2016 Wood Diamond Award
The Artisan Shop (Loveland, CO)
Main Category: Kitchen
Dollar Amount: Over $50,000
Sub Category: European
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We are a proud Colorado Company with a state of the art facility combining today’s modern technology with the hands-on craftsmanship of true artisans. We make all of our doors, drawer fronts, drawer boxes and the majority of our accessories in-house. Our experienced designers and artisans transform the finest raw materials into spectacular award-winning projects.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
The homeowners partnered with us to complete the cabinetry in their whole custom home. The vision for the kitchen included a strong rustic style with contrasting finishes. The cabinetry was built using Rustic Black Walnut with a stain + glazed finish, offset with the island in Rustic Alder in cream paint including a distressed, hand sand-thru finish. Many features are built-in to the cabinets, notably a full extension/soft-close Lemans II corner base unit, dual spice rack storage units behind the furniture legs framing the range, touch control Servo-Drive doors at corner appliance garage tower cabinets, a remote automated drop down television located inside an upper cabinet, and integrated low-voltage LED lighting throughout. There is a lot of natural light in this kitchen, I did not want the cabinets to appear too “heavy” given the darker complexion of walnut, I chose to break up the design with multiple glass doors overlaid with wood mullions. Simple changes in depth and height of the upper cabinets add complexity to the design in addition to furniture-style toe kick details and millwork paneling on the base cabinets.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The homeowners were interested to sit and eat at their island while watching the evening news or a game on TV, but the TV nearest to the kitchen is on an inconvenient location for this. So we integrated a remote automated 26” flat screen TV into the upper cabinet to the right of the range. With the push of a button, an actuating arm lowers the TV into view. The cabinet itself is 17” deep overall, so there is still practical storage inside. There is a false panel allowing access to a rear cavity for the TV pocket inside the cabinet, in front of this are three shallow adjustable shelves, perfect for storing coffee, tea, or other smaller items. When finished, they can use the remote to put the TV back up into the cabinet and out of sight.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
As members of the CMA, we hope to leverage the knowledge base of other members, as well as share our extensive experience in cabinetry and fine woodworking with others in our industry. The CMA forum is a great resource to share experiences, technical knowhow and make contact with other craftsmen in our vast but tight-knit woodworking community
List any items that were outsourced.
Hinges – Blum
Drawer Slides – Blum
LED Lighting – Hafele LOOX
Turned Legs – Adams Wood Products, Inc.
Lemans II – Hafele
Aventos Servo-Drive Lift Systems – Blum
TV Lift System - Hafele