Erwan has done two jobs from me. The first that sold me on him, was a small wainscoting job as we were renovating our dining room. It was the bright spot in an otherwise dismal project. Erwan delivered his piece of the project with such simplicity and excellence that it put everything else to shame.So when it came time to renovate our kitchen (a major renovation), there was no question in our minds. Erwan was the man. Not only did he do beautiful custom cabinetry - we had this crazy idea to do raw steel framing, and he selected and managed the metalworker, came up with creative suggestions for layout, added touches like colored Formica inside some of the corner shelving - he also took on a kind of manager role. He’s flexible in responding to changes and opportunities, and works really well with others.
We live in a nearly all original mid-century modern house and we want to respect the era and the original architect’s work anytime we renovate our home. In Erwan Illian, we got a true artist who has created a beautiful, high-quality piece of furniture that stayed true to the aesthetic of our home. He struck an amazing balance, giving us a modern fresh renovation that is still true to the original style. Every day that we sit in front of Erwan’s work we think we “nailed it” in terms of the design, but also in finding a gem of a person to work with. Beyond the final results, we cannot say enough about Erwan’s integrity. His communication is impeccable and he kept us constantly apprised of his progress and plans.
Erwan Illian built the cabinets for my newly remodeled kitchen. The cabinet design turned out to be a fun collaboration as not only is Erwan a delight to work with but he carefully reviewed my drawings over time and made thoughtful comments and changes. When the cabinets were in place and kitchen completed the finished product was better than I could have ever imagined. The compliments keep coming but most of all when I sit down in my kitchen there is a feeling of calm and rich appreciation for the fine craftsmanship that went into making this happen.
Erwan built custom cabinets for our 1922 small Berkeley kitchen, which had last been redone in probably the 1940s. We wanted to keep some period details in the design while adding modern convenience and more storage and counter space. The cabinets are amazing. He meticulously matched odd little details by hand.
5 stars and more go to Erwan Illian for his incredible craftsmanship and artistry. Our kitchen is stunning, thanks to his fine work.
Erwan’s design sense is highly developed and his craftsmanship is superb. He designed the space and cabinets to blend with the Victorian building and at the same time feel clean and modern. He took a cramped 12 by 12 foot room, opened it up and improved the light and flow. This used to be a kitchen where we would prepare food and take it to the dining room. Now in the redesigned space there is room for a table and it’s the main place that we gather. I feel like my home is larger and brighter now.Every step of the way, Erwan helped guide me in the many difficult decisions. Windows, countertops, lighting, appliances, sink, cabinet hardware, floor, paint, all of it. In each case, I trusted Erwan’s judgment and I’m very glad I did. A kitchen remodel is a difficult thing to live through as a homeowner, and Erwan was always encouraging.
After the fantastic collaboration we had on our first home renovation with Erwan, asking him to help us again on our second project was a no brainer. Once again Erwan was a pleasure to work with and built another beautiful piece of art that nailed our vision and exceeded our expectations. This project had some technical complexities with moving parts and some different elevations to work around. Erwan was meticulous in his measurement and execution. We can’t say enough good things about Erwan and his work. If you’re in the market for an honest craftsman to create a piece of art that will enhance your home both functionally and aesthetically, we highly recommend him.
First and foremost, Erwan is a master carpenter. His work is absolutely gorgeous, and the love and care he puts into his work is evident in the final product. He is incredibly thoughtful, meticulous, and thorough. This was my first major home renovation - and knowing how notoriously awful these kind of projects can be, it was an absolute delight that it was the exact opposite experience. Erwan became a friend, and I’m looking forward to soliciting his expertise when I tackle my guest bedroom project.
We are incredibly happy with our shelving created by Erwan Illian. The craftsmanship is excellent. Erwan was particularly helpful in working with me on the design. We went through several design iterations, in which I was able to work through my intentions. He was able to guide me through the process with patience while gaining an appreciation for the constraints. We are incredibly happy with the piece and would recommend Erwan and his services to anyone.