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WINTER

2017

L ARGER

LIGHT

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A GUIDE TO ILLUMINATING DESIGN

COOKING UP SOUTHERN COMFORT

MATTHEW QUINN SHEDS LIGHT ON 2016 KITCHEN OF THE YEAR

THE DEPTHS OF STYLE EXPLORING THE 2016 PHILHARMONIC HOUSE OF DESIGN

ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATION

REVITALIZATION OF THE WESTIN CRYSTAL CITY


PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE Bring on 2017! 2016 was quite a year, and the focus that our company maintained is the first thing I’d like to commend. We never took our collective eyes off the ball, and we are rolling into 2017 with vigor and enthusiasm. Across all of our brands we are introducing new collections, additions to existing collections, and technical and manufacturing innovations that will serve us well on both coasts. We remain on the cutting edge of lighting technology and design – continuing to lead the way in the use of LEDs in decorative as well as commercial and architectural lighting. 2016 had our brands involved in virtually every aspect of design. Once again, our brands were selected as the lighting brands of choice for House Beautiful magazine’s prestigious Kitchen of the Year, underscoring just what can be accomplished when forward-thinking decorative design meets with state-of-the-art engineering and technology. While Hudson Valley Lighting’s Lewis chandelier takes center stage in this dramatic and airy kitchen, Troy Lighting and Corbett Lighting also play important roles in this stand-out space. See inside for pictures of the project and an interview with Matthew Quinn, the designer, as he walks us through his thoughtful transformation of the residence. Our Brighten the World philanthropic activities have flourished this year. Brighten the World was created to be the platform for all of our philanthropic initiatives. I’m proud to report that this year’s altruistic endeavors enabled us to participate in a number of charitable events. I encourage you to read more about Brighten the World in this issue. As for the state of our Littman Brands’ infrastructure and production facilities, our newly built Wappingers Falls headquarters and distribution center is a state-of-the-art facility that has already shown itself to be a vital creative and business hub for Hudson Valley Lighting. This 261,000+ square foot facility is now home to all of Hudson Valley Lighting’s employees and is designed to efficiently inventory Hudson Valley’s full range of products, be an East Coast extension of inventory for Troy, Corbett, and CSL Lighting, as well as house much of our sister company, SONNEMAN- A Way of Light’s inventory. We will be celebrating the ‘grand opening’ this spring and we invite everyone to come and visit whenever anyone is in the Hudson Valley. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017. Here’s to new growth in creativity and productivity and everything that is Larger Than Light. Thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm for our family of brands. David Littman Publisher/Chairman of Littman Brands

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LARGER THAN

WINTER 2017

LIGHT

A GUIDE TO ILLUMINATING DESIGN

DEPARTMENTS

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Get The Look

Enrich the depth of design through mixed materials

Trend Watch Trends enlightening designers this season

What’s New The latest and greatest products from Littman Brands

In the News The Material ConneXion Library and first annual immersive ideation think tank

Real Light

Meet the winners of our “Let It Shine” contest

Inspirations Going right to the source with bare bulbs

FEATURES

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Cooking Up Southern Comfort Matthew Quinn Sheds Light on 2016 “Kitchen of the Year”

The Depths of Style Exploring the 2016 Philharmonic House of Design

Hudson Valley Lighting Headquarters A look into the new home of Hudson Valley Lighting

Architectural Transformation Revitalization of the Westin Crystal City

From the Showroom Floor Lighting Innovations on the California coast

Innovations in LED CSL’s timeless lights embrace the newest technology

Cover: The open-plan kitchen showcasing Hudson Valley Lighting’s Lewis chandelier as a focal point. Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill, 2016 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

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, they cannot be held responsible for any erratum or inadvertence.


GET THE LOOK This sumptuous sitting room rethinks a neutral color palette using diverse textures MIXED MATERIALS Glass and metal pairings result in elegant and versatile centerpieces

CROWNING TOUCH Handcrafted Piastra glass set against gold-leaf finish exudes a luxurious feel

Fenwater by Hudson Valley Lighting®

NEUTRAL PALETTE Play with contrasting wood, marble and fabric textures without compromising a unified look

Anello by Corbett Lighting

ACCESSORIZE BRAVELY Juxtapose solid and soft surfaces for an element of rich intrigue Motif by Corbett Lighting

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Calligraphy by Corbett Lighting

TREND WATCH

Bright Ideas Three trends enlightening designers this season

Design Reflecting Reality

Conversation Starters Jeffrey Johnson, Interior Designer Jeffrey Design LLC, Dallas, TX www.jeffreydesignllc.com

Laurie Gorelick, Interior Designer Laurie Gorelick Interiors, Natick, MA www.lauriegorelickinteriors.com “More and more, design reflects our view of the world. It responds positively with symbols showing acceptance, or negatively with symbols inapposite to the current world order. The scale is tipping to acceptance of design elements reflecting high contrasts, and trending toward designs that incorporate hard and soft, rough and smooth, opaque and translucent, shiny and matte, all in one. Take for example Troy Lighting’s Origami Pendant. In hand-worked iron, the matte bronze exterior shell contrasts with its shiny gold-leaf interior. The random hard angles of the metallic shell are in stark contrast with the translucent glass orb. Corbett Lighting’s Modernist pendant is similarly symbolic. The core features polished stainless pointed planes, some of which are finished in silver and gold leaf, penetrating the textured linen cylindrical shade. Elements in stark contrast—converge in a single sculptural piece – a metaphor for a world grappling with disruptive chaotic elements.”

Origami by Troy Lighting

Modernist by Corbett Lighting

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“I was drawn to Troy’s Atomic for its individual style. Atomic has identical components that draw the eye to its design. Coupled with its multiple finishes, Atomic conveys quite a strong presence with its classic style. Another favorite of mine is Corbett Lighting’s beautiful Calligraphy chandelier, which has quite unusual movement in its design elements. It allows you to see through space without blocking any of the room. The shape of the chandelier is so effortless and calming, while the silver leaf details are breathtaking. Every room needs a conversation piece, and this chandelier will certainly be talked about!” Atomic by Troy Lighting

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WHAT’S NEW From dazzling pendants to industrial wall sconces, Littman Brands is proud to showcase the latest in lighting artistry and design with new collections from Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting®.

Harrison Hudson Valley Lighting®

Network by Troy Lighting

Audiophile by Troy Lighting

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Boca by Hudson Valley Lighting®

Majorette by Corbett Lighting

Mont Blanc by Corbett Lighting

Apollo by Troy Lighting

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NEWS MATERIAL CONNEXION Littman Brands and Interior Design magazine hosted their first annual Immersive Ideation Think Tank in New York at Material ConneXion Library

With the goal of stimulating continued creativity, inspiration and great design, Littman Brands Contract and Interior Design magazine recently hosted an Immersive Ideation Think Tank on creative lighting design, solutions and innovation for a select group of designers who are at the top of their game and specialize in unique lighting installations. The event was held in New York, at the world headquarters of Sandow Media – home to Interior Design, Culture + Commerce, Luxe Interiors + Design, Worth, MediaJet, ThinkLab and Material ConneXion. Included in the intimate scheduled sessions was a tour of Material ConneXion Library, the world’s leading materials library and consultancy. The library staffs a global team of material scientists and experts who help creatives across industries, from fashion to architecture to automotive. In the spirit of thinking outside of the norm, our director of custom and design, Nicolas Baldoni, visited Material ConneXion a month prior to the event and selected a few interesting materials from the library to work with at our custom manufacturing facility. He presented his concepts to the think-tank guests. Mood boards and unique lighting designs were shown as examples of what Littman Brands’ custom division can do with just a touch of inspiration from these remarkable materials. Baldoni even had a working visual test-lab with various lighting options and techniques demonstrated. Inside the Material ConneXions Library.

Participants walked away with a fresh sense of purpose and perspective, ready to collaborate and bring new and remarkable designs to the world. They also learned even more about Littman Brands services, design capabilities and custom manufacturing operations.

A closer look at the Material ConneXions Library.

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PICNIC BY DESIGN

Brightening the world by giving back

Littman Brands’ Brighten the World initiative focuses on enriching lives around the globe by giving back to the community at large. While we at Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting, Hudson Valley Lighting and Littman Brands believe that success is a product of A tempting picnic scene created for a good cause. determination and vision, we also know it takes a measure of good fortune. That is why we are dedicated to using our resources to extend the benefits of good fortune to those in need. We embrace and commit to philanthropic causes that bring comfort and care to vulnerable members of society, not only across the United States, but also around the world. One recent highlight of the campaign included the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) picnic event this summer. Troy Lighting and Corbett Lighting both proudly supported DIFFA at their Picnic By Design in New York. DIFFA’s humanitarian efforts include raising awareness and granting funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. Picnic By Design is DIFFA National’s summer celebration that highlights design, food and fun for a worthy cause. Picnic By Design brings together designers, manufacturers and artists whose work is enjoyed, celebrated and bid on by DIFFA supporters. Funds raised support their grant-making efforts to help nonprofit organizations across the country combating HIV/AIDS. Guests are invited to sip cocktails and wine, while savoring picnic fare from fabulous NYC restaurants and bidding to win one-of-a-kind designer picnic baskets.

Think Tank participants and Director of Custom and Design Troy-CSL Nicolas Baldoni demonstrating the visual test laboratory (top).

An overview of the impressive displays vying for attention at DIFFA’s annual Picnic By Design.

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REAL LIGHT A room really comes to life with the right 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

Habitat by Troy Lighting Austin, TX

Designer: Allan Moore & Associates Interiors, Dallas, TX Photo: Courtesy of Allan Moore & Associates Inspiration: “We loved the overscale statement that it made for this modern farmhouse. We felt like it would be unexpected and bold, and we also loved the texture of the shade!” Contact: www.amainteriors.com

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Bristol by Hudson Valley Lighting

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Designer: Amanda Webster Design, Jacksonville, FL Photo: Neil Rashba Inspiration: “Hudson Valley Lighting’s Bristol sconces were perfect for this application in multiple ways. First of all, the tall linear shape allowed us to maximize the mirrors while providing lighting on both sides of the makeup vanity. This angle of light is extremely flattering and useful for makeup application. The finial details coordinated very well with the plumbing we selected and the shape reinforced the vertical repetition set up by the tall cabinets and mirror dividers. The sconce in the Bunk Room was chosen for its nautical detailing that was the perfect complement to the mirror hardware and porthole windows in that space.” Contact: www.amandawebsterdesign.com

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GRAND PRIZE

Calligraphy by Corbett Lighting Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Designer: Kelly Inglis, Wolseley Studio, Calgary, Canada Photo: Christina Varro

Inspiration: “After visiting some other lighting stores, a client came to me in distress looking for large, contemporary and impactful lighting for their great room and foyer. At that point, I discovered that they were actually building their retirement home, and needed to light the entire interior and exterior. I was able to visit the site at the framing stage to view the space. The great room had 20’ barrel ceilings, and the contractor had just installed 16 (4” housing / PAR20-LED) down lights. Knowing that this was their retirement home, I offered an alternate low maintenance LED spec that I thought was more suitable for the space and the clients’ needs. With the help of the CSL team, we were able to produce a lighting calculation with high performance LED units and to reduce the housing to 6x units and increase the light output 4x. This gave the ceiling a much cleaner and airier feel, while also increasing the light performance. Alternatively, this allowed me to select the more decorative, contemporary and impressive light fixtures that the client was originally looking for without compromising light output. The new ‘Calligraphies’ were introduced on the final week of our selections. The soft silver leaf finish was neutral enough to blend within the space. The lines of the fixture complemented the cedar beams following the lines of the barrel ceilings and were a dramatic high light of the home. The combination of indirect and direct illumination created unexpected shadows, which created lots of drama. The client and I were both very excited and extremely satisfied with the end result.” Contact: www.wolseleystudio.com

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INSPIRATIONS

Going Bare Nostalgia’s warm glow is in full effect with these single- and multiple-bulb pendants from Troy Lighting. With thick, beautifullyshaped glass, Audiophile and Pulley celebrate the aesthetic of an exposed coil-filament bulb. Troy’s trademark industrial evocations are evident in the detailed knurling of Audiophile’s contrasting bulb base and handsome woven cord, as well as Pulley’s creative appropriation of a construction site’s beam and pulley system, making these pieces perfect for urban lofts and rustic barns alike.

Audiophile by Troy Lighting

Citizen by Troy Lighting

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Last year designer Ken Fulk breathed life into an 1850’s home in New Orlean’s Garden District. It was the first time Kitchen of the Year took place inside of a private residence. This year, House Beautiful continues that trend with a home in the Bulkhead area of Atlanta, Georgia in the established Peachtree Park neighborhood. Not only is the 9th annual Kitchen of the Year in a private residence, it’s home to lawyer and single mother of young twin boys, Elizabeth Garvish, giving renowned designer, Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, even more incentive to make the home both livable and stylish. Using a diverse mix of industrial, country and modern styles, Quinn worked his magic, creating a space at once functional and breathtaking. “The layout is wonderfully accommodating for family time and entertaining. That’s hard to pull off — something that feels intimate for three or 30,” said House Beautiful editor in chief, Sophie Donelson. The design of the kitchen features an open layout with a sumptuous selection of whites, blues, grays and golds, while design elements like exposed beams and the curved breakfast nook marry in a natural, yet unconventional way. This mixed medley of design and texture is no accident. According to Quinn it’s a touch of Southern flair. “Not everything is the same. We’re more eclectic here. Everything is not all shiny; patterns and metals are mixed.” Having proudly sponsored Kitchen of the Year for three years running, Littman Brands fixtures can be found throughout the home, serving to elevate and enhance each space. Last year’s house was filled with over 20 Troy and Hudson Valley Lighting fixtures. This year’s residence boasts an impressive mixture of Troy, Hudson Valley and Corbett Lighting pieces, which include quite a few sconces – a favorite of Quinn’s thanks to their design versatility. “Using sconces in kitchens, bars and butler’s pantries adds an element of sophistication to a

Cooking Up Southern Comfort

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For three years running, Littman Brands has proudly participated in House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year project. This year’s house in the Bulkhead area of Atlanta, Georgia presented unique challenges and opportunities in design. This year’s choice for Kitchen of the Year is in a private residence, home to lawyer and single mother of young twin boys, Elizabeth Garvish. This gave renowned designer Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio even more incentive to make the home both livable and stylish. Using a diverse mix of industrial, country and modern styles, Quinn worked his magic by creating a space that’s both functional and breathtaking. “The layout is wonderfully accommodating for family time and entertaining,” he said. “That’s hard to pull off — something that feels intimate for three or 30,” House Beautiful editor- in-chief, Sophie Donelson said.

The 2016 KOTY house in Atlanta’s Peachtree Park neighborhood. Exterior-Photo-Kathryn W RogersKWR Photography.

The design of the kitchen features an open layout with a sumptuous selection of whites, blues, greys and golds. Design elements like exposed beams and a curved breakfast nook marry in a natural yet unconventional way. This mixed medley of design and texture is no accident. According to Quinn, it’s a touch of Southern flair. “Not everything is the same,” Quinn said. “We’re more eclectic here. Everything is not all shiny; patterns and metals are mixed.” Last year’s house was filled with over 20 Troy and Hudson Valley Lighting fixtures. This year’s residence boasts an impressive mixture of Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting, and Hudson Valley Lighting, including quite a few sconces – a favorite of Quinn’s, thanks to their design versatility.

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“Using sconces in kitchens, bars and butler’s pantries adds an element of sophistication to a space by creating a layered look,” Quinn said. “They need not match the overhead lighting exactly. Style, scale and proportion should be considered first. Then a sconce selection can be made to be featured or to blend in.” Hudson Valley Lighting’s Lewis chandelier is the focal point of the kitchen, with its glistening crystal and solid brass rods in varying lengths. It hangs above the breakfast nook, with its vertical lines lending an elegant sense of movement while uniting the entire space. Ornamented above the window is Hudson Valley’s Leyden sconce. Its white shade and Aged-Brass frame complement the overall color scheme of the room. “The clean lines and simplicity of the Leyden sconce in brass work seamlessly on the range wall, allowing the Lewis chandelier over the breakfast table to be the star of the kitchen space,” Quinn said. “Meanwhile, right next door in the bar, the sleek Marlow pendant, in Polished Nickel, highlights the oval window in an already dramatic space that mixes metal, wood and high-gloss lacquered cabinets.” The walk-in pantry faces the entryway of the house, which prompted Quinn to use beautiful glass doors with chevron glass tiles from AKDO, while placing Hudson Valley Lighting’s Middlebury fixture inside, against Thibaut’s Windward Sisal grass cloth, to draw the eye toward the ceiling. Known for incorporating fashion-forward elements and materials within their designs, Corbett Lighting was used in the bar area with its organic, molecular-inspired Element flush mount. Integrating classical elements, the office displays grey damask wallpaper and two of Hudson Valley Lighting’s Hillsdale vintage-cast swivel wall sconces. The powder room combines classic and contemporary styles by uniting a traditional pedestal sink with a modern

The walk-in pantry featuring Hudson Valley Lighting’s Lynden flush mount.

Corbett Lighting’s organic Element adds an aura of intrigue to the wet bar.

paperweave charcoal wallpaper. The vanity mirror is illuminated by two of Troy Lighting’s Andromeda sconces, which emphasize the beauty of modern simplicity while adding a futuristic touch. Throughout the home, a total of 24 Hudson Valley Lighting, Corbett Lighting, and Troy Lighting chandeliers, pendants, flush mounts, and wall sconces work in tandem to create an atmosphere of livable elegance and artistic nuance, a rich ambience of Southern gentility in which no comfort is lost.

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The wet bar, showcasing the Marlow Pendant from Hudson Valley Lighting.

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The Depths of Style Exploring the 2016 Philharmonic House of Design

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The 24th annual Philharmonic House of Design was unveiled this past summer. All efforts went to benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange County‘s nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs. Embracing a maritime feel, the 2016 house encompasses the style and comfort of coastal living. Over 8600 square feet of living space were reimagined in the Mediterranean style home on California’s Dana Point. With sweeping ocean views and spacious rooms, the house was a primed palette awaiting the touch of the 15 renowned designers who took on the charitable task. It was also a blank canvas for these designers to make livable, layered spaces with Corbett Lighting, Troy Lighting, and Hudson Valley Lighting fixtures creating ambient, task, and accent layers of illumination. In the kitchen on the main floor, interior designer Wendy Miller of WAM interiors employed a transitional style emphasizing clean lines—as opposed to the extremes of either ultra-modern minimalism or over-the-top opulence. Instead, there are elements of both in the kitchen, and the result is a spectacular space, ideal for cooking while still serving as a natural gathering place for entertaining large groups as well as more intimate get-togethers. The rich, dark wood of the cabinetry along with the marble of the countertops and backsplash add a sense of texture and depth to the crisp look of the room. The feeling provided by Miller’s fresh and lustrous design choices is the perfect mix of clean comfort and sumptuous style. Prominently featured above the island in the open kitchen are a series of three Blake pendants in Polished Nickel finish. Miller wanted something eye-catching for the vast ceiling and the moment she saw Blake, she knew it was the right choice. “I love Hudson Valley Lighting anyway,” Miller said when discussing her choice, “I needed something larger than life. It’s a big space and the scale had to be correct for the size of the kitchen I was doing. Something whimsical and fun on that scale is hard to find.” The Blake pendants had exactly the characteristics she was searching for. “It’s fun, edgy, different. [Hudson Valley Lighting] does a great job with that. They always do.”

The double range, dark wood cabinetry and marble backsplash contrast yet complement each other for a rich, textured look.

Hudson Valley Lighting’s Blake pendants above the island tie together the clean lines and comfortable feel of the open kitchen’s transitional style.

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Showcased over the winding stairs, Troy Lighting’s Carousel chandelier and matching wall sconce.

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Showcased over the winding stairs, the Carousel chandelier and wall sconce create a stunning focal point. The classic, antique-inspired rustic design with a touch of whimsy maintains the relaxed, oceanic motif of the home, bringing in a classically elegant design. Troy Lighting’s Acme can be found in the upstairs hallway, providing a nuts and bolts solution to the need for style and functionality. Another very special room in this sprawling Mediterranean masterpiece is a boy’s bedroom, created from the imagination of Judy Ziccardi of Lighting Innovation and Metamorphosis Design. Any true ocean explorer (or pirate) would be at home on the custom designed and built boat bed with the Troy Lighting Charleston sconce lighting the way from the headboard. The bed and shelving were entirely hand-crafted by Metamorphosis Design from reclaimed wood. Above hangs the main chandelier, Outer Banks, guiding the young explorer’s ship through treacherous waters. Evoking the warm atmosphere of its namesake islands, the fixture possesses an organic feel in a modern form. The fixture’s smoked glass shades, handwoven rope and hand-worked wrought iron metalwork combine to reflect the nautical theme, while Ziccardi’s custom canopy is reminiscent of a compass rose.

Troy Lighting’s Acme sconces guide the path along the hall.

Farther into the room, the deep blue accent wall inspires thoughts of the ocean while the color on the remaining walls follows beachy tones—pale and sea beaten. The desk is a special vintage feature. Fully restored, it’s a perfect surface for the lucky boy to create his explorer’s scrapbook and maybe finish his homework, if he ever finds the time! Custom-framed vintage artwork, including an old world map, skeletal whale sketches, and Northern and Southern Hemisphere astronomy, complete the wall décor. If the young explorer moves off his ship, he can take the modified Atkins lantern to illuminate his path. In the closet he’ll find several mirror-lined Brooklyn fixtures, whose slim, industrial styling fits the design scheme while remaining both handsome and unique. Continuing on into the shipshape bathroom pictured to the left, Troy Lighting’s Embarcadero sits proudly above the mirror displaying just the right feel with its antique mirror-lined interior and early electric style bulbs. The round mirror surrounded in reclaimed wood and the provide plenty of personality. We applaud all the designers who worked together seamlessly on this project. The resulting design is a symphony of sophisticated style.

Troy Lighting’s Embarcadero bath sconce adds a rustic touch to this shipyard-themed bathroom.

AN EYE FOR STYLE The Lighting Innovation/Metamorphosis team, comprised of Judy Ziccardi, Milly Gray, Karin Senkbeil, Aaron Robbins, Clay Williams, Steve Isaksen and Alex Miranda went more than a step above — or should we say below — when it came to carrying through the deep-sea theme of the home. Meet Clive, the octopus, who lurks beneath the stairs in the Philharmonic House of Design, resting in front of a 60 gallon aquarium. Clive was handmade using re-purposed materials: such as throw-away plywood, egg cartons and a paperweight for his giant eye. The eye is even backlit with color-changing fiber optics, making Clive a one-of-a-kind treasure just waiting to be discovered. Clearly, creativity and craftiness are no obstacles for the team, who spent hours carving, shaving, spraying, prepping and painting to bring Clive to life with spectacular results. L AR GER T H AN LIGHT | WINTE R

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Hudson Valley Lighting’s New Home Hudson Valley Lighting expands its home-base in new location in Hudson Valley

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“You’re going to need a bigger boat.” These famous words may have been uttered in a little movie about a great white shark with an appetite problem, but they were applicable to Hudson Valley Lighting. As the company has continued to grow each year, it became clear that the humble digs in which they had started in and out of which they had been operating for the past thirty-odd years were not going to cut it anymore. After a long struggle to develop a new property in Newburgh, the company managed to stay in the Hudson Valley by acquiring a former Coca-Cola distribution center on an 67-acre parcel of land in Wappingers Falls, across the water from their previous home. No matter—commuters crossing a bridge daily now can well imagine the wonder and awe Henry Hudson and his crew must have felt first carving their craft through the mists and mountains on the mighty river. The stunning transformation that ensued was of the sort featured on design blogs and restoration shows, but instead of a home for a family, it was the home of a great and growing company.

The primary impetus was to have a facility that could adequately stock and most efficiently ship their growing amount of product. 245,000 square feet of the behemoth new building was dedicated to this task. To maximize stock, this new distribution facility has narrow aisles, very tall racks, and wire-guided machinery to avoid accidents. Significantly more dock doors allow a large number of freight trucks to pull up, load up, and ship out all day, every day. This state-of-the-art, maximized-productivity mindset was mirrored in the public-facing side of the building, only in a much more aesthetic way. David Littman had a massive skylight installed high above the entrance to encourage “The sky’s the limit” thinking in Hudson Valley Lighting’s employees. The entryway is also adorned with a welcoming assortment of beautiful Dunkirk chandeliers, festive at any time of year. The new space is open and transparent, with glass walls surrounding the downstairs Conference Room and upstairs Training Room, door-

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sized glass panels looking into every office, an open space Customer Service center, a collaborative office environment paired with an open creative meeting space across the hallway for the Marketing and Business Development team, and a stunning Design Studio (which we’ll show you more of in the next issue) set to house a growing team of designers and engineers. Ergonomic workstations, built-in ceiling speakers, interactive wall monitors, and real furniture are the norm. Driven by the belief that their heirloom-quality lighting fixtures really do enhance life, Hudson Valley Lighting bedecked the new work space with their lights. Crystal-rod Lewis pendants hang over each table in the dining area. A stunning maximum-sized Fleming suspends over all in the center of the Conference Room. Two tumbling Roundouts illuminate the creative meeting space. Hinsdales hover over drafting tables in the Design Studio. Integral to the company’s identity is the enriching influence of art, so genuine and sometimes staggering works of art have been gradually appearing, bringing a charge to the workplace. At a recent holiday dinner party, employees bonded by painting in a commissioned mural along one long wall in the pristine cafeteria attached to the distribution facility. The whole facility, while made to be comfortable and beautiful, is also made to get ready to work. All offices feature walls with a panel of paint made to use erasable marker on. Given the company culture of spontaneous meetings, all rooms and virtually all surfaces are set to

Hudson Valley Lighting’s 245,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center.

be written on and wired for cutting-edge information sharing. Sitting on the thick shag carpet around a white metal coffee table in the creative meeting space, one employee might outline ideas and key points in erasable marker across its cool blank surface while another uses a remote keyboard to pull up something online on the wall-mounted monitor. With new information management systems in place, a stunning new headquarters fully integrated with state-of-the-art technology for communicating and sharing ideas and information, and an expanding team of bright and ambitious people, Hudson Valley Lighting stands poised to become one of the most trusted and envied brands in the design world, ready to create and satisfy demand in a 21st-century fashion.

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CUSTOM PROJECTS

Architectural Transformation Revitalization of the Westin Crystal City Design: Kay Lang + Associates Photography: Jason Dewey Photography Wrapped up in the political atmosphere and attractions that surround our nation’s capital is The Westin Crystal City hotel located nearby in Arlington, Virginia. In 2014, Westin expanded its presence in Arlington with the acquisition and extensive renovation of a Sheraton Hotel in hopes of revitalizing one of the largest local downtown areas. Design firm Kay Lang + Associates assisted with the renovation, and Ms. Lang called upon Littman Brands Contract to help create and execute a comprehensive custom order for the hotel’s main common areas. “One of the reasons why I chose Littman Brands Contract was because they fit within the brand and budget – a nice balance of quality and value,” Lang said. continued on page 33 31

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The design concept behind the renovations was to update the facilities by incorporating the standards and modern design aesthetic that stays true to the Westin brand. One of the largest transformations was made to the main entry lobby area. “We designed the space so that when you first walk in, the bar and lounge would be front-and-center,” Lang said. A crucial element in the design is Westin’s Nutrio Restaurant and Bar. A complete redesign of the building moved the bar from the periphery to a prominent location facing the entryway of the hotel. In order to create a warmth and glow as you enter the space, Lang wanted to incorporate a statement piece to position over the bar. “When conceptualizing the custom piece above the bar, we designed the acrylic to be constructed in different tones and textures in order to create a dynamic, architectural feel,” Lang said.

Located in the lobby is a small atrium that extends to the second floor. Lang worked with Littman Brands Contract to create three custom fixtures that would bridge the gap between floors while maintaining a contemporary style. The fixtures are constructed of a square frame in a light-toned acrylic with metal accent connectors, matching the modern, linear design of the interior. A constant throughout the entire main floor are the custom-designed wall sconces. To provide continuity with the lobby and restaurant pendants, the shade is constructed of the same light-toned acrylic. The rectangular back plate has a polished chrome finish, which acts as a mirror reflecting the interior of the hotel.

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THE SHOWROOM FLOOR

Lighting Innovations How Judy Ziccardi’s client-centered showrooms thrive in the Golden State Sunny California: the home of an eclectic mix of surfers, Hollywood icons and Silicon Valley engineers. The warm climate and ocean views inspire a relaxed atmosphere where both lavish beauty and sophisticated technology are appreciated and sought after with equal fervor. Both of Judy Ziccardi’s Lighting Innovations showrooms have found their home. And, as a reflection of the diverse environment, each showroom has a very different personality. The Laguna Design Center serves mostly tradespeople—designers, architects, builders and electricians; while the San Clemente locale has a much more casual, beachy vibe and mainly deals directly with consumers. Both showrooms display Littman Brand products throughout practically every square inch of space. “Troy, Corbett and Hudson Valley Lighting are the top three players,” Ziccardi said. Why? “They have been able to maintain perfectly stylized products at a good price point. That’s really what it comes down to.” But when asked to pick a favorite, Ziccardi refused, insisting it was too difficult to isolate just one. Ziccardi pointed to the OC Philharmonic House of Design (see page 21) as an example. “We used quite a few [Littman Brands products],” she said. “They have so many fun fixtures, you can just kind of run with them.” When asked what sets Lighting Innovations apart, Ziccardi pointed immediately to the staff. “I’ve always employed the most talented and amazing people.” Ziccardi believes there’s no job too big or small, having started in the business herself 35 years ago as a teenage cleaning girl for a lighting showroom and working her way up to opening her own showroom in 2004. Everyone who works at Lighting Innovations has some other creative ability that they utilize as well. From pastry chef to metalworker, the range of talent is astounding. They combine their efforts to great effect. For example, they put together the new showroom in San Clemente. Ziccardi and her team did everything from painting the concrete floor to arranging each fixture. It’s this personal, people-centered approach that Ziccardi believes sets her showrooms apart. “Aside from the obvious ability to touch, feel and experience the lights in person, you have actual real people being able to help you through the process,”she said. “Most importantly, when there are issues, which unfortunately are bound to happen, we actually address them. We don’t leave people hanging.” Ziccardi and her team go above and beyond for everyone by researching for all of their clients, including top designers. “Give us style and budget direction, and we will send back design options,” she said. When asked about the future direction of the lighting industry and what may be missing currently, Ziccardi pointed to California and Florida’s warm climate, which allows for large outdoor living areas. “There is still a limited amount of exterior chandeliers that are large enough,” she said. Without a good selection of scale-sized fixtures, Ziccardi and others like her are left without a lot of options. “There’s an untapped market for that.” Learn more about Lighting Innovations www.lightinginnovationldc.com

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INNOVATIONS IN LED It’s no mystery why LEDs have become the light source of choice for many lighting designers. Not only do they use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they also last 25 times longer and require virtually no maintenance because they generate little to no heat. Currently offering more LED options than ever before, Littman Brands is lighting up new possibilities with a variety of energy efficient and high performance collections.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with saying that ‘change is the only constant,’ and his wise words hold true in every aspect of life including design. In the lighting industry, technology and design are constantly evolving, as witnessed by the subtle and not-so-subtle changes we see here. Downlighting has evolved from the 1970s track lights to the more decorative inset ‘cans’ that are seen everywhere nowadays. CSL has been at the forefront of many of these changes; using high performance, energy-efficient eco-LEDs with the highest

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possible power factors and lumen outputs. This year they’ve responded to industry needs by introducing trimless eco-downlights to their collections - and not only round trimless but square trimless; available in 1”, 3” and 5” diameters. These adjustable downlights offer architects, designers and homeowners an interesting alternative to the circle. Trimless downlights provide the cleanest possible look to structures, which is why they are so sought after.

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LET IT SHINE BRIGHTER! ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO

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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 2017 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 May 16, 2017, 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 January 1, 2017 and final entries will be accepted until May 16, 2017. 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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