2018 Wood Diamond Award
Counterpoint Cabinetry (Wilmette, IL)
Main Category: Entertainment
Sub Category: Creative Solution
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
Counterpoint Cabinetry, Inc. has been manufacturing fine custom cabinetry and millwork in the Chicago area since 2002. Our product range covers both the commercial and residential markets with design styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Taking on all jobs of all sizes, we work with all types of solid woods and veneers as well as laminates and solid surface materials.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
Concealed cabinet interiors on this project were black melamine, including drawers and vertical pullouts. The doors, drawer fronts, toe kick and horizontal curved shelves and soffet were made with block mottled Makore veneer. The open back area above the cabinets was made with Cherry veneer to provide a visual color contrast between the two wood species. Glass accent shelves are hung on aircraft cable fittings.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction.
All cabinet box parts and drawer parts were CNC machined for dowel construction. The curved shelf forms were CNC machined and then assembled creating the angled ends and edges. Once these were complete, the Makore veneer was applied to the tops and bottoms in a vacuum press. The shelf edges were applied by hand using water base contact cement. The curved soffet was constructed in a similar fashion with the bottom being CNC machined. The curved face was built up from the CNC machined base and hand veneered like the shelves. The Cherry veneer backs at the open areas were cut and assembled by hand. The TV mount was a custom engineered and manufactured swivel device, all built in house. All finish work was completed in house as well.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
There are a number of unusual aspects to this wall until. The design evolved as a result space limitations and requests of the home owner. The home owner is an avid audio video person and wanted this unit to be the center of the family movie viewing area and music listening area, as well as the home to his whole house system of equipment, and an extensive quantity of CD's and DVD's. On top of the technical requirements, he wanted a "work of art". The curved detail of the unit was a result of the space requirements of the AV equipment. The equipment was deeper than the left side wall of the area where the unit was going. The typical stepped wall unit was off the table for this customer, he wanted something that flowed better. The curved feature presented itself early in the process. Building on the curve idea, we had to fit all of the equipment, speakers, and TV into the center of the unit and then come up with ways to accommodate the huge collection of music and videos. The last request was to make use of visually interesting wood veneers and create some space. It was a tall task, but all of the cabinets with doors in this unit are filled with equipment, accommodations were made for all of the front speakers in the system, every horizontal drawer was made to house CD's and every vertical pullout was made to house DVD's. The overall curve allowed us to have varying depths where we needed them while providing visual interest. The veneers provided the art, and the overall collection of cabinets and open space solved the puzzle of this space.
List any items that were outsourced.
Cabinetry was all manufactured and finished in house. The melamine and veneers were purchased through local distributors.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
In the time that we have belonged to the CMA, we have noticed that customers who discover us through the CMA seem to have a greater comfort level than customers who found us through other searches. This is because the CMA website offers straight-forward, honest information to homeowners which changes their perception of member companies in a positive way. If they found us through other means, we always direct them to the CMA website as an extra source of information and confirmation.