, seashells, etc.), and tapped into the casual elegance and beauty of nature for my room. I put starfish under glass and added unique art, lighting and furniture to help create the fantasy room.”

How did lighting play a role in the look you envisioned? “Lighting was key for setting the right mood. Sconces are an important lighting factor because when put on a dimmer, they provide the necessary mood lighting to create soft light. I like to have an overhead light, sconces and a few tabletop lights in a room so there are varying sources for reading or mood lighting.” What drew you to Troy Lighting’s Morgan sconces? “I loved their soft gold finish. Their rectangular shape worked well with the commissioned art piece they flanked, and their style worked well with the regal fireplace mantel. They are somewhat traditional but with the finish and mirrored back, they add a little surprise.”

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INSPIRATIONS

Perfec t Pairings Get a taste of culinary-inspired style From peanut butter and jelly to wine and cheese, some delicious pairings never go out of style. We’ve hit the road to find some flavorful combinations that go beyond the kitchen. With a cozy bistro, local pub and roadside diner as our muses, we present some inspired lighting and recipe combinations sure to whet your appetite.

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1. Mix together warm water, yeast, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Let stand 5-10 minutes until foamy. 2.  In an electric mixer bowl, mix together flour and coarse salt with your hands. Add butter and continue to mix until mixture is crumbly. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix until water is absorbed and dough is formed. 3.  Using the dough hook attachment, mix dough 6-8 minutes on medium speed until it is elastic and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap. 4. Put in refrigerator and chill at least 8 hours. 5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 6.  Roll dough into a 12” by 14” rectangle. Cut into one dozen 12” long strips, each about an inch wide. Transfer to a baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. 7. Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes. 8.  Roll out each dough piece into a 30-33” long rope (about 3/4 of an inch thick), starting from the center and working toward the ends. Make a “U” shape and cross the ends over, pinching at the bottom to form a pretzel. Return to baking sheet. 9. In a saucepan, combine 8 cups water, baking soda, beer, and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer pretzels, one at a time, until pretzel floats, about 30 seconds. Transfer to baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. 10. Sprinkle pretzels with pretzel salt. Bake for 5 minutes. Rotate baking sheet and continue baking until pretzels turn chestnut brown (4 to 6 minutes more). Remove from baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm with mustard.

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REAL LIGHT

Three designers let their lighting projects shine A room often doesn’t come to life until a designer sees it in real light. We asked designers and fans of Larger Than Light’s Facebook page to enter their best projects incorporating Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting® to our “Let It Shine” contest. While each entry shined bright, we narrowed it down to these three winning designs. FINALIST

Dolce by Corbett Lighting Oceanport, NJ

Designer: Robert Legere, Robert Legere Design, Asbury Park, NJ Photo: Peter Rymwid Inspiration: “The client wanted elegance, comfort and a welcoming setting. The house was located near the seaside with windows looking out onto the water. Dolce gave the room a level of sophistication with the casualness they were seeking. The pendant’s sophisticated crystal complemented the casual feel of the brushed metal finish and capiz shells. It cast a beautiful glow through the windows and onto the patio, especially at night.” Contact: www.robertlegeredesign.com

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FINALIST

Vertigo by Corbett Lighting Austin, TX

Designer: Allan Moore, Allan Moore & Associates, Dallas TX Inspiration: “The inspiration for the grouping of Vertigo fixtures was to add an unexpected ‘twist’ to the room setting. The use of these fixtures allowed us to incorporate several variables, blending shapes, heights, and mixed metals. This enhanced the room without overpowering the overall design of the space, whether it was viewed from eye level or admired from the second story walkways.” Contact: www.amooreassociates.com

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GRAND PRIZE

Gresham Park by Hudson Valley Lighting

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Designer: Robin Nadel, Robin Nadel Design Inc., Toronto, ON Photo: Ted Yarwood Inspiration: “This home was designed with a transitional aesthetic, and this room was a combined kitchen and family room. While these rooms typically evoke comfort, I wanted to instill it with a casual elegance. When I designed the custom square breakfast table, I specifically chose this light to emphasize its square shape and to dress up the room further. The piping on the shade and the crystal ball helped to achieve this effect.” Contact: www.rndesigninc.com

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Natural Beauty

A look inside Randy McDannell’s dream garden getaway Project: San Francisco Decorator Showcase Location: San Francisco, California Design Credit: RS McDannell, www.rsmcdannell.com

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This past Spring, dozens of the Bay Area’s top interior and landscape designers transformed an elegant 9,000 square foot mansion for the West Coast’s top home design event - the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Located at 3660 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights, the showcase exhibited a variety Designer Randy McDannell of showstopping spaces.Designer Randy McDannell, owner and principal of design firm RS McDannell, transformed the home’s potting shed, a two-room suite with direct access to the home’s garden, into a space that was anything but garden-variety. Known for his “nature detailed” philosophy, which interweaves design and Mother Nature, McDannell created a natural sanctuary with a peaceful, earthy feel. Lush greenery and plants were placed throughout the space, bringing warmth and contrast to the backdrop of muted grays, paneled walls, original cabinetry and worn metal counters. The room effortlessly combined the pursuits of work and pleasure with ample work spaces and areas to house gardening tools alongside shelves tastefully cluttered with pots, books, and other found treasures. It was easy to imagine the room’s occupant, a worldly traveler with a varied palette of cultural, artistic and botanical interests. The centerpiece and focal point of the potting shed was a 1970s Michael Taylor table, constructed of fossil stone and a tree trunk base. Hudson Valley Lighting ®’s sleek and streamlined Pelham pendant was chosen to illuminate the table’s soft-toned limestone surface. Its polished nickel finish beautifully contrasted the natural table, while its exposed turnkey and diffuser clamps gave it a timeworn look. The adjoining gardener’s retreat was a cozy space with thoughtful layering throughout: overstuffed beige cushions, textured pillows and chairs, patterned fabrics, and an eyecatching striped rug. Troy Lighting’s Hangar 31 pendants were selected to bring a large scale and industrial feel to the space. With a propeller-like shape and silver tones, Hangar 31 featured stainless steel aircraft cable suspension, further enhancing its industrial look and feel. A larger version served as a reading lamp, while a smaller pair illuminated the work counter’s original zinc top. The design team cleaned off decades of debris and gave the counter a good coat of wax to bring back its luster and patina. The result was a truly refreshing environment – perfect for work and rest. We talked to Randy McDannell to learn more about his inspired design.

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Troy Lighting’s Hangar 31 pendants shed light on the work counter in the potting shed

What was the biggest challenge in transforming the original spaces? The spaces had not been used in quite some time. They were riddled with large ducts across the ceilings, holes and damage to the original walls, cables and wires everywhere, and plenty of cobwebs and dirt. Like all designers in the showcase, we only had six weeks to transform the space. I was touch-up painting in my suit two hours before the opening party! What was the inspiration behind your design? In my presentation, I spoke of a gardener using this space who happened to be well-traveled, well-educated, likely from Europe, and who moved to San Francisco to pursue a love of gardening. I met the gardener [of the Showcase home] in my first week on-site, and as it turned out, he had been caring for the grounds for over 30 years and had moved here from France! You managed to turn a small, dark space into a bright, inviting sanctuary. How did you achieve this? The rooms spoke to me with their inherent charm and scale. My first thought was to paint the spaces in shades of gray because gray is considered the neutral in landscape (as black and white are in interiors). This allowed the “colors” of the green foliage and natural wood tones to stand out in the two rooms – lending a natural feel and comfort. To this, we added points and objects of interest and mixed art with utility to be enjoyed side by side. The rooms offered delight and discovery while being fully functional.

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How did lighting play a role in your design? As this was a north-facing potting shed, lighting was key. I felt industrial work and task lighting would be the natural choice here. Not only was this correct for the use of the space, but industrial style fixtures are a hot look currently – making them an ideal choice for a showcase. I like to design so that a space, garden or room reflects the time within which it was designed, yet transcends that time. The handsome and timeless fixtures I chose do just that in finish and scale true to their design. We balanced the lighting selection with contrasting vintage mid-century and contemporary lighting to give a sense of timelessness in a rustic yet sophisticated 2014 mix. Your work combines the wild elements of nature with the balance, scale and order of design. How do you unify the two? No one gets balance, scale and order of design better than Mother Nature. All you need to do is examine a leaf to see this. I find designing with nature to be very gratifying. There are times when things go in a direction you didn’t intend because, well, it’s nature doing what she wants! It adds to the challenge when the unexpected is added to the planned. Can you tell us more about the unique work table? The pinnacle piece of the two-room gardener’s suite was the early 1970s Michael Taylor table. It was constructed of fossil stone and a tree trunk base. This piece is truly signature “Michael Taylor,” who was one of the home’s interior designers over its hundred year history. I thought bringing a bit of his work back to the residence was fitting – and made for a very glamorous potting table. Just don’t try this at home. It took four men to bring the stone top in alone!

Hangar 31 by Troy Lighting Pelham by Hudson Valley Lighting in polished nickel

Hudson Valley Lighting’s Pelham pendant was a sleek and modern contrast to the more muted, traditional interior. What made you choose this lighting fixture? As soon as I had the Michael Taylor table on loan, I had an industrial light pendant in mind. I wanted the finish to be “dressed up” to provide a balance to the very natural table. The sharp nickel plate offered the contrast to the soft-toned limestone I was after. This finish also gave a nod to the garden tool collection in its shiny, clean state on display across the room. The amazing diffuser on the Pelham added yet another dimension to the light experience, which I pointed out to visitors who very much appreciated the resulting light that was cast onto the fossil stone table and plants. The detailing and quality of the mechanics were wonderfully executed and greatly surpassed what I had anticipated. It was a true highlight in the room. Three Troy Lighting Hangar 31 pendants add rustic styling to the space. What drew you to these fixtures? I wanted the Pelham to act as the primary light fixture, as it was coupled with the notable table centered in the room. However, I knew the work counter and the wood shaded windows would be another featured area. I wanted these fixtures to hold their own in scale while taking a step back in finish from the focal point cousin. As it turned out, the Hangar 31 fixtures grabbed nonstop attention and rightfully so. Few lamps available today capture the true large scale and textural feel of the industrial lamps from the previous century like these do. They are incredibly well-scaled, detailed and finished. The larger version, as a reading lamp in the gardener’s retreat area, got “wows” from most everyone who walked into that room. I loved its over-sized scale as a low hanging side lamp. The cable and cords were also perfectly detailed, and I really appreciated that the lights were shipped with a very generous length of cable. What were the guests’ reactions to your design and the Hudson Valley and Troy lights? Honestly, it’s been overwhelming. Everyone wants to know where to get them. I think there may be a line around the block over at City Lights right now!

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Custom dropped fixtures manufactured by Troy Lighting add drama and interest to the hotel lobby Photo Credit: Alison Duke Photography

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Coastal Elegance A relaxing retreat in San Diego’s Golden Triangle

Project: San Diego Marriott La Jolla Location: La Jolla, California Design Credit: Kay Lang + Associates, www.kaylangassocs.com

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Interior Designer Kay Lang

Located just minutes from the scenic Southern California coastline, the San Diego Marriott La Jolla is a luxury destination in San Diego’s Golden Triangle. An extensive $17 million renovation was recently completed at the hotel, featuring stunning guest rooms and a new restaurant and bar with an outdoor patio. During the renovation, Littman Brands Contract Troy Custom Division was called upon to manufacture custom lighting fixtures for many of the public spaces, which were transformed by Los Angeles-based interior design firm Kay Lang + Associates.

The design team’s goal was to infuse a sense of place into the interiors by opening up the space and inviting the outside in. The lobby and lounges were designed to reflect the ambiance of La Jolla and the surrounding areas. “We created layered lighting fixtures that incorporated textures and colors relating to the oceanic sunset atmosphere,” said designer Kay Lang. The design team drew out their lighting concepts, which were executed at Troy Lighting’s 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility in City of Industry, California.

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The hallway’s shape and height, along with the dark wood at the entrance to the Fresh restaurant, inspired angular custom fixtures

By using unique custom lighting in various shapes, sizes, heights and colors, the design team was able to create dynamic niches with varying degrees of light intensity within the larger space. “The variances create distinct ambiances in conjunction with the furniture, fixture and equipment choices,” said Lang. “They all relate to one another.” Addressing the Marriott brand requirements for public and private spaces, the finished areas allow guests to socialize or be in quiet zones. In the lobby, Lang used custom dropped fixtures to add drama and interest. The hallway’s shape and height, along with the dark wood at the entrance to the Fresh restaurant, inspired masculine, 21

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angular fixtures in both the hallway and lobby. Removing conventional boundaries, the newly designed Amuse restaurant and bar was created with inside and outside access to bring energy to the space. The open-air dining area invites guests to stay and mingle, while the sconces flanking the bar tie to the other lighting choices in the lobby. The brilliant work did not go unnoticed. The hotel was awarded “Best Renovation – Franchise Division 2013” with property owned and managed by HEI and interior design by Kay Lang + Associates. And it’s clear why – the result is sophisticated yet warm and inviting. 2 014 | LIT TMANB RANDS .CO M

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Corbett Lighting’s Spellbound LED pendants add dimension and flair to the high-rise’s lobby Photo Credit: Dan Piassick

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The Sky’s the Limit A luxury Houston high-rise reaches new heights Design Credit: Keaton Interiors Littman Brands Contract recently participated in the renovation of a luxury high-rise apartment complex in Houston, Texas. The 250-unit deluxe rental space featured a heated pool, spinning room, intimate library with fire place, a private screening room, club house, wine cellar, catering kitchen, and premier resident services. Design firm Keaton Interiors was hired to renovate the common areas, including the foyer, first floor areas and conference room – which utilized Corbett Lighting’s Spellbound, Vertigo and Cesto fixtures. “Corbett Lighting has always been on the creative edge,” said Andra Maldovan, founder of Keaton Interiors and lead designer for the project. “Their designs are interesting and unique for the market. This was a high-end property with many amenities, and we knew their product had lasting quality that would endure.” Maldovan’s goal was to create multiple intimate living areas within the high-rise’s walls. A wine room, private dining area, living spaces and interactive spaces were created over the span of four months. The next challenge was to bring light and energy to the spaces. A quartet of captivating Spellbound pendants were chosen for the lobby. “The architecture of the building was elegant yet simple,” said Maldovan. “It was very clean-lined and linear. To add dimension and flair, we chose Spellbound for the motion in its design.” Inspired by 1950s orbit chic, Spellbound’s flat-edged spiral shape and polished finish invigorated the cool, marbled space. The pendants were also selected for their high-powered, ultra thin LEDs, which added depth and brightness. To create movement, three Vertigo pendants were installed in the multipurpose conference room and dining area. Their dizzying design and modern silver finish punctuated the sophisticated space with dynamic energy. Additionally, Cesto pendants were chosen for the fluidity and scale they brought to the conference room and other spaces. Because the pendant had multiple lights, the design team placed one on each floor in the dark elevator lobbies. In the first floor lobby, Cesto’s unique, open ovalweave design allowed all available light to shine through and illuminate the paneled walls and stone floors in the tailored space.

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Corbett Lighting’s Vertigo pendants bring dynamic energy to the multipurpose conference room

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FROM THE SHOWROOM FLOOR

Lighting the Way How one showroom is shedding light on its local design community The Westfield Lighting Company is a local institution in Westfield, Indiana. Founded in 1977 by Phillip K. Montgomery, a wellknown electrical contractor for over 25 years, Westfield quickly evolved into a family run business. Phillip’s son-inlaw Jim Hutson and grandson Mike Hutson eventually The Westfield Lighting Company bought the company and began a partnership as father and son working side by side. When Jim retired in 2004, Mike and his wife Nancy took over operations. “Small business has been the backbone of America since the very beginning,” says Mike Hutson. “I hope Westfield Lighting Company is the kind of business that the employees, local community and all our customers can be proud to call their own.” Westfield recently redesigned its showroom layout to create a more customer friendly atmosphere. They reorganized fixtures by finishes and styles, added fresh coats of paint and new accessories, and created more lifestyle vignettes. “Customers can actually walk into our vignettes, sit down and imagine what the fixtures will look like in their homes,” says General Manager Ray O’Dell. “We have been told by many customers that our showroom has a more homelike feeling to it, and makes them want to stay longer.” Ray has been working at Westfield for 17 years, and Westfield has been working with Littman Brands for at least as long as he’s been there, Ray recalls. The team at Westfield works tirelessly to create a space that goes beyond the normal showroom, providing services you don’t see anywhere else. In a great example of a retailer embracing the design community, Westfield has a dedicated space in the center of its showroom for an interior designer. “She displays window treatments and vignettes of her designs, with a mixture of her products and ours,” says Ray. “I think it is just another service we offer our customers that sets us apart from the competition.” The showroom also includes a gallery that showcases talented local artists (glass blowers, potters, painters and sculptors) and provides them with an outlet to sell their products. “It gives them the opportunity to show their art to the public, and we benefit by using some of their products in our vignettes,” says Ray. Some

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A showroom vignette featuring Troy Lighting’s Revolution and other Littman Brands designs

antiques that were originally chosen as props have also become available for sale in another effort to diversify and stay ahead of the competition. As far as lighting trends go, Ray has noticed an uptick in customers coming in and asking for nostalgia lamps and other industrial-looking fixtures. He notes that LED sales are also starting to pick up. “From recessed lights to replacement lamps to decorative fixtures, I think we’re really starting to see some good designs with LED technology.” However, he notes that LED costs are still high. “In the Midwest, the return is not there yet, but I believe it will be soon.” While Westfield offers the majority of its products for sale online, Ray believes the showroom experience is still important for selecting the right lighting fixture. “I believe most customers want to actually touch, feel and see the product before they make the purchase,” says Ray. “I can’t think of a better way than to come into a warm, inviting showroom, sit down and envision ‘Your Home, Your Style, Your Way.’”

RAY’S LIGHTING PICKS:

“Troy and Corbett are two of my favorite lighting lines we offer. Their designs are always unique and on the leading edge. My favorite lighting fixture is the Revolution by Troy.”

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INNOVATIONS IN LED

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More efficient and longer lasting than any other light source, LEDs have become increasingly popular in home lighting applications. Unlike incandescents and CFLs, LEDs emit light in only one direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. With more decorative LED options than ever before, Littman Brands is leading the way in LED innovation.

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Corbett Lighting offers a variety of fashionable and cutting-edge LED collections. The Enlightened wall sconce features fully dimmable LED lights disguised as Buddha-inspired sculptures. With modern and sculptural designs, both the Tantrum and Fathom pendants feature a high-powered LED light engine at their core, dimmable with incandescent dimmers.

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Troy Lighting offers a variety of unique LED options. Utilizing LED technology and made from hand-formed iron and rebar, Sanctuary blurs the line between sculptural art and practical illumination. In addition, Troy RLM Lighting offers a variety of lamping options, including LEDs that are fully engineered for maximum performance.

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Hudson Valley Lighting® integrates nostalgic looks with modern LED technology. Sheridan’s LED lamps deliver bright illumination, while a powerful LED driver marries the Albion’s 20th century glamour with today’s energy-efficient technology. Not to be outdone, Nichols features towering triplex glass and a cutting-edge LED light source.

1 (clockwise from top) Corbett Lighting’s Tantrum LED pendants, Fathom LED pendant and Enlightened LED sconce

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3 (left to right) Hudson Valley Lighting’s Sheridan, Albion and Nichols LED sconce

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Do you have an interior design project incorporating a Littman Brands fixture? Show it off for a chance to win our “Let It Shine” contest. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and two runner-ups will receive a lighting fixture of their choice from Corbett Lighting, Troy Lighting or Hudson Valley Lighting® (valued up to $500). All three winners will also have their work published in the Summer 2015 issue of Larger Than Light magazine. Email your entry to largerthanlightcontests@gmail.com and include the following information: Hi-resolution photo Name of project Designer and/or firm The contest ends December 15, 2014, so submit today!

For more information, like Larger than Light on Facebook * Eligibility To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (green card). Littman Brands employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. Entry Format Entries may be color or black and white digital images, and less than 5 megabytes in size. Entries must be emailed to largerthanlightcontests@gmail.com. Multiple Entries per Person You may submit any number of entries into the contest. Inappropriate Content Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Littman Brands retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. Timeline Contest will start on June 1, 2014 and final entries will be accepted until December 15, 2014 , Copyright You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo. Ownership/Use Rights By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the Littman Brands website and Facebook page and used by Littman Brands for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. Littman Brands reserves the right to disqualify and delete any photographs or user profiles, without notice, and for any reason. Judging Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, visual appeal and effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the Littman Brands fixture. Littman Brands will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with these Official Rules may be disqualified. Winners Littman Brands will select three winners. Winners will be notified by email within one week of the winner announcement date, using the email address provided on the entry form. One winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Two runner-up winners will receive their choice of any Littman Brands fixture valued up to $500 net distribution price.

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