Hello, this is Andrea out of our Allston lighting showroom. I'm in customer service, so if you've called into the Allston showroom, you've probably heard my voice!
A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to venture up to Vermont to see the Hubbardton Forge factory with Christine, one of our Allston lighting consultants, and Augie, who is on the hang team in our Waltham showroom. We made the three-hour scenic drive to see what goes into creating the gorgeous lighting fixtures from Hubbardton Forge that we have on display in our showrooms.
Here's a picture of us in the Hubbardton Forge factory!
Hubbardton Forge: Made in America
Hubbardton Forge is one of our favorite lines, and not just because they make such beautiful fixtures. Hubbardton Forge's dedication to great customer service and its made-in-America approach are other reasons we're such big fans.
At Wolfers Lighting, we display many Hubbardton Forgefixtures. You'll be happy to know Hubbardton sources these LEDs from fellow Vermont manufacturers as well.
Lighting Products Designed Specifically for You
Our first stop? The Hubbardton Forge design room. We couldn't take any pictures (top-secret stuff!), but we did get to look around and talk to the designers.
One thing that struck me in particular is Hubbardton's "design first" philosophy. Because Hubbardton Forge does almost everything in-house, the company's designers can sketch a design on paper (or even create it using foam)and walk down the hall to have the engineers look at it—all within the same day!
Turning Lighting Designs into Reality
Here's a picture of the head of prototyping. He explained that once he receives a concept from the designers, he and his team will work on executing the design. Some concepts are easier to achieve than others. But the in-house nature of Hubbardton's prototyping allows the designers to quickly go back to the drawing board to refine a design, if needed.
One of my favorite things I learned on the tour is that Hubbardton Forge does not keep finished fixtures "in stock" because the company hand makes each fixture to order. In other words, when you order a pendant, chandelier, sconce, or some other fixture, Hubbardton makes the product just for you. No two pieces look exactly alike, so you're truly getting a one-of-a-kind product.
As for timing, Hubbardton Forge needs three to four weeks to turn around an order. This covers every step in the process: forging, welding, powder coating, and assembly.