Olive Ash Kitchen and Dining Room For Roy & Betty Van-Gelder, Strathray Gardens, London, NW3 Mark Lewis as associate to Johnny Grey Design 1980-83
This kitchen was produced in oiled English Olive Ash. It has an Arts and Crafts inspired design enhanced by solid wood formed into asymmetric elevations. The organic swathes of rich grain offer intriguing natural form and detail giving the impression that the furniture has grown in situ. The English Olive Ash is a rare wood. The stunning grain is caused by the compression occurring in the tree as it grows. The heartwood is cream to pale tan in colour. In most logs light brown heartwood is found which is strong and sound. The wood is tough, flexible and straight grained. The texture is coarse but even. This very attractive feature is found mainly in old, park grown trees where the light brown, dark grey heart colour is predominant with only a little white timber at the edge of the boards. The marbled effect is very similar to that found in Mediterranean Olivewood, hence the name Olive Ash.
Doors, Draws, and Frames, in oiled English olive ash, machined drawer fronts to relief with applied turned and cut handles and raised section detail, hand finished.
Sink base unit and Draining, oiled English olive ash, machined door frames to relief with applied turned and cut handles and raised section detail, hand finished. Image showing integrated dishwasher, teak draining board, underhung pressed steel sink, inset end grain chopping board, general storage cupboards under, open shelves set on vertical coated steel support, wall cupboards, corner oven housing with side opening tall cupboards and cupboard over an integrated oven.
Hob base unit, granite worktop, oiled English olive ash, machined door frames and drawer fronts to relief with applied turned and cut handles and raised section detail, hand finished. Image showing inset ceramic hob with integrated surface extractor, general storage cupboards, and drawers under, integrated plinth drawers for extra storage. Open shelves, horizontal coated steel hang rails and wall cupboard above
Fridge Freezer housing, oiled English olive ash with side opening tall cupboards. Applied coated steel decorative detail, inset perforated coated steel vent grills, machined door fronts to relief with applied turned and cut handles and raised section detail, hand finished.