This kitchen, now nearly completed, is a joint design project with Jason Harris of T-Space Architects in Wanstead.
Jason approached us initially because he wanted to exploit the unique potential for styling birch ply by deliberately exposing the ply structure. He visited our workshop in Aberdare and we spent an enjoyable afternoon vandalising scraps of birch ply to see what effects we could achieve.
The watchword for this project is honesty – seeing materials for what they are – hiding nothing. This applies to the unfinished timber cladding to the ceiling and the unadorned concrete floor. In keeping with the honesty ethic the edges of the birch ply doors and drawerfronts are sculpted to show off the ply structure.
Jason had already built the concrete island – left, as it was before we fitted the cabinetry around it. The big drawers (see above) are handleless. Thanks to some fiendishly tricky woodwork they float in front of the cabinetry separated by emphatic shadow gaps – you can grasp any edge to pull the drawer open. The smaller drawers have sculpted integral handles and are set back slightly. LED lighting is inset into the lower edge of the worktop.
But it’s not just any island – this island has a cellar underneath it. So we built a bin trolley that can be wheeled around the vast room to pick up debris (after a huge party perhaps). When docked in the island it covers the access to the cellar. The hatch is a solid oak end grain chopping board.