Repoussé

This month’s blog topic is the on the art of Repoussé.

Repoussé is an ancient skill used in metal craft to create beautiful images in malleable metals. The term Repoussé is derived from the French word pousser, “to push forward.”  The techniques of Repoussé are found worldwide from ancient times, such as the gold mummy mask of Tutankhamun,  to today, as demonstrated in the Statue of Liberty.

The repoussé design is created by raising the image from the back using special hammers and chasing fine details from the front.    Bas-relief (low relief) repoussé is often confused with a mass production process of “rolling” or “stamping” designs into metal with special forming machines. This kind of imprinting a design into metal does not typically result in the fine detail associated with genuine repoussé, and doesn’t allow for cost-effective intricate one-off custom designs.

Texas Lightsmith artisans are skilled in this venerable process to create unique one of a kind functional art products. Watch the video for inspiration on how to incorporate repoussé into your Texas Lightsmith project.

Texas Lightsmith of Austin Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual “Best of Houzz” Badge Highlights Home Design Professionals with Top Ratings

Austin, Texas, January 24, 2019Texas Lightsmith of Austin, TX has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The innovative custom manufacturer was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Best of HOUZZ 2019: Service

Best of HOUZZ 2019: Service

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are honored by Houzz and by our growing community of customers, as this “Best Of Houzz 2019” award reflects the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community,” said Chelsea Puckett, communications director for Texas Lightsmith.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

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About Texas Lightsmith

Texas Lightsmith began in 1995, with the mission of providing a source for excellent custom lighting, while offering the widest array of metalworking techniques to allow for unlimited design possibilities.

Over the years Texas Lightsmith has developed into a multi-faceted company with several specialties. Our primary business focuses on the complete production of residential range hoods, sinks, fireplace screens, chimney caps and, of course, lighting, both residential and commercial.

Keeping the work local and the quality high have been critical to our success. Texas Lightsmith does not support the outsourcing of U.S. work to underpaid foreign labor. Keeping the work in house allows us to keep close control on quality and the details essential to making custom work. All Texas Lightsmith products are handcrafted by metal smiths at the Texas Lightsmith studio in Austin, Texas.

About Houzz:

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Eddie Ross & Edgewood Hall

We collaborated with Designer Eddie Ross on his stunning butlers pantry on his epic historical renovation project Edgewood Hall. Edgewood Hall is sure to be not only a showplace but a crowning achievement in the brilliantly creative career of Eddie Ross. 

2018 Southern Living Idea House | Austin, Texas

The cat is finally out of the bag! We can finally talk about our long awaited reveal. Southern Living Idea House 2018 has hit the stands. It was a pleasure working with Meredith Ellis Design & David Wilkes Builders again on this fabulous transformation. The 2018 Southern Living Idea House in Austin is by far the best we have seen from Southern Living. This year the Austin Idea House featured our Range Hood # 7-46 in stainless steel with a Non-Directional Burnished Stainless steel finish. Body details include “Steamer Trunk” strapping with “Arrow Head” ends and decorative rivets paired with our boarder #22 (details feature stainless steel strapping and decorative rivets).

Photo Credit: Southern Living Magazine & Meredith Ellis Design

In The Press: Gray Magazine No. 40

Texas Lightsmith Collaborated with  Chef & Author Sara Dickerman and her design team at Bellan Construction & Chadbouren + Doss Architects to create the perfect custom sink. As any cook knows washing full sized sheet pans can be a challenge in residential kitchens. This custom sink was a single basin trough design with incorporated drain board in burnished brass. 
https://www.texaslightsmith.com/san-marcos-sinks/

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