DRAPER-DBS™ Custom Cabinetry Celebrates 25 Years of Cabinetry Art -- The Evolution of Crafting a Vision

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DRAPER-DBS™, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of crafting unique visions in custom cabinetry and home furnishings. Each handcrafted piece is an original statement of the owner's identity. Meticulous details, impeccable finishes and individual attention to each piece are hallmarks of the DRAPER-DBS™ experience that brings the vision to reality.

It's time to free form from function

DRAPER-DBS™, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of crafting unique visions in custom cabinetry and home furnishings. Each handcrafted piece is an original statement of the owner's identity. Meticulous details, impeccable finishes and individual attention to each piece are hallmarks of the DRAPER-DBS™ experience that brings the vision to reality.

William P. Draper's vision of home design and approach to the art of cabinetry and furniture is constantly evolving. He is creating new archetypes which push design ideas beyond the traditional, such as the Zero Gravity™ series.

"It's time to free form from function," says Draper, artisan, craftsman and president of DRAPER-DBS™. "While function may be necessary, furniture and cabinetry should be viewed as art. Large surfaces and forms, such as those in the kitchen, provide enormous opportunities for unique and highly personal furnishing treatments and artistic design. The possibilities for imagination and variety are limitless."

Because DRAPER-DBS™ is the truest of custom cabinetry shops, they create and craft the most unique designs at their clients' request, whether it's transcending traditional shape and form, juxtaposing materials, developing new finishes, or designing distinctive marquetry.

Dave Raber from Classic Kitchens of Virginia in Richmond comments, "As a designer, I know that if I can create it in my mind's eye, Draper can interpret it and build it -- and build it well. You don't just look at these cabinets; you absorb them. They are a sensory experience from sight to touch."

His design is based in innovation and imagination, the art of Draper's details -- technique, construction and finish -- is based in the time-honored traditions on which the company was founded. The cabinets and door styles, custom carvings, millwork and decorative mouldings, are hand crafted one at a time, individually assembled and finished in their studio shop.

The finishes that DRAPER-DBS™ creates are truly distinctive. Draper has developed an exclusive hand rubbed glaze that enhances, not masks, the material. The glaze adds a distinct softness, depth and patina to the color or stain. Distressed finishes are painstakingly crafted. Great thought is given to where and how grazing occurs on a piece. To achieve this quality of finish, the process begins during construction with the assiduous selection of premium woods and precision craftsmanship.

According to Holly Rickert of Ulrich, Inc., a DRAPER-DBS™ showroom in Ridgewood, New Jersey, "Clients are drawn to the (Draper) pieces. They must touch them. There is a depth to the finishes that sets them apart."

Never content to follow the lead of others, Draper has proven to be a true innovator in design by continuously challenging the conventions of an industry.

"William Draper not only creates the vision but builds the vision," says Randy Sisk of Kitchens by Kleweno in Kansas City, Missouri, who discovered DRAPER-DBS™ eleven years ago when he felt most cabinetry available was one-dimensional and was searching for a company who offered original designs.

The Evolution of a Studio
William P. Draper's vision began in 1980 with the completion of an antique reproduction finishing experiment he started years before in his small basement studio. The piece, a country cupboard with a worn, chipped paint finish, went on display at a local secondhand furniture store in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. The cupboard was irresistible to antique enthusiasts and orders began pouring in. Within two months, Draper began expanding his furniture line to form Country Classics®, a collection of home furnishings based on 18th and 19th century antiques.

In 1982, Draper moved the studio from his basement into a renovated chicken coop where his cabinetry collection, DBS Custom Cabinetry, was founded. Draper's craftsmanship, custom chipped paint finishes, and hand glazing techniques set his creations apart, there was nothing like it on the market.

As demand for the cabinetry grew, so did the company. Talented craftsmen were recruited and trained in the DBS style. Additional products ranging from antique reproductions to contemporary designs were developed. In 1997 DRAPER-DBS™, Incorporated became the official company title.

Today, DRAPER-DBS™ resides in a studio style shop occupying 23,000 square feet. They are in the early stages of a facility expansion with completion targeted within the next five years. They are working to integrate green design into their products through environmentally friendly building materials. William P. Draper continues to lead the company as president, craftsman, artisan and designer.

About Draper-DBS™
William P. Draper is an outstanding Bucks County, PA cabinetmaker, artisan, inventor, sculptor and artist. Many recognize the signature of his artistry by the uniqueness of his finishes, patina, colorations and style. Through exploration and creation of new visions, his cabinet designs reinvent style. His work gives designers new, exciting opportunity to create important living spaces. Simply put, his purpose is to create and express an enlightened living experience that transcends the limits of time.

DRAPER-DBS™, a twenty-five year old custom cabinetry shop, focuses on unique designs enabling the homeowner and designer to realize their vision. Each cabinet is hand-crafted by artisans, one at a time in a studio style shop using traditional time honored cabinetry crafting techniques including hand dovetail drawers and pegged mortise and tenon construction. As well as kitchen cabinetry, DRAPER-DBS™ supplies original design and reproduction furniture, whole house cabinetry and authentic architectural millwork to high-end design studios throughout the United States.

DRAPER-DBS™ Custom Cabinetry is available nationwide through designer showrooms. To inquire, call 1-215-257-3833 or visit http://www.draperdbs.com/vision for an authorized DRAPER-DBS™ showroom nearest you.

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