Name: Dutka Design Studio Inc.
|Phil Rodriguez of Heirloom Refinishing used custom mixed stains and glazes throughout the kitchen, as well as M.L. CampbellÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅDurvarÃ¢â¬? in dull finish. The cabinets were waxed by hand using a darkening liquid wax.|
|Ana Marchan, the shopÃ¢â¬â¢s second-year apprentice, hand-carved all of the corner medallions. She was trained by Jamie Topper, a local carver.|
Creating a kitchen with flair that also would blend a clientÃ¢â¬â¢s antique French furniture with modern cabinetry was a challenge faced by Michael Dutka, owner and president of Dutka Design Studio Inc. The result was a kitchen worthy of winning first-prize in this yearÃ¢â¬â¢s Design Portfolio Awards kitchen/bath cabinets category.
When the project began, Ã¢â¬ÅWe [had to] match the style, detailing, age and finish of a 200-year-old piece of French furniture the client wanted to use as a center island. [But] the design [soon] grew from merely matching details to expanding and projecting them into a kitchen that far exceeded the clientÃ¢â¬â¢s expectations,Ã¢â¬? Dutka says.
The new cabinetry was constructed from orchard stock black cherry, which was used for all solid wood applications, and A-1PS cherry plywood on MDF core. Dovetailed drawer boxes were constructed from soft maple. Dutka says the new cabinetry was a combination of traditional joinery and modern frameless techniques.
The cabinet style is a cherry veneered box with a traditional face frame and frame-and-panel exterior in order to accommodate the clientÃ¢â¬â¢s desire for a traditional look on the outside of the casework.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe face frames were actually hand-fluted cherry posts with inset cherry rails attached with splines to the plywood interior boxes,Ã¢â¬? Dutka says. Ã¢â¬ÅThe exposed side panels were traditional frame-and-panel, solid cherry, mortised and tenoned together and then splined to the fluted corner posts. All of the cabinets in this project had Ã¢â¬ËdeadÃ¢â¬â¢ sides where we left the plywood box interior exposed to maximize interior space.Ã¢â¬?
A seamless interior was achieved by using adjustable rollout shelves on undermount drawer slides, Dutka adds.
|Paul Damkoehler of Altamira Art Glass Studio crafted the antique leaded glass panels for the kitchen.|
Some of the antiqued features of the kitchen were outsourced, such as the leaded glass panels on the plate cabinets, and the range hood, which was created by Alec Bloyd-Peshkin of Alec Construction. He used plywood and plaster for the hood and solid cherry mouldings that were designed and created in DutkaÃ¢â¬â¢s shop. Additionally, Ã¢â¬ÅAll of the cabinets had some degree of hand carving on them, most of which was done by Jamie Topper, a local carver who trained with a master carver in Bali,Ã¢â¬? says Dutka.
Dutka claims that the most fun he had during the project Ã¢â¬Åwas to take the pristine cabinets just prior to going to the finishing room and Ã¢â¬ËageÃ¢â¬â¢ them 200 years. Being that the cabinets were a French country look, they needed to show much wear,Ã¢â¬? he says. Ã¢â¬ÅI inflicted [the Ã¢â¬ËwearÃ¢â¬â¢] using sanding blocks, as well as various blunt and pointed instruments and a 1940Ã¢â¬â¢s cheese grater.Ã¢â¬?
Dutka says he did not use any chains on the wood for the aging process. However, Ã¢â¬ÅI am afraid that I cannot say that no wood was harmed in the making of this project; there probably was much sorrow in the orchards after the distressing procedure,Ã¢â¬? he jokes.
To finish the aging, Ã¢â¬Åa masterful pallet of warm tones and several shades of stains were laid onto the wood. Then a mix of dark glaze and cherry sawdust was applied to add 200 years of warmth and Ã¢â¬ËdirtÃ¢â¬â¢ to some of the details,Ã¢â¬? Dutka adds. Ã¢â¬ÅA hand-rubbed waxing gave our clients the luscious patina that they were after.Ã¢â¬?
Dutka credits the transcending beauty of the finished kitchen to the collaboration of masterful craftsmen involved on the project. Ã¢â¬ÅThey expanded upon the vision our shop provided,Ã¢â¬? he says.
Success also can be attributed to the homeowners themselves, because they gave the shop Ã¢â¬Åcarte-blanche freedom to run with the design and a generous budget, which was based on the knowledge that this was to be a showcase kitchen,Ã¢â¬? Dutka adds. Ã¢â¬ÅThat kind of freedom fosters creativity and allows for spectacular results.Ã¢â¬?
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