#TBT: Semihandmade and Nate Berkus at Dwell on Design

With Thanksgiving just a week away, we here at Semihandmade were thinking about what we’ve been thankful for this year. We had a great time at IDSwest and we’re proud of our brand new Supermatte doors, but the highlight of our year has to have been working with Nate Berkus for Dwell on Design LA in June.

Sponsored by Dwell Magazine, DODLA is America’s largest design event; since it’s right in our backyard, we always have a booth to show off our latest doors. Not only are events like this a great place to connect with potential customers, they also offer a lot of opportunities to make professional connections—case in point, our involvement in Dwell Magazine’s 2013 flagship home. It was the success on that project that landed us on Berkus’s radar.

Basically, Nate needed help putting together a pair of kitchens for LG Studio’s Re-Imagination Pavilion, a 2,000-square-foot booth showcasing the newest LG appliances. He had designed a pair of beautiful kitchens using Ikea’s Sektion cabinets and asked Semihandmade to handle the doors.

LG Imagination Pavillion

The LG Studio Re-Imagination Pavilion, featured on LifeMinute.tv

People say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, so we were nervous. We’ve been longtime fans of Nate going back to his time on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But, there was no need to worry because Nate was so great to work with and as charming in person as he is on TV.

Semihandmade Rift White Oak Shaker Doors

An inviting family kitchen featuring Semihandmade Rift White Oak Shaker doors

For the first design, Nate set out to make a spacious family kitchen with a wide marble island and plenty of counter space. Semihandmade provided our Rift White Oak Shaker doors to give the room a classic look and a lot of warmth.

Semihandmade DIY Shaker Doors

A modern, two-tone kitchen made with Semihandmade DIY Shaker doors

In the other kitchen, Nate aimed for a more intimate space centered around hosting guests and socializing. He used Semihandmade’s DIY Shaker doors to create a sleek, modern look. He painted the cabinets a cream color that matches the tile backsplashes and painted the island black to make it stand out even more as a conversation piece.

After such an amazing experience in 2015, we’re already gearing up for our biggest display ever in 2016. We’ll be back at Dwell on Design LA this summer and we’re going to fill our booth with new and exciting designs. We hope to see you there!

Semihandmade Showroom Update

It’s been a crazy summer so far with New York’s ICFF show at the end of May and Dwell on Design here in LA in June, but we finally managed to grab a few shots of our Semihandmade IKEA Door Showroom that opened this past Spring.

Located just minutes from the IKEA Burbank store in sunny Southern California, our hours are 10-8 every day, there’s plenty of street parking, and walk-ins are always welcome.  To get a feel for the place, and especially for our friends out-of-town, here’s a really cool virtual tour.

Semihandmade Burbank IKEA Door ShowroomTo say we’re thrilled to be open is an understatement.  The last four years have been a blast and a blur – challenge, fix, screw-up, breakthrough, milestone  It’s been exhilarating and exhausting and a few of us around here honestly don’t remember what it’s like to have full heads of hair (forget no gray!), but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.  We’re proudly on pace to complete 700 IKEA projects this year alone, and with our expansion in the last twelve months from just kitchens to include doors for IKEA bathrooms, closets and media systems, opening a location to put our one-of-a-kind products directly in front of you made perfect sense.  Really, when you think about it, there is no better way to experience and enjoy a truly “Semihandmade” home!

Semihandmade Blue OvenSetting-up the living areas was easy; we’ve done enough design and trade shows by now to understand good lay-out and flow.  As you can see from the photos, the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room are all well represented.  We even made room for a coffee bar, kids’ area and workstations.

Semihandmade Flatsawn Teak Pax Closets Semihandmade Redo IKEA CabinetSemihandmade Burbank IKEA Door ShowroomEspecially fun was the fleshing out of the space.  We’ve made a lot of friends and been inspired at past shows, so from day-one the goal was to make this as collaborative an endeavor as possible.  Really, there’s no point in filling the showroom with only Semihandmade and IKEA stuff (you guys see it every day on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds).  Even we get sick of ourselves sometimes!

We’re happy to report that many of those same friends came up big, so over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting each of them.  The list continues to grow, but for now it includes:

Modwalls (tile), Loll Designs (bar-stools), 33 Stewart Avenue (art), Savon Appliance (you guessed it, appliances!), Whyrhymer (lighting),Pretty Pegs (furniture legs) and Geos (counters).

Loll Barstools in Semihandmade ShowroomFirst up are these amazing bar stools from the gang over at Loll Designs.  We’ve long been fans of these guys – besides making incredibly stylish indoor/outdoor furniture out of one-hundred-percent recycled milk bottles, they’re hands-down the most fun booth at every design show we’ve ever done!

As it says on the website: “Barflies should be able to sit outside too and it might even help their complexion. This round topped modern bar stool is sturdy and will hold up to hours of posting up. Available in both bar height and counter height.”

Loll ChairFor more information on everything Loll, check out the website.  PS: they also happen to be the folks behind cutting board/utensil giants Epicurean!

Epicurean Cutting Board PhotoNext up… we’ll spotlight long-time supporters and pals Modwalls – Northern California-based and pretty much the last word on modern tile!

Modwalls Brio Stove

Dwell on Design 2014

Here’s a nice video re-cap of our Semihandmade IKEA Doors from this past June’s Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles.  This was our sixth year at the nation’s largest design event, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Semihandmade Plyboo Linear DoorsAbove is shot of our Plyboo Linear Line for IKEA cabinets that debuted at DOD.  Already featured in the LA Times, these one-of-a-kind doors were a huge hit and we are excited to launch them formally this Fall.  For more information on Smith and Fong’s amazing bamboo products, and for more Plyboo options to choose from for your IKEA project – kitchen, bathroom, closet or media cabinet – please click here.

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