Smallbones Cabinet Pulls - can I get my hands on them?

zackinDecember 9, 2012

Smallbones of Devises, a very high end kitchen design company from the UK, has the look I would love, but prices that I dare not even ask about.

Anyway, I think I can get cabinets and counters to look something like the wood and granite shown in this picture, but haven't been able to find the cabinet pulls anywhere on line.

Does anyone know who makes these pulls and how many inches they appear?

Thanks in advance

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CEFreeman

Without a close up, these types of pulls are all over the place.

Try Lee Valley hardware of Van Dyke's Restoration.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 11:23AM
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onedogedie

I looked around earlier today and couldn't find any like it.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 1:22PM
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CEFreeman

Darn.
Does their site have a clearer picture?
It's looking decorative. It also originally looked like an edge pull, where now I can see it's only shaped like one.

Nottingham Hill?

From what I can see, it's really nice.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 2:48PM
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zackin

I couldn't get a closer or clearer picture from their website, but I have passed their showroom in NYC several times and seen the pulls through the window.
Unfortunately, the showroom has never been open. I believe it's only by appointment. So, while I've never touched the pulls, they look like bright silver or chrome with a polished, almost hammered finish. Really beautiful.

I'm going to try calling the Smallbone phone number to ask if I can buy them, but I don't hold out much hope. I already tried that with hardware on the Viola Park website, with no success.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 3:15PM
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akrogirl

I have their catalog somewhere, and these pulls are beaten silver. I suspect they are a custom item for Smallbone. You have very good taste ;-)

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 8:56PM
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zackin

Thanks for that closer photo, Akrogirl. Silver, oh dear. It actually sounds pretty impractical, even if it could be purchased.

What do you all think of this one? Is it close to the same feeling?

http://www.pullsdirect.com/index.cfm?page=product:mediaGallery&uniqueId=1353433

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 3:24AM
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CEFreeman

Oh, that's lovely.
For simplicity, look here.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 11:05AM
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writersblock

Those are beautiful, but aren't they awfully small? 32mm = ~1.25 in

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 11:50AM
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akrogirl

Plain and Fancy uses a very similar pull in their contemporary walnut kitchen. I saw this kitchen in their showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. This one might be a little easier to get info on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plain and Fancy Walnut Kitchen

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 11:56AM
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zackin

The pullsdirect.com page on which the Hafele pull appears says 32 mm center to center in the title, but the description says that the total length is "74 Millimeters Total Length." I assume this means it uses two screws that are located 32 mm apart? Anyway, I ordered one to take a look.

Akrogirl, that Plain and Fancy pull looks very close to the Smallbone idea. I'll call a local dealer to see what I can find out. Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 12:41PM
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writersblock

Thanks, fredanj. I couldn't get to that page so was looking elsewhere and couldn't find any overall size.

Please let us know what you think once you see one. Those would be perfect for the drawers in my bath update.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 12:51PM
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deedles

Here is one by Amerock that is similar in feel but certainly not as high end.

Here is a link that might be useful: inspirations pull

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 1:11PM
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zackin

Well, I ordered a couple of possibilities. The hafele pull turned out to be completely smooth, polished chrome. The photo on the website looked a bit wavy, as though it were hammered slightly. Here are photos in real life:


and

Another I ordered to try is nice too, but none of them are textured, as I would prefer.

I think the smooth polished finish might be a nightmare to keep clean. They look smeary already from my handling. They don't seem to make them in a brushed finish, which would be perfect.

BTW, I contacted Plain and Fancy about the pulls in the photo Akrogrl posted. They were custom made. Oh well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hafele pull

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 5:41AM
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kaysd

I have been in love with the Smallbones Walnut & Silver collection since I first saw it last year. I ordered a catalogue (serious kitchen porn) and worked up the courage to call for a ballpark estimate, which was staggering. I love the handles (which are silver and custom made) and have not found a good substitute. I would like to find that shaped in brushed nickel or SS. I can't imagine having to polish silver handles, but I suppose anyone who can afford a Smallbones kitchen has staff to take care of that.

Fredanj, I like the second sample you posted. Could you provide a name or link, please?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 6:43PM
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zackin

Kaysd, I've included a link to the second sample.
It's Top Knobs M413 Nouveau Collection 1-1/4" Center to Center Polished Chrome Cabinet Cup Pull

It's very pretty, but looks like a lot of work.
Freda

Here is a link that might be useful: Top Knobs cabinet pull

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 6:54PM
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writersblock

Thanks for posting the pics of the Hafele, fredanj. Too bad it's not exactly like the photo.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 7:32PM
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zackin

Kaysd, can you give us a numerical hint as to the price ballpark that Smallbone gave you? There's no chance that I'll be calling on them, but knowing the astronomical price range might make me feel more content with the fortune that I will be spending. Everything's relative, right?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 3:50AM
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mamadadapaige

There is a company called Martin UK that makes custom pulls for cabinet companies. Their response via email is not good but if you call them on the phone they are pretty good and responsive. You could ask them to take a look at your picture and perhaps they were the manufacturer? I ordered some metal screens from them for my cabinets and they were perfectly sized and well packaged. I noticed during this time of dealing with them that they're cabinet hardware was GORGEOUS.

GW wouldn't let me link their website??? maybe because it is UK... here it is: http://www.martin.co.uk/

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 8:56AM
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kaysd

IIRC, the ballpark estimate was $70k minimum for the cabinets for a 14' x 15' kitchen. The fabulous curved front pantry cabinet was a substantial upgrade. Since I am in CA, I would also have to pay shipping costs for the cabs to come from UK, plus airfare and hotel costs for the installers to come from NY. My cabinet guys would have done a similar look for the low to mid 30s, but I decide to go with slab front walnut cabinets for a significant savings.

Thanks for the link to the Top Knobs M413 Nouveau Collection pull. The M412 looks like the same style in brushed satin nickel. That one is a contender for me now. I am also considering the Princetonian bar pulls because they look a lot like the Gaggenau appliance handles.

Here is a link that might be useful: M412

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 9:42PM
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zackin

Wow! I knew Smallbone would be very high end, but that's extraordinary. They are beautiful, though. Did you notice that the toekick on the walnut cabinets is either stainless steel or some other reflective material? Very pretty, but I'm not sure I have the nerve to do that with mine.

Kaysd, I agree that the M412 satin nickel is a great alternative. I may order a sample of that too. The syle is so graceful.

I've also ordered the Jamison pull in a similar style

I'm pondering now whether I would be happier with a handle or knob that can be grabbed from the top, as well as the bottom.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jamison pull

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 3:05AM
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Jamie

I never get to show anything on this thread because I don't have a grand kitchen in progress. But I *do* have a one-of-a-kind commissioned imitation Smallbone plate rack. Even the hardware is hand made and one of a kind. The first picture shows the former owner of Smallbone (I believe he sold sometime in the past few years but correct me if I'm wrong.) He's sitting in his own kitchen. It was called simply the unfitted kitchen in the late 80s - early 90s. In those days this kitchen was very different from the barley twist English oak and (gorgeous!) pine and painted kitchens featured in the rest of the catalog. The middle spread of the catalog I copied the plate rack from feature a Connecticut farmhouse kitchen painted green and blue. Smallbone would send the crew over from England to paint. The second picture is my plate rack. It's in its 4th house now.




Yes, we are working on the kitchen. I do not intend to live like this forever. But the plate rack will always be the best thing in the room.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 3:28PM
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zackin

Love that plate rack, jamies.
It will be an heirloom, no doubt.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 4:37AM
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palimpsest

They don't make edge pulls, but the Pomegranate line by DuVerre has the hammered finish in satin nickel.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pomegranate

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 8:06AM
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