The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

It goes without saying that we respect and admire fellow craftspeople, who create and build locally.  Makers Market, happening at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, Oct 20th and 21st, sounds like the perfect Fall design-related field-trip to us.  This ‘Curated Selection of Skillfully Crafted Products’ features work of craftspeople located in New York and New England.  A VIP Preview Benefit will take place on Friday, Oct. 19th.  Below is a sampling of some of the work created by Exhibitors.  Of course we have a little bit of a soft spot for those who incorporate various metal alloys…

Beam Bench by Palo Samko…love the brass legs…

Chrome Benches by Cumulus Studios

Halsey Dining Chair by Assembly Design

We absolutely love modern design statements with brass + white marble.  These pieces by CASTOR accentuate the beauty of simplicity in detail.  CASTOR offers an impressive and humorous lineup of accessories and artwork.

CASTOR Deadstock BMO Table

CASTOR Deadstock BMO Table

Castor Deadstock Catherine Lamp

Kudos to CASTOR for mixing a clean aesthetic with a whimsical style…whilst being environmentally responsible, by embracing the re-imagination of reclaimed materials.

via DesignSponge.

Designed by Ben Seibel (1918-1985), these lovely bookends are available via the 1stdibs Dealer Network.  The heft and patina make such a bold yet warm statement.  Mr. Seibel designed a number of these for Jenfred-Ware in the 1950s and 1960s.  These pieces have aged so gracefully and work so well with today’s  eclectic styles.

Ben Seibel Bookends Courtesy of 1stdibs

Ben Seibel Bookends Courtesy of 1stdibs

Ben Seibel Bookends Courtesy of 1stdibs

SA Baxter’s hardware is cast in solid brass, bronze, or white bronze, depending on needs and specifications.  Our Artisans will then achieve the perfect degree of polishing or burnishing.  When finishes such as Nickel, Chrome, or Gold are specified, hardware pieces are then electroplated.  Finally, we apply a coating of wax to protect the metal from developing a patina until, in most cases, the contractors have left the jobsite.  As the wax gently wears away through use, our hardware will begin to develop a natural patina that makes every item we make one of a kind.  This is why we refer to our products as having a living finish.

SA Baxter Rustic Patina

A living finish develops a gentle patina and ages through regular use by reacting with the oils in your skin as well as the to the natural environment.  Areas that have consistent and frequent contact will be become lighter and more polished, while areas that don’t have as much contact will mellow and dull over time.  If you prefer to prevent this aging process from happening – cleaning agents, polishing creams, and protective coatings can work against this natural process.  It is a matter of personal preference, but we feel that a naturally occurring patina is what makes a piece unique.

SA Baxter Rustic Door Lever (LV-2108) Finished in Antique Bronze

Most commercially available door hardware is finished with a shiny chemical lacquer.  This lacquer may retain the finish for a period of time, but eventually the coating will crack and flake, resulting in the need to replace or completely refinish.  We refrain from using lacquer finishes, unless specified by the client.
Of course SA Baxter offers many Antiqued finishes, wherein our skilled Artisans accelerate the metal’s aging process by applying various patination techniques.  As these Antiqued finishes age under normal usage, you can imagine the warm luster that is produced over time.  Although many bright polished finishes have their place, we embrace the warmth and character that our living finishes capture.

We love these artwork pieces by 5 Feet from the Moon, based in Santa Cruz, California.  In addition to these gorgeous works of art, artisans Katrina and Dominic create a number of custom products including furniture, fireplace surrounds, gates, and signage constructed of various metals and concrete.  The soothing color palette and warmth of these artwork pieces would work so well on a large white wall expanse.

Patina Metal Artwork

Patina Metal Artwork

Metal Patina Artwork

Katrina has this to say regarding these ‘Patina’ pieces: “Being born into a family of gardeners and lovers of nature, it was only a matter of time before the botanical silhouettes showed up in my work. The mysteriousness of how the colors sometime react with the oxidation process is also another appeal that keeps me inspired.”

Hudson, NY, situated 2 hours North of New York City on the East side of the Hudson river, has become a destination for Designers seeking out one-of-a-kind show pieces.  Considered “one of the richest dictionaries of architectural history in New York state”, Hudson has truly become a mecca in the Northeast United States for gawking at historic architecture…not to mention a tremendous resource for antiques.  The gorgeous row houses and Victorian homes dazzle daily visitors, and tempt city-dwellers to make the move North.

Door Knobs of Hudson, NY

Thankfully, much of Hudson’s Architectural detail is intact, including much in the way of vintage door hardware.  The warmth and beauty of this well-worn patina is undeniable.  Go for a shopping trip (Hudson Supermarket…fantastic antiques), enjoy fine food and drink (The Crimson Sparrow…yum!), and soak in the design detail of this Hudson Valley Renaissance town!