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Splurge-Worthy Hinkley Gift Guide: 12 Gifts for Every Relative (and Room!) on Your List

Gift-giving is one of the best parts of the holidays. There’s no better feeling than having someone that truly knows you and your favorite things. When it comes to spoiling everyone on your list, we want to set you up for some major “you shouldn’t have!” moments from the relatives you love the most. Our splurge-worthy gift guide is destined to bring year-round happiness, and win you major points for being the ultimate gift giver.

After all, if the people on your list aren’t Instagramming your gifts, did they really happen? Let’s get shopping!

THE TRENDY AUNT WHO LIVES IN THE CITY

Visiting her is always a great time, but shopping for the relative who looks like they have it all can be daunting. Lucky for you, we’re ready to dazzle her with trend-setting styles that have luxury top of mind. Gigi pendants and Zuma chandeliers mix rich finishes with avant-garde silhouettes that will add a dose of glamour to her urban abode.

THE BOHO-CHIC SISTER WHO JUST MOVED INTO HER FIRST HOME

For the sister whose eye for design is unmatched, wow her with a Skye or Ludlow chandelier that she’ll have forever. These insanely popular styles are uniquely inspired by organic shapes interpreted with modern flair. Can’t say we’re surprised, though – these stunners are part of our Lisa McDennon collection, who hails from Laguna Beach, California. Lisa’s sophisticated eye for architecture and luxe materials infuse every one of her designs.

THE GRANDPA WHO RETIRED DOWN SOUTH

Like many retirees, Grandpa chased after the heat, which means he spends plenty of time outdoors. Brighten his holiday with a pair of outdoor lanterns. A few of our favorite eye-catchers include Freeport and Republic. Each brings a coastal, timeless appeal built for maximum durability. Low maintenance, long-lasting and easy to install, you’ll be gifting Grandpa both safety and style.

THE TEENAGER WHO LOVES TO LOOK GLAM

We all remember the hours spent in front of the mirror making sure we looked as good as possible. Now we just want to maximize our time in sweatpants. But for the teens in your life who need the perfect lighting to tend to every detail, Marquee and Lucent deliver the goods. Simple, stunning and energy-efficient, these LED bath lights add the right kind of drama to their lives, and will accentuate any mirror or vanity space in your home long after they leave the nest.

THE DAD WHOSE LAWN IS HIS PRIDE AND JOY

Nothing puts a smile on dad’s face quite like a freshly mowed, lush green lawn. But did you know outdoor lighting solutions can substantially increase the overall appearance and safety of a home? Plus increase property value, big time? Now you’ve got his attention. An easy DIY project, our Mushroom and Mini Classic path lights from Hinkley landscape lighting are a stylish gift solution that gives your favorite guy the best yard on the block.

THE CRAFTY KID WHO’S ALWAYS BUILDING

Messes aside, we adore the endless curiosity and imagination kids have. From art projects to science experiments, they love to spread out, dig in and create. That’s where practical task lighting comes in, and why not have it wrapped in a stylish package so it’s a win/win? Enter Arti. Inspired by a traditional articulating task light, Arti is a fully adjustable sconce updated with well-designed details. On top of that, it can easily move along with your roaming brood, so you can migrate Arti from one craft or play space to the next.

THE MINIMALIST NEPHEW WHO BELIEVES LESS IS MORE

Ah, the guy who only needs a small duffel for a week-long trip home. We don’t know how he does it, and we definitely admire it. But even the minimalist can use thoughtfully designed lighting. Meet Keating and Academy, two urban-inspired pendants with a carefully executed modern edge. Slim profiles and a timeless appearance mean they fit in anywhere, and will mean everything to someone who appreciates both form and function.

THE COUSIN WHO THRIVES ON OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

Where’s the party? Probably at the same house you find yourself every weekend. But even the most enjoyable outdoor spaces can benefit from a mix of amazing outdoor lighting, like stylish outdoor chandeliers, pendants, lanterns or pier mounts. Outdoor designs from our Open Air collection is the gift that keeps on giving…we’ll toast to that!

THE UNCLE WHO CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HIS MAN CAVE

Lighting is essential in all rooms, but not everyone wants to make a statement. Especially the uncle who spends his spare time kicking back, or watching the game with his buddies. For the man cave, easy-to-install flush mounts like Maxwell, Emery or Halsey offer the perfect middle ground: subtle, masculine and understated fixtures that get the job done.

THE MOM WHO COOKS THE BEST HOLIDAY MEALS

Mom’s home cooked meals are the real MVP. Show her your appreciation for that food coma you fall into every time she whips up your favorite dishes. Hinkley offers ceiling fans that are the perfect solutions to cooling down the kitchen, which is always one of the busiest areas of a home, regardless of the season. Our space-friendly Vail fan features a sleek profile and whisper-quiet motor, and is guaranteed to keep Mom cool and comfortable.

THE GRANDMA WHO HAS THAT FAVORITE CHAIR

After spending holidays with the kids, there’s nothing more Grandma wants to do than kick her feet up. Help her relax in style with Denton or Kinzie pin-up sconces that will make her favorite spot even cozier. Gifting her with additional illumination for aging eyes and an easy on/off touch sensor give you peace of mind too.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST – YOU!

The holidays are not only a time to think about others – you have to remember to #treatyourself too. What do you want to do in the new year to improve the enjoyment, style and functionality of your home? Whether you are updating your kitchen or prepping your patio, adding some panache to your powder room or making the most of your mudroom, lighting is a quick and easy way to entirely transform any space and should be top of mind when envisioning your end goal. Check out our Lighting Made Simple guide here for the best tips and tools to get it right. Cheers to a year of stylish living!

Cover image: @nicholelynnedesign; @jenanderson_photography

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!

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FEATURES

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!

VIEW LISA'S ENTIRE COLLECTION HERE.

 

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.