Our Design Team

Design. It’s in our blood. It’s what sets us apart. It’s everything.

Our designers come from diverse backgrounds in architecture, sculpture and even jewelry design. They possess a wealth of knowledge and a deep respect for all art forms. They work individually and as a team, brainstorming, sketching, meeting and critiquing, often pushing themselves and each other to create designs that celebrate form, materials and artistry that can only be achieved through hand-crafted design.

Working closely with prototyping, engineering and manufacturing, our designers see their sketches and maquettes come to life. Our designers are inspired by the organic nature of the materials: the warmth and character of the finished metal is the preferred design intent of our lighting. We understand that consumers are bringing art and design into their homes or workplaces when they invest in Hubbardton Forge lighting. They care about design. So do we.

“Our primary muse is the steel we forge. We are always experimenting with what can be done next with steel and other metals.” —David Kitts, Design Director

 

 

 We believe in our workmanship…and we’ll back it up.

Hubbardton Forge offers a true Lifetime Limited Warranty good for the lifetime of the purchaser. When consumers buy a Hubbardton Forge fixture for their homes, they can have the confidence that we’ll stand behind it. Even LEDs. Other companies say they’ll guarantee their fixtures, but when the LED goes out, and because they haven’t designed their fixtures with this in mind, often the entire fixture is unusable…and not under their product warranty. At Hubbardton Forge, the LED can be changed out, should it ever fail, because we designed it considering a multitude of eventualities. We want our customers to know that they will always have the perfect Hubbardton Forge lighting experience.

“We create heirloom pieces, not landfill.” —David Kitts, Design Director

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LEDs

Our LED direction is simple: to offer an energy efficient solution that enhances, not detracts from, the beauty of our designs. We have been carefully and methodically developing LEDs to ensure that our fixtures will continue to display the beauty, quality and durability that have become synonymous with the Hubbardton Forge brand.

To do it correctly, there is no single solution. Color quality, efficacy, CRI, and longevity are all variables that depend on how that particular fixture incorporates the LED in its design. We partnered with a local Vermont LED manufacturer who understands our product and has the capability of custom designing LED solutions that give us the best product possible. We are one of the only decorative lighting companies to offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty on all of our LED components sold for residential use.

One of the questions that continues to be asked about LEDs is whether or not the color quality has increased to the point that it is suitable for most interior building applications. Perhaps no better proof of the high quality of color that LEDs can provide is the fact that the Mona Lisa herself is now illuminated with LED at the Louvre in Paris.

In 2015, we introduced an LED light guide platform. The light from the LED is injected into the sides of the light guide plate to create one uniform light source on the top and bottom surfaces. These thin light emitting surfaces create a consistent diffused light, perfect for highlighting decorative elements and bright enough for functional applications.

“Our LED light guide gives our designers a platform to integrate steel and light in either a very subtle manner, as in our Planar Pendant or it can become part of the drama of the light fixture, as exemplified in our Flux Pendant.” —David Kitts, Design Director