As I type, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is throwing a huge party in New Orleans and for the first time in awhile, I’m not there. There are miles of aisles and–like most trade shows–it can be a little overwhelming, even for a designer. Since no one showroom can carry that much product, it’s the perfect way to see all that is new in kitchen and bath design in one place.
One of my favorite things to scope out at KBIS is new cabinet hardware. Some consider it jewelry for kitchens and baths; some think it’s art. My opinion? It can be both!
Changing out the hardware is one of the quickest ways to update and upgrade the appearance of your space.
Du Verre Hardware is one of the leaders in the cabinet hardware as functional art arena. Their roster of designers includes some big names, like the always fabulous Clodagh, and a few that may be new to you. It’s always fun to see the designs they have in the pipeline.
It’s products are forged in hand finished, recycled aluminum, making Du Verre Hardware an environmentally friendly company with an artisan’s touch. Slight variations in the finishes–there are 12!–give each piece a unique signature.
In order for you to get to know Du Verre too, company owner and Rio designer Gina Lubin graciously submitted to a short Q&A:
|Arroyo by William Harvey|
Q: You and your partner, Gavin, have an extensive design background. What made you choose to focus your attention on the hardware market?
A: I love the sculptural aspects of hardware; tiny works of art that can be the perfect finishing touch on a great piece of furniture or in a great room.
Q: You chose a linear look for your most recent introduction, Rio, but there are also several organic shapes in your product line. What is Du Verre’s design aesthetic?
A: Rio was inspired by ancient and mysterious motifs seen in architectural ruins of lost civilizations. Handcraft and handmade has always been the aesthetic we’re drawn to. And yet we like the sophistication of great clean, design. When the two meet, it’s joy.
|Rio by Gina Lubin|
Q: Du Verre features a very deep roster of talent. How do you decide whom to partner with and when to release a new line?
A: Why are we drawn to certain people, places or things? I’m not sure but I trust my intuition. Generally, our collaborators share a vision, a philosophy and an aesthetic. We like to work with people we like and respect. It’s really that simple. And, we have been so lucky that they have wanted to work with us!
Q: Your products are used in homes and hotels around the world. Where are some of your favorite places to find Du Verre hardware?
A: It’s true, our hardware is specified by the most brilliant design companies in the industry. You can see our knobs and pulls in luxury properties around the world including the Four Seasons Hotels from Houston to Macau, the Wynn Group has used our hardware extensively thanks to the amazing Roger Thomas, first at Wynn Las Vegas and then again at Encore and Macau, Walt Disney Vacation Club and Resorts, the list goes on. There are lots of gorgeous properties in Hawaii that are on my must visit list! I sometimes wish we could take a tour of all the exotic hotel rooms where you can find Du Verre Hardware. It would be a fabulous vacation.
|Left and Right: Forged 2 & 3 by Heinz Pfleger
Center: The eponymous Jeff Goodman
Q: When it comes to design, I’m a big believer in having a 5-year plan. Since you work in metals, can you peer into a polished nickel Lotus knob and tell me where you see Du Verre in the next 5 years?
A: World domination? No, seriously, I think Du Verre will be continuing on the path of unique hardware design. We have several new collections in the pipeline which we can hardly wait to release. We are energized and want people everywhere to think of us for great hardware for their homes. With your help they will!
|Lotus by William Harvey|
Hmm…World domination and Blog Tour Du Verre? That sounds like a plan, Gina!
|See the entire line at Du Verre|
Du Verre is so generous–and Gina is so kind!–the company sponsored Blog Tour Cologne even though they weren’t an exhibitor. Who does that?
- Style is important, but if the scale is wrong your money isn’t well spent, so be sure to test the size to see if you like it before you start drilling holes. You can attach the hardware to cardboard sized to match your cabinets if you’re unsure.
- Mix it up with a combination of knobs and pulls. It keeps things interesting visually.
- Finally, don’t be afraid to make a statement with your hardware. If you decide to move, you can always change it out beforehand and take it with you. What the buyers don’t know won’t disappoint them!
All photos courtesy of Du Verre Hardware