Pamela Anderson was designing her kitchen, she thought there was a
lack of appealing handles and pulls for cabinets. "I wanted
something stunning, but everything was ho-hum," the artist says.
through a design magazine, she saw the exact pull she wanted. She
traced the architect mentioned in the article to the West Coast,
called him and learned he had purchased 12 pulls at a London flea
market, but there werenít any more.
husband, Steven Kaishian, wasnít daunted. He worked up a sketch, and
Contemporary Pull was born. Kaishian, who has 16 U.S. approved
electrical engineering patents, says, "Hardware hasnít evolved
in decades. Contemporary Pulls are completely flush with the door. Our
hardware is so different from everything else that weíve been able
to patent it."
hardware can be put anywhere," Anderson says, "in the living
room as well as kitchen and bath. Itís jewelry for cabinetry."
debuted the Contemporary Pull collections at the Architectural Digest
Home Design Show in New York City in March, to great reviews. "We
heard consistently that it was a genius design, brilliant, and filled
a niche in the market," Anderson says. They also attended the
Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles last month.
The hardware is
manufactured in Milwaukee ó something that was important to both of
them. Sustainability was another goal. "We were excited to keep
our footprint smaller," Anderson says. "Because we havenít
had to go outside Milwaukee to achieve manufacturing, we arenít
using energy to transport materials. All the companies we work with
have sustainable environmental processes." M