Levi Wilson grew up in his family’s iron shop, and now, only miles away in Salt Lake City, co-owns one of the leading artisanal lighting studios in the country. After mastering metal work as a child, he lends his expertise to illumination, and crafts chandeliers, hanging lights, and decorative designs for home and commercial spaces. As the VP of Design of Hammerton Lighting, he has married aesthetics and function to bring spaces upscale glamour suing never-before-seen designs and shapes. Inspired by years of travel and continued interest in the beauty of international architecture and design, Wilson ties his childhood, his passions, and his artistry together give Hammerton the renown and respect they now hold in the industry. Join Levi and I as he lights up today’s Maker Monday with a bit of honesty and humor. This snowball-like ball light gives the illusion it’s made of broken glass, thanks to hours of hard work and glass blowing.
Andrew Joseph – What do you find inspiring in the industry right now?
Levi Wilson – Diversity! 25 years ago when I started Hammerton there was a handful of companies who dictated look and feel. Today, if a person wants a life size Barbie doll crystal chandelier you can probably find one online somewhere.
Andrew – What current design trend makes you cringe?
Levi – Celebrities who double as interior designers. If a person is highly successful as a singer or actor that is great, but those who try to develop design-leading products on the side as a secret passion are largely unconvincing.
Andrew – Vintage or new?
Levi – Some people say there is nothing new in design and we just rearrange shapes differently. This is partially true if you look at just one component in a room or light fixture. The real wonder happens when all the shapes create a story. Similar to a good book… it has all the same words you have read before, but it is the story that intrigues us.There’s nothing more luxurious than an at-home reading room. That is, of course, unless it houses a breathtaking Hammerton chandelier.
Andrew – What’s one ingredient you put in anything?
Levi – For food and drink my favorite is Ginger. (Ginger Mango Oats OH MY) For lighting I prefer contrast as the key ingredient.
Andrew – Define your work in 3 words?
Levi – “Not For Me” This is what I tell myself when I help clients realize their vision.
Andrew – Style or design icon?
Levi – Alphonse Mucha from the Art Nouveau era. Why? Art Nouveau has a living breathing design essence, and I like how he incorporated that into his posters. It’s kind of like lighting… functionally a light bulb will do, but how do we make the mundane artful?
About Levi Wilson | Levi has been working with metal since childhood, when he spent endless hours in his family’s ornamental iron shop in Salt Lake City. He founded Hammerton in a neighbor’s garage, and drew inspiration for early products from a trip to Timberline Lodge in Oregon. Since then, he has sourced design ideas from travels all over the world, and his innate understanding of metal as an art medium informs his ability to create truly spectacular lights. One of his many talents is the remarkable ability to translate rough design concepts into detailed freehand sketches, drawn entirely to scale.
About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.
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