Focus on design
When it comes to design, Henry Belfor goes old school with great results.
Henry Belfor is the sole designer for
Brooklyn, New York-based European
Closet & Cabinet. The company, started
in 1984, was purchased soon-after by
Belfor’s father Mike who has a background in engineering. Belfor later started working with his father in 1990 and
has been with the company ever since.
Although Belfor essentially is in
charge of daily operations at the fam-ily-run business, designing is what he
loves most. And he prefers the old-school method of hand-drawn designs.
“We don’t use CAD software or any-
thing else,” he says. “I’ve got a book…
and a pen. Everything is done by hand.”
The reason? Well, it’s not because
he’s a technophobe. He trusts his senses
and creativity to ;gure out the complex-
ities of space.
“I love technology. I have the latest of
everything, but there’s something about
not relying on anything except for your
hands and your own creativity to design
something,” Belfor notes. “I don’t
have limits. I don’t have to deal with
a computer. I don’t have to deal with
anything. I come in, and they see the
design right away, like straight as I’m
designing it - they see it on the paper
as it happens. There’s no waiting time.
There’s no letting the computer do
anything. The computers don’t create
“If you design a space ... and it
sounds really kind of frilly and artsy and
whatever, but I go in and I feel it out.
Physically, I’ll go in, I stick my arms
out, and I’ll do this…dance. And people
look at me weird, and I’m going, ‘I’m
sorry, but I kind of have to do this because I want to feel your space. I want
to see where you’re gonna walk. I want
to ;gure out where your clothes will be.
Henry Belfor, European Closet & Cabinets, prefers to draw his designs by hand
rather than use design software.