Rustic decor originated in the handmade lighting fixtures that people would make for their log cabins in the late 18th century in America. Furniture would be made by cobbling together left over wood and camping accessories for a home grown feeling. Later, wealthy lodge owners in the mountainous areas ordered more furnishings following the rustic trend and products of increasing sophistication which retained the cobbled together look began to be made. From its basic origins, rustic decor has now become a premium offering for the very best vacation homes and residences. The rustic trend has remained in a big way for decor of log cabins and mountain homes by the use of sticks, logs and wood effect materials. Rustic lighting fixtures are made to complement the furniture of these vacation homes for a homely feel and to give a rural welcoming atmosphere.
Arroyo Craftsman is a specialist in rustic lighting. Based in Baldwin Park, California, the firm is noted for its emphasis on hand craftsmanship and wizardry in brass. Arroyo Craftsman products have been used in historical landmarks for their authentic appearance. The firm also has deep relationships with heavyweights of design like Frank Lloyd Wright, whose homes make use of the firm’s lighting fixtures. Arroyo Craftsman’s unique selling point are the hand-applied unique mental finishes like Verdigris Patina, Raw Copper, Mission Brown, Slate and Pewter which completely transform the appearance of the firm’s products. Coupled with multiple glass options, customers have a whole host of options to customize their desired rustic look. The firm’s extensive range is divided into different series which all incorporate common retro-modern design elements.
The A-Line Series includes chandeliers, outdoor and indoor sconces, ceiling mounted lights, hanging pendants and outdoor post lights. The series is influenced by California Mission architecture and typically features straight lines, aged finishes and innovative use of wood, glass and metal parts.
The Berkeley series is one of the broadest product ranges offered by Arroyo Craftsman. It encompasses several types of indoor and outdoor fixtures, including column mounted lights, path lights and wall mounted fixtures. The fixtures incorporate a peaked conical roof on the lamp head which serves a functional as well as aesthetic purpose.
The Evergreen series catches the eye for its innovative flat metal finishes and custom overlays and filigrees. Buyers can choose from different types of overlays like arch and T-bar and filigrees like pine needle, hummingbird and sycamore. The series includes hanging outdoor lights, outdoor sconces, hung pendants, chandeliers, column mounted lights, post mounted lights (www.wisegeek.net/how-do-i-choose-the-best-wall-mounted-light-fixtures.htm) and path lights.
The Franklin series is influenced by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, with delicate lines and shades evoking stained glass windows. The range offers silk screen shades in different patterns combining yellow-green, green-black and yellow-black. The range includes wall sconces, pendants and chandeliers.
Fixtures in the Himeji series have subtle Eastern influences with straight lines and gently sloping roof. The materials used also evoke the paper lanterns used in China and Japan. The range is totally for outdoor applications and includes sconces, column mounted lights and post mounted lights.
The Kennebec series is an Eastern-influenced range with a wide two-tiered roof and glass that evokes dormer windows of old mansions. The range includes pendants, outdoor sconces, post mounted lights and column mounted lights.
The series is inspired by Mission Revival architecture and is an extensive family of lighting fixtures, including indoor applications like chandeliers, flush and semi-flush ceiling mounted lights and pendants, and outdoor models for sconces, hanging lights, post mounted lights, column lights and path lights. The fixtures can be customized with different metal finishes, glass colors and a T-bar overlay.
St George Series
For designing this family of fixtures, Arroyo Craftsman drew inspiration from the castles and paintings of Medieval Europe. The fixtures have a narrow circumference with a high pointed roof and delicate metal work on the glass portion. The range includes outdoor sconces, column mounted lights, post mounted lights and outdoor pendants.
Timber Ridge Series
The Timber Ridge consists of rustic pieces with design on the theme of Deer, Cacti, Horses, Trout and Geese among others. The difference lies in the painstakingly designed overlay that distinguishes the themes from each other. The series includes outdoor sconces, outdoor pendants and post mounted lights.