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Cabinets move into furniture arena.


They're wall units, entertainment centers and bedroom furniture. More and more, cabinets are shedding their utilitarian "kitchen and bath" look and moving into the residential furniture domain, as evidenced at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, held April 27-29 in Dallas.

"This whole concept is going to take off. That's the one area we see growth in," said Alice Herrold, public relations coordinator for Wood-Mode. The company has promoted other room (OR) cabinets for at least a decade under the name RoomScaping, she added.

Dannette Morgan, a dealer representative for both Brammer Mfg. and Plato Cabinets, also noted the increase in "bringing fine cabinetry into other rooms. It's done using different component pieces, more expanded lines, and lots of glass for an open furniture look. The combination of wood species, or wood and laminate also gives it more of a furniture look," she said.

Mouldings are also being used to enhance the look of cabinets and bring them more into the furniture genre, said Mary Ann Stewart, marketing manager at Quaker Maid, a division of WCI. "The general trends are away from the more plain to the more ornate."

George Bashkingy, director of marketing for KraftMaid Cabinetry, also cited an increase of crown and fluted mouldings, brass handles and other adornments to create more ornate-appearing cabinets. OR cabinets are built similar to kitchen cabinets, but may require the use of panels to separate the openings to accommodate televisions and other electronic appliances, Bashkingy said. KraftMaid sells OR cabinetry as part of its Elite and Presidential Oak lines.

Other companies promoting OR cabinetry at the Dallas K-B show include: Fieldstone's Cabernet with beveled glass fronts and mitered corners, Yorktowne Kitchens' two-piece freestanding cabinet hutch, which can be used as a corner unit/china cabinet or wall unit; and Riviera, which featured a 48-inch tambour door entertainment center.

Doors open to ornate styles

Even cabinets not geared for OR usage are turning up in more ornate styles. St. Charles' Historic collection features a maple or oak door with applied wood carvings and accoutrements. Custom finishes and four different door styles will be available. The company also added three new door styles to its Charleston Collection and six to the Wood Collection. Among other companies introducing new door styles:

* Riviera showed carved glass doors in seven styles, with or without an arched top.

* Classic raised panel styling in pressure laminated white vinyl is featured in Merillat's Whitebay cabinetry. Stylish mullion glass doors and crown mouldings are optional.

* UltraCraft displayed three new lacquer door styles: Trivera, a transitional design in raised panel; Cortina, with 3/4-inch beveled vertical edges; and Avanti, a 3/4-inch thick door with squared edges.

* New styles from KraftMaid include: the Nottingham, a fulloverlay raise panel pine door; Imperial, a full-overlay raised panel oak; Dawn, a cathedral raised panel door style on MDF; and Tuscany, a flat panel full overlay door.

* Wood-Mode introduced several new lines, including: Hallmark II, with full overlay door and fawn maple finish; Biscayne, a new MDF door with a soft beveled polyester matte finish available in 52 colors; Regency, a one-piece white MDF door in high gloss; and Embassy, a country accent door with mullions and a carved motif. The company also announced it will change construction of all its frame-style drawers to dovetail.

* Celeste cabinets from Schrock were shown in white, with more than 200 custom options available. Features include: radius edged drawer fronts with rigid thermal foil finish and mullion glass doors. The drawers feature 1/2-inch furniture board dowel construction with a fully captured bottom that is vinyl laminated.

* Heritage Custom Kitchens introduced the Kauffman door style with an optional millstone distressing technique and new maize finish. Highlighted on the door are beaded detailing and square pecan pegs, reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch woodwork. According to the company, the style can be used for country, Santa Fe or Early American decor.

Country is still showing popularity, though not as many companies featured it as at last year's show. StarMark's County Charm prototype featured maple wood with English traditional valances, fretwork and mouldings. It was marked by a lot of open shelving, angles and small drawers and wood mullion doors.

Whites hot, while cherry is making a comeback

Overall, whites and lights are still the colors of the day, but the darker cherry tones are coming back. Also new on the horizon is the "limed" look, described by some as a "half-wiped" stain, with a lot of the grain showing through.

William Weikert, director of manufacturing at Crystal Cabinet Works also commented on the increased amount of hand glazed and hand speckled finishes, which he said developed with last year's country French look.

But basically, the new line introductions were in white, light and bright colors. For example: Wellborn Cabinets introduced the Elite Series. It features a Roman arch design white door, with a white laminate interior. LesCare Kitchens' new Sistematic Glos has a raised panel door with white gloss polmeric formable laminate on a high density fiberboard core. Available in white laminate only, it is part of the America line.

Layered heavy coating of soft white stain, accented by darker brush strokes and touches of Wedgewood blue set off Fieldstone Cabinetry's Alabaster, one in a series of its Motif designs. It was shown with the optional rope applique that accentuated the door's carved detailing.

Mid Continent Cabinetry introduced what it calls the first family of white cabinetry - the Whitehall Collection. The Hamptons, Yorkshire and Dover all feature full overlay European styling while Hampton Court has a one-piece square-routed door in what the company calls a Victorian look.

Yorktowne introduced radius panels for its White Hall and Prelude lines. The company also introduced Royale Cherry in cathedral and square styles on a frameless box and Huntington, a framed version in light and dark cherry.

From Brammer, new to the Central Park line is cherry cathedral doors combined with square raised panel bottom cabinets. The setting was shown with a wine rack and glass and solid doors. Other styles in the line include: oak and cherry cathedral over square raised panel cabinets; and solid oak Gallery raised panel cabinets.

Timberlake Cabinet Co.'s Pembroke Square Toffee cabinets feature solid cherry wood doors and drawers with concealed hinges.

Amera's Karis line of semi-custom cabinetry is offered in white or gray abstract grid-pattern melamine. Features include a full-overlay configuration and 90-degree radius edges at drawer and door tops and bottoms. The Rosemont collection is in solid cherry and available in four wood finishes. The cabinets are an arched raised panel while the base cabinets have square raised panels.

Bruce makes industry debut

Bruce Cabinets, a new division of Triangle Pacific, showed semi-custom maple and oak cabinets in five door styles. The faceframe cabinets feature a full overlay door with concealed hinges and dovetailed drawers.

The company says it can coordinate the cabinets with flooring from its sister company, Bruce Hardwood Flooring.

PHOTO : Fieldstone's Cabernet furniture with beveled glass fronts is embellished with mitered corners and carved details, brought out by the dark rich color and blackened accents.

PHOTO : Both brassy and glassy, this look by KraftMaid was paired with Dawn cathedral raised panel overlaid doors.

PHOTO : Cherry is on a comeback, as evidenced by Timberlake's Pembroke Square Toffee cabinets, featuring solid wood doors and drawers.

PHOTO : Rutt's Deco Blanc Maple combines light colors with glasswork and an open door style.

PHOTO : Crystal Cabinets combined carvings and ornate mouldings for a high-end furniture look.

PHOTO : Cherry wood and cathedral arched doors help set off Brammer's Central Park line.

PHOTO : LesCare's Sistematic Glos doors are white gloss polmeric formable laminate.
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Author:Koenig, Karen Malamud
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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