Having shared in my last blog the three main types of cupboard door design, this time I thought I’d introduce you to something a little different: the doors in my kitchen.
If you’ve seen my new front door, you’ll know that I like to mix things up a little. Faced with my own kitchen to design a few years ago, a little inspiration turned into something beautiful.
In the early stages I had in mind the three styles of doors that we commonly see today – read my last blog for more on this.
But then I realized that I could change all this by borrowing an idea I had used for creating layered multi shaped windows.
By using a stable material such as a high quality birch plywood, which has a uniform quality of veneers throughout its core, I could make a panel in any shape I wanted.
Added to this excitement came a range of Formica samples I had recently laid my hands on.
Now, Formica has had some bad press in the past, but as a cheap worktop material is actually a brilliantly stable, versatile and durable medium.
And it can come in more finishes and styles than you could imagine.
So, I did it. I combined ply with Formica and created some pretty awesome door by forming organic shapes in the panel, in a gorgeous fresh green.
The family loved it so much, that we expanded the use of Formica into contrasting orange cupboard interiors, which have the benefit of being wipe clean – vital in a busy household.
The beauty of ply is that whole doors can be manipulated into interacting forms, moving completely away from the off the shelf kitchen unit.
I’ve recently completed a beautiful new kitchen in ply – but you will have to wait for that.
Until next time,