Industry Ed with Richard: Introducing Ourso Desings’ Newest Product, Fabuwood Cabinets

Introducing our newest product line

Now offering Fabuwood: quality cabinets that work with any budget. Fabuwood’s cabinets are beautiful, customizable and, above all, affordable. Feature’s include:
  • Entry level pricing
  • Pre-assembed
  • 3-week delivery time
  • Quality factory finish
  • Blum hinging and drawer slides
  • Dovetail drawer boxes
  • Birch plywood construction
  • All plywood interiors

With Fabuwood, you can build your dream kitchen by reducing cost without sacrificing quality.

(Professional installation available)

Fabuwood offers 11 different cabinet profiles in 25 beautiful colors and finishes. Here are a few examples:

“Galaxy Linen”

“Galaxy Frost”
“Nexus Frost”

“Hallmark Frost”
“Galaxy Espresso”
“Fusion Chestnut”

“Elite Merlot”

Trend Alert: Burl Wood Furniture

A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. … Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.

When we think of burl wood, we can’t help but think of Milo Baughman’s furniture.

Here are a few other examples of some burl wood pieces:
And our designer pick’s:
In Stevi’s pic we get a glimpse of a coffee table that reminds of us our previous blog post on Chinoiserie Chic style furniture.

History Lesson: Milo Baughman

“Furniture that is too obviously designed,” said Milo Baughman, “is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums.” In Baughman’s distinguished body of work, his vast creativity never interfered with functionality; instead, he struck an ideal modernist balance. Using the consummate midcentury-modern materials – chrome, stainless steel, glass and leather – he created a new visual vocabulary, built on the legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, but infused with the style and ease of the American West Coast.

Born in Kansas in 1923, Baughman was raised in Long Beach, California. At age 13 he was enlisted by his parents to contribute to the design of the family home – and, thus, his path was set. He served in the Army Air Forces in World War II, where he gained experience designing officers’ clubs. After returning from the war he studied architectural design, and in 1947, at the age of 24, he launched Milo Baughman Design, Inc. He quickly received commissions from Glenn of California – where he worked with designer Greta Magnusson Grossman – and Pacific Iron, collaborating with these Los Angeles companies to create what we now call the California Modern aesthetic.

The defining collaboration of his career, however, began in 1953, when he started working with Thayer Coggin, the North Carolina manufacturer that still produces Milo Baughman furniture today. This partnership lasted five decades and produced enduring classics like the cantilevered 989-103 Chair and the semi-circular 825-301 LAF Sofa. In that time, Baughman never lost touch with his modernist foundation. In 1966, The New York Times said of the prolific designer: “Mr. Baughman and the companies he works for… are among the few mass producers putting out inventive, nontraditional furniture that is widely available to the public both in terms of price and retail outlet.” –Design Within Reach


Double Down on Island Space

The kitchen is no longer  just used for cooking, but for connecting, socializing, entertaining and more. We now spend more time in our kitchen than we do in any other room of the house; and the average kitchen has doubled in size since the 1920s. The island table has been developed greatly by this concept and is used as the main area for socialization within the kitchen space. Therefore, it is often a large focal point of the room. A new movement we are seeing is the double island.

Since our kitchens are so much bigger, they lend more space for a second island. 
Most remodels consist of opening up the kitchen to its adjacent rooms (like the living room), eliminating walls for cabinets. This is where the second island can play an important role. Your main island becomes a space for prep and cooking and your secondary island becomes the the space for socializing and entertaining.


Many times the second island can act as your bar area; and include such things as bar sinks, ice makers, under-counter refrigerators, etc. 

Sometimes the island is so big there is a break in it to create another path of egress, resulting in two islands.

In other cases, the floor plan may be so open that there are no walls and you are dependent on 2 islands to provide a footprint for the kitchen.