New Concept Door Styles


Today my protege Christina and I went down to Orange County for the Crystal Cabinet Works dealer training. We saw a lot of really cool new concept door styles that I wanted to share. Concept doors are new product offerings as well as sometimes “out there” looks to open your mind to the manufacturer’s capabilities.

This one is a modified take on a traditional raised panel door with pilasters meant to look like the London Bridge. The carved metal valance is actually wood made by Enkeboll.


This door is a rift cut oak door with four frame only panels in a black stain with contrasting red stained edging. It’s a mix of the classic Asian colors of red and black with a modern/contemporary edge from the glass panels.


This door was my favorite, I loved the colors and the graphic mullion design. You’d have to do this door in a small space like a Butler’s Pantry or Bar where you don’t have too many cabinets in a row since when you put them together they create a circle shape that could get pretty chaotic in a whole Kitchen.


This is a 5 piece door style with a beveled molding detail and a sky blue glass center panel. I like the idea of mixing colored glass in with a wood door. Although like the “Bubbles” door, I think this design is best utilized with just a few wall cabinet doors or full height base doors so it doesn’t get too busy.


This door was actually 3 dimensional and was inspired by Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street Building in New York. This design is very sculptural and probably not extremely functional since the door design itself is so deep. However if you have two base cabinets together and the curve design was going in opposite directions to make a v-shape for a tv console or island furniture piece I think it would be pretty cool.


This door was my uncle Peter’s favorite. I really like it as well, it was made from actual reclaimed wood from a barn! I can really see this look working for our clients in Malibu and Palos Verdes that like a driftwood style, rustic look. The blue paint on the door was also a very soft contrast with the gray of the oak. I asked the manufacturer what would happen if we actually sold a Kitchen of this, would they have to go looking around the factory in Minnesota for an old barn to tear down? They couldn’t really tell me so stay tuned if we ever have a client that wants this door.


This one was our rep Steve’s favorite, he had a heavy hand in coming up with these concepts (what a fun job!). I like the two tone stain and the geometric/organic simplicity of the leaf mullion design. It is a mix of Contemporary and Craftsman styling to me.


“Beams” is a Shaker style knotty pine door with a raised batten molding that creates an Asian meets Craftsman styling. Steve said he was inspired to create this style when he was up in Mammoth Lakes for the first time in the fall. Seeing this made me miss having Mammoth jobs to work on! I love the Mountain esthetic and miss the opportunity to do something so different and rustic like this.


This door is unique but not necessarily something our clients usually have an interest in. Maybe if we had more clients in the beautiful Pasadena craftsman style homes we could use this door. It would probably look totally different in a high gloss black or dark brown stain. Possibility more Asian or contemporary.


Here are a few close ups of the “bubbles” door, I love the crispness of the small mitered frame edges. The background wood is an engineered veneer, which is made of little pieces of wood glued together to make a “wood sandwich,” this also gives it the linear quality.


Here are some close-ups of the “Barn door,” I love the subtly of the paint wearing off and the nail holes.


Which one is your favorite?

Westweek Fun


My protege Christina, my dear friend Raul and I went to the Pacific Design Center last Tuesday night for the start of the annual Westweek festivities. New this year is designLAb, not exactly part of Westweek but an art show put on by the collection of art galleries which were formerly vacant spaces on the second floor of the blue building. A new show is being putting put on every two months, so far the first one was January 17th and the next one is May 16th. Raul and I enjoyed the first show so much we decided we had to go again. Once again we had a great time, there was a wonderful variety of art from painting to sculpture, video art, mixed media, textiles, prints, you name it. Very impressive work for a free show! Here are some images Raul took of the work.

3D Videos by Young Projects, yes the glasses were a fun accessory!

Young Projects


Beautiful intricate sculptures made with rope and plastic.


LEFT: SCREENPLAY by Oyler Wu Collaborative

RIGHT: Swerve by Caroline Cox

The paintings of natural stone materials were so realistic and beautifully composed. Unfortunately I didn’t remember the artist’s name on these pieces.


Next was the Westweek Kick-off party hosted by Architectural Digest at Michael S Smith’s beautiful showroom, Jasper, which is named after his dog. Michael has many designs books which I love especially, “Kitchens and Baths.” His showroom is filled with so many wonderful things but my favorite is probably the lighting.



Lighting and the strawberry cocktails 😉


We also managed to run into a very lovely textile designer, D. Bryant Archie and her husband who were in town from Brooklyn, NY. Her beautiful line of handwoven alpaca pillows and blankets are now being sold at Jasper. She told us how she found artisans in Peru to create these textiles and since Raul is from Peru they had a lot to talk about. Here are some items from her lovely (and very soft) line.


What a fun night! Thanks Raul for the photos, xo.


Hallway Built-in Bookcase Project


One of my favorite clients in Westwood sent me this photo as an inspiration for her new built-in bookcase/storage cabinetry in her front hallway. I used this as a guide in designing this piece with her. She wanted the style of cabinetry to match what was existing in the Kitchen that I had designed for her the previous year.


Here is the kitchen, the door/drawer style is 1″ thick and has a flat panel with a cove molding detail. The finish is a white paint with a 35% sheen. The cabinetry is cove inset which is a type of framed cabinetry. The custom hood was made using a wainscot panel and a custom stainless apron with internal blower package and halogen lighting. The client opted to keep the Subzero stainless to add a touch of commercial chic to the space and to break up the white.


The client loves symmetry so we kept the wall cabinets left and right of the sink the same size by adding an open corner wall cabinet and having a deeper wall cabinet with glass doors to the far left for display. The “door and drawer” to the left of the sink base is actually the dishwasher panel for the client’s fully integrated Bosch dishwasher.


These are the Henry Pendants the client used from Waterworks. These pendants, her faucet and her decorative hardware are all in the polished chrome finish.


This is the finished product. The client got the storage drawers that she wanted to be able to have a “counter-top” space to set a book down and flip thru while standing at the bookcase. She also got plenty of display space and storage space below plus a beautiful focal point as you pass thru the hallway from the foyer into the Family Room.


The pilaster details were based on the inspiration image she sent me and all the cabinetry matched the specs of her Kitchen. However we did decide to do the cabinetry in a custom white finish to exactly match the white of her existing house crown and base molding since we opted to continue those moldings around this unit so it felt even more like part of the house. How do you think it turned out?