Name: J. Speetjens Inc.
|The cabinetry was engineered in a modular fashion, so it would be easier to transport and install. All components were assembled on-site with KD fittings, then leveled, scribed to the floors and walls, and trimmed.|
|The project was stained with a custom mix of Solar Lux NGR stain and was finished with Guardsman precatalyzed lacquer. Speetjens says that all surfaces were painstakingly rubbed out by hand.|
However, for the cherry veneer work, the shop had to develop a proprietary system to get the grain to waterfall seamlessly down the fronts. The cherry veneer was figured, quarter, curly and flat cut. The shop used black costello veneer for the inlay lines and solid cherry lumber for the moulding and substrates. Many species of underlaid woods also were utilized, including basswood for face frames, doors, drawer faces and upper pilaster substrates; Russian birch plywood for the top substrates, bookcase partitions and shelves; select white maple for the base cabinet construction and maple for the dovetail drawer boxes.
The timeless elegance of the Biedemeier style lent itself to the incorporation of such stately characteristics as fluting, pilasters, pediments and ebonized cherry mouldings. The lower pilasters were tapered in two dimensions and the curve of the capital was integral. The fluting also was tapered. The faces of the pilasters were veneered with quartered curly cherry. Ebonized cherry mouldings wrap the base and the capital.
Upper pilasters were veneered in bookmatched curly quartered cherry. The arrow corner inlays were laid up with black costello and West System epoxy. The pilaster bases are a laminated black costello plinth applied on top of a quartered cherry border that surrounds an ebonized field.
The tops were laid up with flat cut curly cherry fields surrounded by a black line and a wide quartered cherry border. The topÃ¢â¬â¢s edges were banded with crossgrain quartered cherry, and the corners were inlaid with black costello and epoxy composite.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe pediment has a bookmatched flat-cut field surrounded by a black line and a wide quartered cherry border,Ã¢â¬? says Speetjens, adding that the bookmatching in the project was done so that the grain echoed the shape of the feet, as well as the capitals of the pilasters.
However, Speetjens adds, Ã¢â¬ÅThe most unique design element of the project is the upper pilasters. The pilasters are square in cross-section and are rotated 90 degrees from the front line. Because of this, the crown moulding wraps the top in a very dramatic fashion. Add to that the corner inlays and the built-up veneer work of the plinths, and you get a stunning composition.Ã¢â¬?
The finesse of SpeetjensÃ¢â¬â¢ Biedemeier design is reflected in an office that not only sings with the pride of yesteryearÃ¢â¬â¢s European charm, but dances with todayÃ¢â¬â¢s world of practicality.
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