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August Eye-Catcher: Crew

Summer is a time for nautical hues, natural materials and seaside vibes. In June, we released one of our favorites from the pendant line: Crew, a striking pendant paying homage to the season we long for all year. Crew was chicly designed with a hint of coastal panache in mind, including pressed holophane glass globes covered in a wire cage inspired by vintage maritime lighting. Its refined details add a fresh, minimalist elegance to embrace a sense of the sea.

“While we consider it a unique design among others in our line of pendants, Crew can still complement multiple decors, including industrial, coastal, rustic and modern homes,” said Lauren Lovett, Product Director.

Offered in crisp Polished Nickel, Black with Heritage Brass, or Robin’s Egg Blue finishes, the single or linear pendants enhance modern, rustic, industrial or coastal spaces alike.

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The Crew pendant features a stem hung fixture, allowing to be hung on a sloped ceiling. It includes multiple down stems in various lengths to customize the installation height of the fixture, including one 6" stem and two 12" stems.

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Eye on Design: Postcard from Milan

Inspiration abounds at Euroluce, the trendsetting lighting show.

Every year designers and style seekers from around the globe travel to Milan, one of Italy’s chicest cities and a mecca for modern trends, to attend Salone del Mobile. This global platform for design shapes the products of tomorrow for home furnishings, lighting and décor.

A favorite hot spot during Salone del Mobile is Euroluce, the international lighting exhibition, which features the most avant garde decorative lighting in the world. As our CEO of style (and everything else!) Rick Wiedemer says, “It’s vital to keep a fresh perspective. Visiting Euroluce for technological innovation and design inspiration is key because we’re constantly seeking out new ways for our products to improve people’s homes and lifestyles.”

And even more exciting than experiencing the show? Being IN it. Our very own style star, Lisa McDennon, debuted her vibrant Hinkley Lighting collection on the world stage. She gives us her take on being a part of this incredible international showcase of creativity.

So grab a cappuccino. Let’s catch up with our savvy creative team and see what trends caught their discerning eye, while enjoying their expert product picks that tap into these desirable trends.

LINEAR LOVE

Linear chandeliers continue to stretch the limits of the imagination. “We saw an incredibly diverse range of linear lighting at Euroluce,” says Kevin Kraemer, Senior Product Designer at Hinkley. “LED has totally changed the game, and continues to open up a whole new world of creativity in lighting design.”

He has had a front row seat to this metamorphosis, watching linear chandeliers evolve through years of attending European trade shows, excitedly noting that “today, nothing is off limits.” He points to two of his favorite new linear chandelier designs for Fredrick Ramond, Hinkley’s luxury line, STYX and HARMONY, that are redefining modern lighting fixtures in fresh, innovative ways.  

When designing the STYX linear chandelier, Kraemer integrated the LED light source into the frame, allowing the striking metallic gold branches in the center to become the star of the fixture. “LED technology allows designers like me to break the mold, and think outside the box,” he says.

LED TAKES THE LEAD

Hinkley owner and vice president Eric Wiedemer, who also leads Hinkley’s product and trend teams agrees, “The advent of LED technology has created new possibilities for taking lighting design far beyond traditional bulb-and-socket paradigms. We are creating unique new designs that weren’t possible 10 years ago,” he says. Linear shapes also offer incredible versatility. As Kraemer explains, “The HARMONY linear chandelier, with its multiple LED light sources, allows for multiple customization and configuration options. This design can actually evolve along with the desires of its owner, adapting to new furniture or aesthetic changes to the space.” He points to diverse arrangements with pattern, organization and varying heights that are feasible thanks to the adjustability of the individual tubes of the fixture. While HARMONY is robust, weighing over 50 pounds, once installed it is easily modified without expert assistance.

GLOBAL TAKEOVER

This timeless silhouette made a powerful show of force throughout the Euroluce exhibition, proving once again that the globe is here to stay. Our team saw thrilling new interpretations, like layering multiple globes together, or clear glass globes pierced with slender rods, even prismatic globes. “Globes were all the rage,” says designer Lisa McDennon, “and I saw them in all shapes, sizes and colors.” One of her most popular silhouettes, SKYE, pays homage to this powerful design statement and was on display at Euroluce. Mesmerizingly asymmetrical with a mid-century modern flair, SKYE showcases a cluster of clear, open globes, each encircled with a slender brass ring. Each opening is off center and the globes fall to different lengths. A worthy investment, the globe is a classic that will never be too trendy.

BOTANICAL BABES

Lighting designs with an earthy edge emerged as powerful trend. Vine-like shapes, and delicate details that represent leaves, floral buds and even butterfly wings were prevalent. The stunning EVE chandelier from the Fredrick Ramond luxury line features elements inspired by nature but reinterpreted in dramatic fashion, like this striking chandelier in a hammered Champagne Gold finish.

It's Glow Time!

Just in time for renovation season, we’re sharing favorites styles and helpful installation tips for two of the most important areas of your home: the kitchen and bath.

Kitchen Confidential

SOME OF OUR FAVORITES FOR THE HEART OF THE HOME

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Kitchens are the best mix of social hang out and industrious workspace, so choose fixtures that provide both task and ambient lighting. Nothing is off the table: pendants, flush mounts and chandeliers are all part of the recipe. This multi-tasking mecca should have a mixture of ambient and task lighting. The key is to balance multiple light sources so the space is as inviting as it is functional.

For lower ceilings, a pair of decorative semi flush mounts, like the Charlotte shown here, is a great option.

For taller ceilings, consider the perfect pair of pendants, or if space allows, a trio for a stronger design statement. Pendants in the kitchen are a great choice because they provide crucial focused light. We recommend that they should be hung 28”-35” above the countertop. A good tip to remember is that pendants should be high enough so that people can see each other but not so high that they are blinded by bulbs.

Perfect Reflection

SOME OF OUR FAVORITES FOR A SPA-WORTHY SANCTUARY

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Make a splash with well-planned lighting in the bath, including layering in light from multiple sources. To maximize your home’s value, it’s important to make this space functional and beautiful with a mix of vanity and overhead lighting.

There are a few simple tips to master your measurements in the bathroom. A bath bar over the vanity, like the Jackson shown here, should be a minimum of 24” wide and mounted 75-80” above the floor. If you have the space on either side of a vanity mirror, sconces should be approximately 36”-40” from one another. If you are adding an overhead light, this simple formula makes it easy-peasy: add the length and diameter of the room in feet and that number, in inches, is a good guideline for a fixture’s diameter.

Remember that when it comes to remodeling, upgrading your home’s lighting can be easy and budget-friendly, and makes a dramatic impact in any space. To get started, check out our simple style chart to find lighting you will love.

Eye On Design : Lisa McDennon

DESIGNER’S DISTINCTIVE STYLE SETS THE TONE FOR A BOLD DEBUT COLLECTION

Pushing boundaries is nothing new to Lisa McDennon. “I like making an impact, creating a new direction, “says the California-based designer. Inspired by the region’s beauty, history, and culture, McDennon’s distinctive style reinvigorates coastal California design.   She works with natural materials, elegant forms, and varied textures to create modern interiors that are sophisticated, unexpected, and timeless.

With degrees in fine art and interior design, McDennon brings a deep knowledge of art and architecture to all her work. For the debut Lisa McDennon lighting collection with Hinkley, “I really pushed the boundaries and focused on creating fresh designs with striking materials. The driving aesthetic is edgy and sculptural, drawing on what constantly inspires me as an artist and a designer,” says McDennon.

The debut of the Lisa McDennon Lighting Collection features four families – LUDLOW, FOLIO, NULA and REN – meticulously crafted with unique personalities that highlight their bold and provocative shapes.

The Ludlow Family

Ludlow cleverly blends a penchant for industrial features with inspiration drawn from Palladian architecture. Designed around the light source, Ludlow plays with the simple geometry of circles and squares in the linear chandelier while a chic pendant light integrates the warmth and texture of cowhide with steel for an ultra-stylish composition.

The Folio Family

Inspired by the idea of structure combined with movement, Folio is composed of framed, illuminated LED panels that rotate to create diverse angles, infusing a space with crisp modernity.

The Nula Family

The Nula light is a work of art. A juxtaposition of industrial elements and organic influences transmutes simplicity into decadence. Paying homage to Lisa’s “obsession” with ceramics, the dense chalk-white exterior pairs with a gleaming, luxe gold interior and elicits a dramatic effect. Several designs offer flexibility to customize for unique installations.

The Ren Family

Ren draws inspiration from a simple found object, now reinterpreted with a post-modern aesthetic. The striking matte black pods with tantalizing interiors of luminous gold cradle a glowing globe of light to create a stunning statement.

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What’s the Right Lighting Style, Type and Finish for You?

It's As Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. What’s Your Style?First, start where interior designers do: assess your personal style and the kind of environment you live in. Your home should be a reflection of your individual taste and personality while merging together the lighting, furniture, art and accessories you love. We suggest that you begin by choosing a lighting style category first so you are starting with the right silhouette from the get-go. Take a look at our products by style to get started.
  2. What Type of Lighting Do You Need?Secondly, think about your lighting needs and the requirements of a particular space. Powder room lighting, for example, will be different from kitchen lighting. So take the time to assess and research what combination of ambient, accent, task and decorative light you may need and the fixtures that will best accomplish it.
  3. The Finish LineLastly, consider the finish. Hinkley offers over 100 different finishes to complement a variety of interior and exterior lighting styles as well as appliances and plumbing. Don't be afraid to mix and match if it all flows together. A finish can make a strong design statement on its own, so if you aren't sure of the exact shade or tone check it out in person at a showroom or request a sample.

Enjoy our video on how to select lighting and see how fun the process can be. Once you've narrowed down your options, we recommend visiting a local lighting showroom. This will  let you view the fixture first hand, get comfortable with the quality and allows you to work with a lighting expert, ensuring you make the right selection for your home, your style and your lighting application. A showroom is also the perfect place to pick up your copy of Hinkley's latest catalogs to take home and peruse, if that’s your cup of tea!

Bath Lighting Trends: Transitional

Whether it is a petite powder room or a massive master bath, personal panache doesn’t need to be relegated to the “main” rooms of your home. Bathrooms deserve design love too! Make this important sanctuary a place to relax, recharge and renew as you start and end your day bathed in luxurious lighting.

Look for these stylish elements when creating a striking transitional bathroom:

  • Sleek, minimalist transitional bath lighting in chrome and brushed nickel
  • Natural stone accessories
  • Mixed metallics with a variety of textures such as brushed, polished, hammered or distressed
  • Tile or hardware with geometric patterns