Working closely with David Kohn Architects we helped design and subsequently fabricate six benches for the new photography gallery at the V&A, London.
The benches were all in English quartersawn oak, sourced locally to our workshop in Somerset. A fumed finish used ammonia to react with the tannins in the oak to create the rich, dark brown colour.
Photographs by Will Pryce and Philip Shelley
The Modern House
We were approached by TDO Architects to help them design and fabricate a collapsible desks system for the estate agent The Modern House.
We took an initial sketch idea and developed a system whereby the desk tops and L-shaped legs came apart and could be stowed around the perimeter of the room. The black dado around the room was lit from behind and provided a stark contrast to the white painted walls and ceiling.
Photographs by Taran Wilkhu.
Hauser + Wirth Shed
We collaborated with architects Casswell Bank to enter and win an international design competition for emerging architects. The commission for art gallery Hauser + Wirth involved creating a new outhouse for artists in residence near to their gallery in Bruton, Somerset.
As part of the design team we helped develop the constructional ideas around which the larch building was to be made. This involved developing a constructional 'language' with oversized wedged tenons and home-made paint made from natural oils and pigments.
The completed building stands on a prominent site in the small Somerset village, as you enter from the southwest. It is a gentle building that offers moments of delight both from the near distance and in the details seen at close quarters.
Photographs by David Grandorge
The Good Egg
The Good Egg
Working in collaboration with The Good Egg (restaurateurs) and NorthSeven Architects, Tom Graham Workshop turned a grimy former bookmakers into 'London's Best Brunch' venue*.
The Good Egg approached us with the shell site in Stoke Newington with the hope of establishing their first restaurant after 3 years of successful popups. In partnership with NorthSeven Architects, we designed a scheme, took it through planning and ultimately constructed and furnished the Church Street site.
Taking inspiration from central European railway architecture, New York delis and Tel-Aviv cafes, we constructed a 40-cover restaurant and garden. In many places we restored historic elements of the eighteenth-century building, with uncovered materials helping to create an ageless feel. This was complemented by unfussy, solid materials designed to wear and weather with time, adding greater depth. Solid ash, marble, patinated brass and steel were used creating a rich but restrained palette.
A black spray-lacquered cabinet with charred oak doors and shelving above. The cabinet sits against a black painted wall making for an incredibly stealthy piece. The charring process involves torching the surface of the oak which not only blackens but opens the grain of the wood and makes for an incredibly rich yet subtle texture. The charring is sealed with oil which allows gives a sheen to the surface in deep contrast with the shadows of the opened grain.
Buchanan's Cheesemongers came to us with an outline design for the fitout of their first outlet in Porchester Place, W1. We worked with them to establish a pallette of materials that would complement his branding and a constructional logic that would unify the various elements of the shop, all within a very tight budget.
Roughsawn and textured larch was used, referencing the traditional cheese maturing methods used in the chiller rooms. Bright yellow steel poles minimally support the timber elements across the scheme and provide a just a few bursts of colour.
Shallow coat and shoe storage for an entrance lobby.
The panelled doors are hand painted with very carefully placed fumed oak knobs; little points of interest and warmth in the otherwise restrained appearance. The interior is in birch plywood with solid oak details.
We worked hard with the client to find an internal layout that would accomodate all there storage demands in the very limited space available.
Bespoke coat hooks, designed in collaboration with the client, are in powder coated steel and oak.
Stapleton Hall Road
Cabinetry and shelving made to fit in a new extension designed by Trevor Brown Architect. The interior of the cabinet intricately fits around various services providing shelving storage space. Designed collaboratively with Trevor Brown Architect, the furniture utilises the exposed ply edge of melamine faced birch plywood to frame the differents elements: drawers, shelves, cupboards.
Working closely with Wandelwelt Architects we designed a scheme right across an apartment refurbishment for a residential client in east London. Providing pieces for study and bathroom as well as the kitchen cabinetry, we used matching brass hardware across the scheme and echoed details in the different rooms.
The ash bookshelves and shallow cupboards are integrated with a lino-topped desk surface.
The bathroom vanity unit uses the same brass hardware and samples a small amount of ash and a light coloured top, matching the desk.
The kitchen cabinet doors are simpler still, in white spray lacquer with just the matching brass hardware.
We were approached by furniture designer Magnus Long to prototype the Quiet Bench for manufacturers Hitch Mylius. We worked with Magnus to establish the joinery, detailing and finish of the bench.
To ensure the consistency of the piece, the European oak frame was cut from the same board and the mitres cut to allow the grain to wrap around the frame. A hidden stainless steel plate is set into the rails to reinforce the structure and prevent any sagging in time. It was carefully design to be invisible to the observer.
Working with the developer Lake Estates to designs by David Kohn Architects, we provided constructional design, fabrication and installation of larch bench seating to The Skyroom, Tooley Street London.
Designed in collaboration with Cousins and Cousins architects, this birch ply and custom laminate kitchen unit features integrated bottle storage, drawers and shelvings, all hidden behind clean laminate doors. A routed finger pull gives a clue to the birch ply inerior.