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October Eye-Catcher: Porter Outdoor Collection

Freshly falling leaves accompanied by a cool breeze signify that Fall is officially here. During our most popular time for our outdoor category, October is the perfect month to soak up the last of the crisp air and shining sun, while finishing up exterior projects to make sure your space is in tip top shape for the pending winter ahead.

So this month, we decided to feature a family favorite: Porter.

Part of the Lisa McDennon Collection, Porter was one of Lisa’s very first lighting designs that Hinkley selected for production. Inspired by the simplicity of antique glass candle lanterns, Lisa loved the purity of shape and materials provided by such a beautiful containment of light. “When I began to draw the design for Porter, I focused my attention on every detail, but especially the scale and shape of the loop and hook, knowing it needed to be a prominent part of the design,” she said.

Porter’s rectangular and geometric frame suspended by its cast arm, oversized cast loop and rivet details make Porter a statement lantern that complements a variety of facades, from California modern to New England traditional. “Porter emulates an edgy, sculpture-like silhouette that incorporates both modern and organic elements, brought to life by Lisa’s innovative and authentic point of view,” said Jennifer Broadbent, product manager behind the collection.

Below, we selected some of our favorite ways Hinkley shoppers have styled Porter outside of their homes!



The Porter outdoor collection features wall-mount, cable hung, and post or pier mount fixture options. Mounting hardware on all lanterns is hidden on the backplate to ensure a clean silhouette. Cable hung fixtures may be installed on any sloped ceiling. Porter is available in an Aged Zinc or Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.

Explore the entire outdoor Porter line, here.

And if you love the look of Porter but want to have it inside your home, Porter is also available as an interior collection that features edgy and polished finishes perfect for any space. Check them out here.

Q+A with Lisa McDennon

In April, members of the Hinkley team traveled to Milan to attend the international lighting exhibition, Euroluce. Among them was our very own designer, Lisa McDennon, who debuted her latest Hinkley Lighting Collection.

We sat down with Lisa and chatted all things design trends, style inspiration and, of course, decorative lighting! Read up on her Q+A to get filled in on all the latest details.

What were your key takeaways from the show?

Salone del Mobile is the premier design show in the world, and certainly the place to see the latest trends and products in our industry.  I saw a lot of beautiful glasswork and globes – in all shapes and sizes and colors – which were all the rage. There were a lot of botanical and nature-inspired influences, as well as a variety of warm metals and woods.  I also discovered a lot of exciting exhibitions and design showrooms outside of the fairgrounds themselves.

Your work has such a wonderful organic quality. Did you see a material or texture at Salone del Milano that really intrigued you?

Yes, I saw a lot of outdoor furniture that utilized woven rope in its design and construction; it is a material I like incorporating into my work as well, so it was exciting to see its use being expanded and expressed in a variety of creative and innovative ways.

What does modern style mean to you? 

Modern style to me means design that is crisp, clean, and has a boldness to it – which means that it requires meaningful intent, and in order to execute successfully, it requires planning and quality craftsmanship. Modern designs can have a nod to the past, but are reinterpreted to be relevant to us today. 

This might be like asking if you have a favorite child but do you have a favorite fixture? What makes it your favorite? 

That is so hard to say! Yes, they are all my babies! But if you must make me choose, I would have to say my favorite right now is the Ludlow pendant in acrylic. It’s my favorite because I think it is fun and has lots of personality and is fresh, crisp and versatile. The mixture of the polished nickel, the white hair on the hide strap and the acrylic body is a beautiful combination.

Can you give us a hint about what we can see next from the Lisa McDennon Collection?

I have many more designs in the works, and they continue to play with different organic shapes and explore unique combinations of materials that we are not as accustomed to seeing in lighting fixtures. 

If you had to choose a favorite thing about Italy or the Italian lifestyle, what would it be?

In Italy, there is a historic treasure around every corner. Italians get to enjoy the beauty and history of their culture as part of their everyday modern-day experience. I think that exposure is reflected in their lifestyle and culture – it is neither forgotten nor taken for granted, but rather it is honored and influences their designs and lifestyle. For me, I enjoyed the care that was given to even the simple day-to-day things – such as the flower arrangements or fresh fruits in the open-air markets, and I can’t help but credit the way they prepare their food – every meal was like a piece of art!



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 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.


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.


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.


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.