Archive for the ‘Glass Lights’ Category

Macrina Cafe, Aloha Street
Jan 2, 2019 by dgv

RESOLUTE has collaborated with owner Leslie Mackie and architect Richard Floisand on every Macrina Cafe since Leslie opened her first Macrina bakery in 1993 in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.  Aloha is Macrina’s fifth location.

At Aloha, Resolute was commissioned to produce a set of feature pendants and technical ambient and display lighting.  RESOLUTE was priviliged to be included on the project from the first post-demo visit to the site.

RESOLUTE created four large scale clear crystal glass cylinders for the space’s north-facing feature window, christened PORTALUPPI.  The 17″ tall cylinders have a quiet and understated elegance, with maniacal attention to detail.  One cylinder has hand formed parcioffi grooves.

Conical brass caps were braised onto large diameter brass tube, filed, sanded and polished for rigid stem mounting.  The conical detail is reinforced at the brass canopy.  E26 (medium base) LED filament lamps.

The technical lighting challenge was met with a customized PURITY solution.   PURITY 225, a Ø 2.25″ tube with lamp hidden inside, is used as a downlight among the wood rafters and as pivoting display lighting.  There are 32 downlights on rigid stems with an overall drop of 9.25″; 5 display drops on articulated stems with an overall drop of 48″.  Matte black powder coat finish; Soraa 2700K 95CRI lamp, GU10 base.

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Happy Holidays from Resolute!
Dec 14, 2018 by dgv
New for 2019, PAGLIACCIO is bubbles of fun, a clear hand blown sphere with permanently
fused colored accent orb.  An array of accent colors is available.
Diameter of the sphere generally ranges from 5” to 8”, depending on designer specification.
Size determines use of E12 (candelabra) or E26 (medium base) LED filament lamp.
Glass can be mounted on rigid stem or hung on cloth covered cord.
Cloth cord suspension is counterbalanced by a weight on the lamp holder.
Fixtures shown are approximately 5” in diameter, polished stainless steel stems
and black cloth cord suspension.  Lamp holder covers are polished nickel.  E12 LED filament lamps.
Glass Lights are hand crafted to order.
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The Metropolitan Grill
Aug 29, 2017 by dgv

Pleased with the custom fixtures produced for Heartwood Provisions, owner Consolidated Restaurants returned to RESOLUTE to assist in refining and renovating the interior of its iconic Metropolitan Grill steakhouse, as part of a greater operational infrastructure overhaul.

The Metropolitan Grill originally opened in the heart of Seattle’s financial district in 1951.  The classic steakhouse is housed in the historic Marion Building, completed in 1903.  Design of The Metropolitan Grill complements and highlights the building’s original detailing.

Wall illumination was shifted from beacon-style plastic shades to a wash of light emphasizing warm wood paneling.  The twenty-nine 18” x  11.5” wall fixtures are an extension of RESOLUTE’s Bonneville concept: radius-bent steel shades with a black oxide finish, burnished brass reflector illuminated by four 5.5W Philips HUE white ambiance LED lamps.

Color and intensity of Philips HUE LED lamps is fully adjustable via WiFi.

Forty-four 12.5” tall hard-mounted table fixtures continue the tradition of banker’s lamps, while improving on quality and reducing scale to address servers’ request for more space on tables.  Intimate pools of light are cast by burnished brass reflectors inside 4.5” hand-blown glass shades — blue-green to match the new banquette upholstery.  All brass parts were made in-house, silver soldered and burnished.  The reflector was cut on RESOLUTE’s CAD/CAM router and rolled on a mandrel, the chassis integrating lamp holder, reflector, glass and arm was 3D-printed in UL-rated filament.  The table fixture is lit with one 5.5W Philips HUE white ambiance LED lamp.

Sixty-six matching blue-green glass votives were hand blown to hold liquid paraffin lamps — for use on movable tables.  RESOLUTE’s near neighbor, Urban Hardwoods, provided a chunk of “living” Madrone from its sawmill for the glass mold.  The mold was shaped on RESOLUTE’s router.

Twelve large existing chandeliers were updated with new blackened steel trim and Philips HUE LED lamps.

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Avennia Winery
Feb 20, 2017 by dgv

Boxwood Designs placed a custom 3‘x 3’ square cluster of nine PURITY pendants at the entrance of the new 1,000 sf tasting room for Avennia Winery in Woodinville, WA.  Six OTTO G9 pendants hang over the tasting counter.   Four additional PURITY pendants and two UTILITY ADA Wall fixtures are located elsewhere in the project.  All fixtures have an “oil rubbed” bronze powder coat finish.

Boxwood Designs also created Avennia’s brand and packaging design.  Avennia was inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon; Avennia’s winemaking goal is to evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type, clarity of purpose.  Resolute fixtures are ideally suited to reinforcing that vision.

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Singular Creations
Feb 24, 2015 by dgv

RESOLUTE is pleased that enhanced and expanded manufacturing capabilities in our new location allows us greater flexibility to carry out the unique visions of designers — in addition to affording tighter control over component quality and fabrication schedules for our catalog products.

Our technical design, fabrication and assembly crews welcome the challenge of applying our skills to singular and original schemes.

Jennifer Eagle of the Seattle-based hospitality interior designer Design East + West asked RESOLUTE to create a custom cluster of lit glass baubles for a lobby in Touchstone’s new mixed-use Hill7 high-rise development in downtown Seattle.

The resulting fixture features a 56” x 20” mirror finish soffit carrying 17 clear crystal glass shades lit by 3.5 Watt B12 torpedo-style LED lamps.

The metal soffit was fabricated in RESOLUTE’s metal shop.  An Alumet polished aluminum skin was cut and v-grooved on our CNC router, then folded and mounted on a welded aluminum frame.

RESOLUTE glass blower Alex Maughan hand crafted the approximately 8” x 6” shades at the Pratt Fine Arts Center hot shop; finish work was completed in RESOLUTE’s cold shop.

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May 17, 2012 by dgv

RESOLUTE embraces new lighting technology; we strive to provide the most pleasing illumination quality possible while remaining respectful of energy efficiencies, user operation costs, and environmental/disposal considerations.

As new illumination technologies adapt to the familiar Edison-base screw-shell format, the ability to intelligently adapt a single fixture to diverse lighting applications increases significantly.

The Edison base screw-shell format is now available in four illumination technologies:

Standard Incandescent

Incandescent lamps provide rich light quality, excellent “comfort” (warm) color rendering and controllability.  Incandescent offers what is generally considered the most aesthetically pleasing light but it is the least energy efficient. Because of the energy penalty, the incandescent lamp is slated to be phased out. Other options follow.

Screw-shell CFL

The screw-shell CFL lamp with integrated ballast offers a relatively long operating life and is energy efficient.  Self-ballasted lamps do not perform to the level that dedicated “four-pin” CFL lamps do, but late generation types like the Sylvania Mini-Twist produce pleasant light efficiently at a good value. There are few dimming options for screw-shell CFL lamps however. Fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury, creating disposal issues.


Halogen is a form of incandescent technology; halogen lamps are 30% more efficient than traditional incandescent lamps. A halogen gas replaces the inert gas in a standard incandescent and the lamp is run at a higher filament temperature. At this high heat, the tungsten burning off the filament combines with the halogen gas and is re-deposited on the filament in a repeating cycle — dramatically extending the life of the filament. This allows for a smaller filament, further improving performance especially in aimed applications. Special quartz glass is used for the “bulb” to withstand the higher heat. Dimming control is straightforward and effective. Lamp life is longer than traditional incandescent but shorter than fluorescent.


New LED technology offers the longest life span and best energy efficiency. LED is mercury free and provides better color rendition than CFL. While more expensive than CFL, it is less prone to flickering.  Achieving good all-around light from LED sources has been challenging. While the technology offers the best balance overall, it has performed poorly in decorative applications. Latest generation screw-shell LED, like the Sylvania Ultra LED A19 Omnidirectional, promises substantial improvement in this area. LED generally offers excellent dimming control, screw-in versions presently dim adequately. LED has the highest up-front cost but long life and energy efficiency offset that over time.

We thought a visual comparison of incandescent, CFL and LED technologies would be interesting.  We photographed three of our fixtures, Box, Markee and Otto, using a standard A-lamp incandescent, a Sylvania Mini Twist and a Sylvania Ultra LED A19 Omnidirectional.  Other conditions remained constant.

Top to bottom: Box – Imago shade, Markee – aramid shade, Otto – opal white glass.
Left to right: Incandescent, CFL, LED.

incandescent cfl led
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Mar 16, 2012 by dgv


This custom cluster of glass fixtures began with a concept proposed to RESOLUTE by Ann Taylor’s Director of Store Planning & Design with the intent to replace a collection of acrylic globes with something more elegant in new rollout store locations.  RESOLUTE worked with Ann Taylor to develop and execute the concept – refining the proposed cluster of three larger forms into five slightly smaller fixtures, creating a compatible collection of unique shapes.  The largest of the alabaster-colored glass shades is 14” long and 10” in diameter, the smallest is a 9” diameter sphere.

Glass shop director Alex Maughan produces RESOLUTE’s custom glass projects locally –drawing on a network of artisans as necessary and using the outstanding public glass facilities available in Seattle.

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Nov 29, 2010 by dgv

Empires rise and fall, fashions come and go.

Resolute has risen and fallen like a drunk at Mardi Gras as it has moved through a succession of phases. We began with Paper Lights as outlined in my previous post, next came Glass Lights.

I had meant to cover each of Resolute’s “periods” rather quickly on the blog in order to update those of you who work with us regularly on the 2010 catalog product line. After covering the basics, the idea was (and remains) to then move on to more meaningful (or at least provocative) topics. However, the time to accomplish that has been elusive. We are presently working flat out on launching the first products of what we intend to be our next great period. More about that soon.

Following Paper Lights, we mixed glass into our offering. Our initial motivations to move into hand blown glass were both rational and wildly irrational. We wanted products that were more difficult to copy – that was rational. The rest was lustful seduction by the beauty of hand crafted glass. We built one of the best production studios in the world and were fortunate to be able to staff it with the some of the finest glass craftsmen.

We took our glass craft very seriously and we produced great products.

Anon. Incalmo Pendant (discontinued)

There were a couple critical issues with glass though. First, our shop had a fixed capability to produce. The capital investment in a glass shop, both in equipment and in development, is staggering. We built a medium size facility. A glass shop is not something one can adjust up and down. It is either all on or all off. Too little product when demand is high and too much product when demand is low. Lighting is a very cyclical business. Matching demand was difficult. Second, Resolute has always been intensely interested in sustainability and social responsibility. During the two years we were working on the design of our new home, our investigations of these topics became more intense and much more rigorous. I’ll revisit the specific issues in a future post but the short story is that glass craft, as we were practicing it, is recklessly irresponsible. Seductive, beautiful, intriguing and noxious. We were heart broken.

All processes have positives and negatives. Our responsibility is to strike the best balance. With glass, our research eventually brought us to the conclusion that scaling a craft above its appropriate level is irresponsible. Glass production is a prodigious energy consumer and additionally a modest producer of unpleasant byproducts. Both of these aspects are best controlled in larger much more highly capitalized industrial facilities.

So, we wound our glass shop down in 2009 and have transitioned our glass production to what we feel is a much more responsible source in Slovenia. Of course, the extreme high craft is gone but then the sorts of handmade dresses Marie Antoinette wore are no longer available either – nor should they be.

Our current glass catalog includes revised versions of familiar Resolute products.

Fortuna Wall, Otto G9 ADA Wall

Elizabeth Pendant, Cloud 1 ADA Wall

The next step will be to develop new glass models better utilizing our new glass resource and current lighting technologies.

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