When creating the concept, there is always a vision, an inspiration, an idea. It takes creativity to take the idea and translate it to paper. In architecture there are many factors to consider. Just because someone has this great idea for a cabinet doesn’t always mean that it will mechanically work. That is where a carpenter will review the “ideas” and determine if, in fact, a cabinet can be built!

There can be much doodling by paper, much time spent on the World Wide Web in places like Houzz, Architectural Digest, and Florida Design websites to help with “inspiration”. Once the concept is put on paper, we need specific information: Dimensions, which way the cabinet doors will open, how the general look of the cabinet will be; as shown in the photo below. There has already been quite a bit of time put into this project before it is even designed.

The Next step is to finalize the look of the cabinet in a CAD drawing, Pearlworks uses Adobe Illustrator, as most clients have this program. There are usually at least 2 revisions in the finalization of a design. This cabinet had several custom details added, so this line drawing went to a 4th version before getting approved by the client. For hundreds of concept drawings, check out the Pearlworks website.

Pearlworks has full time artists on staff drawing concepts for clients every day! Besides client approval, the other reason getting a CAD rendering drawn for your project is so you can give it to multiple finish carpenters so they can bid the cost to build. The turn-around time on Pearlworks part manufacturing is usually 2 days to ship. So getting started on a project goes quick once the design has been finalized.

As you can see, the cabinet comes to life during this in progress photo below! From using Pearlworks Freestyle Design at the radius top and the old world inspiration throughout to the great skills of the finish carpenter, Jason Mapel, who works from Santa Barbara to San Diego! Jason’s attention to detail makes the Pearlworks parts shine! Jason Created some custom pulls using a combination of rings and pulls from our stock inventory parts to create a unique look on the bottom doors.

Once the cabinet has all the details completed, it is time for Finishing. Finishing can make or break any art work; cabinetry included. The finisher has to literally take apart the cabinet to finish it. In this instance, the black finish and the lead glass in the doors make this cabinet feel warm and inviting in any setting. The finisher on this job is first class! He took the finish work of Jason Mapel and made it even better with the classic styling!

Pearlworks enjoys participating in the inception of an idea from Jason Mapel, and add our touches to it to see it turn into a magnificent piece of fine furniture that is sure to be the center of attention in any room. This cabinet is timeless and will be able to be passed down to the family and one day will be a true antique for generations to enjoy!