Top Knobs featured in a new “Steamy Kitchen” design by Susan Serra, Part One

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Designer Susan Serra recently teamed up with television chef, cookbook author, and author of the blog Steamy Kitchen, Jaden Hair to renovate and design Jaden’s new and improved kitchen space in her Florida home. The goal for this design was to provide Jaden and her family with a wide open area for family activities while still maintaining enough space for prepping and cooking. With the help of Top Knobs Chareau collection Chalet pulls and an eye-catching wall mural, Susan was able to design a kitchen suitable for both a hard-working chef and a busy family of four.

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Susan Serra, CKD

Top Knobs interviewed Susan to learn exactly how she was able to create such a multifunctional design.

Q: What was your biggest design challenge during this remodel?

The challenge for every kitchen is to find the perfect balance between function and aesthetics. My philosophy is that aesthetics and function should be equal partners starting out in the design process. Sometimes one or the other will emerge as the leader, sometimes not. In this case, due to a large walk-in pantry outside of the kitchen, storage was not the critical functional element to lead the design as it often does in most American kitchens. We found the sweet spot! As a result, the hard surfaces (cabinetry) are not visually overwhelming in the space, especially as it is an open plan concept, open to a dining space and family room.

Q: How did Top Knobs help you to create the perfect kitchen environment for someone who is a mom, wife, and chef?

The first thing that comes to my mind as I answer this question is STYLE. After all, it’s usually the first thing one notices when experiencing a kitchen. The Top Knobs hardware was chosen for its visually soft properties. I love the selection of extra long pulls paired with knobs. Although good looking in their own right, the long pulls make access to cabinetry quick and easy. They also add a more horizontal perspective to the cabinetry, which I like.

Q: What was your inspiration for the stunning wall mural?

The mural was a joint effort. I suggested a mural to feature this single wall and Jaden chose a motif that she feels very connected to – the bamboo forest, a homage to her heritage. I do love the effect in the room!

Q: What other materials and techniques were used to create this kitchen?

It was important to me to unite each wall of cabinetry with the same size top doors so the eye experiences this symmetry. This took quite a bit of coordination with stock KraftMaid cabinetry, believe it or not, but you don’t need custom sizes to be creative. Had the wall cabinet to the right of the oven been taller as it would be designed typically, it would disrupt the top line of cabinetry on both walls.

Stay tuned for chef Jaden Hair’s perspective on this stunning kitchen remodel in part two of this blog post.

In The News: Top Knobs helps Transform Kitchen Into Tuscan Paradise

The transformation of a San Francisco home’s kitchen into a Tuscan inspired eatery was featured in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens: Kitchen & Bath Ideas, and Top Knobs took center stage.

BHG Italian Romance

After California couple Heather and Massimo met during an extended stay in Tuscany, they knew that their first order of business was to remodel their kitchen using the Italian influences that they fell in love with.

The Victorian style home’s kitchen was remodeled in the late 80’s, but lacked the culture and character that Heather and Massimo had imagined.

“The kitchen was really unattractive. In fact, it felt more like an office space with its long bank of plain cabinetry and black appliances,” says Heather.

The newly remodeled kitchen included limestone floor tiles, a handmade limestone range hood, a handmade tile back-splash, and custom two-toned cabinetry all tied together with popular Italian motifs.

Top Knobs cabinet hardware was used to accent the beautiful cabinetry and finish off the Tuscan design. The Devon Knob and the Tuscany D Pull from the Top Knobs Passport Collection, both in the Pewter Antique finish, were used in the remodeled kitchen.

Pewter Antique

The article “Italian Romance” from Better Homes & Gardens: Kitchen & Bath Ideas was written by Mervyn Kaufman, edited by Karen Reinecke, and photographed by Paul Dyer.

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Round bases and strong circular shapes make up the Top Knobs Mercer Oculus series

The new Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus series of decorative hardware accents cabinetry with a strong circular shape and clean lines. Rounded bases for the pulls and tops for the knobs add strength and performance.

“Perfectly round shapes are always eye-catching design elements,” states Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “We set off these shapes with smooth geometric arches for pulls and bases for knobs and you have a collection that has firm contemporary character that integrates well with transitional rooms.”

Oculus

Round shapes, such as the Pantheon dome in Rome, are the inspiration for the Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus series of cabinet hardware.

 

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Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus Series

Oculus is available with 3 knob sizes and 3 sizes of pulls. Five trending finishes offer added versatility including Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio. Retail prices vary based on size/finish from $5.00 per piece to $13.00 per piece. For more information, and to order samples, visit TopKnobs.com.

Transforming a San Diego kitchen with Top Knobs

Top Knobs was used to help transform a Scripps Ranch area San Diego, California kitchen renovation spearheaded by Borrelli Design.

This $75,000 kitchen renovation includes the flared pull and the 3/8” x 1 1/2″ L knob from the Top Knobs Sanctuary Collection in a Tuscan Bronze finish. The kitchen is loved by people and pets alike. The clients’ dog showed up and found its spot in the kitchen!

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When asked why they choose Top Knobs for the project, Borelli Design had this to say:

“We chose this particular collection for this project because we felt that it complemented the timeless and unique feel of the kitchen. The rich finish of the Tuscan Bronze went with the custom stained Walnut wood and Espresso-stained doors for the refrigerator panels and pantry area. We chose pulls that had a slight curvature to play off of the wood grains and pillowed-edge door profiles. Elegant and simple, yet the perfect finalizing touch for the kitchen.”

Borrelli Design+Cabinetry is a multidimensional interior design firm specializing in custom design and installation of kitchen, bath, home theater, and other projects for home and office. With more than 30 years of experience serving clients throughout the United States, the Borrelli Design team of interior designers, on-site cabinetmakers, and installers, in conjunction with the Borrelli team of craftspeople, work with clients from the concept phase to completion of each project.

Do you have a project where you’ve used Top Knobs? We’re always looking for beautiful kitchen and bath projects to share on our Imagine Daily blog. Contact us on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus and we’ll work together to share your projects.

Solid versus hollow cabinet knobs and pulls: why it matters.

The cabinet and drawer knobs and pulls that are stocked at big box home improvement stores and hardware stores are typically hollow. Hollow knobs can also be found in kitchen cabinet showrooms and decorative hardware showrooms on their lower end “builder grade” knobs and pulls. You can tell a knob is hollow by picking one up and holding it. It’s light. You may also notice that the back of the knob or pull is also hollow. This reduces the amount of metal in the knob or pull, which reduces the cost. But it also reduces the longevity of the knob. Less metal can also cause sharp edges that aren’t comfortable to the touch.

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Nouveau III M1143

If shortcuts have been taken on the metal, then it’s also likely that shortcuts have been taken on the finish – fewer coats, less polishing, fewer coats of protective lacquer, and thus more vulnerable to tarnishing, the finish rubbing off, and changes to the finish color over time. The knob or pull may also have rougher edges due to mechanical finishing vs. hand finishing.

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

You can feel the quality of Top Knobs in your hand. Most Top Knobs products are solid metal – solid brass, bronze, iron, steel, etc – and they are heavy! A solid knob is far less vulnerable to denting or creasing. The heavier weight feels good in your hand. The screw threads extend through the solid knob, making it far less vulnerable to stripping than a hollow knob with far fewer threads. And because every Top Knobs product is hand finished, they are smooth to the touch with no rough edges.

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Top Knobs Tuscany M229

There are a few hollow knobs and pulls in the Top Knobs product line. If the design on the product is very intricate, the metal has to be pressed into the mold rather than poured into the mold. This requires using a flat sheet of metal, which is then formed to create the rest of the hollow knob or pull. This is actually are more costly and involved production process, but the result is a beautiful and intricate design and appeal!

View the complete Top Knobs product line, and the 2015 product catalog, at www.topknobs.com.

Top Knobs Transcend Collection: Modern Cabinet Hardware for Today’s Transitional Spaces

Top Knobs introduces the Transcend Collection of modern cabinet hardware in a coordinating mix of shapes, sizes and finishes.

Composed of 33 different shaped products, the five series cabinet hardware collection is available in five contemporary finishes: Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio.

Top Knobs Transcend decorative hardware

“Transcend mixes modern functional hardware with the high-quality finish Top Knobs is know for,” states Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “The combination of easy shapes and sizes makes this collection an effortless match for any transitional space.”

Products in the Top Knobs Transcend Collection include:

Podium series

TK670PN

  • Strong, angular bar shaped pulls and square knobs with fine stepped detailing and a straight base
  • 9 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 2 square knobs (1” and 1 1/8”), 5 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16”, 9” and 12”) and 2 appliance pulls (12” and 18”)

Ascendra series

TK703BSN

  • Smooth, straight bar shaped pulls and square knobs with a footed base
  • 9 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 3 square knobs (1”, 1 1/8” and 1 ¼”), 5 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16”, 9” and 12”) and 1 appliance pull (12”)

Contour series

TK722UM

  • Modern shape that contours to the curves of your hand and connects to cabinetry with a footed base
  • 7 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 1 square knob (1 1/8”), 4 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16” and 12”) and 2 appliance pulls (8” and 12”)

Spectrum series

TK711BSN

  • Six-sided curved shape pieces with a footed six-sided base
  • Knobs resemble hexagons
  • 7 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 3 knobs (1”, 1 1/8” and 1 ¼”), 3 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16” and 6 5/16”) and 1 appliance pull (12”)

Cabinet Latches

TK729PN

  • Coordinating cabinet latches add keeps cabinets securely closed
  • 1 15/16” size, 5 finishes

MSRP are $7.00 to $90.00 per piece. All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. Visit www.topknobs.com to view the entire collection.

 

 

Around the world with the Passport Collection: Great Wall

The Great Wall of China’s 5500-miles of ambling towers, steps and gateways traverse jagged mountains, vast deserts and rolling grasslands. Each individual brick or stone, placed by human hands, has acted together to create a barrier against invading armies over the centuries.
The Passport Collection Great Wall

What does this have to do with cabinet hardware? It is the geometric shapes of the Great Wall, contrasting with the panoramic views of the Chinese countryside, that are the inspiration for the Great Wall Series of the Top Knobs Passport Collection.

Click the image below to see the products in detail.

Top Knobs Passport Great Wall cabinet hardware

The Great Wall Series is available in four finishes: German Bronze, Polished Nickel, Pewter Antique and Tuscan Bronze. The 1″ square shaped knobs mall and large bases shapes and the pulls are offered in three different sizes, including a 12″ appliance pull.

Like all Top Knobs products, the Great Wall series of the Passport Collection comes with a lifetime warranty and a protective sealed finish.

Have you used the Passport Collection Great Wall series in a kitchen project? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us on Twitter or Facebook. Find out more about the product, and how to get product samples on TopKnobs.com.

#TopKnobsChallenge Design Contest Finalists Announced

Top Knobs announces finalists in the #TopKnobsChallenge design contest.

Finalist entries are on display at this week’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) January 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. KBIS attendees can participate by voting for their favorite contest entrees at Top Knobs booth #N1149. The #TopKnobsChallenge design contest challenged participants to create a hand or digital drawing of the next innovation in kitchen cabinet hardware design.

Congratulations to the finalists:

Finalist A Finalist B Finalist C Finalist D Finalist E Finalist F Finalist G

The #TopKnobsChallenge design contest final winners will be chosen by a jury of hardware experts soon after KBIS. The grand prize is $1,000 and two $500 gift certificates for the runners up. If the winning design is produced, the contest winner may receive royalties on product sales.

 

 

Top Knobs to Announce #TopKnobsChallenge Design Contest Finalists at KBIS 2015

Top Knobs plans to announce the #TopKnobsChallenge design contest finalists at next week’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) January 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. KBIS attendees can participate by voting for their favorite contest entrees at Top Knobs booth #N1149. The #TopKnobsChallenge design contest challenged participants to create a hand or digital drawing of the next innovation in kitchen cabinet hardware design.

“We are very excited to announce our #TopKnobsChallenge finalists while we attend the Kitchen and Bath Industry show,” states Warren Ramsland, President for Top Knobs. “We could never have anticipated the outpouring of entries we received for this contest. Participants have submitted dozens of creative and innovative designs with a total of 200 entries and over 7,000 visits to the contest site. Over 1,500 people voted online and we are looking forward to continuing the poll at KBIS so attendees can help us with the difficult task of narrowing the field of so many amazing entries.”

The #TopKnobsChallenge design contest final winners will be chosen by a jury of hardware experts soon after KBIS. The grand prize is $1,000 and two $500 gift certificates for the runners up. If the winning design is produced, the contest winner may receive royalties on product sales.

Stay tuned to the Imagine Daily Top Knobs blog for more information.