Upgraded Outlets and I Fell in Love…

Boring and clunky outlets? Sad dimmers? Screwy wall switches?

You don’t know what you’re missing if you have not discovered the simple, clean and pure beauty of the adorne Collection by Legrand.

Being French-American, I am proud to share Legrand is a French company. Oui, oui, j’en suis fière! As the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, Legrand does over half its business in the commercial and industrial sectors. In line with underlying global trends, Legrand continues to build its positions in promising markets. Fascinating fact: they have been around for over a century!

I never thought I’d get excited with electrical hardware, but then again,never thought I’d drool over plumbing fixtures either :-) There is a magnificent world of industrial design out there, and adorne is clearly part of that savvy membership. I am totally, totally won over.

Here’s why:

They are pretty. They make sense. They don’t catch the eye in a bad way. They look sleek and can be made to complement your design or decor. They are easy to wipe down.

Here are some before and after pics from my home :

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Below, clean and organized wall plates, dimmers and switches.Elza B. Design | Chez ElzaElza B. Design | Chez ElzaScrewy plate below, and then after!Elza B. Design | Chez Elza Elza B. Design | Chez ElzaElza B. Design | Chez ElzaI selected sleek lacquered white but you can use colored plates as well and more complex switches and outlets.

Here a few examples:

Plum1G2M

Lacquered Plum 1 gang plate with magnesium switch.

FrenchOak1G2M

French Oak, 1 gang plate

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The Wave switch features innovative technology combined with sleek, contemporary design. Simply wave your hand in front of the switch to turn lights on and off.

Pop-Out Outlet

The adorne Pop-Out Outlet lets you hide an outlet when not in use. Simply push on the outlet and it disappears into the wall.

Watch the adorne Pop-Out Outlet in action.

But wait, there’s more! I really love the below cabinetry outlets (great for reading recipes on your I PAD!) and other kitchen lighting and switch solutions:

A fresh idea for light cooking

Click on image above for a video on adorne.

Finally, I would not be doing this brand justice if I didn’t mention all the whole house technologies available, such as whole house lighting or intercom solutions.

adorne interior intercom unit

The adorne interior intercom unit (see image above) works in tandem with one exterior video doorbell camera to see who’s at the front door from multiple locations in your home.

I want to thank adorne for coming up with this great product and introducing me to it. Love you guys! Special thanks to Phoebe who was super helpful with assisting me in my selections…

 

DU VERRE, a Hardware Company with Style

One of our Blogtour Sponsors was DUVERRE Hardware, a leader in quality and original design for cabinet hardware based in Canada.

I did not have the pleasure of meeting the owners but examined their website and press information with a lot of interest. I also had a lot of fun participating in a Pinterest contest challenge organized by DU Verre which I won! I cannot wait to receive my prize, an IPAD Mini!

Who knew such creative energy could be put into drawer pulls and knobs? Working with highly respected designers from all aspects of the design world, Du Verre has created unique design-driven collections of knobs and pulls for fine furniture and interiors. The company has raised the bar on innovative hardware design and the sustainable use of materials.

2½Pomegranate Pull by Heinz Pflege for DU VERRE. . Shown in satin nickel.

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Forged 3 by Heinz Pfleger for DU VERRE. -Shown in antiqued brass.

Thanks to progressive manufacturing methods, each piece of their die cast hardware is crafted in eco-friendly recycled aluminum that is fully compatible with LEED objectives. Known for originality, sculptural designs, warm textures and beautiful finishes, Du Verre’s hardware collections exude a global elegance and classical silhouette that will appeal to many designers and homeowners. Each piece is finished by hand, making each one truly unique.

Knob

Series 3 by Scot Laughton for DU VERRE. Shown in satin nickel.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Gina Lubin, one of the founding partners of Du Verre.

CHEZ ELZA: Gina, what motivated you to start Du Verre?

Gina: “The evolution of Du Verre has been a pretty organic process. My partner and I had a studio/retail design business in Toronto. We were designing furniture and making
custom hardware for our own projects. An opportunity arose for us to try our hand at
production. We leaped at it. And now, thirteen years later it is our sole focus.”

Did you know right away what the company would produce or did you evolve as the company grew?

“We really didn’t know where Du Verre Hardware would take us. But, curiosity and a willingness to try things has been a driving force in our business life.

When you were a child, what did you dream of doing when you grew up?  Are you surprised you grew up to do what you do?

“To be honest, I thought I’d be living in the country somewhere bucolic working as a
sculptor! Well I find myself in the city but creating hardware does have some of that
sculptor fantasy in it. So maybe I’m on my way!”

What is your favorite part of the job? the one that is most dear to you.

“I do like my work. It’s so varied. Du Verre has been my school. We have been
in business for thirty years. Through its many incarnations, I have traveled, met
amazing people, created interesting objects and learned about business, politics and
the world.”

How many years elapse from design thought process to prototype to manufacturing of a pull or knob?

“Sometimes years, sometimes weeks. From the time we decide to put something in
the line, it usually takes about three to six months to get it produced and into stock.”

How do you see the art of pulls and knobs evolving in the next few decades?

“I don’t really know. I suppose the use of new materials and technologies will have animpact. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Can you send me a photo of you with your favorite knob and pull?

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One of Gina Lubin”s favorite pull, Arroyo in white. Du Verre.

I had a lot of fun discovering this unique hardware brand. Creative processes are found everywhere. When art meets industrial design, it can mean a perfect marriage! Du Verre is clearly example of this!

A bientôt!

Note: all photos courtesy Du Verre Hardware.