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Hubbardton Forge 13-7660, Brindille Pendant

Hubbardton Forge 13-7660, Brindille Pendant

Aptly named for the French word for “Twigs”,  this this beautiful new pendant from Hubbardton Forge has a casual, yet elegant bundle of hand forged twigs creating the focal point.

The Brindille pendant is another new stunning introduction from Hubbardton Forge that shows off the design and craftsman skills this great company is known for.
The branch design is both organic and contemporary.
It therefore  fits comfortably into a wide range of surroundings.
I can picture it over the dining table in my New Mexican adobe home, in a mountain cabin or in a sophisticated modern loft.
Mix and match your choice of glass, finish and shade options to create a customized design to suit your personal decorating style.

Hubbardton Forge Kirigami Pendant 13-3300

Hubbardton Forge Kirigami Pendant 13-3300

When I saw the Kirigami fixtures by Hubbardton Forge  at Market in Dallas in January their elegant, floating forms took my breath away.

Growing up in Denmark, seagulls were among the most common birds we had around. The Kirigami fixtures by Hubbardton Forge remind me of  these masters of flight with their striking profile.

Kirigami s a variation of origami   that includes cutting of the paper into symmetrical shapes while the paper is folded. Then the paper is opened and flattened showing the final form. (just like the paper snowflakes we made in kindergarten.)
Hubbardton Forge obviously went further than that and to top off the elegance of the shapes of their unique diffusers they chose beautiful materials.

The diffusers are striking in their simplicity. All the different variations, from the rich, warm Cherry veneer to the elegant Spun Frost manage to create a quality of light that enhances, not overpowers the hand-forged metal underneath.
This Kirigami fixture is  available in three sizes, from the 36.5″ that might be a perfect fit for a large dining table to a soaring 66″ “Wing Span” fit for a grand room.

At Form + Function we have shown Hubbardton Forge fixtures since the mid 80s and we have always appreciated the ways they push the boundaries of the craft of hand forging, never allowing their product line to grow stale, but constantly exploring new design possibilities


Hubbardton Forge 10-4105-20For the fifth time since its inception, Hubbardton Forge has awarded the prestigious Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence & Pollution Prevention.
This prestigious award honors Vermont companies that use innovative approaches
to reduce or eliminate the generation of pollutants and wastes at the source. Hubbardton Forge received the award in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2005 for several advances they made in their finishing systems.

This year, Hubbardton Forge was recognized for their adoption of automated centrifuge separation technology.  This change resulted in a 97% reduction in water usage, a 150% increase in cleaning efficiency, elimination of a hazardous waste stream, improved worker safety, improved part quality and a reduction in labor.


Light up Your Dining Table with Indirect Lighting

Want to add interest to a room, highlight your collectibles, and add ambient lighting:  try lighting your cabinets or – like here – add  illuminated niches.

One  way to take away from the harshness of the main light source in a dining area is to use additional  lighting around the edge of the  room.  This diminishes the strong contrasts between light and shadow in the room and makes it possible to dim  the main fixture, usually the pendant light or chandelier over the dining table to a comfortable, more intimate level.
Buffets and hutches  can be illuminated from within and light up your collections of china or treasured pieces .
Look for the color temperature of the bulbs you use for your display. In order to get the effect shown here you need to look for bulbs (lamps) close to 3000K (Kelvin.)
Most quality halogen and fluorescent lamps give you the color temperature as well as the  CRI (Color Rendering Index.) If there is a choice, look for a CRI as close to 100 as you can get.

My comments to this beautiful dining area: I love how the illuminated niches stand out and add architectural interest to the space. They fill the room with warmth and make the art pieces “pop”.
That said, I find that  the pendant light / chandelier looks kind of lost way above the table.  Is it even centered? – It looks like some kind of afterthought.  Lowering it would do a world of difference.

Rule of thumb for mounting height of a pendant of chandelier : 30″ above the dining table.

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Zettelz Chandelier by Ingo MaurerChandeliers come in many shapes and sizes, and even though I usually prefer  contemporary design there is just something about a decorative chandelier laden with glass droplets or crystals that is so festive and romantic that it’s irresistible.

Not to say that chandeliers by nature have to be traditional. Many contemporary designers like Phillippe Starck and Ingo Maurer have created their own exuberant interpretations of the traditional chandelier.

Just look at the Zettelz by Ingo Maurer: Slips  of Japanese paper- some printed, some blank – attached by paper clips to thin wires entice you to participate and add your own thoughts.

We have one hanging in our showroom that our customers have added to. They just felt like it, had to.

Notes in Spanish, Danish, German…..

Love it!!

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We first met the great people from Hubbardton Forge in the mid 80s and added a few of their their floor and table lamps to our Santa Fe showroom. Over the years we have kept adding to our displays, since they keep introducing new, exciting products. We now show a large array of their hand forged wall sconces, outdoor lights, chandeliers and pendants and of course still several floor and table lamps.

Just like our showroom has changed a lot since 1984 their collections now span an incredible range from more traditional pieces to sleek contemporary designs with a sculptural presence. We have been so grateful for our relationship with this wonderful company.

Here’s what they have to tell about themselves. I like their story:

The Hubbardton Forge StoryGeorge Chandler and Reed Hampton  first fired up the forge in a drafty old barn in the town of Hubbardton in 1974. They had taken an art class together in college and had lucked out that one of the choices offered was a class by a renowned local blacksmith and they fell in love with this ancient art.

They set out to master the art of black- smithing,  learning as they went from a few remaining craftsman of an industry gone by. Scavenging through New England they gathered up rusting anvils, trip hammers, swage blocks and other discarded tools of the trade and put them to good use.

Now fast forward to Hubbardton Forge of today: More than 200 employees, a sound growth based on integrity, quality and value which is reflected in the fact that Hubbardton Forge is a three time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Vermont. Where others might cut corners to save money, Hubbardton Forge has been moving forward as a great role model as an environmentally responsible company.

As they put it themselves “Hubbardton Forge® has long believed in the necessity of using the most environmentally sound means of creating our product. As a result we have adopted and pioneered new methods for cleaning and finishing, reducing process waste, and managing energy. We have not trumpeted our desire to be “green” but rather emphasized our continuing mission to create the best possible product by the best possible means. We are pleased, therefore, to be recognized for our efforts by the State of Vermont, as a three time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.”

Despite the strong competition from cheap imports  and living through having their designs copied time and again, the Hubbardton Forge brand has continued to strengthen and is recognized by an increasing number of consumers who value timeless quality.

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