Embellished Millwork and Woodcarvings Capture European Style

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Author: Stewart Morgan Ryan Concert Hall at Trine University’s T. Furth Center for the Performing Arts, Angola, Indiana Inspiration for the hall came from the Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna, Austria. Builder Jim Ingledue, of Ingledue Construction, and Tom Turnwald, President of National Door and Trim, took characteristics of Musikverein and applied them to the University’s space in a sketch. Using this sketch as a guide, the Design Team at White River filled in the necessary details with our products and the result was a European styled performance hall in northern Indiana. Elements of Musikverein applied to the Ryan Concert hall include: cut glass chandeliers, a pipe organ surrounded by a pediment and columns, paneled griffin and urn parapet wall of the balcony, doorways in the balcony with statuary, and a coffered/paneled ceiling. • Many of the doorways utilize our “Elegant Openings.” These doorways are cased with fluted pilasters and […]

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A Gorgeous Hand-Built Wood Mantel

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Our client was looking for a unique wood mantel. The majority of the piece had a very detailed but traditional shape. In contrast, the face was to be more delicate and organic. The mantel was built by hand in the White River custom shop. Special features included: • Custom mouldings to match the existing space • Tapered legs with tapered panels • Intricate curved work   To make the central forms required some creativity. We started with an existing wood carving, our “Medium Scrolls” CRV5649. We trimmed and reshaped it to match the client’s desired look.   Across the face, the mouldings curved toward the central carving. They tapered in both width and height, diminishing until they died into the carving. This involved a lot of hard work and careful hand shaping.

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How to Use Decorative Mouldings in a Trapezoid Coffered Ceiling

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People often have the assumption that coffers can only be put into rectangular rooms. This misconception can cripple a design before it gets started. But our client for this project was willing to think outside the box. He came to us with the challenge of adding decorative millwork to a home theater in his existing basement space. The room had many design challenges: irregular walls, varied ceiling heights, existing ceiling equipment, and a strongly asymmetrical shape. Our coffer design needed to fit into the 15’ x 20’ trapezoidal center section of the ceiling.                                                   We saw the unusual shape as a challenge, not a stumbling block. The coffered ceiling needed to be the highlight of the space, and here are a few key elements of how […]

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The Crown Jewel of Crown Mouldings

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The ceiling can be the most dynamic of spaces in a room, acting as a blank pallet, unencumbered by furniture. In days past, ceiling beams were exposed giving visual interest to the ceiling. Over time, they became more elaborate, culminating in the coffered ceiling system. This type of ceiling has recently made a very welcomed come-back. In fact, coffered ceilings are one of our most common Design Services projects here at White River.

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