Schwartz's Forge & Metalworks

Schwartz's Forge & Metalworks

Designers usually turn to Schwartz’s Forge and Metalworks for stair rails, door canopies, fountains or sculpture, in styles that range from Beaux-Arts ornate to minimalist: The company produced the Federal-style exterior balcony railings for Blair House, the official White House guest house for heads of state, and, for a minimalist all-concrete house, stainless-steel metalwork reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Joel Schwartz’s shop is a home for both traditional blacksmithing (hammer and anvil) and modern metal fabrication (machine tools), matching production technique to period style.

  • Need to add some instant architectural interest to your room and some extra glam to your chandelier? Then this is for you!

  • This is really cook transparent concrete. You can add things behind it such as trees, etc and created really nice shadows or residential or commercial spaces. Great for partition walls.

  • Great for restorations, renovations, architectural elements

  • This is great for a gallery or office space....made of grey metal with black or transparent rubber,,, not something I would normally associate with lighting... Designed by Maurizio Peregalli...

  • Hardwood floors are where it's at. So lush.

  • I use tons of mass retail products in my projects. Among them I like to shop at Home Depot.

  • Palaces of Rome, by Caroline Vincenti, is one book that I keep returning to for design inspiration.

  • There's a cabinetry shop called Maui Custom Cabinets; they're very good. They're on Maui but they work on all of the islands, and they're the best cabinetry shop for projects that we do. We've done a couple major projects with the... There's a cabinetry shop called Maui Custom Cabinets; they're very good. They're on Maui but they work on all of the islands, and they're the best cabinetry shop for projects that we do. We've done a couple major projects with them and they're delightful.

  • The Building Block is a 25-year-old New York–based millwork facility that specializes in custom doors, cabinetry and moldings. This closely guarded secret has created some of the city’s most gorgeous wood-paneled libraries and kit... The Building Block is a 25-year-old New York–based millwork facility that specializes in custom doors, cabinetry and moldings. This closely guarded secret has created some of the city’s most gorgeous wood-paneled libraries and kitchens. Recent projects include Julianne Moore’s townhouse renovation. The doors shown here were constructed of American black walnut carved into a grid pattern.

  • Larry Zgoda’s glass has the ability to transform a door or a window into a work of art. In his early years he followed traditional patterns. But in the late 1970s he began to pursue what he calls “severe geometries,”or shapes and ... Larry Zgoda’s glass has the ability to transform a door or a window into a work of art. In his early years he followed traditional patterns. But in the late 1970s he began to pursue what he calls “severe geometries,”or shapes and designs suggested by the linear structure of glass itself. Today it is this modern approach, along with intensely focused color and an intriguing mix of materials—glass with wood or with metal—that distinguishes Zgoda’s work.

  • Italian studio Luadi specializes in custom-designed doors.

  • “I recently restored two mantels I found at the Brass Knob, and underneath years of paint, there were two bisque angels and an incredible amount of detail,” says Washington, DC, interior designer Beth Peacock. “It’s impossible to ... “I recently restored two mantels I found at the Brass Knob, and underneath years of paint, there were two bisque angels and an incredible amount of detail,” says Washington, DC, interior designer Beth Peacock. “It’s impossible to find that kind of artisanship in new pieces today.” Peacock relies on the DC shop—and its 9,000-square-foot sister, The Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse—for many of the projects she oversees, including a recently completed renovation on Capitol Hill for which she tapped the store for five fireplace mantels, not to mention lighting fixtures, door knobs and other hardware for nearly every room in the house. Those of us outside, or even way outside, the Beltway can go online to view roughly 60 percent of the Brass Knob’s store inventory of architectural antiques. The Web catalog includes hardware, several types of lighting, decorative tiles, ironwork, columns, bath fixtures and stained glass, among other categories—items that date mostly from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. Owners Donetta George and Ron Allan—who Peacock says “could not be more knowledgeable or helpful”—are happy to answer questions, provide detailed digital photographs and ship anywhere.

  • Growing up in California, Richard Perris was crazy about movies, and even got himself a degree in cinema. But instead of becoming a producer, he took over Crown City Hardware, the store his grandfather bought in 1936. As a youngst... Growing up in California, Richard Perris was crazy about movies, and even got himself a degree in cinema. But instead of becoming a producer, he took over Crown City Hardware, the store his grandfather bought in 1936. As a youngster, Perris worked in the store on weekends and became interested in period hardware. "'Bungalow Heaven' is near here, and somebody was always searching for the right knob or hinge," he explains. "So now we specialize in Victorian, Craftsman and Deco hardware and restoration items." Crown City offers a 400-page catalog of the stores’s complete stock as well as a 60-page version that highlights popular items. As for the movies, Perris maintains a connection by providing hardware for sets requiring period authenticity.

  • BDDW

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    BDDW is the creation of 36-year-old Tyler Hays, an energetic painter and sculptor turned furniture maker. His voluminous space on Crosby Street near Grand in New York City was an abandoned sweatshop before he stripped it and paint... BDDW is the creation of 36-year-old Tyler Hays, an energetic painter and sculptor turned furniture maker. His voluminous space on Crosby Street near Grand in New York City was an abandoned sweatshop before he stripped it and painted it white. BDDW is stocked mostly with Hays’s creations, including his Lake Credenza, which features a hand-rubbed laquer finish, choices of three premium hardwood doors and a blackened steel and bronze base, as well as hand-carved ebony handles and a walnut interior. Hays also works with selected artists to develop limited-edition pieces, such as Miwa Koizumi’s porcelain lamps, of which no two are alike. Exotic-looking slabs of domestic wood line the walls of Hays’ store. The owner eventually turns the sculptural forms into furniture; in the meantime, they help make the showroom itself a design destination

  • For Fergus Kinnel and Arnon Kartmazov, it only seemed natural that a business partnership could be formed from a love of metalwork, K&K Forgeworks. Specializing in custom steelwork products, from home-hardware to furniture, Portla... For Fergus Kinnel and Arnon Kartmazov, it only seemed natural that a business partnership could be formed from a love of metalwork, K&K Forgeworks. Specializing in custom steelwork products, from home-hardware to furniture, Portland, Oregon-based K&K Forgeworks has built a growing reputation for exquisite design and workmanship. The two blacksmiths' range of interests, techniques and objects is wide but their aesthetic is consistent. As Kartmazov puts it, "We like to combine the most modern techniques with things that have been around a long time. And we both like simplicity and achieving results with the fewest steps."

  • Near Woodstock, a town in upstate New York that is historically known as the center of hippie culture and personal freedom of expression, tile maker Katie Love sets up shop, creating each and every single piece by hand.

  • Master stone carvers are rare in the US, which makes California especially fortunate to have Clark Mitchel and his company, Alma Stone. Mitchel spends his time carving gorgeous fireplaces, sinks, moldings and other architectural el... Master stone carvers are rare in the US, which makes California especially fortunate to have Clark Mitchel and his company, Alma Stone. Mitchel spends his time carving gorgeous fireplaces, sinks, moldings and other architectural elements; incising letters; drafting; and restoring old stone treasures. Originally a sculptor, Mitchel trained with the best. He learned restoration, sculpturing, drafting and carving techniques during apprenticeships in England and Italy. As for the name, it means "soul" in Spanish, volunteers Mitchel. It’s also the name of his grandmother and his daughter.

  • Lots of companies pulled in their horns or gave up entirely during the recession of the late 1980s, but Steven Handelman Studios expanded. Handelman guessed that America was hungry for honest crafting, and he was proven right. Tod... Lots of companies pulled in their horns or gave up entirely during the recession of the late 1980s, but Steven Handelman Studios expanded. Handelman guessed that America was hungry for honest crafting, and he was proven right. Today, his Santa Barbara firm is a national source of such wrought-iron products as fire screens, chandeliers, ceiling mounts, sconces and outdoor lanterns. "Our products are handmade, and we offer so many options that each product is customized," says Handelman. "Clients love the attention to detail. They’ll often remark, ‘I’m so relieved that somebody gets it’ when they see our products." A catalog is available.

  • Ask 555 founder James Geier what he likes best about his business, and he’ll say, "developing environments that affect people’s emotions." He and partner Paul Ohadi do that in spades, with their custom designs for the world’s lead... Ask 555 founder James Geier what he likes best about his business, and he’ll say, "developing environments that affect people’s emotions." He and partner Paul Ohadi do that in spades, with their custom designs for the world’s leading retailers, hotels and casinos. Their Automatic contemporary furniture division features their award-winning stainless steel sling chair and ottoman, which are complemented by other stainless steel pieces—benches, club chairs, lamps, folding screens and even a dog kennel. 555 also manufactures pieces for other designers. Automatic furniture is featured in showrooms across the country.

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  • Wayne Cain, whose art-glass windows can be found in public places and private spaces all over the world, says he can’t wait for Monday mornings, when he returns to his studio. "I got the sociology and forestry degrees that other p... Wayne Cain, whose art-glass windows can be found in public places and private spaces all over the world, says he can’t wait for Monday mornings, when he returns to his studio. "I got the sociology and forestry degrees that other people expected of me," he says, "but I wanted to be in a barn in the country, and here I am. For 30 years, I’ve been doing it my way." Cain’s way includes designing and handcrafting beveled, stained, carved, silvered, fused and painted glass windows, entryways, transoms and domes. Styles range from historical to contemporary.

  • Before becoming one of America’s premier sources for architectural elements, Charles Nevinson was a busy restoration architect in his native Britain. "In the 1950s, plastic was the with-it look for British retail stores," he says.... Before becoming one of America’s premier sources for architectural elements, Charles Nevinson was a busy restoration architect in his native Britain. "In the 1950s, plastic was the with-it look for British retail stores," he says. "In the 1970s, I ripped the plastic from over 50 stores and returned the buildings to their old-world roots." Today, in Atlanta, Nevinson presides over two acres of antiques and reproductions, including entryways, columns, mantels, windows, doors and ironwork. He confesses he doesn’t like the Prairie style, so Frank Lloyd Wright fans should probably look elsewhere, but every other period is overwhelmingly represented.

  • To create its award-winning sliding and hinged doors, Tre-Pui taps some of the world’s most illustrious architects and designers, like Cini Boeri and Antonio Citterio. Fabricated from metal, glass and wood, in styles ranging from ... To create its award-winning sliding and hinged doors, Tre-Pui taps some of the world’s most illustrious architects and designers, like Cini Boeri and Antonio Citterio. Fabricated from metal, glass and wood, in styles ranging from the classic hinged wooden door to sliding glass partitions, Tre-Pui doors are top of the line. The company was founded near Como in 1982, and sells its products in 10 US stores.

  • Pasquale Valli had been supervising the design and development of umbrella handles for several years when he decided to create a different type of handle--architectural hardware. That was in the early 1930s. Today, Valli & Valli’s... Pasquale Valli had been supervising the design and development of umbrella handles for several years when he decided to create a different type of handle--architectural hardware. That was in the early 1930s. Today, Valli & Valli’s hardware is created by acclaimed designers such as Michael Graves, John Pawson and Renzo Mongiardino. The company’s products range from door knobs and window locks to coat hooks. Many of the designs are fashioned from brass, with 40-plus possible finishes. Based in Renate, Valli & Valli Hardware is sold in 500 US stores.

  • Architectural Systems is a designer’s dream for exotic architectural finishes. This one-stop mecca was founded in 1990 by Nancy and Ron Jackson, who source factories to manufacture their brand-name lines. The range of materials in... Architectural Systems is a designer’s dream for exotic architectural finishes. This one-stop mecca was founded in 1990 by Nancy and Ron Jackson, who source factories to manufacture their brand-name lines. The range of materials in ASI’s 5,000-square-foot showroom is staggering: Gouged MDF and veneers replicate the hand-chiseled textures found in Jean Michel Frank’s 1930s furniture masterpieces; an end-grain floor collection includes unusual woods such as mesquite and hornbeam; stone marquetry glitters with crystals and onyx; and vinyl and ceramic versions of natural materials mimic the real thing. By appointment. Trade only.

  • With a degree in history and an extensive collection of textbooks and drawings on the subject, Historic Doors founder Steve Hendricks can read a door’s architectural pedigree: "In most styles of architecture, doors embody all the ... With a degree in history and an extensive collection of textbooks and drawings on the subject, Historic Doors founder Steve Hendricks can read a door’s architectural pedigree: "In most styles of architecture, doors embody all the elements of the style of a building," Hendricks says. "The front door is the centerpiece that speaks for the building." Hendricks works with his son and a group of craftsmen to design and fabricate custom doors, entryways and side lights for residences, churches, universities and historic reconstructions across the country. And if you’re stumped, Hendricks can suggest historically appropriate directions for your door design.

  • Once a plastics provider to commercial aircraft interiors, Lumicor (formerly Schober Inc.) now makes Lumicor for the residential building and materials market. These decorative translucent panels are made of textiles, metals, pape... Once a plastics provider to commercial aircraft interiors, Lumicor (formerly Schober Inc.) now makes Lumicor for the residential building and materials market. These decorative translucent panels are made of textiles, metals, papers, foliage and plastic films encapsulated in resin. The pieces can be cut or drilled without damage; surface scratches are easily removed by polishing. Lumicor can be used in a wide range of nonstructural applications, including office furniture, wall partitions, interior windows, cabinets, vanities, sink bowls, table tops, lighting, ceiling panels, shower walls and doors. Lumicor offers full fabrication services.

  • Inspired by California’s modern architecture and natural landscape, Rachel Hoffman and Michael Skura founded Livinglass in 2002. The husband-and-wife team creates glass sandwiches whose filling is natural materials caught in a res... Inspired by California’s modern architecture and natural landscape, Rachel Hoffman and Michael Skura founded Livinglass in 2002. The husband-and-wife team creates glass sandwiches whose filling is natural materials caught in a resin core. Livinglass can be used indoors or out with exposed or concealed edges. It is a permanent architectural material that is structurally stable and resistant to UV light, water and scratching. The material is ideal for tabletops, stair treads and partition walls, and transforms these sturdy surfaces into visions of flowers, grasses, rocks and seeds that seem to float in space.

  • When Chris Plummer, founder of Faux Tin works, once asked a client if he could faux-finish his tin ceiling, the request was denied. But Plummer was hooked on the idea. He scrounged up some old pieces of pressed tin on his own and ... When Chris Plummer, founder of Faux Tin works, once asked a client if he could faux-finish his tin ceiling, the request was denied. But Plummer was hooked on the idea. He scrounged up some old pieces of pressed tin on his own and reimagined them as a canvas: Instead of the typical white tin you find cladding the ceilings of quaint junk shops and bakeries, Plummer’s ornate pressed-tin squares are hand-painted in the style of exquisite gilded plasterwork. The sought-after panels have been installed as ceilings, backsplashes, wainscoting and friezes.