[tweetmeme source=”@SABaxterLL” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] SA Baxter is thrilled to announce the selection of its Vines Hardware Suite, designed by celebrated Los Angeles-based designer Peter Schifando, for its 2009 Artisan Series. SA Baxter’s 2008 Artisan Series selection – Anthony Browne’s Nita Suite – won Interior Design Magazine’s prestigious Best of Year Product Design.
The Vines Suite was inspired by the 1893 bronze door hinge from Yale and Towne Company. Yale and Towne Company created the finest American architectural hardware of the late 19th century, and both SA Baxter and Schifando felt that their work could be transformed into a wonderful, modern suite of hardware – including door levers, back plates, eschutcheons, rosettes and cabinet knobs. This suite was originally designed for a Gothic Tudor residence in Dallas, Texas.
The foundry-artisan alliance between Schifando and SA Baxter was particularly strong, as SA Baxter is known for its attention to detail, design and hand-crafted products.
Through a year-long collaboration between Schifando and SA Baxter’s team of hardware artisans, sculptors, engineers, finishing experts and machinist, SA Baxter was able to hand sculpt and manufacture the entire Vines Suite in its eco-friendly foundry using lost-wax casting.
Lost-wax casting, normally reserved for jewelry-making and sculptural art, gives SA Baxter the unique ability to manufacture complex and intricate pieces of architectural hardware. In the case of the Vines Suite, lost-wax casting enabled SA Baxter to expand on the detailed vine theme of the original Yale and Towne hinge. The resulting hardware is an exquisite and unique collection demonstrative of SA Baxter’s remarkable and unparalleled design capabilities.