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?