Design Photo Contest Winner Announced at BD West


CASTLETON, VT, March 21, 2014 — Hubbardton Forge announced the winner of a $10,000 prize in the company’s 2013 Design Photo Contest today, at an awards ceremony held during the BD West trade show in San Diego.

Bill Rooney Studio was chosen as the contest winner for photography of a 16-foot custom lighting sculpture, designed by Rooney with production assistance from Rob Veluz, and manufactured by Hubbardton Forge. The lighting piece is a focal point at the new Marriott Residence Inn property located at 1717 Broadway in New York City.

Designer Bill Rooney describes his inspiration for the custom lighting piece: “The sculptural lighting feature draws reference from Central Park as well as the urban chic nature of the space it is in. The resulting organic form is transformed into a modern theatrical experience in hand forged aluminum. Harmony is created by utilizing the familiar juxtaposed with the new and the feeling of the moment is nourished with elements from the past used throughout the Residence Inn lobby.”

Hubbardton Forge created the Design Photo Contest last year and partnered with Boutique Design magazine on the project. The contest was designed to award hospitality project photography that used Hubbardton Forge fixtures to best define the space in which the lighting was placed. The contest garnered many entries from hotel, restaurant, assisted living, and other commercial spaces across the United States.

“It’s always fascinating to see our products used in so many different settings and applications, particularly as our design aesthetic has expanded so much in the past few years. As a designer it’s both educational and fun for me to see how others visualize and create the space where our products can either accent it or help define it,” said David Kitts, Director of Design for Hubbardton Forge.

“The contest gave us excellent insight on the creativity and inspiration that drives the Hospitality Design Industry,” added Steve Rice, Hubbardton Forge Vice President of Sales. “We are proud to be associated with so many fine designers and projects throughout the country.”

Hubbardton Forge offers a special thank you to all design and architecture firms who entered, and to Boutique Design magazine for sponsoring the 2013 Design Photo Contest. “We’re excited to have partnered with Hubbardton Forge on this innovative competition that showcases product design creativity in a hospitality setting,” said Michelle Finn, President of Hospitality Media Group, LLC, owner of Boutique Design magazine.

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Our Finishes

One of the hallmarks of Hubbardton Forge is our beautiful metal finishes. Heat from the forge and other processes result in dramatic textures on the metal, adding to the design aesthetic of each lamp.

Finishing begins right at the bare surface of the metal. Our steel fixtures undergo a forging process, where distinctive random patterns of texture are created as the steel is heated to high temperatures. After each fixture is built by our artisans, a translucent powder coat paint is applied, highlighting with a darker appearance the texture, scaling, hammering and bending processes of the craftsperson’s work. Our aluminum lighting undergoes techniques which replicate the look of forged steel. Blackening and tumbling processes create random wear patterns and subtle distressing; then each piece is individually hand-rubbed to highlight its unique form. Like our steel lighting, our aluminum fixtures are finished with an environmentally friendly powder coat paint in a choice of six colors. We’ve also developed a brighter finish, Vintage Platinum, which carefully tumbles aluminum to a subtle shine. The fixture is then clear-coated to preserve its beautiful, antique chrome look.

Please enjoy this brief video, which demonstrates how we hand-finish each and every lamp that we make here at our factory in Castleton, VT, U.S.A.


Hubbardton Forge Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Introduces Maker’s Mark at Dallas Market

January 12, 2014 – CASTLETON, VT, USA

Hubbardton Forge proudly celebrates 40 years of designing and handcrafting lighting in 2014, and in commemoration of the company’s history will introduce a Maker’s Mark at the Dallas International Lighting Market. The company will unveil the Maker’s Mark on a special gift at its 40th anniversary party on Friday, January 17 from 6 – 8 pm, Showroom 4921. All are welcome to the anniversary event, and a champagne toast will be offered at 7 pm.

Maker’s Mark
The Hubbardton Forge Maker’s Mark will be found on select pieces beginning in 2014. Over the centuries craftsmen have affirmed their creative reputations by striking their mark on their work. The maker’s mark is a guarantee of authenticity and is the signature of the craftsmen’s work.

History of Hubbardton Forge
In 1974, two years after meeting in a sculpting class during their senior year at the University of Vermont, George Chandler and Reed Hampton founded Hubbardton Forge & Woodworking, locating it in a 19th century barn belonging to George’s great-great uncle in Hubbardton, Vermont.

The two craftsmen introduced its first product line of forged steel candlesticks, fireplace screens, and accessories in 1976.  Their big break came when Country Loft catalog asked George and Reed to make a lamp for them and then ordered 1000 more pieces. In 1985, the founders hired their first employee, and by 1990, moved to a larger facility at its current location in Castleton, Vermont.

The first full color catalog was introduced in 1992, and by 1994, the company began exhibiting at the Dallas Market Center. They also began selling to Canadian customers through AFJ Distribution in this year. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the company introduced many iconic products, such as the Sweeping Taper Sconce, some of which remain in the product line today. Exterior fixtures, crafted of durable aluminum, were added to the line in 2002.

By 2003, Hubbardton Forge products were sold in showrooms in all 50 states. At this time, Hubbardton Forge hired their first product designer- until now, founder George Chandler was the only designer.

In 2010, the company’s founders transitioned out of the business and Hubbardton Forge continued their success under the guidance of Lineage Capital.  By 2012, the company had hired a sales representative force to cover the continental United States.  In 2013, Hubbardton Forge officially introduced its Lifetime Limited Warranty on all products, validating what Hubbardton Forge has always stood for: the highest quality in hand-made craftsmanship.

Today, in its fortieth year, Hubbardton Forge continues its commitment to industry leading design, quality and customer service under new ownership, Bunker Hill Capital, who acquired the company in late 2013.

Hubbardton Forge employs over 200 employees all under one roof in Castleton, Vermont and has been honored with numerous environmental and design awards throughout the years.

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Hubbardton Forge Honored as Pinnacle Award Winner


CASTLETON, VT, November 4, 2013 — Hubbardton Forge’s Cavaletti collection was honored as the recipient of the 2013 ASFD Pinnacle Award for Design Achievement in the lighting category. This marks the ninth time the company has won the Pinnacle award.

“The Design Team would like to thank the judges for selecting Hubbardton Forge and to our extended family of dealers and reps who are spreading our message, our story, out to the country every day. It really is a team effort that allows us to bring a truly special product to market,” says David Kitts, Director of Design for Hubbardton Forge.

The Cavaletti lighting collection features a graphic composition of dynamically tapered, forged elements. Its design begins with a piece of square steel barstock. One end is heated in the forge, and a taper is drawn from the middle of the piece. The other end is then heated, and before tapering it is turned 90 degrees, creating a dynamic new shape. Once welded, the lamp assembly is washed in a closed-loop, bio-remediation system, and finished with a state-of-the-art powder coating process, with no VOCs, thus minimizing environmental impacts.

A simple rectangular fabric shade enhances the clean lines of this family, which includes a pendant, table and floor lamps, and an ADA compliant wall sconce. The Cavaletti collection is offered in a choice of finishes and shades.

The Pinnacle Awards were created in April 1995 by the American Society of Furniture Designers to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of designers within the retail home furnishings industry.

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