An organic, elegant shape flows through the design of the Zephyr. The heat-textured steel morphs into the light guide – or does the light guide turn into steel? The ribbon-like LED light guide beautifully illuminates the fine details.
A fluid light sculpture. The Zephyr is contemporary by nature, but at the same time, it is organic in form. Something so sculptural defies categorization. An Honoree at the 12th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards, the Zephyr pendant is made from hand-forged steel and artfully-shaped LED light-guide that flow one into the other, creating a sense of fluidity.
“Light travels in a straight line until something refracts, reflects or, in this case, bends the light through the acrylic, guiding it from LEDs at either end along the curves of the form until it escapes any of the thousands of laser-etched points in a proprietary precision matrix on its surface.”—Paul Marr-Hillard, Designer.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
“I started with pencil sketching to rapidly find the essence of the idea. Then came a small-scale copper and paper model, to quickly discovering new angles of observation and making adjustments. With 2D CAD drawings, we honed in on overall size and proportions, and developed flat patterns for the steel and acrylic sheets, cut by waterjet, and then, heated and hand-formed into shape” according to Paul Marr-Hilliard, the Zephyr’s designer. “Throughout the process, input and collaboration with other design team members was essential in developing the design, that was, then, produced as a full-size, working fixture by our in-house prototyping team. Engineering worked out the details. Adjustments were made until the Zephyr was ready for final production.”
A NOTE ABOUT OUR TRANSLUCENT FINISHES
Variations in finish appearances are a normal and desired result of the process, rendering each piece an individual and unique work of art. Shown here in Dark Smoke (-07) are examples of the different textures and patterns seen through our translucent finishes.
Here, in Castleton, Vermont, we take great pride in creating the highest quality products. We design, engineer, forge, weld, finish, assemble, pack, ship, and service our customers all from under-one-roof. And we do it for you, knowing that each and every piece that leaves our facility is going to enhance the space it was made for—whether it’s a home or a place of business. Take a virtual journey with us to Castleton, Vermont and meet some of our team, 230-strong, at Hubbardton Forge where we’ve been making luxury lighting since 1974, for nearly 47 years. We invite you “inside,” where we share with you in a short video, what makes this American success story in manufacturing so compelling…in the end, it is people of passion who make product with purpose. We are Hubbardton Forge.
HISTORY MEETS INNOVATION
We combine traditional techniques with the latest technologies. Our designers, engineers and makers work together using mixed materials consisting of metal, glass, leather, wood, slate and more, to create award-winning product year after year. It is this spirit of collaboration that yields innovative product designs made by the team at Hubbardton Forge. Being in Vermont, we take great pride in our history of commitment to saving energy, preventing waste and reducing our environmental footprint. We are dedicated to manufacturing our products using sustainable practices and have been recognized as a leader with prestigious “green manufacturing” awards.