Furniture designed by Alison Solar.
- Solara Designs Custom cabinetry
- Schaub Hardware
- Hafele Stainless steel desk leg
- Hafele Stainless steel cabinet legs
These are two pieces I designed for a commercial retail office of an International Jewelry buying & selling company, located in Manhasset, NY. The credenza is 66" W x 35" H x 18" D and the desk is 36" with a 60" angled open base.
I must say this was an exciting project to work on. My concept was influenced by the VP's desire for "simple", thereby relating to a mid-century '60's feel. I had to do a lot of research to compile components available in the cabinet manufacturing industry to create the look. I had this vision in my head and needed to bring it to life.
The straight, clean lines along with the mixture of materials and textures gives these pieces their own unique style. The doors are flat panel, vertical grain maple wood with a custom stain. These doors are from a company called Conestoga, they are a cabinet door manufacturer that many kitchen cabinet manufacturers resource to for various custom cabinet components. Then there is the door and drawer hardware which is from a company called Schaub Hardware in a satin stainless steel finish. The desk support leg and credenza feet are from Hafele, another supplier of cabinetry components, both in a brushed stainless finish. The countertops are from Northern Contours, a thermofoil door and surfaces manufacturer, utilizing their faux leather dark brown laminate with a bullnose edge.
All the components arrived separately to the job site and my contractors assembled the tops, legs and hardware to the custom cabinetry I had built.
Solara Designs is a private labeled cabinet line, comprised of all plywood construction, available in framed or frameless. Solid wood drawer boxes with soft close slides and soft close hinges are standard. Having a company that can produce these pieces for me gives me endless possibilities. Knowledge of product is paramount so I am always seeking. Like I say, "Knowledge is power"!
Here is a little background on me: After I graduated from FIT for Interior Design in 1992 I got involved with designing and building custom furniture, cabinetry, wall units and countertops, just to name a few, for residential and commercial projects. I had a woodworking shop in my garage and my then boyfriend taught me how to do custom woodworking. We would collaborate on projects, design unique pieces and build things together. I would use the table saw, routers, sanders and all kinds of things. However, I'm not a good detail person, so a majority of the finish work was done by my partner. I did assisted on installations, though! Along the way I grew my knowledge of woodworking and developed a passion for cabinetry, interior architecture and the like.