This architectural millwork entry in the 21st Design Portfolio Awards competition was submitted by D&L Wood Products, located in Crown Point, IN. It is a custom project encompassing 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 adorn 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.

D&L Wood Products was started by Bob Ligda and Robert E. Ligda in 1992. The company now employs 25 full-time employees and installs casework and wood products all over the country.

21st Design Portfolio Now Open
• residential furniture, freestanding
• residential furniture, built-in
• architectural millwork
• commercial/institutional
• kitchen/bath cabinets
• countertop/solid surface
• specialty products


Deadline: October 31, 2013

Winners will be featured in a special December digital edition of Custom Woodworking Business as well as in the January 2014 print issue and 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 the Cabinets & Closets Expo site for more show details on the event.

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