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There it is, a fresh twist on an old classic, and just the inspiration you needed to get your artistic juices flowing. We’re talking about the creative use of American hardwoods. Here’s a look at what Wendy Silverstein and her bevy of design/build pros have come up in New York City and beyond.

INC Architecture & Design (
“In creating a new triplex penthouse out of two existing apartments in a New York City building, INC Architecture & Design emphasized the contrasts between the austerely modern and the sensuously organic.

  • The strongest organic element is found in the spiraling stair that winds its way sinuously through the light-filled triplex.
  • Comprising open treads of bleached maple, striéd-glass panel balustrades, and a pale oak handrail, the stair is cradled in a curving nautilus-like shell of pale-gray plaster that introduces a flowing sculptural form into the largely hard-angled space.
  • Although it’s a substantial architectural element, the elegantly detailed stair is disarmingly light on its feet.”

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. (
At the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Alabama-based, high-end cabinetry manufacturer Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. presented a “show-stopping industrial-loft-style kitchen installation. The designer played with multiple materials, door styles, and cabinetry stains and colors.

  • The wall cabinetry is Wellborn’s Chelsea door style in maple with the new Suede stain.
  • The island’s cabinetry is the Chelsea style in maple, too, with the new Mink paint finish.
  • The lower base cabinetry is the Antigua door style in maple with the new Shale stain.”

Great Neighborhood Homes (
“In Edina, Minnesota, a new custom house by Great Neighborhood Homes, a regional design-build firm, makes imaginative use of a Dutch door for its front entrance.

  • This type of wood door—horizontally divided so the two halves operate independently—was ubiquitous in the Netherlands during the 17th century.
  • When the Dutch colonized North America, they brought the distinctive style with them.
  • The glazed top half of this painted poplar model provides a perfectly framed view of the leafy surroundings even when closed.”

INC Architecture & Design Photo: Joshua McHugh

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Great Neighborhood Homes Photo: LandMark Photography

Wendy Silverstein, a consultant to the design industry and a former editor at Architectural Digest, Home, Kitchen & Bath Customer Planner, and Home/Style magazine, is a regular content contributor to the American Hardwood Information Center. Visit for more of her work.


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American Hardwood Information Center

The American Hardwood Information Center (AHIC), located at, provides advice from industry experts on decorating, care and maintenance, design trends, as well as flooring, cabinetry, furniture and millwork product information and specifications, to assist with building material selection for both residential and commercial applications. Step into the world of American Hardwoods and understand why products made from this sustainable and exceptionally beautiful material have been treasured for generations.

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