Design Portfolio: 2013 Custom Woodworking Entries

Each year the best in custom woodworking is singled out by a jury of peers, for awards recognizing singular achievement in seven categories. Recipients of the 2013 Design Portfolio Awards will be featured in a special December digital edition of Custom Woodworking Business as well as in the January 2014 print issue. The People’s Choice Award will also be announced in the January 2014 issue. Cast your votes below for your favorite submissions. (Entries are rated on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest.) People’s Choice voting is open until Dec. 15.

All winners will be celebrated at the only national live industry design awards ceremony, to be held during the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, April 9-11. Check for show details.
Project Title:Let's Rock
Describe the project:A rocker produced using urban woods. The design is my own with influences of Art Deco, Greene and Greene, Mid-century Modern, and Sam Maloof.
Project Title:500 Lake Shore Drive
Describe the project:This project consisted of custom architectural millwork in the lobby and 12th floor amenities area of a high-end residential building located on Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, IL. Quartered, figured eucalyptus wall panels finished with a high-gloss polyester topcoat adorned the lobby and were arranged in a unique customized pattern. Quartered elm was used for the two elliptical-shaped rooms in the amenities area and were pre-formed and attached with no visible fasteners. The game room utilized antique, salvaged barn-siding and was mitered at every outside corner which provided a unique profile each corner. Another type of material used was quartered walnut at the wavy wall, which consisted of undulating ribbons of walnut for an eye-pleasing final design.
Project Title:Coffee table
Describe the project:I Design and made this Solid Bubinga wood coffee table In natural finish with acrylic flat top coating's. All the way Around the table Joints are seamless, like a waterfall.

Company Name:Byron Conn Design
Project Title:Dahlia Table Lamp
Describe the project:The Dahlia Table Lamp is an interactive, versatile lighting solution. Switching between task lighting, ambient lighting, or a low level lighting is done simply by the turn of a shade or swipe of a hand. Both compound curved shades rotate separate from one another, and can be rotated to any position desired. Special, high-tolerance bearings allow these shades to rotate smoothly yet stop precisely where left. The construction is comprised of steel, brass, aluminum, and solid Mahogany. A capacitive touch switch senses the proximity of a finger, hand, or arm, while remaining neatly hidden behind a thin layer of Mahogany.

Company Name:Fowler Custom Works
Project Title:Drawer unit with mirror and shelf
Describe the project:The client wanted a drawer unit with a mirror frame and shelf,that would be eye catching and modern that would use paint,walnut and birds eye maple for the project. The first challenge was a shape that would be different and keep the pieces together. We ended up using a 15 degree angle on all of the design.

Company Name:R J Hoppe Inc.
Project Title:The Keynote Desk
Describe the project:This is the Keynote desk as designed and manufactured by R J Hoppe Inc. It's a museum quality piece of high end executive furniture, an executive desk and hutch that is equally suited for a home or a corporate office. These pictures tell part of the story of it's construction. For the full story please follow this link to a 5 minute YouTube video of the project. This was a step by step process where very little was spared and the owner's input was tantamount to the overall looks of the desk as complete, Brass and solid brass hardware, exotic cocobolo veneer (hand picked and matched), fine Spineybeck leather, the best Italian Ora Verde polyurethane top coat and soft close drawer slides and European hinges are only some of this desks features.

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