Kari & Michael came to me needing a very specific wardrobe for a special place in their bedroom. They had just completed their dream house, a new arts and crafts influenced home which blended beautifully into an older section of town. Kari's desires for the Armoire included a display for family pictures, a cozy spot for her favorite jewelry and small treasures, a convenient area for clothing that was easy to access and large drawers for heavier garments and bedding. I chose pull out trays below the shelving to make searches easy and placed the large drawers at the base of the piece for balance.
The piece utilizes the heavy mahogany coming out of Africa called Sipo. Its rich color, active grain and distinctive figure contrast well to the solid flamed birch panels (the light colored wood) from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I book matched all material across the center line of the piece for good balance.
The design began as a sketchup model placed in a photo of the room where it would live allowing Kari & Michael to understand the scale and impact of the design. From there they directed the refinements that evolved into the final draft of Kari's Armoire. Collaboration is the key to successful pieces of furniture.