This month, Emtek is exploring Gothic Revival design style. Take a look at our style guide to learn what makes Gothic Revival unique and its roots in the history of design. The Wilmington entry set, Lancaster door knob, Ribbon and Reed lever and rosette are our picks for a home decorated in this bold, ornate style.
For its fourth consecutive year, Emtek has been honored by the American Design Excellence Awards (ADEX) for its innovative door and cabinet hardware products. Our company was given six awards for 2013, which include new designs ranging in style from traditional to contemporary.
“We’ve really pushed ourselves to create a variety of products that will appeal to any design style. But more than that, Emtek has always striven to create works of art that are eye catching and beautifully crafted,” said William Zhang, Head Designer at Emtek. These efforts have not gone unnoticed by the design industry and The Design Journal’s ADEX awards have helped showcase this leading-edge design work.
Emtek will be attending the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 19 – 21, 2013. We’ll be showcasing new product and giving away prizes at the booth. If you’re attending the show, stop by booth #1835 and drop your name in our contest box for a chance to win an EMTouch deadbolt. We’re giving away an EMTouch-a-day during the show. That’s three chances to win!
There’s More! You can also enter for a chance to win through our Facebook page! You can win at the show and/or on the web. We’ll be giving away one EMTouch deadbolt through our Facebook page. To enter on Facebook, click on the contest app to be walked through the entry process. The Facebook drawing will go through April 26, 2013, so there’s more time to win! Winner will be announced on April 30th.
Entrant must live in the United States or Canada. Shipping costs will be borne by Emtek ASSA ABLOY. Must be 18 or older to win. Prize is an EMTouch deadbolt and not a full entry set. Facebook contest will end April 26, 2013 and the winner must reply by May 31, 2013 to redeem prize.
House Beautiful magazine’s Kitchen of the Year is an event not to be missed in the kitchen and bath design industry. Each year, House Beautiful calls upon a top designer in the industry to create a kitchen that stuns with beauty and captures the best of design trends. The most recent design was created by Wilmette designer Mick De Giulio and showcased in New York’s Rockefeller Center. Giulio’s design was a 1,000 square foot dream kitchen that he described as “simple and classic” but “also a little bit glamorous,” according to House Beautiful.com.
The Kitchen of the Year features the best products in the industry and it was Emtek’s honor to provide its Georgetown crystal cabinet knobs for De Giulio’s design. The Georgetown knob is an elegant and clean design that fit perfectly in the space.
For a complete tour of the Kitchen of the Year, visit House Beautiful.com
Remodeling a kitchen can be a great way to update and add value to your home; however, it can also be a costly venture. According to Remodeling Magazine, a mid-scale kitchen remodel can cost up to $56,000. What if your budget simply isn’t that high? Is it possible to add new life to your kitchen without breaking the bank? With a few smaller scale do-it-yourself projects, you can get a great updated look that fits your pocketbook.
1. Refinish or repaint instead of replace
Turn something old into something new. Cabinets are the heart of a kitchen and the most visible aspect of it. If replacing your cabinets is not in the budget, then try giving your existing cabinets a face-lift by refinishing or painting them. Keeping the original boxes can save thousands of dollars.
2. New Cabinet Hardware
Tired of your kitchen hearkening back to 1970’s retro glam? If harvest gold and avocado green aren’t your style anymore, simply switching out the dated hardware can be a quick way to modernize. Emtek offers cabinet knobs and pulls in styles ranging from American Classic, to Rustic, to Contemporary and more. The hardware in your home can be an essential part of a comprehensive design theme, so don’t overlook them when searching for ways to create a new look. Good hardware can dress up a kitchen and finding quality pieces will enhance the overall look of your cabinets.
3. Add a new back-splash
A new back-splash is a great way to add visual interest or tie the room together. Try a mosaic tile for a kitchen that needs color and a bold statement. For a kitchen that is already busy, a neutral tile can act as a transition piece that pulls the décor together. You can even install a back-splash yourself and save money on hiring a contractor; some back-splashes even come equipped with a simple “peel and stick” set up.
4. Add a new countertop
This has the potential to be a pricey venture; materials like granite and stone have high price tags. If you’re looking to update kitchen countertops, but don’t want to spend too much, try a tile countertop. You can create your own pattern from tile remnants and create a custom look. Ceramic tiles carry a lower cost than most other countertop materials and provide a great way to update your kitchen for an affordable price. If you don’t want tile for your kitchen, Corian is a material that looks similar to the more expensive granite but at a fraction of the cost.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so it’s been said, and we at Emtek want to help you find just the right gift for your loved ones. There are so many different styles of design, from contemporary to classic and everything in-between, and finding the right hardware to fit your design theme can be a challenge. Whether you’re renovating, remodeling, or building a new home, there’s an Emtek product to fit your style. Take a look at our Holiday Gift Guides for Contemporary, Rustic, and American Classic. Get an idea of how to create a complete design suite for your next home project. We’ve picked out entry sets, door knobs and door levers, and accessories for each style to help you get started.
Contemporary style features a clean, minimalist aesthetic with simple lines. Emtek’s contemporary products have a strong emphasis on line and form. The Bezier cabinet knob and pull (#3 and #4) offer contemporary with a twist, adding slight curvature to create a more flowing shape. These products are perfect for the more modern home.
Rustic style uses rougher materials that embrace natural texture and flaws. Emtek’s rustic collection uses sandcast bronze with unlacquered finishes that naturally age over time to create a beautifully worn look. Perfect for a mountain home or getaway.
Emtek’s American Classic hardware hearkens back to our heritage with designs that are true to timeless American Architecture. These designs have an elegant aesthetic and would fit perfectly in a more traditional themed home.
Curvilinear is the newest collection of originally designed hardware from Emtek. The contemporary styled cabinet hardware was released just this September with positive reception from Emtek dealers and customers on the innovative new designs. But how did Curvilinear come about? And what was the inspiration? We’d like to take you behind the scenes and reveal the design and creation process for a new hardware collection; get an inside look at Curvilinear from inception to final product.
It all starts with an idea and a sketch. Emtek’s head industrial designer, William Zhang started the creative process with a rough drawing. Zhang used both paper/pen and the higher technology of a tablet to create initial sketches. The medium depended on the feel of a particular piece and utilizing the tool that fit the kinetic connection to it. Whatever the method of drawing, the shapes created had to come from a grounded place, based on knowledge of style and architecture. “I was really looking to create a collection based on contemporary design”, said Zhang, “in doing so, I wanted the pieces to have flow and organic lines. Contemporary is all about simplicity. I wanted to take that style and explore more form development to create something truly unique.” He looked at modern architecture for inspiration and then began drawing his first designs for the collection.
Once the basic ideas were mapped out, Zhang moved to creating 3D models of each design. The process of modeling was done on the computer with a 3D design program. This technology allowed him to see the design from every angle, rotate the view, and get a 360° detailed look. “The design process is one of constant exploration,” he said, “and creating a 3D model lets me get to know the design, so that I can understand the feeling it creates and get a tactile sense of it.” With 3D models created, additional members of the Emtek team joined in evaluating the designs and collaborating on the look of each piece.
After the team decided on a collection of designs that were innovative and stylistic, the next step was to create plastic prototypes of every piece using a state of the art 3D printer. Though the designs were agreed upon in digital format, the evaluation is not yet done; each individual piece needed to be physically created and looked at again. “It’s one thing to see it in a drawing or render, and something else entirely to hold it in your hand,” said John Teeter, Vice President of Sales at Emtek. The process is gone through step by step and even repeated until everything is just right.
In the end, Curvilinear was born. What was it about this collection that designer Zhang loved after its creation? “I love the diversity of the collection. There’s such a range of designs for people with varying tastes. You can really arrange the different pieces in so many ways to create your own style. But, I think what I loved the most was the asymmetry of every piece. You so rarely see that in design today. The symmetry was replaced with beautiful curves; it’s what makes Curvilinear so unique.”