Thursday, September 27th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Using tropical style fans in the home isn’t often a top choice in design for many people but with the right blade color and specific materials, tropical fans can be a wonderfully inviting addition to your space.

Fanimation Islander Collection

Ceiling fans grace almost every room in the home and are at the center of the space; it is important to not only have an efficient fan with great airflow but also have a fan that is stylish and with the design and aesthetic of these fans, you can’t go wrong.

Fanimation features an array of tropical ceiling fans collections with various settings for their design inspirations.

According to fanimation.com, their tropical fans are created with “organic and natural materials, such as real palm leaf blades and beautifully designed, rich bamboo blades to create a feeling of Island Living in your home.”

Fanimation has a selection of their top-selling tropical fans and included on that list is the Cancun collection, the Belleria, the Palisade and the Cancun; the Islander was inspired by the Palisade, and both were designed by Tom Frampton, founder of Fanimation.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Troy Lighting is at it again and has created a new line of Summer 2012 interior collections and debuted the new pieces at this year’s Dallas International Lighting Market in June.

In a press release from Troy Lighting, the Summer 2012 collections are said to be “equal parts fun, elegant and adaptable to environments ranging from classic to contemporary.” According to Troy Lighting, their new products take insights from the stars, nature, body art and classical elements.

Troy Pearson Collection

Steve Nadell, president of Troy-CSL, said in the press release that the Troy Lighting designers really enjoyed creating this summer’s beautiful designs.

“The pieces stay true to Troy Lighting’s signature style, attention to artistic detail and use of wrought iron, while at the same time showing our team’s ability to think outside of the box and play with new forms and materials,” Nadell said.

Troy Rhodes Collection

Some of the collections new to Troy Lighting include Copperfield, Pearson, Drift and Rhodes, Chime and Tattoo. The following information was taken from Troy’s July, 10 press release:

The Rhodes collection consists of an elegant, very classic design in lighting, now being offered in white for the first time.

Copperfield is “a starburst design done in hand-worked wrought iron, metal mesh shades and a burnished copper finish.”

Pearson features rectangular silhouettes that combines contemporary with warm, natural hues of silver mica glassware.

Drift mixes together “white pearl glassware with hand-forged iron, driftwood made out of bronze with silver leaf and natural Manila rope.

Chime comes in two sconce adaptations with overlying wrought iron ovals the complement the linen shade.
Tattoo is a valiant design in lighting with “intertwined hand-forged iron set behind a contemporary hardback linen shade.”

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Schonbek Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa chandeliers date back to the 1700s when the Australian Empress, Maria Theresa reigned. They are beautiful fixtures that are known to have more traditional silhouettes that are covered and draped with crystals.

It is often mistaken that the frame of Maria Theresa chandeliers are made of glass but actually, they are known to have a metal frame that is covered in glass. The metal frame is simply an instrument on which the crystal is enclosed and ornaments are draped upon to restructure the array of designs that are Maria Theresa; from the most minimalistic designs to exceptionally ornate.

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting features a collection in honor of the Empress Maria Theresa. Schonbek’s Maria Theresa collection is a wonderful example of this style chandelier; their version however is highly stylized while featuring the typical crystal listels outlining the shapely frame. Crystal embellishments of Heritage Handcut crystals are also covering each piece within this collection.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

by Benson Littman

Fanimation is a company that has been creating uniquely crafted ceiling fans with matchless blade shapes, designs and materials with premier motors and technical enhancements for years now. Fanimation’s story is motivating and worthy of note; throughout the years, since about 1984, this company has become successfully what it is today.

Fanimation Punkah Collection

According to fanimation.com, it was Tom Frampton, founder and CEO of Fanimation that began it all; he spent his entire life working in the ceiling fan industry.

As stated on fanimation.com, “It all started twenty-seven years ago with a man, a garage, a concept and a dream. The man was Tom Frampton, his garage was in Pasadena, Calif., his concept was to design unique and innovative ceiling fans and his dream was to channel his passion for creating high quality ceiling fans into a revenue producing enterprise.”

Here is a short but intriguing rundown of Fanimation “Through the Years.” The below information may be cited at fanimation.com.

1973 – Frampton begins working for Burton A. Burton (by 1975 Burton creates Casablanca Fan Company).

1984 – Frampton and Mr. Burton strike a deal; Frampton leaves Casablanca taking with him the specialty fan department. Frampton begins Fanimation in his garage with his first three designs: The Punkah, The Palmetto and the Bourbon Street.

Fanimation Islander Collection

1990 – The Islander fan is established

1994 – Frampton relocates Fanimation to 85th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

1997 – Fanimation relocates again to Lebanon, Ind.

2003 – Fanimation grows, allowing for a new centrally located corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

2004 – Fanimation celebrates its 20th anniversary

2005 – Fanimation introduces seven new fan designs: The Fargo, The Vetricco, The Draco, The Centaurus, The Volare, The Belize, The Alamosa and two damp location fans, The Torrento and the Belleria.

2007 – Fanimation welcomes Nathan Frampton as new president, keeping the company all in the family.

2008 – The Extraordinaire fan and the Zonix fan are introduced.

2010 – Fanimation opens its West Coast distribution center to take full advantage of shipping efficiency.