Our Dutch intern Rebecca is off today back to the Netherlands to complete her furniture design and making studies. She's been a valuable member of our team for the last 2 months and we'll be sad to see her go. Rebecca's technical skills have impressed us all and we're sure she'll go far in this industry. Veel succes Rebecca!
Revisiting our kitchen and living area joinery in London's Highpoint Building. The building's listed status and period details made for some interesting challenges.
Wikipedia have this to say about the building.
Highpoint I was the first of two apartment blocks erected in the 1930s on one of the highest points in London, England at Highgate. The architectural design was by the Russian-born architect Berthold Lubetkin, the structural design by the Anglo-Danish engineer Ove Arup and the construction by Kier.
Highpoint I was built in 1935 for the entrepreneur Sigmund Gestetner, but was never used for its intended purpose of housing Gestetner company staff. One of the best examples of early International style architecture in London, this block of 64 flats was very innovative in its day.
When the building was completed, it became widely renowned as the finest example of this form of construction for residential purposes. When Corbusier himself visited Highpoint in 1935 he said, "This beautiful building .... at Highgate is an achievement of the first rank." And the American critic Henry Russell Hitchcock called it, "One of the finest, if not absolutely the finest, middle-class housing projects in the world." In 1970 this reputation gained official recognition when both Highpoint blocks were classified Grade I within the historic buildings listing programme.
We're working on a kitchen with some interesting new material combinations. Black Fenix NTM laminate pressed onto a black Valchromat core. the fenix laminate has a wonderfully matte surface whilst the black Valchromat core allows us to machine our handle details into the panel in any way we chose. In this video one of our team Roy is cross cutting some smaller parts on the panel saw.
We recently worked with Goodhood producing their main cashier area from Corian and melamine faced birch ply. We also made some display stands in birch ply and softwood.