The Oil Punk of Oakland

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The Serpent Twins in France!

 

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We are thrilled to announce the Empire of Dirt will be joining La Machine as they celebrate their ten year anniversary in Nantes! And to make things all the more exciting, our friends and co-bay area natives Maker Faire will be in full operation July 7th and 8th.


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Suspension

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The Suspension Globe’s frame is uniquely suspended by the twelve wires that power each globe and the frame in turn holds each globe. The cluster body is also unique in that it beautifully gathers these wires in a clean system that meets UL requirements for safety.

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English Wheel Build

I just finished building an English Wheel for our shop with help from the EOD crew and Sam Derouin of Axial to Terminal. We will be using this for our new art car build this year as well as new lighting designs.

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San Francisco Chronicle Style

 

Jennifer Raiser from the San Francisco Chronicle did a great story on my wife Kyrsten and I last Sunday called Parents of Invention. Please check out the story and look for clues to our next grand project!

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Pizza Rock’s 3-Ring Chandelier Lights Up Las Vegas

What better place to make a statement with lights than Las Vegas? Pizza Rock’s new custom Form & Reform three-ring chandelier does just that, with a bold conical shape that fills their dining room with a whopping 112.5 watts of light. Each of the candelabra sockets can be pointed up, out, down, or anywhere in between, giving the restaurant an opportunity to easily change the fixture’s appearance and keep things fresh.

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I visited Pizza Rock to get a feel for the space, and found the eclectic, industrial design called for a bold, bright, statement fixture that won’t clash with the existing decor. The industrial lines of forged steel rings heavily dotted with candelabra sockets fit the bill perfectly, with Form & Reform’s signature fire-scale finish adding just the right amount of texture to complement the brick walls.

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Cairdean Estate Winery’s Great Taste Extends to Lighting

Napa Valley’s renowned Cairdean Estate proved a wonderful space for Form & Reform lights, blending rustic with elegant, industrial with refined. Working with the client, we opted to play up those contrasts, complementing large, bold ring lights with dozens of candelabra bulbs hanging from fabric-wrapped cords. The resulting lights feel almost like enlarged wine barrel hoops, with the many lights shining like dewdrops in the morning sun.

The two largest forged steel ring chandeliers, each an impressive 9′ diameter, will be hung in Cairdean Estate’s The Farmer & The Fox, a Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning gastropub. Two 48″ diameter ring chandeliers will be installed in their tasting room. If your travels take you to the St. Helena area, I recommend a visit to their expansive grounds that include a tasting room, bakery and deli, restaurant, and event space.

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Glistening Web Light Catches Your Eye

The Web Light chandelier may not catch prey, but it certainly catches the eye of anyone who encounters it. Both elegant and playful, the Web Light features gently hand-forged tapered steel spanning each radial rod, mold-blown glass adorning the vertical hang rod, fire-scale finish texture, and gracefully varied lines.

The durable yet visually delicate Web Light complements a variety of interior styles including Art Deco, French, Modern Glamour, Contemporary, and Eclectic.

 

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As with all Form & Reform lights, a change of bulbs will transform the light’s feel. This 45″ diameter fixture’s twelve candelabra-sized sockets work perfectly with either chromed or candle bulbs. Chromed bulbs cast light back toward the central glass spire, creating a glamorous sparkle, while candle bulbs visually elongate the radial lines.

 

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Stunning Deco Mirror Ring Light

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The Deco Mirror chandelier was inspired by the elegance and pizzazz of 1920’s and 1930’s interiors. A statement fixture, the Deco Mirror Light can compliment a variety of interior styles including Art Deco, French, Modern Glamour, Contemporary, and Eclectic.

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This 18-candelabra bulb light is adorned with inset mirror panels lining the underside, inside and outside ring circumference. Hanging gracefully from three curved metal supports, the faceted mirror ring reflects its surroundings and sparkles with light.

 

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Playful Custom Light Fixture is Made for Modification

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Stance Socks was looking for a custom light fixture that could be playfully modified on a whim. I think this light fits the bill, with 7 medium-socket bulbs hanging from long, fabric-covered cords. The cords can hang straight and long, or be wrapped, knotted, and arranged in countless configurations.

The durable cords are suspended from a bar of square tube steel. The 3-point ceiling attachment design creates a streamlined, elegant, and stable area for cord customization while still providing easy installation.

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Please note: these photos show the fixture temporarily rigged in the Form & Reform shop. The final installation will be flush-mounted to the ceiling at the flat disks.

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Oregon Electric Station: Custom Chandeliers Create a Timeless yet Modern Space

Oregon Electric Station’s Custom Chandeliers

When the new owners of the Oregon Electric Station Restaurant contacted me, I looked at the space and knew custom lights could really make this historic hall shine. The design would need to be modern, yet timeless, and the fixtures carefully scaled for the space.

To ensure these modern light fixtures would compliment the grand, slightly industrial, turn of the century space, I worked with the clients on the design. They sent me some sketches, and we built upon a few favorite design elements from my previous custom chandeliers. The resulting three-tier chandelier has a conical shape that punctuates the long station hall.

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After the design had been finalized, we hand-forged and fabricated six of these three-tier chandeliers in the Form & Reform shop. The top tier is 48″ diameter, the middle is 30″, and the bottom is 16″. Each light has 36 total medium-socket lights, hanging from cloth-covered wire. I also created five custom, single-ring chandeliers for the restaurant.

The Oregon Electric Station Restaurant in Eugene reopens in summer 2014. As with all of my custom work, I can’t wait to see them installed in the space!

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More information:

Oregon Electric Station Restaurant Website, including history

Wikipedia: Oregon Electric Station

The Register-Guard story on the new owners

 

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