Not all custom is the same and sometimes there ends up being a lot of details to be chosen as the piece is being built. Seeing something from an inspiration picture gives everyone the big picture, but once the mechanical drawings start being rendered there can be lots of detail questions pertaining to styling and function. This requires a client who is fully involved in the process and willing to embark on the unknown in order to attain the perfect piece for them (and quick on the emails!). Here's the journey of a very custom buffet and happy ending.
It started with this inspiration picture--looks innocent enough, some invisible drawers, some drawers, easy peasy.
Challenge 1: Draers being shaped. At first we thought we could use pre made moulding, but of course just like Goldilocks, they were either too big, too small, or too darn ugly to work.
Option one: use some prefab moulding and add the bead moulding that was used on the table, but this made the interior height of the drawer too short for what our client wanted, and the design was looking clunky and contrived.
Option two: Custom make each section of the drawer-- not a small feat considering we don't have a shaper machine or time to order custom router bits.
an immense amount of work, but well worth it .
Challenge 2: the baseboard. Given the size of the drawers, an appropriately scaled base was necessary, but once again none to be found in the ready made world. We created our own moulding to create the perfect balance.
Challenge 3: LED Monster Lighting. Is it because the population age gap that all lighting now is either geriactically runway bright or milleniumally a mere glow? The LCD strip light for the center section felt neon bright instead of nuanced glow for crystal ware so we tucked in behind the drawer box and it produced the perfect, soft lighting for a romantic dinner.
The final product came out beautiful and most importantly correctly proportionate.