We recently sat down with Alan of Alancraft for the first time since he built a small kitchen cabinet for our apartment. It's been several years, but he's busy as ever creating custom woodwork projects all over Manhattan. He brought us up-to-date on his portfolio, some of which we're sharing here:
This modern home featured on ArchDaily is in the the Netherlands was designed by Rocha Tombal Architects. Beyond the sleek interior (which we love), the unique windows were designed to take advantage of the pleasant views and create privacy from neighbors.
I adore Josef Frank textiles and furniture but since my budget does not allow for buying furniture via Christie's Auctions, I always just figured owning one of his decoupage dressers would remain a dream.
When I left my cozy marketing job in April to become a furniture maker, my friends and family were a wee bit baffled. And who could blame them? To me, a screwdriver was just a cheap cocktail and a joint — well, I won’t go there. But after a summer at Maine’s Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, I’m proud to share my first major piece, a mid-century style entry table.
"Undefined (yes that's the name) is totally handmade. It was influenced by the cantilever that is daringly used in modern architecture. I wanted to be true to the material though. I didn't attempt to hide the fact veneered ply was used (you see it when you open the drawers) or that the walnut "strips" in the drawer have knot holes. I believe that all materials can be beautiful if we allow them to be..."
There is a little shop in Hoboken that I pass by occasionally — but today what I saw from the door made me go inside to take a closer look. This beautiful secretary has a few little hidden storage compartments which of course makes it even more of a find.
Q: We're planning a kitchen remodel in our 50s cottage and would like to preserve the character by including painted metal cabinets with enamel surfaces. Unfortunately, we have not been able to find a single source for new or custom. We're a little baffled by this; we have one cast iron/enamel cabinet now and have found it to be very durable. Is there some big downside to enamel countertops that we're missing? And do you or your readers know of any source, other than antique stores, for this type of kitchen furniture? Thanks!
I am loving this cabinet design by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons. Shown here in the 4 versions, the cabinet is made from mild steel and meant to resemble an audio speaker. The punch holes serve more than just a decorative purpose and also aid in adding strength to the thin gauge aluminum used.