Designers Today – November 2019
By: Jane Dagmi
HARDWARE AMPS UP THE FASHION FACTOR ON ANY PROJECT
Handles, knobs and finials may seem like a finishing touch, but more often, hardware figures into a designer’s vision early. Physically small in relation to other elements in the room, the impact of these jewel-like details is disproportionate to their size. When designing this butler pantry (above), Ashley DeLapp imagined hardware with heft and Addison Week’s Benson backplate with Dalmation Jasper stone supplied that oomph. “Anything basic would’ve been lost,” she says. The quest for that perfect pull led Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios to DIY it. “We wanted a specific look for a custom project – something classic but with enough wow – and we just couldn’t find it.” says Dotolo who found an artisan to make it. When colleagues clamored to use the Starburst pull in their own projects, Dotolo and Gentry researched manufacturers, and after a few failures and a sizable investment, went into production. It’s a bestseller now.
In matte black, PULP’s three-inch-diameter Starburst ring pull feels classically fierce.