Peter van Cronenburg started out as a cabinet maker in 1983, specializing in high-end paneling, libraries and interior doors. The bifurcation to architectural hardware came from the frustration not to find the exact hardware he wanted to finish his realizations. Most items on the market were to him too 19th century, with a mechanical finish and artificial patina. So he started collecting historic pieces in order to reproduce them. He searched for craftsmen who executed their work in a traditional way and who shared his vision of esthetics and craftmanship. Stimulated by some major Belgian architects and their customers, Peter van Cronenburg enlarged the collection, day by day.

With the same passion as with which he designed custom-made paneling and libraries using paper and pencil, he developed new models to respond to esthetical and technical challenges.

Over the years, van Cronenburg has envolved into a high-service company with its own foundry that delivers high quality hand-made hardware. The main manufacturing processes are forging and casting (sand casting as well as ‘cire perdue’), depending on the design and function of the piece.

The roots of a cabinet-making are still present, as his team counts cabinet makers, who assist in the right choice of hardware on site or do the installation of the hardware when desired. But the in- house skills were enlarged with e.g. design specialists (2D and 3D software), for dynamic prototyping, as well as interior architects. 

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