Riviera Bronze Feel the Steel Tour

I know this title may be misleading to some… No, we are not embarking on a Heavy Metal Tour anytime soon. The Feel the Steel Tour refers to our fun filled day visiting the fine folks up at Riviera Bronze. And it’s also their unofficial slogan.

Located in Ventura, CA Riviera Bronze has been manufacturing custom, handcrafted steel, stainless steel and bronze doors and windows for the last fifteen years.  

One of the many perks of working at Harvest, is going on these fun field trips to meet new suppliers and discover how our businesses can work together to deliver a superior quality product and service to our customers. Two of our clients are currently in the market for steel doors and windows. Never one to rest on our laurels, we connected with Riviera Bronze to see if their product could find it’s way in our clients’ homes.   

We spent the day with Jared Sapp, Riviera’s Vice President of Sales and Customer Service, and were given a crash course in Riviera’s manufacturing of their custom steel doors and windows.

All of Riviera Bronze’s window units are available in solid steel or thermally broken stainless steel. What’s the difference? Thermally broken stainless steel units have an FRP web between the interior and exterior steel to create an energy barrier through the frame of the unit and prevent thermal conductivity.

Our heads really exploded when Jared explained to us Riviera’s Integrated Divided Light- IDL for short. “IDL is Riviera Bronze’s proprietary glazing system with the purpose of maximizing energy values while conveying the elegance and distinction of a true divided light aesthetic, with muntins as narrow as ¾.”  

An added benefit is that all of their product profiles align with each other and can be used side by side without a break in architectural lines.

Our first stop was where artisans were hard at work cutting and shaping the custom steel pieces. 

Across the way we took in another group of artisans building each custom piece by hand.

Lastly, we ended the day by visiting RB’s glazing facility. This is where every custom piece is hand glazed and finished before being shipped off to their respective homes. A client can choose between four finishes- metalized, galvanized, powder coated and/or marine grade paint.

Riviera Bronze can do it all. From casement windows, fixed windows and hoppers and awnings. Sliding doors, swinging doors, and bi-fold doors are standard. The sky is the limit for your custom creations. You want a drop down wall? No problem. A door that pivots to the left? Sure! An oversized slider with operable swinging doors is another custom order that is not out of RB’s reach.  

If you are currently in the market for steel doors or windows then I highly recommend visiting Riviera Bronze. Spend just half a day getting your mind blown with a “behind the curtain” tour of the creation of Riviera Bronze’s custom, handcrafted steel and bronze doors and windows. It’s an unforgettable opportunity where you will experience first hand the “culture of quality” that Riviera Bronze has created. You will see the attention to detail that Riviera puts into each unit which they create. We look forward to what the future will bring with Riviera Bronze. Our clients do to!





Design is Everywhere- the Harvest Mantra

When I was in Graduate School at SCI-Arc, I was honored to have many amazing Architects as mentors and throughout my 3-1/2 years there – two of which were Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann RayThe most important thing that I learned from this amazing teaching duo was one simple phrase… “Design is Everywhere.”

During that time, conversations occurred in the wee hours of the night in the design studio or during an afternoon lecture and it always touched on these three words.  Robert and Mary-Ann would invite the studio over for dinner in their giant warehouse studio, setting the make shift table made from long pieces of Carrara marble – serving us magnificent bowls of steamed clams as we talked on about design throughout the night.

We would talk about how design is not only in how you think about a building, but in how you tie a package or set a table, write a note or align your shoes in your closet.  Everything you do can have design intent and a sense of order to it.  Everything has a purpose and no item is too small to be considered.

That stuck with me and many years later I maintain that mantra and have adopted it in my own studio and with my own team.  It’s how we look at our work and how we connect to various artists’ works we love, whether it be in written form, through food, music or visual and performance arts.  It’s how creative people see the world and how we make sense of it. 


Creative Juices A Flowin’ in 2018

The beginning of the New Year often brings resolutions and attempts to do something that you think you “should” do…floss your teeth, make it to the gym, eat more greens, drink more water…things that other people tell you you’re supposed to do (and you know you really should do if you’re honest).

Here at Harvest, as I sit at my laptop after getting back from our winter break…I’m thinking about all those things, but also thinking about things that get our creative juices flowing when we’re working on our projects.

Two words come to my mind…

As we get back into things over here, I’m cruising through different people’s collaborations, products, new materials and applications for them and I’m getting that feeling.

I can’t wait to see what we can do with all this great stuff and the possibilities of fun collaborations with all of our friends this year.

As we start this 2018 – we launch our new blog to give tips, provide information and introduce you to some of our local friends.

What brings you JOY?

What INSPIRES you?

Drop us a line and let us know…we can’t wait to see where this ride will take us!