Commercial Lighting Design

Northwest Design and Specification is involved in various lighting design jobs.  Or commercial quote department has developed into commercial design over the years and we would like to share our projects now and then with all of you.

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The lobby lighting at 3000K provides a warmer feel to the space.

Sinai Vascular Center is located 1105 S Western Avenue, Chicago, IL.  Studio GC worked on this project modernizing the original space.  The Medical District Vascular Center and Home Dialysis Center was a finalist for the Chicago Building Congress 2015 Merit Award for Owner’s Choice, Rehab Construction. The owner on this project wanted the lighting to feel more residential feel without the sterile undertone of a typical medical facility.

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Cree’s LED 2×4 lay-ins are used in this application are high on the color rendering index and give a pop to the red chair.

LED’s often render low in the red levels of the color rendering index.  That is why it is so essential to choose the appropriate fixture in each lighting project.  The owner on this project gave Northwest Design and Specification the reins in specifying these fixtures and therefore the true colors are rendered quite nicely.

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The color temperature in the exam space was kept at the traditional 3500 Kelvin to give appropriate lighting for examining patients.  The entire space uses a Lutron control system to promote energy savings and maintain flexibility to individualize the patient experience.  Creative control concepts were used to save money, time, and energy for Sinai’s employees and patients.

Stay tuned for more of Northwest Design and Specification‘s latest and greatest projects!

~Shauna Schurman, Senior Designer

 

Commercial Lighting Design

Fashion Forward Design Inspirations

Design Inspiration trend:  Rustic Elegance
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With fall just around the corner, be inspired by warm tones, natural materials, and a touch of elegant “bling”.  This trend features our Elk Lighting “Viviana” chandelier, a modern interpretation of nature with branches of polished chrome and clear glass “buds” at their tips.

 Design Inspiration Trend:  Natural GlamorDesign Inspiration Natural Glamour (2)

This design inspiration is a natural glamorous look that comes together with neutral tones, linen fabrics, distressed wood, gold and silver metallic accents, and brilliant sparkle.  The focal piece is our Hinkley “Carlton” chandelier finished in authentic Silver Leaf.  This collection makes a sophisticated statement with luxurious amber pearl crystals and ornate details.  This look would be perfect in a luxury master suite, chic dining room, or a sophisticated retreat.

Design Inspiration Trend:  Shades of Grey

Design Inspiration Grey Tones

Shades of Grey is the hottest color pallete of 2015, and our Schonbek “Jasmine” chandelier is the perfect complement to an elegant gray interior.  The simplicity of this design reveals the stunning beauty and value of its crystal, featuring a delicate polished silver frame and black chrome accents.  The dramatic Swarovski crystal centerpiece features large angular facets that produce expansive rainbows of spectral light.  A glamorous statement for any interior, the “Jasmine” is sure to impress its audience.

~Designs and Inspiration by Jennifer Jensen of NorthWest Lighting and Accents

 

 

Fashion Forward Design Inspirations

Contemporary Couture

Many of our clientelle live in downtown Chicago and are looking for chic, upscale fixtures to complete their high rise or loft spaces. Enter our Contemporary Couture display inspiration…

Contemporary Couture

This display is inspired by a sleek, colorful, contemporary interior.  It features clean lines, vibrant colors, and elegant high end fixtures. A large Fine Art Lamps foyer sized fixture is centered on the display, surrounded by other Fine Art Lamps and Framburg pieces. NorthWest recommends keeping the decor simple by using orange and turquoise accents to create a striking contrast in the design.

Stop in to Northwest Lighting and Accents  to check out new displays and products. We are constantly updating our vignettes!

Contemporary Couture

Displays at Northwest!

This is the start of our series featuring displays, services and community involvement at Northwest.  The first is of our Chic Boutique display highlighted in our Schonbek crystal gallery.  Stop in to Northwest Lighting in Accents to check out new displays and products.  We are always updating!

Inspired by a chic French boutique bedroom, this display shows a clean, elegant look that features classic cast crystal lighting.
Inspired by a chic French boutique bedroom, this display shows a clean, elegant look that features classic cast crystal lighting.
Displays at Northwest!

Northwest Wins 2015 Art Award for Lighting Showroom!!

We are very excited to share the news that our lighting showroom was selected as the Best Lighting Showroom in the Midwest/Southwest region by ART. This is a VERY prestigious award in the home industry and we are so honored to have been nominated by our industry partners. This was the first time that we were nominated and we WON!!!  It is such an amazing feeling to be recognized.

A view of the stage at Dallas Lighting Market ART award event.
A view of the stage at Dallas Lighting Market ARTS award event.

 

Thank you to everyone on our team for working hard each day to make our store better. We are so proud and very excited for more great things to come in 2015! A very special thanks to Jennifer Jensen who spent lots of time designing our pages to submit to the judges and continues to elevate our team to excellence!  

Jennifer Jensen (Showroom Manager) and Thomas C. Reindl (Design and Specification Manager) accepting our award on Northwest's behalf.  Photo courtesy of Residential Lighting Magazine.
Jennifer Jensen (Showroom Manager) and Thomas C. Reindl (Design and Specification Manager) accepting our award on Northwest’s behalf.
Photo courtesy of Residential Lighting Magazine.

 The board of judges evaluated our company on 3 major aspects of our business: differentiation, marketing, and merchandising presentation. Check out some of these aspects of NorthWest in upcoming blog posts! Thanks again to ART for this prestigious honor!

~Amanda Wolfe, Marketing Manager

 

Northwest Wins 2015 Art Award for Lighting Showroom!!

Oversized Fixtures!!

Oversized light fixtures are creating quite a splash in home decor, especially oversized pendants! These fixtures can create quite a  statement and give a beautiful focal point to the room.  You can use oversized fixtures anywhere over an island, in the center of a living space, in a large master bedroom, even to fill an empty stair landing.

Check out examples below of these oversized beauties…

Great Drum from Uttermost
This oversized Uttermost drum works great in a modern loft space!
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This mixture of traditional and industrial style can work if done tastefully. When you have the space…fill it with a fixture!
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These oversized Tech Lighting pendants create a statement and still give the space a nice clean modern look
Oversized meets rusitc!  These rustic wood stools create an beautiful contrast against this white kitchen.  An oversized white dome pendant casts a beautiful warm glow to this eat-in island.
Oversized meets rusitc! These rustic wood stools create an beautiful contrast against this white kitchen. An oversized white dome pendant casts a beautiful warm glow to this eat-in island.

We are ready to help you choose one of these gems to fit your space .  Our friendly sales staff are great with fixture selection and style preference. Our design staff can help you with your lighting or furniture layout.  Till next time…

~Shauna Schurman,  Senior Designer

Oversized Fixtures!!

Welcome from NorthWest . . . When old was New!

Color Lighting Hues for the Home circa 1956

Welcome to NorthWest’s blog of trends and tips, where we will be sharing current news relating to electrical, lighting, and design trends along with a little nostalgia from time to time.

Holiday Issue as it would have arrived at your home December 1956!
Holiday Issue as it would have arrived at your home December 1956!

Since we reflect fondly on the past during the holiday season, I wanted to share this add from December 1956.   While we talk feverishly about color temperature today as if it were the newest trend, the idea is more than  60 years old.  Take a look at this full page add introducing color hues as key mood and design elements for a modern home in 1956!

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Our first look at color temperature.  Remember back in the day the simplest knob dimmer had yet to be invented!  Color temperature was quite the talk, even then.

 

Technology today has given us tools lighting designers of the 50’s never dreamed about.  LED products today give us color variations and clarity never before possible. All controlled by the newest generation of dimming controls accessible from your tablet or phone.. Visit us at NorthWest and let us talk about lighting design ideas to renovate your new or existing  home.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of nostalgia, Happy Holidays from all of us at NorthWest!

Thomas A. Reindl, President

 

Welcome from NorthWest . . . When old was New!