What is your definition of luxury?

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Luxury---defined as “a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth” by Merriam-Webster, can mean different things to different people.  But what does luxury mean to you?

Is it a set of high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets on the bed?  Or perhaps it is a prized original oil painting or a beautiful sculpture. Maybe your definition of luxury includes items that are one-of-a-kind or custom made just for you.  It could even be something as simple as keeping fresh flowers in your home at all times.  Whatever your definition of luxury is it will, no doubt, enhance your everyday life and bring you much happiness.

There are several ways you can add a luxurious touch to your interiors.

  • Anything made by hand will add a hint of luxury.  This might include hand-painted wall coverings, hand-embroidered textiles and hand-crafted furniture.
  • Artwork can definitely add a luxurious note to any room, and something that is signed and/or numbered and in a limited edition, even more so.  This indicates that the piece you have is limited in production, making you one of the "elite" few who own the item.  And certainly an original of anything is desirable to collectors.
  • Fine finishes such as a hand-rubbed oiled bronze are a seemingly small detail that imparts a touch of luxury to door handles, faucets, cabinet pulls and other hardware.
Willow entry door handle in oil rubbed bronze from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Willow entry door handle in oil rubbed bronze from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

  • Rich textiles that include velvet, mohair and leather add both a visual and a tactile luxury to interiors.
  • Luxury touches can extend to the outdoors as well.  A beautifully cultivated cutting garden or a "working" vegetable garden that makes it possible to step outside and collect ingredients for a meal is certainly a luxury to enjoy.

No matter how you define luxury, any interior will benefit from the introduction of items that add beauty and personality to the space.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate our national parks!

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”  This quote is from famous adventurer and naturalist John Muir whom many credit with the birth of our national park system.  In fact, August 25, 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the national park service.  If you have ever enjoyed the beautiful natural scenery of Yellowstone, hiked the red rocks of Zion, marveled at the desolate ruggedness of Death Valley or seen the majestic sequoias of Yosemite up close, you know a little of what John Muir must have experienced.

We enjoy escaping to nature as often as we can.  Unfortunately, time restrictions often limit these getaways to local areas such as Idyllwild, California.  We visited this local mountain town a couple of years ago with our dog, Iris, who enjoyed the crisp, clean mountain air as much as we did. 

Lilly rock in Idyllwild, California photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Lilly rock in Idyllwild, California photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

This trip was for both pleasure and for work as Martin was seeking inspiration for the new beetle sculpture he was working on at the time.  Familiarizing himself with the habitat of any animal or creature makes it possible for him to add authentic details to his work, including the door hardware, lighting fixtures and sculptures he designs.  That detail is evident on this entry door handle backplate from our Lizard collection.

Multi point door lever from Lizard collection of entry door handles by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  photo Doug Hill

Multi point door lever from Lizard collection of entry door handles by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  photo Doug Hill

We were also fortunate enough a couple of years back to take a few weeks and venture north through Wyoming, Montana and other western states and seeing the bison and other wild life roam free in their natural settings.

Bison national range in Montana.  Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Bison national range in Montana.  Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Do you have a favorite park you like to visit?

Update your interior design project with new hardware and door handles

Are you looking for an easy update to the interior or exterior of a residence or commercial project that will make a big impact?  Seemingly simple items like custom door handles, mail boxes and door knockers can elevate the curb appeal and make your visitors excited to see what the interior has to offer.   Once inside, custom drawer pulls on cabinetry, unique passageway door knobs, coordinated bath and kitchen towel bars and robe hooks and even the very necessary toilet paper holder can turn an outdated space into a treat for the eyes.  Imagine a new look without all the dust and grime of a remodel!

Ergo stanless steel soap dish by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Ergo stanless steel soap dish by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

 

 

While Martin Pierce Hardware is known for beautiful hand carved and hand cast door and drawer hardware, we also offer everyday items like those mentioned in all of our custom finishes including stainless steel and bronze.  This makes it possible to coordinate all of your hardware and create a truly cohesive and custom look.  For the ultimate in custom, you can request a bespoke design for entry door handles that reflect a favorite destination, animal or hobby, for example, or a company logo or icon.  Your valuable input and inspiration will be utilized to create the initial design sketch with the end result being a finished product that exceeds your expectations. Here we show a pair of custom door handles designed for the entry to a wine cellar.

Custom entry door handles for a wine cellar by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Custom entry door handles for a wine cellar by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

So what’s stopping you?  It is time to replace those ordinary yet functional and necessary items with something extraordinary, eye-catching and memorable.

All about Rio

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The 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies are just a few days away and all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This highly anticipated world-wide event will bring attention to not only incredible athletic performances but also to the exotic locale of Rio and all it has to offer.  New fashion and interior design trends will soon follow.  In anticipation of new trends, you can be ahead of the design game by adding a touch of Rio to your interiors with these decorating ideas:

  • Striking wild-life and tropical foliage is often associated with the exotic locale of Rio.  Birds sporting a veritable rainbow of colors in their feathers, lizards and geckos that can literally disappear right in front of your eyes and lush bushes and flowers in eye-popping shades of red, pink, yellow and blue abound.  Why not introduce one of these fun icons of South America through the use of unique door handles or hand-woven textiles, for example.
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Lizard door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA

Lizard door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA

  • A neutral decorating scheme will allow the spectacular view to take center stage as seen here.
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While the addition of those colors and patterns that reflect the party atmosphere and general joie de vivre associated with the area will add a bit of sass and excitement.

Regardless of your design style or the decorating trends that will surface after the games are over, we are, no doubt, in for two weeks of very exciting TV viewing.

Social Media and Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce black and white sketch is one of the more popular Pins from our Pinterest Page

Martin Pierce black and white sketch is one of the more popular Pins from our Pinterest Page

Remember the good old days when a single page website was all you needed in order to claim a “web presence”?  A stock photo was added if you were fancy.  Boy have things changed! 

Today’s web presence is an alphabet soup of options and must-haves in order to get your name out there and make it possible for clients and customers to find you.  New verbs like tweet, pin and post have been added to our vocabulary.  Good photography skills are now a must in order to post a pretty Instagram photo that others will want to follow.  Hours are spent poring over Pinterest pages to find inspirational photos that are not only pleasing to you but to others as well, in the hopes that you are “repinned”.  And sharing no longer refers to the act of splitting your sandwich in half and giving to others but rather, refers to the important act of linking and sharing web content that others might enjoy and link and share and so on and so on.

Here at Martin Pierce Hardware we have joined this sometimes confusing but always exciting world of social media.   

Pinterest

Our Pinterest page receives many daily visitors as well as impressions, clicks and repins---all those funny words that mean good things.  One of our most popular pins is our Black and White Sketch page that shows several of Martin’s sketches along with repins of other beautiful and inspiring works.  Martin begins each custom door handle project with a sketch of the design and these become miniature pieces of artwork themselves.

Instagram

We are new to Instagram but are enjoying the process of taking and posting photos of subject matter that we find interesting and inspiring.   An unexpected benefit is the opportunity to really take notice of the world around you, be in the moment and find pleasure in small details like the carving on a door or the gleam of a polished steel door handle or the rainbow of colors in a curb side garden.  You can follow us by clicking on this link and enjoying the photos we have posted thus far.  Our favorites include #doorhandles and #entrydoorhandles.

We would love to start following you on Instagram and Pinterest as well so please stop by, leave us a comment and/or follow our pages.  We look forward to seeing the world through your eyes, as it were.

 

 

How to customize a door handle to fit a specific project

The Ergo door handle  from Martin Pierce Hardware is one of our more popular collections due, in part, to its adaptability to any style decor or application.  Such was the case when we were contacted by Kathy Novo-Shumate CMKBD,CID to alter the look of these door handles to suit a set of three pocketed glass patio doors.  After discussing the project with Ms. Novo-Shumate we came to the conclusion that it would be best to create a new "version" of this piece to fit her doors and make it possible to make this version many times over.  

The new Ergo design is much more upright and the curvature of the handle more compact thereby allowing for clearance of nearby walls or other obstacles.

Ergo door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Ergo door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

You can see the subtle differences by comparing the newer version above to the original design shown below installed on a set of interior glass doors.

#modern-door-handle

 

This is not the first time we have been asked to render the Ergo door handle more compact. We had a similar request from a designer who used these pieces as handles for an armoire. On that occassion Martin was able to cast the waxes from the existing mold.  With gentle heating he was able to manipulate the wax and make the piece flatter and then cast it in the chosen metal. 

To view our entire architectural hardware collection or to discuss your own bespoke hardware needs, please contact us at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 


 

A variety of door handle styles

 

A knob,  lever or backplate?  Entry or passageway?  It seems there are no simple questions when it comes to interior design.  Which door handle style best suits your design project is one of those seemingly simple questions that become a bit more complicated as you begin your search for the perfect door handle.  The definitions below are offered to assist you in selecting the most functional as well as aesthetically pleasing door hardware for your hospitality, residential or commercial design project.

Knobs

The official function of a door knob in door knob terminology is to disengage the latch from the striker plate in order to open a door.  Most often round in shape, passageway knobs are generally installed on bedroom, bath, closet and hallway doors and may or may not have a push pin locking system for privacy.  Knob style door hardware can also be used on exterior doors when fitted with a keyed lock system for security.  A dummy knob is a non-operating door knob that is most often used on closet doors or the non-operating side of a double door system.  Knob door handles are available in an endless variety of designs and finishes that will compliment any design style.

Levers

A lever style door handle has the same function as all door knobs---to open a door.  The lever is pushed down to operate the latch system, making this style of door handle a good choice for those who may experience difficulty grasping and turning a round door knob including children, seniors and those who are physically challenged.

Accessories

Backplates, deadbolts, rosettes--these door handle accessories and trim pieces add that all-important finishing detail to your door hardware.  Backplates and rosettes are not only attractive, they can eliminate the need for patching and repairing holes left from previous hardware.  Deadbolts are necessary for security on entry way doors and come in both single and double cylinder styles that may or may not be incorporated into the design of your door handle set.  A single cylinder incorporates both a keyed lock on the exterior of the door and a thumb latch on the interior.  A double cylinder requires a key on both the interior and exterior of the door.  

Once you have selected a door handle style it will be necessary to choose a finish (bronze, stainless steel, brass etc.) a design style (contemporary, traditional, rustic) and finally, a design motif that will suit your overall interior design.  The specifics of your individual project will determine which door handle style is best suited to your needs.

 

Safety tips for your dogs during the summer months

Our beloved rescue dog, Iris.  Martin Pierce Hardware

What with the hot weather, nasty bugs and noisy fireworks and thunderstorms, summer can be an upsetting and sometimes dangerous time for your dogs (and other pets).  Here are some simple and common sense tips that will insure that your entire family, including pets, has a safe and enjoyable summer.

  1. First and foremost, get your pets micro chipped or, at the very least, make sure they are wearing some sort of ID that will help get them back home to you should they get lost. Social media and technology can help locate missing pets as well.  Check out sites like Whistle Labs Inc. or the hashtag #Lost4Dogs.
  2. Many pets, especially dogs, react negatively to the sounds of fireworks.  It is important to make sure that your dog is kept in a safe environment that not only provides comfort during this scary time but prevents him or her from running away in fear. Keep your pet indoors during summer storms or periods of time that could be frightening such as a loud party, holiday firework celebrations etc.  Provide a "safe spot" such as a crate, special bed or closed room that will help keep them calm during these stressful periods.
  3. Noise distractions can help so turn up the TV or play your pets favorite tunes during noisy celebrations.
  4. Some dogs find comfort in tight "anxiety wraps" similar to swaddling a newborn baby.
  5. Provide plenty of water during hot weather but also when your dog is stressed as they will pant more often and become thirsty much quicker.
  6. Did you know dogs can get sunburned?  Did you know there is sunscreen made especially for dogs?  DO NOT use sunscreen meant for humans and containing zinc on your dogs!

As you are probably aware, thousands of dogs and cats find themselves lost and homeless each year.  In fact, according to the ASPCA, more pets go missing over the 4th of July weekend than any other time of year.  Thank goodness there are organizations such as The Rescue Train in Los Angeles that provide a safe haven for these animals while they are waiting to find their new homes.

 

 

Brexit as we approach July 4th

Long may she wave!

Long may she wave!

 
Happy 4th of July!
As we get ready to celebrate our independence and freedoms here in the United States. I am trying to fully understand the recent, and ironically timed, "Brexit" vote.  This is the public vote that resulted in the United Kingdom exiting the European Union.
Martin and I grew up in England, before the UK joined the EU.  The furthest we travelled was to the small channel islands that exist half way between England and France. Therefore,  as young adults, membership into the EU was an exciting time.  It enabled us to experience, first hand, the fun and benefits of what the EU offered. On a superficial level it meant we suddenly had access to affordable French and German wine, olive oil was no longer a luxury and my mother encountered her first green pepper, asking me how she should go about peeling it!  Dieppe and mussels were a ferry ride away and Paris and the Pompidou and Musee d'Orsay were an hours flight from Heathrow. We visited Paris several times and saw the architectural creations of Guimard and Galle that, up to that point, just been photos in a book; and we spent hours wandering and absorbing the cultural marvels of this amazing city.
I am not suggesting that the ability to enjoy these things will all suddenly end or that travel will cease; far from it.  But the vote does reflect a new inward looking perspective and is clearly a vote against globalization.  Don Lee does a very good job of explaining what the vote means in his article for the LA Times. I do understand how those who feel their European representatives are too remote and unaccountable and have not seen their standard of living improve expressed their anger and frustration with a leave vote. But, sadly, I fear that very little will be gained by Britain's departure and indeed much may be lost. Alas, a referendum by its very definition is difficult to reverse so Britons must now wait to see where this new, likely turbulent, road leads. 

Even your door handles can celebrate summer

The official start of summer is less than one week away and boy are we ready!

The summer solstice is set to arrive on the west coast on Monday June 22, 2016 but here in southern California the hotter than normal temperatures are hinting that summer has arrived early.  The summer of 2016 promises many exciting events including the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and, for us personally, plenty of spur of the moment activities that can only be enjoyed during the long summer days.

One of the many joys of summer is the profusion of summer flowers that are available at the florist, in markets and in your own garden.  And one way to enjoy the beauty of your favorite flower is through the use of custom floral inspired door handles and knobs.  We offer a veritable bouquet of door and cabinet hardware that will delight you or your clients all season long.

Daisies are a sheer delight in the garden so why not transfer their beauty to a set of cabinet or furniture doors and drawers through the use of our solid bronze daisy pull.

Bronze daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Bronze daisy pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

If climbing vines are more to your liking then our trumpet flower pull will be just the right addition to your next interior design project.

Beautifully detailed bronze trumpet flower door or cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Beautifully detailed bronze trumpet flower door or cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

No need to worry about whether these mushrooms are edible!  This cabinet hardware will add an organic look to cabinets and furniture and would be right at home in a boutique, spa, greenhouse or sunroom.

Bronze mushroom door pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Bronze mushroom door pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

Celebrate your concern for the environment with one of the most sustainable plants there is, bamboo.  Our bamboo collection will add a tropical feel to any hospitality design project.

Bamboo pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Bamboo pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo Doug Hill

Ferns and greenery are an integral part of any garden or floral design and the detail and realism of our fiddlehead fern cabinet pull will not disappoint.  

Fiddlehead fern cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Fiddlehead fern cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

With beautiful hardware choices like these it is easy to enjoy the beauty of summer all year long.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware and door handles, please visit us at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 

Designing for the aging

Ergo door handle in stainless steel by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Ergo door handle in stainless steel by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo Doug Hill

Interior designers are a versatile group.  Some design and help create beautiful residences that their clients call Home.  Others create business and commercial environments that inspire creativity and productivity and provide a welcome greeting to their clients, or design beautiful getaways such as spas and boutique hotels.  And there are those designers who specialize in creating comfortable and accessible spaces for people who may struggle with physical limitations as a result of aging or illness.

Designing for the aging is a specialty in itself.  Aging in place is always the goal but consideration needs to be given to several seemingly innocuous areas in the design of both residential and senior communities, including:

  • Widening doorways and entrances to accomodate wheelchairs and other devices
  • Reducing or eliminating thresholds from room to room to avoid trip hazards
  • Lever style door handles and door hardware that make opening doors and cabinetry easier for aging hands
  • Proper and sufficient task and ambient lighting, especially in "danger" areas such as stairways 
  • A color scheme that not only provides inviting color but enough contrast to distinguish transitions from room to room.
  • Eliminate the use of area rugs that can be a tripping or falling hazard
  • Open floor plans 

This design specialty becomes more important as the baby boomer population continues to age.  According to the US Census Bureau, by the year 2025 nearly 20% of the population will be age 65 or over.  Our retirement years are more active and older Americans anticipate a different retirement than their parents experienced.  All of these factors need to be taken into consideration when re-designing an existing home for the occupant's changing physical needs or designing a brand new senior living facility that will accomodate the residents and their needs for the remainder of their lives.

To view our Ergo collection of architectural hardware, or our entire collection of door handles and door hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 

 

Sounds and sights of summer with Martin Pierce Hardware

Simplicity in design is often the key to creating a serene and relaxing environment during the summer months. Heavy drapery fabrics are replaced with lightweight sheers that can billow in the wind.  Dark floor coverings are lightened up through the use of natural fiber rugs, for example, or removed all together to allow beautiful flooring to take center stage.  And accessories that represent the beauty of the season are scattered about including, perhaps, throw pillows and artwork depicting some of summer's bugs, the ocean's inhabitants or the birds that flock to the local trees.

We have created several door handle and door hardware collections that represent some of summer's icons including our Lizard door handle, scarab beetle pull, frog passageway door knobs and artwork in the form of birds and flowers that will definitely add a subtle summer touch to any interior design project.

Lizard door hardware

Lizards are a familiar sight during the summer months scampering about in the garden or catching some of the sun's rays along the sidewalk or patio.  Our beautifully detailed collection of door hardware is available in entry levers and knobs, passageway door hardware, cabinet pulls and coordinating bolts and flush trim.

Lizard door handles from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016    Photo Doug Hill

Lizard door handles from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016    Photo Doug Hill

What is a summer night without the sound of croaking frogs in the distance?  You can visually relive that eperience each time you open a door with our frog door knob from our Netsuke collection of custom door hardware or our highly polished frog cabinet pull shown here in stainless steel.

Frog cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca   90016    Photo Doug Hill

Frog cabinet pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca   90016    Photo Doug Hill

Whether you choose to celebrate the birds of summer with our Jay sculpture or our swallow cabinet pull, you are certain to be reminded of the beautiful and relaxing sounds heard throughout the summer months. And summer beetles are a common sight on a warm summer evening.  If you follow this blog then you are already aware of the passion Martin has for all types of beetles, often represented in his bronze sculptures or simple cabinet pulls like the scarab beetle pull shown below in both a small and large version.

Scarab beetle pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Scarab beetle pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

To view our entire collection of sculptures, door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 

Enjoying red wine with Martin Pierce

Not to be confused with national Red Rose day (June 12th), National Rose day (rosay) falls on the second Saturday in June, June 11th this year, and it is one that will be celebrated at Martin Pierce Hardware!

We have often shared our enjoyment of the Paso Robles wine region and, while not specifically rose, thought that, in celebration of this newfound holiday, this would be a good time to share with you some of our favorite wines.

I am, alas, a creature of habit, which means I tend to opt for viognier and sauvignon blanc wines over roses, chardonnays and cabernets.  That being said, I did develop a fondness for Rose wines, in large measure due to our proximity to the Anjou wine growing region in France while living in England.

We had very dear friends who lived in the Anjou region. They would often visit us in England due to the fact that both Anjou and Lewes, Sussex support opera companies at Glyndebourne and Opera de Bauge respectively.  Therefore, it was not uncommon for artisans in both towns to  visit each other.  This seemingly unrelated information sets the stage for explaining how we first came across Rose d'Anjou.

When we left England we had to "make do" with the Rose produced by local wineries but we are happy to admit that the local wines in Paso Robles are on a par with those in the Anjou wine region.  My favorites can be found at these smaller production wineries as each produces a very distinctive and refreshing Rose.

Four Lanterns

Four Lanterns winery has a beautiful setting on west highway 46.  Be sure to try their Sunset Rose.

Hammersky

Hammersky rose is grown from their estate grown zinfandel varietal

Riverstar

Riverstar wineries produce a great tasting and well priced Grenache Rose

LXV

LXV is a boutique winery that offers a sensuous tasting experience.  For those red wine lovers seeking something a bit different, I would recommend the Sangiovese Brunello, one of the few red wines that Martin and I can agree upon.

To check out other varietals in the Paso Robles wine region and plan your wine tasting tour Paso Robles Wineries offers a helpful wine tasting map.

Entry door handle from Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA  90016   Photo Doug Hill

Entry door handle from Martin Pierce hardware Los Angeles CA  90016   Photo Doug Hill

 

Custom door hardware will complete the look of any wine cellar.  Our Grapevine door handle and hardware collection shown above was inspired by our many visits to wineries over the years and will add that all important detail.  Also shown here is a bespoke wine cellar door handles created for a discerning client who was inspired by a piece of wall art in his personal collection.  You can follow the design process on the blog.

Bespoke wine cellar door handles by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Bespoke wine cellar door handles by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

To view our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 

 

 

 

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Summer series continues with beautiful boutique hotel stays

In our last post we discussed the lovely living things that make an appearance during the summer months and it certainly fueled the desire for a summer vacation.

While there are many wonderful large hotel chains that offer the opportunity for a memorable summer getaway, boutique hotels can offer a unique adventure that often eliminates all the hustle and bustle that goes along with large hotels and resorts.  When it comes time to choose a destination, a boutique hotel can offer these appealing amenities:

  • Intimacy.  Smaller hotels often result in a more intimate experience with the surrounding community.  Often located in the heart of the area, restaurants, galleries and activities are frequently within walking distance providing an opportunity to get to know the area "up close and personal."
  • Unique decor and architecture.  Hospitality designers are well aware of the importance of the appearance of a hotel, both inside and out.  This can be be the deciding factor when selecting a place to stay.  Interesting architecture and decor that celebrates the area or a particular theme, for example,  can add to your overall experience.  With its slope side location and ski-in-ski-out capabilities, The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado is a prime example of how a boutique hotel can immerse their guests in the activities of the community.  Custom door hardware, art collections and comfortable furnishings are all seemingly small details that carry a lot of weight with guests looking for a unique experience while travelling.  
The Little Nell boutique hotel Aspen Colorado

The Little Nell boutique hotel Aspen Colorado

  • Personalized service.  Fewer guests mean more time for staff to tend to the specialized requests of their guests.  And isn't it nice to receive some special attention every now and then?

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware and custom door handles, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

Summer is all about birds, bees and butterfly door handles

Lover's Point Pacific Grove Ca  Photo by Robert Pacelli

Lover's Point Pacific Grove Ca  Photo by Robert Pacelli

The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season for many people.  The days are longer, the sun is warmer and life is just a bit more relaxed. As you enjoy the outdoors you will, no doubt, begin to notice the appearance of all of summer's winged creatures---birds, bees and butterflies.  Here at Martin Pierce Hardware we are also inspired by these fascinating creatures and have created various pieces of door hardware based on this inspiration, including passageway door handles and cabinet knobs.

Our bee door knob is a beautifully detailed rendition of a bee placed atop a slice of honeycomb and cast in bronze in our Los Angeles facility.

Bronze bee door knob by Martin PIerce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Bronze bee door knob by Martin PIerce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Butterflies represent change and our butterfly cabinet pull, available in two different sizes, will definitely change the look of cabinetry and furniture in your next interior design project.

Small butterfly pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Small butterfly pull from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Birds make an appearance on many Martin Pierce items, including door handles and artwork.  Our swallow pull can be used on items of furniture as shown here on a custom toy chest we designed for our client or as door and cabinet hardware.

Swallow pull on custom toy chest by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Swallow pull on custom toy chest by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Our jay bird bronze sculpture would be a statement making addition to any art collection.  You can follow along on the process of creating a sculpture like this via blog posts published here and here.

Jay bird bronze sculpture by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Jay bird bronze sculpture by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Door knockers are certainly a part of entry door hardware and our woodpecker door knocker will add a bit of whimsy and function to your front door.

Woodpecker door knocker by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Woodpecker door knocker by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

 

To commission your own piece of custom artwork or to view our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

A door handle work in progress

Angular Leaf Sections in Canopy with Stronger Directional Limbs by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Angular Leaf Sections in Canopy with Stronger Directional Limbs by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

As many of you are already aware, all of the door hardware that we make at Martin Pierce Hardware is designed and created by Martin Pierce.  Unlike other door hardware companies who employ a stable of designers working on different styles, each and every door handle, cabinet pull and lighting fixture starts out life on Martin’s drafting board.  In this post we are sharing some initial and somewhat crude sketches that illustrate the evolution of a particular design. 

 

The initial design for this door handle (shown above) began with a soft approach that had,as Martin described it a “cartoon Disney quality to it”. I agreed and suggested that he focus on giving it a stronger, directional feel and the tree focus should be on creating a more angular canopy with faceted leaf sections.  That direction resulted in this rough sketch showing the beginnings of a new and more angular shape.

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This new tree door handle design follows on from our successful Hedgerow line of door hardware and is a natural development from the illuminated door handles that we hope to be releasing later this year. This final image shows the most completely sketched out concept for a new tree door handle that may or may not have an integral LED light.

To view our Hedgerow line, along with our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

 

 

The beauty and versatility of succulents

In our last post we talked a bit about the California drought and the positive effect El Nino has had on the state's climate.  We shared photos of our own drought resistant garden that we planted last summer.  In our garden you will see a variety of succulents---plants that are becoming very popular not only in water starved California but in other parts of the country as well.  These ornamental yet hardy plants are not only beautiful but easy to care for.  And for those of you who prefer color in the garden, succulents and drought tolerant plants like the Kangaroo's Paw shown here, do provide plenty of color throughout the year.

Drought tolerant garden from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Drought tolerant garden from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

 

But succulents are not just for the garden!  They are popping up in artwork and other decorative accessories as you will see in these selections.

First off is our own bronze candlestick.  This beautiful candlestick makes the perfect gift for any occasion and will add an elegant touch to any style decor.

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

 

Natural Curiosities offers this black and white rendering of a succulent.  What a lovely choice of artwork for a boutique hotel or spa this would be!

Natural Curiosites Black and White Succulent 2

Natural Curiosites Black and White Succulent 2

The minimal care succulents require make them a perfect choice for a living art arrangement or wall garden.  Root systems that store water make them ideal to tuck into a wall-hung arrangement, wreath or table centerpiece.

Succulent wall garden from Williams-sonoma

Succulent wall garden from Williams-sonoma

Cities and organizations around the world have discovered the environmental value of planting a living wall.  These green walls are not only beautiful but also able to reduce noise pollution and have a cooling effect on the surrounding area and can certainly help with LEED certification on specific projects.   And hospitality designers are already aware of the positive impact greenery and living walls have on workplace environments and public spaces.

Living wall design from Ambius at Queen's University Charlotte features a unique design

Living wall design from Ambius at Queen's University Charlotte features a unique design

To view our entire collection of artwork, door handles and architectural hardware, visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles CA  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

Update on California drought and drought resistant gardening

Now that winter is over and the El Nino weather pattern is weakening, the State Water District has agreed that the California drought emergency is over and water restrictions can be lifted.  This is good news to all of us who live in California, especially those of us who love the beauty of a lush green lawn.

When the water restrictions were put into place it became necessary for us to re-think our backyard landscaping.  We decided to do away with the grass and replace it with a carefully thought out plan that consists of drought resistant plants, pavers and gravel.  We documented the process here on the blog where you can review the before and after pictures.  To recap, our "old" yard looked like this:

Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

and our "new" yard looks like this

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

During this process we learned quite a bit about plants that can survive in the very dry conditions of southern California by visiting World Wide Exotics Nursery.  We also recycled an old birdbath and turned it into a lovely little table to set a glass of wine on when enjoying a late afternoon happy hour.

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

And Martin even came away inspired by some of the plants we found and the end result are these beautiful bronze candlesticks.

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill  

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

 

To read more about our drought resistant gardening or to view our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at"

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

Celebrate our national parks

This year our country is celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service.  Established in the summer of 1916 under the Department of the Interior the mission is defined as:

"The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world."

There will be celebrations all year long to commemorate this centennial with events and activities in all the parks. 

We have been fortunate to visit a some of our national parks in states like Montana, Colorado, Arizona and, of course California.  As hiking enthusiasts we always enjoy the scenery and views and Martin always comes away inspired by birds and foliage spotted along the trails that may become new door handles and cabinet pulls in the future.  Here are just a few of the photos we have taken over the years.

Bison National Range by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Bison National Range by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Sedona Arizona Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Sedona Arizona Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

 Pt Reyes California  Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

 Pt Reyes California  Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Trail to Chimney Rock Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Trail to Chimney Rock Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

What is your favorite national park?

To view our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929

Cool and contemporary door handles

Ergo collection by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Ergo collection by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

The hallmark of contemporary design is sleek, highly polished metals and stainless steel certainly fits the bill.

At Martin Pierce Custom Hardware we offer a variety of door handles and cabinet hardware in a stainless finish.  Of course, any bespoke item can be cast in stainless at your direction.

Ergo

Our ergonomically designed Ergo collection (hence the name) is fluid in design making it easy to grasp and an ideal choice for use in spaces where ADA compliant hardware is desirable.  The organic shape of both passageway door handles and entry door sets are the perfect complement to a contemporary interior.  

Stainless steel Ergo door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Stainless steel Ergo door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

 Ergo door handle install in modern London kitchen Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

 Ergo door handle install in modern London kitchen

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Morphic

Door handles from our Morphic collection are chameleons in that they are comfortable in both a rustic and a contemporary setting.  When cast in 304 stainless steel they add a distinctive look to a contemporary setting whether it is in a small boutique hotel, a statement making residence or a commercial building.

Stainless steel entry door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016 Photo Doug Hill  

Stainless steel entry door handle from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo Doug Hill

 

Pieces from the Morphic collection can be further customized with a hot patina coated interior that adds the ultimate in customization.  Select colors that identify an organization's brand, for example, or coordinate with the overall interior design of a space or choose to be greeted by your favorite color every time you enter your home or place of business.

Morphic door handle with hot patina color Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill

Morphic door handle with hot patina color Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

To view our entire collection of contemporary door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929