Console Design: reflecting beauty and craftsmanship


Recently, I asked KR+H's Paul Reidt what guided his design for the beautiful console that greets you in the entryway of this home:

Console designed by KR+H's Paul Reidt and made by our craftspeople. Photography by Eric Roth for Design New England.

Console designed by KR+H's Paul Reidt and made by our craftspeople. Photography by Eric Roth for Design New England.

KR+H's plan drawing showing the position of the console in the entryway.

KR+H's plan drawing showing the position of the console in the entryway.

PAUL'S DESIGN GUIDE

Paul told me, "The interior designer [Karen Quinn of West Cornwall, CT] had selected sconces that were so compelling because they were just a beautiful marriage of design and craftsmanship. I was just partnering up with those sconces.

L'Orient Sconce that inspired Paul's design of the entryway's console.

L'Orient Sconce that inspired Paul's design of the entryway's console.

"After the console was designed they decided on different sconces. I think the sconces that influenced me were probably very expensive. It takes a long time to make nice stuff. The new ones do refer nicely to the design as well."

The "Sheridan" sconces that replaced the original selection.

The "Sheridan" sconces that replaced the original selection.

DESIGN NEW ENGLAND JULY/AUGUST

The console Paul designed appears in Design New England's current July/August issue, in their feature article "best of both views." The architect for this Cape Cod, custom-designed home was Doreve Nicholaeff, Nicholaeff Architecture + Design. Paul and Doreve have collaborated on quite a few of Doreve's projects over the years. See Design New England's article here....

The console (upper left) in "best of both views" in the current issue of Design New England.

The console (upper left) in "best of both views" in the current issue of Design New England.

PAUL'S SELECTED MATERIALS

The wood selected for this console is sapele, an African wood that is in the mahogany family. The sapele for the console was quartersawn, which gives it a pomelle grain. It is said the pomelle sapele resembles rain drops falling on a pane of glass. Polished nickel highlights the sapele wood. The counter is absolute black granite.

Close up of console showing detail of sapele wood.

Close up of console showing detail of sapele wood.

DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

Paul's design and selected materials were brought to life by our amazingly skilled craftspeople.

Beautiful design reflected by beautiful craftsmanship offers a vital story. This story of beauty and craftsmanship speaks to us today, has spoken to us through the ages, and will continue in the future to speak to us.

"When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman." -Jean de la Bruyere