Most people design their kitchen around a variety of straight lines. Even in an unusually shaped room, wall mounted cupboards, work surfaces and even appliances have their basis on easily tessellating square or rectangular elements. This, of course, makes cupboards easy for kitchen companies to install with little or no consideration for the user. What if, though, you were able to create a totally bespoke kitchen featuring curved cupboards? One that is visually arresting yet practical at the same time? By designing around your individual home and lifestyle, there is much more freedom to create a kitchen that is unique, functional with a practical flow, rather than making the best of an off the shelf solution.
Curves can break up the rigidity of traditional straight lines and in fact around 80 per cent of Davonport kitchens have curved elements, whether it’s a whole island or curved cupboards on the end of a run of cabinets there are ways of including curves in as bold or subtle a way as suits the individual’s taste.
Creating bespoke cabinets is our speciality, and that holds true when it comes to curved cupboards. Many manufacturers provide a curved ‘look’, where a standard cupboard is fronted with a curved door, but this is not the case at Davonport. All our curved cabinets are ‘true’ curves; the joints are perpendicular to the radius of the curve. We use this method rather than fixing straight joints onto a curved surface, which compromises the integrity of the structure. For this reason, not only is the whole unit created from scratch, just like all our kitchen furniture, we design around the curved cupboards to ensure a perfect fit and high quality. As well being more ergonomic, this approach creates a more robust cabinet as springs and twists are reduced when elements fit properly together.
In order to create the cabinet, the door is first drawn on CAD. The wood is then carefully selected; certain elements mean a stronger door, for example the grain of the wood is important; long grain wood is much stronger than short grain, as the support runs longer through the wood. Solid timber is also used for the same reason its strength, so walnut, oak or tulipwood are typical choices. Three to four inch thick planks are cut in to shape using a bandsaw, to form the shapes of the rails and stiles of the curved door. These curved elements are then carved with a multiaxis machine which uses computer controlled tools to move in all directions to ensure that the angles are precise.
The door panel is made by vacuuming laminated veneers together, with the front of the panel added last to make the front exterior surface in the chosen colour or material, for example oak or walnut. The panel is then cut to size by the same machine. After this point there is no more machine use; our expert cabinetmakers sand the pieces and put them together by hand, using traditional mortise and tenon joints. Machine engineered but hand finished produces kitchen cabinetry far superior to those that are entirely hand-built, as computer programmed tools can manufacture to within a minuscule tolerance; something even the most skilled carpenter would struggle to do.
Once the door is hung on to the cabinet the whole unit is sent to be polished before final assembly. We also ensure that checks are done at numerous points throughout the process; this ensures that the door is of the highest quality.
Our use of traditional techniques combined with state of the art technology results in the best curved kitchen furniture on the market. Our curved cupboards are our pride and joy.