Custom and Modular from Henrybuilt

General / People / Products / November 13, 2012

Scott Hudson has figured out how to deliver the best of two worlds with his Henrybuilt kitchen systems.

“It’s a custom system where the core is always the same,” he says.  “But the sizing and the way it looks outside varies a lot.”

His Seattle-based company can create kitchens that are rustic, minimal or natural.  It’s all made to order for individual clients.  Nothing is pulled from inventory.

“It might get configured a little differently, but the way it goes together and how the components interact is always the same,” he says.  “We have a set of guidelines, but they’re very flexible.”

There’s no compromise on materials.  All of its steel pulls are metal through and through – plating is not an option.  Its leather pulls for use outside the kitchen are produced in-house. Cladding can be steel, wood, Corian or paperstone, a resin-impregnated paper.

At its core is a plywood that’s custom-made for the firm, and calibrated within a five one-thousandths of an inch thickness.  “The advantage is that we can use a better quality material and mill it,” he says.  “It’s a higher precision but a reduced cost.”

Hudson comes by his tactile love of the craft naturally enough.  He grew up with a grandfather who was a cabinetmaker and a builder.  After a stint in the publishing business in New York, he moved to Seattle and began to renovate houses.

When he bought a modern home, he had a hard time finding cabinetry for it that was well-built, well-designed or understated.

So he founded Henrybuilt in 2002.

“The idea is to create something that feels like it’s made for you, but that’s highly developed and well-engineered,” he says.

His work speaks for itself.

For more information, go to http://henrybuilt.com

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Michael Welton
I write about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. I am the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" (Routledge, 2015), and the former architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.




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