Almost every house harbours one – a drawer stuffed full of curios and oddities, where things become tangled, lost and misappropriated. For one woman in Wiltshire, commissioning a new kitchen from design-led Lanserring was the chance to put an end to the muddle. A keen forager, beekeeper and gardener, she wanted to create a space that perfectly fitted her foraging items.
“Her husband was always taking bits from her foraging drawer, which then ended up in the garage,” says Lanserring co-founder Andrew Hays, an architect and product designer. “She wanted something inspiring where she could spot immediately that things were missing. We took a single block of wood, took her tools and put them on the block, and cut the shapes into the wood.” Made from sustainable walnut, the drawer (similar from £1,500) was sculpted to house, to the millimetre, her knives, scissors and mushroom brushes.
Other recent commissions include a made-to-measure drawer in an oiled light-grey oak to tidy away one cook’s collection of antique mezzalunas; and another a bespoke drawer for the client’s variously flavoured cooking oils, so the bottles weren’t in an unruly mess next to the oven. The Scullery Table preparation island (from £15,000) can be customised to house lead crystal spice drawers.
This is one of the most covetable services from Lanserring, founded by Hays, fellow designer Kovac and joiners (and brothers) Bernd and Johann Radaschitz and with design studios in Notting Hill and Vienna. Launched in April last year, the firm began by offering bespoke kitchens and is now creating furniture for all parts of the home. One client has commissioned a walk-in wardrobe (from £18,000) for which Lanserring is working with scientists to match woods to particular fabrics to keep them at the correct humidity and discourage moths. Another client recently requested a dressing room to incorporate the pattern from the lining of a vintage handbag belonging to her grandmother. A scan of the fabric formed the basis of an artwork then used to create marquetry panels to line the dressing room, with handles etched with the same motif.