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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Celebrating Independence Day with a Handcarved Eagle

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Author: Nick Lester Bell The majority of what White River produces are inspired by Classical architecture. These motifs are beautiful and functional, having stood the test of time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited about something outside of our standard scope of work. This patriotic custom eagle carving was just such an opportunity. The customer brought us the above images as their starting point. The left image shows the United States crest, which was the inspiration for the shape and layout of the eagle. The image on the right shows a wood eagle with the desired level of detail.We developed the carving through a series of iterations, using a mix of CAD and hand drawing. This helped us work out the details and develop the shape. The final CAD drawing is to the right: This CAD file was converted into a beautiful carving. The final eagle is 17 […]

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When is Bigger Better? Enlarging a Mantel the White River Way

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Author: Nick Lester Bell At first glance, the above mantel looks like our MAN9012. There is the same beautiful center carving and those hefty corbels. But then look at the mantel relative to the objects around it. That’s when it clicks: this mantel is big. Significantly bigger than our stock piece. Not that our stock MAN9012 is small. At 7’-3” wide and 4’-10 ¾” tall, it’s a pretty impressive carving. But this custom piece is over a foot taller and a foot wider. The custom mantel covers a wall area nearly 50% larger than the stock piece. This took some careful planning and fabrication. We did not want to use the same size pieces as they were designed. Nor did we want to just add more. Both have their place in millwork design, but both approaches would create a mantel that feels differently than the MAN9012. The customer also wanted […]

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Custom Doors: White River Makes Those Too!

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Author: Nick Lester Bell When customers think of White River, what generally comes to mind are the ornamented long length mouldings or our detailed handcarvings. Many do not realize that White River has the ability to do high-end, custom doors as well. In fact, our Custom Shop has been building doors for over twenty-five years. In the new Volume 7, we highlight these custom door capabilities. It was here that a customer saw the above custom door. They wanted us to replicate this look for a new set of doors for their project.           The starting place was the central carving. These are custom pieces, carved for this specific job. Here you can see that several were made in both walnut and maple.             The carvings were integrated into the doors. We added custom curved mouldings, shaped to match the form […]

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