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.

Nouveau III M1143

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.

Top Knobs Tuscany M229

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.

 

 

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