In collaboration with MoreySmith Design, Lanserring transformed the space in this grade II listed property into a contemporary kitchen in the heart of Clerkenwell.
The brief was to create a modern contemporary kitchen that complimented the original features. As with all listed properties there were certain constraints to this project, which resulted in some distinctive design features and intelligent material choices. The large copper island was inspired by traditional copper pans that once hung against the original cast iron stove. The beauty of this material is that it enables light and warmth to be reflected across the room.
The materials sourced were used to reinterpret the space, the polished Oro marble counter tops were finished with our unique marble protect Nano finish and sit alongside the deep stained oak that echoed the original parquet floors.
HOMES & GARDENS OCTOBER 2018
Homes & Gardens wrote an informative feature on Lanserring for their Dream Kitchens supplement in October 2018. The South Wales project was designed to minimize the impact on the original farm building’s structure, resulting in a mainly free-standing kitchen. The materials and colours were chosen to compliment the original features of the building and the beautiful Welsh landscape in which it sits. Discover more about the dream kitchen with a subscription to Homes & Gardens.
Lanserring is the partnership of two brothers, Bernd and Johann Radaschitz. The Radaschitz brothers are master craftsmen, having studied at The Ortwein School. Subsequently, they now own and run a family joinery business established by their great-grandfather in 1923. The workshops are based at the foot of Riegersburg Castle in Austria.
Worldwide, they have become an authority in luxury joinery. The Radaschitz brothers went on to found London-based Company INTERIOR-iD in 2006. Their precision-engineered joinery has been commissioned by respected designers such as Martin Kemp and Katharine Pooley, as well as high-profile developers including Finchatton and Candy & Candy (One Hyde Park). Bernd and Johann employ over 80 people across all of the brands. In conclusion, Bernd and Johann’s energy, flair and vision make them key figures in the world of design.
The Legend of Lanserring
The Austrian town of Riegersburg is home not only to our state-of-the-art workshop but also to a woodcutter named Lanserring, who has been part of local folklore for centuries. This is his story…
There once lived a humble and hardworking woodcutter called Lanserring. He felled trees from morning to night, in the valley surrounding Riegersburg castle.
One day he was working in the woods when he heard somebody calling for help. He hurried in the direction of the cries until he came across a deep hole in the ground. At the bottom was a wizened old witch who had fallen in. So small was the woman, and so big the hole, that she could not escape.
‘If you help me out of this hole, you can be sure that I will one day repay your kindness,’ said the witch.
The woodcutter thought for a moment and then responded, ‘I’d gladly help you – but how can I be sure that you won’t kill me after I save your life?’
‘I’d never do such a thing,’ replied the witch indignantly. ‘Instead, if you are ever alone in the forest and find yourself in danger, I promise to defend you with my life’.
The kindly woodcutter ran to the village to collect a ladder. On his return he set the ladder down into the hole, climbed in and carried the tiny woman to safety.
The witch was worn out, so the woodcutter lay her on the ground to rest. He then picked up his axe and began to take his leave.
Suddenly, the witch sat up. ‘Not so fast, my friend! Where do you think you are going? I haven’t eaten in five days, my good sir, and I am so very hungry. What could be tastier than a handsome woodcutter?’
‘You want to eat me?’, shrieked the woodcutter, trembling with fright. ‘What about your promise? Is this the reward I get for saving your life?’
‘Stop your chattering,’ snapped the witch. ‘I am dying of hunger. Let’s walk towards the clearing, where I can make a fire.’ She began to poke him aggressively with her bony finger, directing him towards the path.
The woodcutter set down his axe and appeared to succumb to his fate. ‘How will you cook me?’ he asked.
‘I’ll boil you,’ she replied. ‘And then I’ll bake you, and then I’ll roast your fat until it is crisp.’
‘Do you know what makes the meat even more tender and sweet?’ said the woodcutter. ‘The tips of the fir tree’s spring branches.’
‘But the branches are so high and I am too tired to climb,’ replied the witch. ‘I will have to make do with salt.’
‘No!’ said the woodcutter. ‘You haven’t eaten for five whole days – you deserve a veritable feast! Let’s get the ladder and I will climb up and pick the very best branches for you.’
The witch agreed and they returned to the hole. The woodcutter leaned over and tried to remove the ladder – but, pull as he may, he couldn’t seem to shift it.
‘Witch,’ he called, ‘the ladder seems to be stuck fast in the mud. Could you climb down and give it a shove?’
The witch scrambled down the ladder, eager to get her fire burning. As soon as she reached the bottom of the hole, the woodcutter pulled out the ladder, leaving the witch stranded once again. Then he took his axe and chopped the ladder into pieces.
Brave Lanserring used guile, guts and cunning alone to outsmart the witch. It is said that he still wanders the forest, protecting villagers from hostile spirits – if you listen carefully, you might just hear the distant sound of his axe as he works.
We take a leaf out of Magnus Nilsson’s book
Here at Lanserring we’re big fans of the inspirational Swedish chef, Magnus Nilsson. His acclaimed restaurant, Fäviken, was awarded two Michelin stars in 2016 and is known for its innovative menus based on local, seasonal produce. Magnus’s commitment to using ingredients that are farmed, foraged and hunted in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant is remarkable, and we can’t help but admire the painstaking approach he takes to his craft. According to a 2016 interview in The Guardian, his mantra is, ‘Do it once, perfectly.’ We can relate to that!
We tried out one of his signature recipes on our charcoal barbecue and can confirm that it tastes as good as it looks. Ok, so you’re unlikely to find juniper branches and hay on the shelves of your local supermarket, but sourcing them just adds to the challenge! The recipe itself might seem relatively straightforward – it relies on the perfect quality of the scallops, with no seasoning or additional ingredients required – but you will need at least one helper to ensure that the critical final steps are completed on time.
Alternatively, book a table at Fäviken and make the pilgrimage to northern Sweden to experience Magnus’s incredible cuisine first hand. You might have to be patient, though – there are only 12 covers per night…
Scallops cooked over burning juniper branches
Recipe taken from Fäviken by Magnus Nilsson (Phaidon Press)
Fresh juniper branches, for the fire
Some dry hay with a high herb content, or a piece of moss that covers the plate, to serve
6 perfectly fresh, very large and absolutely sand-free live scallops in their shells
Good bread and butter, to serve
Light your charcoal with a hot-air blower or an electric coil – never use lamp oil or any other chemical. Spray the hay or moss lightly with water.
Put the juniper branches on top of the charcoal and when they start burning, cook the scallops directly over the fire. They are finished when you hear them making a crackling noise about the edges.
Open each scallop up and pour all the contents into a preheated ceramic bowl. Separate out the scallop meat and put it back in the bottom shell. Strain off the beards and intestines quickly and pour the cloudy broth back into the shell with the scallop in it. Put the top half shell back on, place the whole scallop on the dampened hay or moss with some fresh juniper and hot coal for a few moments, then serve right away with good bread and mature butter. No more than 90 seconds must pass between taking the scallop off the fire and serving it.
The Treasure Box for Wallpaper* Handmade
Each year at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Wallpaper* hosts the ‘Handmade’ exhibition. They invite a hand-picked selection of designers and artisans to create one-off products that showcase the best of contemporary design and craftsmanship. With this in mind Lanserring was thrilled to be part of this exciting event. Our contribution was the result of a collaboration with RDAI, the legendary Paris-based interior architectural studio. RDAI prodigious output includes Hermès stores around the world, flagship stores for Elie Saab, the public spaces of Les Bains hotel in Paris, and the interiors of Renzo Piano’s Eighty Seven Park in Miami.
The inspiration behind our ‘Treasure Box’ was the minaudière. This was small case with dedicated compartments for cosmetics and jewellery, invented in the 1930s by Charles Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels. These tantalising images hint at the exceptional craftsmanship that went into our design. What’s more the full story was featured in the August 2017 edition of Wallpaper* magazine.
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State of the Art Technology Meets Hand Crafting
At Lanserring, there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ designs – every commission is created as a response to the client and context. Our Tradescant signature drawer box is a wonderful example of this philosophy: designed around our client’s specific needs and desires, it tells a very personal story.
The recipient of the drawer box lives in Wiltshire and has a strong connection to the land. A keen forager, she also tends a vegetable garden and a small orchard, keeps bees and has a nanny goat called Jemima. She arrived at our first design meeting with a box containing her favourite foraging tools; it was immediately obvious to us that this was the starting point for our design.
As part of her new kitchen, we created a bespoke organisation system that reflects the important role these tools play in our client’s life. Carved from a single block of sustainable walnut, the presentation box contains precision-cut apertures into which the foraging implements slot neatly. To ensure a snug fit, we transferred the sizes and proportions of each item into our drawing system; the block of wood was then sculpted using computer-automated cutting technology before being finished by hand crafting. We even added to her collection with a Lanserring mushroom-foraging knife, designed especially for her as a surprise.
Her kitchen had not been updated for 25 years, so for our client this was a dream come true – a new space that is both inspirational and practical, designed around the things and the people that matter to her; the symbolic and structural heart of the home. She couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results!
Tradescant kitchen for Lanserring designed by arteim.com
A gastronomic tour of Riegersburg
For nearly 100 years, the Radaschitz family’s workshops have been based in Riegersburg, Austria, looking out over the volcanic rock upon which the famous medieval castle sits. Many of the woods we work with to create our furniture – oak, alder, walnut, birch, chestnut and cherry – come from the surrounding forests. But there’s another upside to this fertile landscape. It facilitates the cultivation of an abundance of beautiful produce, making the Styrian region the culinary heartland of Austria.
No visit would not be complete without a gastronomic tour of the area. Fruit-laden orchards and neat rows of vines punctuate the landscape, thriving in the rich volcanic soil. Tours of family-run farms and fromageries, vineyards and distilleries are available for those who wish. They can sample the products and learn more about the unique conditions that make these culinary treasures so special. And, for the sweet-toothed visitor, there’s always the organic bean-to-bar chocolates on offer at Zotter Chocolate Factory.
Delicacies for which Styria is known include rare varieties of apples, pears, plums and quinces; cheese and cured Vulcano ham; schnapps and fruit vinegars; an impressive variety of wines; and, perhaps most famously, pumpkin-seed oil, which is prized for its dark colour, nutty aroma and intense flavour. All of these fabulous ingredients are creatively showcased in the region’s many restaurants, which serve authentic Styrian food while also supporting local producers and keeping food miles to a minimum.
If you choose to visit our Riegersburg workshops to see your commission in progress, we would highly recommend that you take some time out to explore the epicurean delights of the area. It’s a dream destination for food lovers!