Mantels and Wall Panels for a Chicago Showroom

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Author: Stewart Allen Morgan     Besides designing for clients’ homes, White River’s Design Services team also creates beautiful pieces for our dealers’ showrooms. Stan Rousonelos, owner of Highland Park Millwork in Chicago, was updating his showroom and had a vision of something unique and eye-catching. He wanted an ornamented focal point, that when lit at night, would continue to be a silent salesman on his busy avenue. The space he allocated was perfect for a petite traditional mantel with an overmantel and panelled walls to finish it. Coming from a background in trim carpentry, he was fearless about building it himself.   • The highlight of the space is the mantel, which features our new FR8981 medallion frieze to great effect. • On the overmantel, our FR8920 fluted frieze forms a widely framed panel to complement the width of the frieze in the mantel below. • A highly sculptural […]

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Turning Mon Reale® Motifs into Large-Scale Mouldings

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Author: Nick Lester Bell Above is the main theater in the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington, MN. The designer on this project loved two of our Mon Reale® profiles: FR8923 Greek Key with Rosette and FR8968 Fluting with Bellflowers. These are beautiful pieces, but they were too small for the applications need. They needed the Greek Key to be 7 7/8”. The Fluting had to be 11 3/4”. As you can see to the right, this creates really big mouldings, being held by Joan Johnson, an owner, Senior Designer, and President of White River.These mouldings were designed and developed as handcarved pieces. It was not economical to enlarge the ornamentation using our standard Mon Reale production method. We drew CAD details to guide our carving factory on how the pieces were to be produced. The Fluting formed a pediment above the Corinthian columns and a large surround to […]

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White Oak Adds Rich Detail to a Panelled Library

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Author: Stewart Allen Morgan   For this richly panelled Library, we were asked to create stock and custom profiles in quartersawn White Oak. The beautiful rays and flecks of quartersawn Oak are highly desirable. The homeowner liked both the simplicity of a contemporary look and the graceful detailing of a traditional, both of which can be seen in this room. • Shallow beams, made with our CO705 Traditional cove, create a coffered ceiling system. • The frieze below the crown was custom carved and the design was taken from a motif in the rug that was to be in this room. • Quartersawn White Oak plywood was used in each panel with our Traditional PM577 lipping panel mould at the panels’ edges. • A simple wainscoat-like element was created with our PM613 separating the panel’s rails above from the plane of White Oak below. • The base was made from […]

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Classically Designed Executive Office, Richly Stained

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Author: Joan Johnson Recently, Nobu Archi Design of Japan forwarded our marketing department photography of a completed elegant executive office in an impressive hospital. White River’s Design Services worked with Nobu in 2014, with the expectation of a rich layered classical office, but with a contemporary feel in the ornament. The coin motif was used in the: • Corbelled plasters at the doors • Engaged columns capitals • Frieze above cabinetry • Cornice around the perimeter of the room • Traditional moulding applications complimented ornamentation in the wall panel, coffered ceiling and all other applications White River’s Design Services worked to refine Nobu’s vision by producing finished drawings, final elevations and construction drawings. We take pride in our ability to take your ideas and transform them into the interior of your dreams. To learn more about our Design Services contact one of our Design Professionals to discuss your project at […]

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