Drawing on our background and experience in blown glass and mold design, we developed a method to produce this triangulated form that greatly reduced the complexity of the process and helped to bring the costs down to work within their budget. In the end, we delivered nearly 350 UL labeled light fixtures, individually numbered for each room.
The second challenge was developing a cost-effective method to apply individual room numbers to these slightly varying, hand-blown glass lenses. Knowing that the success of the design relied on the authenticity of the materials and the processes, we were able to quickly rule out vinyl as an option. In the end, we developed an enameling process that allowed us to create simple templates for each room number so that the costs for the individualized enamel process cost less than a similar approach using vinyl. We love the challenges that come from working with truly driven designers and clients. It is their uncompromising spirit and focus that is a perfect complement to Amuneal’s creative problem solving approach.
Each of the four chandeliers is a focal point in the industrial inspired lobby-lounge of the hotel. The structure and light fixture itself is fabricated from hot rolled steel, plumbing fittings, and custom machined components. Suspended in the 30” diameter ring is a 1.25”-thick cast glass lens weighing over 100 lbs. Each lens was custom cast to a slight honey hue with small, entrapped air inclusions. Placing several decommissioned telescope lenses on the cast glass surface further enhanced the chandeliers’ optics. These optical lenses, both convex and concave, help to refract the light with unexpected and intriguing effect.