27 Feb Spotlight on Artichoke – Bespoke Luxury Kitchens and Interiors
As part of our research into the best Georgian kitchen designs for our clients, we’re just back from visiting the workshop of one of our very talented suppliers Artichoke. They’re a specialist joinery firm supplying kitchens to, amongst others, many Georgian and Regency properties across the country. Working predominantly with elm, oak and pine they produce bespoke kitchens and timeless pieces of joinery and furniture that will last a lifetime.
Artichoke offer a bespoke design service, from concept to fully detailed drawings. Nothing is modular, which allows for a beautiful design delivered with creative excellence and outstanding quality. When designing kitchens in Georgian and Regency properties as we do, this is a huge advantage in terms of quality and flexibility.
Setting Artichoke apart from the high street and even top end kitchen companies is their kitchen carcasses – made of layered birch ply, a material of great quality that allows screws to properly take hold. This means that hinges stay in place over time and ensures longevity. In comparison to high-street companies who tend to use MDF, a material formed from resin and recycled wood fibres.
Knowledge of material is also crucial, as artisans they believe they have a responsibility, a duty to get everything right for their clients. Due to this, they have created a library of information on resources that they use which we have found very useful in terms of designing and specifying kitchens for our Georgian property interior design projects. The high-quality work at Artichoke is a reflection of their ambition to be the very best at what they do with the team motivated to produce a high level of skill and quality.
The Design Process
All their pieces are assembled with any integrated appliances at the workshop in Somerset with attention given to the way the doors hang and swing. They have panelling detail on the inside of the doors to ensure that the style and the weight are appropriate to achieve the look and the swing required. Perfect for Georgian kitchen designs!
The first stage in the process from raw materials to clean the piece of oak that can be worked on
Birch ply makes for a better quality carcass
Oak island unit with simple, classic moulding details. This piece is to be painted but Oak is used so that the grain detailing will come through.
Raised panels are all part of a single piece of wood rather than stuck on.
The pieces are then taken apart with every shelf and hinge numbered so that re-assembly on site ensures that every hinge goes back exactly as it was in the workshop.
Every drawer is finished by hand
The Dovetailed drawers will last a lifetime
All pieces are hand-finished in the workshop and again on site
Bespoke detailing and elegant shapes
Scroll corbels for library joinery
The base of an oak dresser that will become an antique in the future
Artichoke’s objective is to be still maintaining the level of greatness 50 years from now and running sustainably and we have no doubt that they will be doing so.
For more information visit http://www.artichoke-ltd.com or contact us for more information on Georgian kitchen designs