Go Bespoke: Inside A Private London Townhouse Home
5th September 2023
One size rarely fits all. The very nature of how we work at Forest to Home means made-to-measure proportions are part and parcel of how we craft furniture. But when we say, ‘bespoke’ we really do mean tailor-made, where we make tables, kitchen islands, storage and wherever your imagination takes you. The scale is up for grabs, the design language and the timber too, and the end destination can be anywhere from home to hotel to a retail space.
The proof’s in the pudding though, so read on for a case (study) in point…
Joining hands with interior designers who care as much about crafting a deeply perfected, personalised space as we do is something we’re finding ourselves doing more and more of. From small and specialist studios to high-profile practices responsible for multi-million renovations, our bespoke commissions of this ilk vary enormously. A particularly interesting commission of late saw us collaborating with a high-end architectural firm in West London where we were asked to create a highly unique kitchen counter tops for its deeply discerning client.
The design language inside the property melded a neutral palette with natural materials aplenty. The kitchen and living space was flooded with ceiling-to-floor windows with the kitchen island destined to sit in front of a wall of arched windows, meaning the work surface would be drenched in natural light every day. This meant we needed to be mindful that whichever timber we chose would have its grain, its knots and its varying tones enhanced, and therefore needed to be a wood that the client would love for its character.
The timber chose was Scottish elm, all cut from the very same tree. From it we carved a 4.8 x 1.2m kitchen island surface with cut-outs for a sink and hob as guided by the designer and other tradespeople. Additionally, there was a storage cabinet at the very end, also topped with the very same elm that was a chunky 45mm thick,with a rustic live edge and all handmade in out Wiltshire workshop.