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“Hailey, ID – Rocky Mountain Hardware (RMH), a leading
manufacturer of bronze hardware, announced updates to their
acclaimed architectural Lighting Collection.
Previously available in incandescent lamp configurations, all RMH
light fixtures are now available in either incandescent or LED lamp
types. Already an ecologically conscious collection, the new LED
option adds a host of benefits for the consumer, including:
· No lead, no mercury
· Low voltage
· 50,000 hours of lamp life
· Instant on/off performance
· Energy savings of as much as 80%
· Meets California’s Title 24 lighting requirements
Combining RMH’s trademark art-grade bronze with hand-blown and hand-cast glass, the Lighting Collection is a
truly transitional collection, gracefully spanning styles from traditional to contemporary. Interesting forms of slump
molded glass, as well as smooth, arced, and geometric designs comprise the collection.
The four different fixture categories in the collection — sconces, pendants, vanities, and chandeliers — are
composed of twenty-five different designs, four of which are brand new for 2009: the Lantern Sconce (WS465); the
Vessel Sconce (WS425); the Small Tunnel Sconce (WS480); and the Delta Pendant (PE430).
In addition, there are four escutcheon choices — rectangular, square, oval, and circular — and four glass choices
— square, round, flat, and corrugated. The entire Lighting Collection is available in nine different patina finishes to
blend seamlessly with all RMH products, and all are UL-rated for damp location. In addition, seven items are also
UL rated wet.
As with all RMH products, the Lighting Collection boasts a
composition rate of 90% recycled material — 50% of which
is post-consumer — as certified by Scientific Certification
Systems (SCS), a leader in independent auditing, certification
and standards development for environmental and
sustainability claims. As a result, the use of RMH lighting
products can contribute towards accruing United States
Green Building Council LEED® certification credits for a
registered project.
RMH also offers custom lighting design. The company’s
design team will work with the client to realize his or her own
signature piece, whether the concept is merely a vague notion
or a fully formed design. And, as the custom design process
is not limited to lighting, the design team will work with clients
on the firm’s full range of hardware, ensuring a seamless
design fit throughout the space. “

-Kathryn Kimball

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HARDWARE
COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABLE PHILOSOPHY

Hailey, ID – Rocky Mountain Hardware (RMH), a leading designer and manufacturer of bronze architectural hardware, has
committed itself to an environmentally sound green philosophy, both corporately and culturally.
Family-owned and operated since its inception in 1994, RMH designs and manufactures their collection in Idaho with 100%
recycled art-grade bronze. A full 90% of everything the company manufactures is recycled — 50% of which is post-
consumer — as certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a leader in independent auditing, certification, and
standards development for environmental and sustainability claims. While RMH products are made from 100% recycled
bronze, their certification is for “90% recycled content” because it takes into account locking mechanisms and other non-
recycled sub-assemblies, which contain no bronze.
As a result of their recycled content, the use of RMH products can
contribute towards accruing United States Green Building Council
LEED®certification credits for a registered project. The USGBC LEED®
standards, which promote sustainability in design in order to better
both environmental and personal well being, were used when
designing the company’s LEED® Gold-certified 64,000-square-foot
headquarters in its hometown of Hailey, Idaho. The facility, completed
in 2008, promotes not only environmentally sound manufacturing, but
also nurtures a green mentality among the company’s employees. To
encourage employees to bike to work, and to promote health and
fitness, the building includes a full gym. Additionally, the company
has bicycles available to its staff for their use, and uses hybrid
company cars to further support sustainability.
RMH’s commitment extends beyond its new headquarters. As it has in
the past, the company continues its practice of creating ecologically
sensitive products while using sustainable business practices. The
company uses green cleaning supplies, recycles bronze scraps from
its casting and machining processes, purchases recycled wax from the
aeronautics industry for its investment casting process, and
reconditions the sand in its foundry from the sand casting process. The expanse of skylights along the roof of the corporate
facilities finishing and assembly plant, known as “day-lighting”, allows for the use of little electric light. And while the
company uses biodegradable packaging, it is increasing its use of recycled paper and cardboard in daily business.
By committing itself to the practice of environmentally responsible manufacturing, RMH lives by its philosophy of meeting
the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations.

-Kathryn Kimball

SPECTRA DECOR HARDWARE:

“In a time of perceived environmental meltdown, more people are trying to do their part to minimize their footprint on the world. But it can be difficult to balance a sense of environmental responsibility with a yen for really spectacular home accessories. That balance is now easier to achieve with the rise of SpectraDécor Luxury Hardware and Tile.

For this Seattle-based company, today’s only colour choice is green—and green never looked so striking. SpectraDécor’s founder, designer and artist Leilani Norman-Young has always been intrigued by unconventional materials and finding ways of using them in her art. Instead of using stones in her jewellery lines, she created unique pieces with floor tile. “I always had my eye open for different materials and then I started becoming more and more aware of green materials and the whole green movement as accessories for residential and commercial spaces,” Norman-Young says.

Many other manufacturers were offering environmentally friendly floor, countertop and wall options but there were few accessory options that were both green and gorgeous. So more than five years ago, Norman-Young stepped in to fill that niche with the contemporary offerings of SpectraDécor. She found a company in Seattle that created recycled glass tile, developed a design and methodology for using that glass tile to create cabinet hardware, and launched her successful line called Luminous.

The success of Luminous goes well beyond environmental consciousness; it’s truly easy to befriend the environment when the result is incredible cabinet hardware that complements any space. The 100 percent recycled glass comes in 18 different colours, ranging from subdued shades, like celery and mineral water, to vibrant ones like tomato soup and deep blue sea. The watercolours are created using scrap that is left over from art glass before being recycled into tiles, while the more organic-looking classic colours are created from trash glass. “The classic colours are 100 per cent post-consumer and the watercolours line is 100 per cent post-industrial,” says Norman-Young.

This beautiful glass is then paired with lead-free pewter to create hardware that is sure to pack a punch in any room. “Some of the people go for it because they found it on the internet while looking for green or recycled glass. Then there are people who want something really beautiful and the fact that it’s green is sort of secondary to them but they’re really pleased to find out about it,” she says. Attracting these clients is rewarding for this talented artist, as these choices elevate green options in people’s minds as they continue with changes to the rest of their homes.

Since Luminous, the innovative designer has also used recycled glass in an organic, earthy line called Beach Pebble. It comprises opaque cast glass in ten different colours that she processes and fashions into pewter-based knobs. She is quick to point out that the name isn’t literal. “The name really throws people off. They think I’m taking rocks from the beach and they express their concern that I’m depleting the world of it beautiful beach pebbles. They’re really pleased to know that it’s trash glass that has been recycled into really beautiful accessories,” she says.

Norman-Young is also using beautiful glass in another completely green line called Fusion. Launched in 2005, this line offers very contemporary design with various green options. Clients can choose to inlay glass or a product called eco-resin, which comes in many different colours and textures, and some clients are opting for cork inlays in the lead-free pewter bases for something a bit different. “Folks that want a very subtle look or have cork on their floor love the idea of using cork as a decorative material,” says Norman-Young.

And if there is still nothing that quite fits a design vision for a space, SpectraDécor can customize hardware or offer up a number of additional lines and products. The award-winning Hue line used fused glass created in opaque and transparent layers available in thirteen colours and twelve colour combinations. Villa employs scrap remnants from nature stone set in pewter to create luxury cabinet hardware that is rimless to better display the stone; and Lulu offers hand-pigmented resin and cast pewter hardware in nine colours and twelve shapes.

The newest line is Pure, which offers nine shapes to coordinate with Luminous, Hue, Lulu and Villa products. “It’s simply beautifully finished cast pewter,” says Norman-Young. Even the company’s metal choice supports the green mandate of SpectraDécor; all of the bases (which are created at a family-run foundry in northern California) are made from pewter, which is cast at lower temperatures so demands less energy. But more metals are on their way at SpectraDécor.

Norman-Young is currently working on a new line that uses 100 per cent recycled aluminum made in Seattle. “The foundry I’m working with sources the material and it’s made from things like hubcaps and cast-off aluminum window frames,” she says. As always, Norman-Young has her eyes open for opportunities to use different materials in a different way and is constantly looking for artisans with unique skills. She supports local artisans as much as possible and all of her products are 100 per cent American made. SpectraDecor’s products are available in twenty showrooms across the United States, and in 2006, it branched out north of the border to Calgary as part of an exclusive relationship with Banbury Lane.

Banbury Lane’s impressive selection of decorative hardware and accessories makes it the perfect place to showcase SpectraDecor’s products and the southwest store is happy to add these green lines to the family.

“When we initially go it, the appeal was the eco-quality of it—the eco-resin, the recycled glass, the recycled materials,” says Melody Scroggins, Design Consultant for Banbury Lane. “There wasn’t anything like it out on the market like that.”

Now the incredible colours and eye-catching designs of SpectraDécor hardware are adding equally to the appeal of these unique hardware items. Calgary clients are especially drawn to the organic, natural appearance of the hardware, making Lulu, Hue and Fusion with bamboo inserts big sellers at Banbury Lane. Clients are also attracted to the contemporary style that can transform and accent a space or piece of furniture. Norman-Young looks at contemporary as well as mid-century modern furniture and architecture and tailors her designs to those inspirations.

“I’ve tried to create things that could be used in a really contemporary setting, traditional setting, or a transitional one,” she says.

Her products are aimed at clients wanting clean, well-made products that compliment a space—perfect for a traditional house yearning for a contemporary kitchen or a spa-inspired bath. And best of all, SpectraDecor’s products are all custom made, so customers can ensure the pieces make just the right statement in their individual space. “You can place so many different variations inside her pieces so it’s definitely customized to the place itself,” says Scroggins.

Leilani Norman-Young’s gorgeous hardware pieces are the perfect combination of art, function, and environmental kindness. Sophisticated, unique, visually appealing and durable—SpectraDécor is making choosing green completely natural.”

-Rennay Craats

 
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