HAMMERTON: Elevating Craft to an Art Form
Since 1995, Hammerton has set the industry standard for boldly designed American-made lighting that is exquisitely handcrafted, perfectly proportioned and meticulously detailed. Like many notable businesses, it started with two men in a garage. One of those men, Levi Wilson, grew up in his father’s ornamental iron fabrication shop and had the art of metalcraft in his blood.
Hammerton got its foothold by serving the burgeoning second home market in nearby Park City, and word of the young upstart company spread fast. Levi’s obsession with uncompromising aesthetic and functional design, perfect scale and his ‘10-inch rule’ – requiring each completed fixture to satisfy a discerning eye from less than a foot away – were the guiding principles that attracted the attention of leading designers and architects nationwide and fueled the company’s growth.
Over the last 20 years, Hammerton has continued to develop its design leadership position by expanding beyond steel to include blown and kiln-fired glass, woven steel mesh, ecoresins, acrylics and crystal as well as aluminum, bronze, rawhide, mica, textiles and more. Over half of the company’s production includes some element of custom work, whether it’s scaling a catalog product to fit a particular space, incorporating customer-specified materials, or creating completely custom fixtures from scratch.
Today, the Hammerton team of over 70 artisans, designers, engineers and sales and service personnel operates out of the company’s 50,000 square foot Salt Lake City facility. Hammerton fixtures illuminate leading hotels and restaurants, luxury resorts and casinos, corporate headquarters, private clubs and some of the most beautiful homes in North America.
American Artisan Manufacturing
In an era of mass production, foreign sourcing and contract manufacturing, Hammerton stands alone. Unlike the majority of our industry peers, we design and handcraft every one of our fixtures to order entirely in the U.S. We also source our raw materials domestically.
Most importantly, all Hammerton product design, engineering and manufacturing takes place under one roof at our Salt Lake City headquarters. As a result, we maintain end-to-end control of all operational activities involved in servicing every aspect of our customers’ needs. This enables us to produce fixtures of unparalleled quality as well as faster turnarounds, superior service, exceptional value and, ultimately, a very happy customer.
Expertise in Multiple Materials
Hammerton is known for pushing the boundaries of lighting design, which requires continuously broadening our palette of design elements – material, shape, form, composition, color, texture and space. To do this, we’ve developed deep expertise in many different types of materials as well as a wide range of traditional and modern fabrication tools and technologies.
Seamless integration of capabilities in steel, aluminum, blown and kiln glass, fabrics, acrylics, parchments, rawhide, stone and a myriad of other materials is the “secret sauce” that drives our design leadership in the lighting industry.