History

1996 THE BEGINNING

Semolina Design begins making custom furniture. In 2003, Purekitchen is founded with a move to kitchen cabinet production.

2003

Purekitchen appears at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), introducing one of the first “green” residential cabinetry lines to the NYC architectural and design community.

2004

Develops wheat board core cabinet products. Begins using Richlite paper composite countertops, and becomes an early adopter of NAUF materials, Purebond Plywood, Bamboo plywood, and low VOC finishes. With a close relationship with Bettencourt Green Building Supplies (now Ecosupply), integrates rapidly renewable and alternative panel materials for applications in kitchen cabinetry.

2005

Well in advance of the 2009 and 2012 CARB2 emissions standards, Purekitchen begins providing residential cabinetry to numerous chemically sensitive customers.

2005-2007

Completes green multi-family residential projects in Brooklyn – Atlantic Avenue, Manhattan Avenue, Mak Residences.

2003-2012

Takes a leadership role as a private label product (outsourced local manufacturing), educating multiple OEM vendors about green material sources and suppliers

2012 integration

The design and sales side of purekitchen is merged with the manufacturing and retail kitchen sales of the Imperia Kitchen Cabinets under the parent company, Cory Manufacturing Inc.

2018 today

Cory Manufacturing Inc.’s 35,000 sq. ft. modern manufacturing facility continues to produce high quality kitchen cabinetry and casework, fulfilling orders for both Imperia and purekitchen, with both offering in-house finishing for custom colors, finishes, and low-VOC options for highly customized solutions.

Our Team

Sergei Hasegawa
President, Designer, Operations Manager and Outside Sales

Sergei Hasegawa is an industrial designer, cabinetmaker, architectural draftsman, and business owner. With over two decades of experience representing the best in high quality, custom kitchen cabinetry design, Sergei has dedicated his career in pursuit of innovative designs for clients seeking the most beautiful and environmentally sustainable solutions within a residential setting.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial design, Sergei’s passion for fabrication and exploring the potential of various materials has guided an esteemed career, beginning in 1996 when he co-founded San Francisco custom cabinet and furniture studio, Semolina Design. Sergei went on to launch purekitchen in New York City in 2003, a kitchen design and sales company represented by its acclaimed catalog of modern, functional, and LEED-eligible kitchen solutions represented by a portfolio of over 750 single and multi-family kitchens across Brooklyn and Manhattan since 2004. Most recently, under the umbrella of Cory Manufacturing, Sergei has helped revive Imperia Cabinet Company, a Massachusetts cabinetry brand renowned for their heritage design and quality serving the New England market.
When not working as President and Designer at purekitchen and Imperia, Sergei enjoys time restoring bicycles and motorcycles, and spotting birds of prey across his neighborhood of North Brooklyn with his family.

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PRODUCTION

Steve Leblanc

Production Manager

Mario DiMaggio

Lead Machine Operator

Tony Eannarino

CNC Operator

Leo Dauksevicz

Finishing

Joseph Ksepka

Production and Specials

Mark Pilalas

Production and Banding Machine Operator

Administrative | Office | Sales

Mike Endreny

Strategy Officer and Commercial Sales

David Schneider

Dealer Customer Service and Inside Sales