Fairly early on during the design process for a contemporary bespoke kitchen, dressing room or interior architecture commission, Artichoke’s design team’s thoughts will invariably turn towards which timber species and cut would work best with the design.
If the design commission is a traditional, classical or Georgian bespoke kitchen or library, our minds would usually be made up for us. Timbers available during the late 1700’s were usually limited to native British timbers such as Ash or Oak, or the Mahogany bought back by tradesmen from the West Indies.
Contemporary bespoke kitchens or fitted furniture designs are not so restrained by the shackles of period conformity, so the timber options available to us are far more varied. This short blog piece will demonstrate the incredible variety and drama available in some of the more exotic timbers available for our use.
Apple (currently being considered for a bespoke kitchen commission in Harrogate)
Cocobolo (used in this bespoke study commission recently)
Fumed Figured Eucalyptus (being used in a bespoke kitchen in Kensington and a kitchen in Hertfordshire)
Goncolo Alves (sometimes confused for Indian Rosewood)
Indian Rosewood (being used as part of a contemporary Art Deco bespoke kitchen in Mayfair)
Louro Preto (being used for a contemporary bespoke kitchen and interior architectural installation in Hampstead)
Macassar Ebony (recently used for a bespoke dining table in a large apartment interior architecture project in Moscow).
Olive (quarter sawn)
Olive Ash (straight grained; used for this bespoke dressing room in Kensington)