Gilda came to KR+H's Paul Reidt with the idea of creating a beautiful music cabinet to accompany her grand piano. The cabinet would house her sheet music, which at the time lay in a disorganized pile in a basket.
Paul remembers, "Gilda found an image on the web and she sent it to me. It was okay, but it had a craft look while the room with the grand piano has some very fine pieces of furniture. We took Gilda's image as a starting point and developed it quite a bit.
"The program was very simple. Gilda just wanted vertical partitions to sort the music. We had to make a decision of how much storage to provide, keeping in mind how large the cabinet could be in the room. It was a balancing act.
"Gilda was wonderfully willing to allow me to dream something up and show it to her. She actually changed very little except size.
"We searched around and found this dramatic Carpathian Elm Burl. American Black Cherry was selected to frame the Carpathian Elm Burl. The woods were not stained, but kept in their natural color with a clear finish. Ebonized details were added to enrich the composition.
"The detail on the cabinet's foot is ebonized (stained black with a clear finish), and there's a little bit of ebony banding around the burled wood. That's a traditional way of separating the simple and dramatic woods. The black banding sets off both the Cherry and Carpathian Elm Burl a little bit more. The cabinet's top repeats the same field work of burl with a framework of Cherry and ebony detail.
"It's a simple cabinet, but its surfaces are dramatic," Paul concludes.
This project ended on just the right note. After KR+H delivered the music cabinet to Gilda's home, Paul received a thank you from her. Gilda said, "The cabinet is stunning! It's a work of art. Thank you for a lovely piece of work."