Luxury Cabinetry by Rutt at the AD Home Design Show
On our 3rd day in New York, BlogTourNYC visited with luxury cabinetry manufacturer, Rutt Cabinetry at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. There, we sat down sipping on espresso à la modes (compliments of Miele’s CM5200 coffee machine-Mmmmm!) while we listened to luxury kitchen and cabinetry designer Scott Stultz speak to us about his inspiration behind the Ruskin Series, which was making its debut at the show. Stultz’s talk on architecture, design, theory and the ideas of the late tastemaker, art/architecture critic, and modern thinker – John Ruskin proved to be one of the most inspirational moments for me during BlogTourNYC.
Founded in 1951 by Phares Rutt in Goodville, Pennsylvania, the Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry name has been synonymous with luxury cabinetry and high end traditional style since its inception, and has since expanded their line to also include contemporary styles. Ruskin is Rutt Cabinetry’s first major product introduction in over a decade. Instead of novelty and a short shelf life, the company wanted a deeper, lasting relevance that would outlast trends. The Ruskin Series is inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin, with history and strong design principles playing a large role in the design. More importantly, the Ruskin Series is designed to capture our attention by speaking to our emotions.
The Ruskin Series by Rutt Cabinetry
Stultz then took us through his deep investigation into the history of architecture. He asked the question: “What makes these architectural styles speak to our primal and intellectual needs?”He explained that it is the tension between our primal and intellectual needs and how these two needs work together that create the alchemy of beauty and function. A few of the design intricacies of the Ruskin series that speak to our needs and create the beauty and function that is the Ruskin series:
1) a door profile that is designed so that diffused light creates strong shadows and layers.
2) The vertical and horizontal mullions are purposely designed so that they are slightly different sizes. The horizontals represent gravity and stability and the verticals, ascension and grace.
3) The contemporary stainless details on the hood follow the lines of the troughs above. So subtle, but very well thought out to create visual balance and proportion.
4) The corner posts have no turnings and are instead replaced with a long stretch of elliptical profile, resulting in a warm and inviting profile.
5) The door front of the pull front drawer with recessed walnut pull follows the line of the adjacent corner post, resulting in a more cohesive and inviting appearance.
6) Elliptical based arcs instead of circular based arcs are used in the design details, as elliptical arcs are more dynamic and less predictable.
7) The luxury cabinetry details in the drawer interiors are meticulously designed to more than satisfy the most discriminating desire for form and function.
For their booth at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Rutt Cabinetry partnered with Miele, Franke, Bastille Metalworks, Grothouse, Studio DUNN, and Emeco. Below, the Ruskin “Appliance Armoire” is shown with Brilliant White appliances from Miele’s Generation 6000 PureLine series, where the white underneath the glass softens the lines of the rift cut white oak in a Keswick oak finish and makes everything appear “lighter and friendlier”. Also, if you notice on the right side of the appliance armoire below, the mullions are segmented differently on the top than on the bottom. This is one of the detailed intricacies that make Ruskin so special – a visual push/pull tension results in a more dynamic design.
A stainless steel Franke sink and Grothouse wood countertop – the perfect complement to the creamy white cabinetry that surrounds it.
The beautifully textured cast zinc kitchen island countertop emitted a warm, pebbly glow when viewed at an angle. This was the first time I viewed a cast zinc countertop installed, and I must say that Bastille Metalworks did a phenomenal job and I wouldn’t mind having one installed in my own kitchen.
And some more images of the Ruskin series…
In order for the consumer to connect with a brand, they must be able to effectively tell their story by capturing their attention and connect on an emotional level, and the passion and conviction in Scott Stultz’s storytelling accomplished just that. I am not easily swayed, but passionate storytelling and the product to back the story definitely does it for me. The Ruskin Series is not modern, nor is it traditional. The next time I remodel my kitchen, Rutt Cabinetry will be the first company I will look at, as their belief in superior craftsmanship, beauty, and enduring relevance parallel my own design ideals. As Stultz so eloquently phrased it: “Ruskin is luxury cabinetry with a modern heart and a historic soul”
Please note that Rutt Cabinetry was one of several sponsors of BlogTourNYC, which covered my travel and expenses during my stay in New York. No compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.