KR+H: BEST OF BOSTON HOME


The new year is starting off well with KR+H's talented designers and craftspeople being award Best of Boston Home 2016.

We appreciate that our award was in the category Best Custom Furnishings. The quality we bring to our funiture making reflects the high quality we achieve in our shop every day with all our projects. Thank you Boston Home Magazine!

Congratulations to all Best of Boston Home award recipients. We are in good company! To see the architects, designers, builders, and showrooms acknowledged, go to Best of Boston Home 2016.

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

ICFF: one designer's view


An annual destination KR+H's Paul Reidt always looks forward to is the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. Visiting ICFF last week, Paul brought back the good news that this year's ICFF was "more vibrant with more exhibitors and with an air of optimism not present last year." As Interior Design magazine said in their online story, "If New York's 2014 design week happenings are any indicator, the industry is out of the red."

CONNECTION: THE MAKER AND THE MARKETPLACE

"Woven in with the big exhibitions by large companies were the young, dreamy artisans showing their work. Some were completely unknown artists putting their work out there. I talked with a lot of them. They designed it, they made it, and this connection between the maker and the marketplace goes beyond simply a product and makes the show very interesting." -Paul Reidt

LIGHTING SPOTLIGHT

There was, Paul noticed, a preponderance of lighting at ICFF..."evidence of the rich design environment for lighting now with advancements in LED technology." The New York Times writer Julie Lasky took note of the lighting as well in her article, "Grabbing the Spotlight." To read her fun article and see a great slide show of furniture and lighting at ICFF, click here.

 Lighting had the spotlight at ICFF.

Lighting had the spotlight at ICFF.

STEAMPUNK / MACHINE AGE

There were exhibits testifying to the fact that imaginations are still captivated by the machine age; and as Paul says, "American manufacturing when it was still completely sure of itself."

Paul told me our friends at Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. had an exquisite booth. I then discovered online that Amuneal was awarded Best Booth at ICFF for the second year in a row. Amuneal is made up of innovative designers, engineers, fabricators, and fine artists. They fabricate designs by architects and designers as well as creating their own designs.

 l to r: Amanuel Manufacturing Corp. was awarded Best Booth at ICFF and their shelving system.

l to r: Amanuel Manufacturing Corp. was awarded Best Booth at ICFF and their shelving system.

12th Avenue Iron, a company of ten metals artists and craftsmen, exhibited the Tom Kundig Collection. The architect Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig Architects, designed these pieces of hardware that were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron.

 The Tom Kundig Collection exhibited by 12th Avenue Iron.

The Tom Kundig Collection exhibited by 12th Avenue Iron.

THE REFINERY: THE INDUSTRIAL AESTHETIC CONTINUES

After many inspiring hours of exploring ICFF, Paul hung his hat at the Refinery, a boutique hotel in the garment district. In the hotel's design, its gothic building's industrial past is remembered. Paul's room included a writing desk with a surface of distressed oak and a base reminiscent of an early 1900s sewing machine. The desk was designed and made by Get Back, Inc., creators of vintage American industrial furniture.

 Writing desk by Get Back, Inc., in the Refinery Hotel, NYC.

Writing desk by Get Back, Inc., in the Refinery Hotel, NYC.