I think it just might be one of the greatest challenges of design - finding the perfect item - and then discovering that it isn't perfect at all. The proportions are wrong. It doesn't come in the finish that you need. Or it's been discontinued (grrrrrr!).
Such was the case with the chandelier that we needed for the conference room at our project in the east bay. I could almost find the right piece - only to discover that it was going to be wrong in some important way.
So. Like we all must do from time to time - we decided to just have the damn thing custom made. The perfect size. The perfect brushed steel finish. The perfect proportions. And the perfect delivery schedule.
Working out the details of the design . . .
As one would expect - install day was a little nerve-wracking. We got the frame mounted from the ceiling. And adjusted the height of the piece. And then the tedium began . . .
. . . because there were hundreds of these. No, seriously. Hundreds.
Each of the custom prisms would reflect the light slightly differently - giving the entire fixture a marvelous attitude. And because the large window directly behind the chandelier faced east - the early morning light would cause each of the the prisms to send morning sun dancing around the room. It was going to be a spectacular way to greet the day.
Getting the last few prisms installed.
Now, just for some clean-up.