History Lesson: Risom Side Chair

“The Risom Side Chair (1943), by Danish designer Jens Risom, is testament to the simplicity and ingenuity that is so often found in timeless modern furniture. This piece brought the natural materials and understated form of Scandinavian design to large-scale U.S. production. Originally constructed with surplus parachute straps, the chair made the best of the few materials available during WWII. Today, the streamlined hardwood frame is expertly joined with mortise and tenon construction, and the heavy-duty cotton straps are tightly basket-woven across the frame for strength and resilience.”
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Factory Cabinets: Transforming the Industry

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Over the years, the kitchen cabinet industry has transformed and advanced greatly by modular, factory-produced cabinets. Factory-produced cabinets are sold in modular units which are essentially individual boxes that are arranged together to make a set of cabinets. Factory cabinets have shorter lead times, lower price points and come pre-finished. Not only has their efficiency made them a popular choice, but many times they lend a more modern look that is preferred these days.

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Other advantages include:

  • the cabinets receive a durable finish that resists stains from food and liquids
  • cabinets are built using uniform construction methods and factory materials, as well as individual cabinet sizing, which reduces imperfections
  • many factory cabinet companies offer long term or limited lifetime warranties
  • wide selection of wood species and paint finishes
  • some factory cabinet lines are semi-custom and provide extra detailing options

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Although factory-built cabinets have many advantages, custom cabinets are completely customizable that can lend itself to a more unique design. This can also be very conducive when adding to your already existing cabinetry. There are no limitations in layout and design, but this option tends to run higher in price and has longer lead times.

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Trend Alert: High Gloss Ceilings

While high gloss paint has been trending for a few years now, we are seeing a shift to using this finish on ceilings for extra drama! 


High gloss or lacquered ceilings create an illusion of endlessness. If a ceiling like the one here is too dramatic for your tastes, use a semigloss paint instead.

Here are our designer’s top picks:

Here are other examples of dramatic high gloss ceilings:

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