An Ode to Quartzite  

May 27th, 2022

The hero material of the CADENCE palette is a fascinatingly dynamic quartzite and the questions have been pouring in from our community. A frozen swirl of glittering crystals, smoke clouds and mossy scatters, this quartzite has captivated its audience and so we would like to take a moment on our Journal to celebrate its wonderful properties.

Quartzite is a durable natural stone and scores 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, putting it ahead of granite. It will not get scratched if you use a knife without a chopping board or get scorched if you place a hot pan on its surface.

As for staining, quartzite has a lower porosity than marble and so is less vulnerable to spillages. Different quartzites have different porosities depending on how much pressure they were exposed to in their underground creation, so some slabs will benefit from a seal.

Sometimes quartzite is confused with man-milled ‘quartz’. Quartzite is a natural stone made up almost entirely of the mineral quartz. The ‘quartz’ spoken about in kitchens usually means a man-milled composite stone that is also made from the mineral quartz. The difference is that quartzite is quarried in blocks, and its patterning is natural and unique.

Quartzite is a stunning natural material and has a lot to offer both the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen. As a worthy alternative to marble, quartzite uniquely features a crystalline structure that adds depth and dynamism to its surface: it’s like looking at a perfectly frozen lake. You can find a vast array of colours, swirls and sparkles all telling the story of seismic pressure and underground metamorphosis. We love that it stands up to the performance demands of a functional family kitchen without losing an inch of style.

Cadence in Collaboration with Steinway & Sons UK for London Craft Week  

May 11th, 2022

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new collaboration – Cadence – with revered piano makers Steinway & Sons.

It was a pleasure to discover our shared heritage in European crafting traditions which, like LANSERRING, Steinway has brought into a new era for their field. As design and craftsmanship fanatics, our collaboration represents a meeting of minds to create a unique space and experience.

Cadence is at the lower ground level of a classic Victorian terraced house with a south facing garden. At the southeast corner of the LANSERRING-designed space stands the Steinway ‘Spirio’: the world’s finest high-resolution player piano. Using cutting-edge actuator technology, the Steinway ‘Spirio’ will play itself in an exact recreation of a grand master performance, creating an unadulterated listening experience of live piano music.

Behind this peerless piano is a curved wall which reflects its rich tonal sound outwards into the room. A bespoke designed sound-dispersing chandelier made from steam bent veneer hangs above. Its abstract curving leaf design is inspired by concert hall design of international quality. There are no speakers; the aural experience from every zone has been planned and augmented with LANSERRING design and craftsmanship.

The space itself is encircled by a band of concrete which wraps around the upper half of the walls. At a second depth, the lower half of the walls are clad in natural quartzite. Steel fins hold the walls and ceiling in place while at the same time creating shafts for natural light to pour down the walls. In the bays created by the fins, timber shelves sit proud of the wall, allowing the light to wash uninterrupted down the concrete face. The shelves are populated by artwork, sculptures, and musical memorabilia. Cabinets fitted in the bays next to the seating area feature metal and glass doors in classic LANSERRING vernacular, and the doors open on piano hinges.

At the southwest corner of the room is an elegant LANSERRING kitchen. Raised off the floor by brass legs in a unique faceted finish, the cabinetry manages to feel light and airy. Their fronts are detailed with flowing, organic lines which, on closer inspection, are found to be grooves that flow gracefully across the wood and metalwork. The design is continued on the kitchen island in front, referencing the flow of melody. On the worktop, the gas burners have been sunk into the quartzite, maximising the visual continuity of the crystalline structure. Here we see LANSERRING’s mastercraftmanship skill and attention to detail at work: this elegant, low impact design can only be achieved with an absolute mastery of stonework.

The entire experience has been designed to transform from day to night. The music playing on the Steinway will progress from light, relaxed daytime music to deeper atmospheric music for the evening. As the inhabitants of the space embrace the lower light and drinks party atmosphere, LANSERRING design will quietly adapt. Where during the day, sunlight would pour down the lightwells, our lighting plan in the evening uses up lights in the bottom of the bays between the fins for low-lit elegance.

At the top of the space, a walled winter garden has been sunk to ground level. In the evening, the inhabitants of the space can migrate here and enjoy the fire pit and the percussion of crackling embers with ‘Spirio’ music still flowing from indoors.

As a bespoke kitchen designer, LANSERRING is often asked to rise to exacting and unique briefs. Cadence is a space for a music lover and frequent host looking to revel in and share their passion for music. For LANSERRING, rising to a brief such as this is seizing the opportunity of bespoke design to augment the client’s lifestyle and transform their experience of their home.

New York Kitchen Gallery  

December 13th, 2021

Our New York Kitchen Gallery

LANSERRING design responds to the sights, sounds and spirit of Manhattan.

Our new address in the US is 1-3 Crosby Street. Email or call us at newyork@lanserring.com or +1 21 24613664 to make a viewing appointment and to meet the team.

LANSERRING Projects  

November 28th, 2021

LANSERRING Projects

Custom design, custom craftsmanship: each entry in our portfolio tells its own story about the tastes and lifestyle of our clients. How do you want to live?

The Power of Light  

November 22nd, 2021

LANSERRING connects innovative design with excellence in craftsmanship.

Our network of suppliers and specialists, colleagues and collaborators is paramount. As masters of our own crafts within custom joinery and furniture, we hold a deep respect for other craftspeople and artisans. Where our specialisms interact, a beautiful opportunity for collaboration is revealed.

Our celebrated installation at the LANSERRING New York Gallery created a challenging set of demands on its lighting system. We knew there was only one lighting design team who could match the subtlety and finesse of our furniture: Xavio Design.

The team at Xavio created a finely calibrated bespoke lighting system that compliments and elevates our own installation. We chatted to Xavio’s Design Director, Rebecca Richards to hear about her experiences working with LANSERRING and about the design she and her team created for us …

Please would you introduce Xavio Design – who are you and what do you do?
Xavio Design is a dedicated super-prime lighting design consultancy. We are passionate about light and see lighting design as an art and a science. Working on a wide range of ultra-exclusive properties in the residential and hospitality sectors, we continually strive to raise the bar of lighting design and to enhance our projects with inspiration, expertise and superior product sourcing. We work with clients for whom perfection is key, and we take enormous pride in delivering flawless outcomes every time.

 

For Xavio, what is the role of lighting in an interior space?
Light is the paintbrush with which we shape what we see. A floodlit space loses all dimension, so a considered lighting design is crucial for adding depth and soul into any interior. At Xavio we take great care in designing with both light and shadow, and in a way that minimises any attention being drawn away from the luxurious interior. By retaining a mystique as to how that is achieved, the soul of an interior can truly resonate.

 

What can lighting do for a kitchen? A dressing room?
Lighting can make or break your experience of any room, and in kitchens and dressing rooms it has to work on many different levels. Colour rendering is key – both for appetising catering, and for true colour tones and fabrics in a wardrobe. Scene setting is also critical to ensure a seamless shift as activities change from cooking to hosting an evening soirée, or from feeling energised for the day ahead to relaxing and winding down as day moves to night.

 

Please would you describe your lighting design for the LANSERRING New York Gallery?
LANSERRING commissioned Xavio to replicate the brand’s ethos and atmospheric craftsmanship of joinery into the wider space of the gallery. We worked closely within their brief to transpose the warm and luxurious feel of their joinery into an holistic design. Using concealed lighting within joinery elements and spotlight tracks suspended from the exposed industrial ceiling, we were able to create a synergy which ties together the industrial setting with these elegant light fixtures. The harmony of joinery and light working together helps to create this holistic space, one that respects the heritage and passion for excellence in craft and design so synonymous with the LANSERRING brand.

 

What impact does it have on the experience of the space?
The result is a home experience within an industrial showroom. Prospective clients can walk off the Manhattan street into an authentic NYC building where the atmosphere exudes quality and exclusivity. This is brought forward by LANSERRING’S design and craftmanship, their traditional artisanal techniques and respect of fine natural materials. The exposed ducting and high ceilings reinforce that authenticity, creating a perfect combination of home and industrial, a beautiful canvas for the play of light and shadow.

 

How does it work at different stages of natural light throughout the day and the seasons?
The gallery makes use of mostly natural light in the kitchen area, allowing that natural light to flood in and bring to life the fine woodgrain and stone detailing, immersing a prospective client in how they would experience their kitchen joinery at home. In contrast to this, the dressing room area has no natural light, making it feel cosy and private. The lighting in both areas has been designed to work harmoniously with the time of day or season. With added flexibility, the user can also enhance the space on a gloomy day by increasing the lighting levels, or set the perfect mood for an evening party or exclusive event.

  

How did you find working in collaboration with the LANSERRING team?
The team at LANSERRING is complemented by specialist designers, master craftspeople, project managers and technicians. They are critical thinkers, and at Xavio we never like to propose an effect that isn’t possible or is compromised in real life. This made for a strong working partnership and it was an honour to be given the opportunity to work alongside them on their first US Kitchen Gallery.

 

Did you encounter any particular challenges on the project?
One of the most important challenges to overcome was bringing the exquisite design experience of LANSERRING to the US market using a completely different lighting toolkit. Bringing our depth of lighting knowledge into a new market and making sure it was integrated effectively via a local team with different regulations and standards required methodical communication. Through careful coordination we have together created a showroom that emphatically embodies the established LANSERRING experience with that local NYC flavour.

 

What aspect of the lighting design are you most proud of?
We can’t possibly separate the lighting design from that of the fine cabinetry, so my favourite aspect has to be the Pickling Cabinet. The hand-oiled slatted oak panel mimics Manhattan’s soaring towers, thrown into silhouette by the warm vertical lighting and allowing glimpses of what lies within. Concealing light sources within these fine details and against some unforgiving surfaces such as solid marble is always difficult, so it’s always a relief to see it successfully come together.

 

If the New York Gallery were your own kitchen, which spot would you be in on a Sunday morning?
Having been out for a morning stroll to collect some of New York City’s finest bagels and coffee, it would be time to enjoy it relaxing in the kitchen. The natural light would be shining through, the sounds of the city a reminder of the world outside. I would be looking forward to welcoming a small group of friends for a lunch which would be laid out across the island, glowing under the linear pendant light.

For more information on Xavio Design, please visit their website: www.xavio-design.com/

Award Win – Best Kitchen Design  

September 29th, 2021

The International Design & Architecture Awards – Best Kitchen Design over £150,000.

We are honored to be the winners of Best Kitchen Design over £150,000 at The International Design & Architecture awards

The International Design & Architecture Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine. At design et al, the aim is to commend design, recognise talent, create opportunities and to offer inspiration. The International Design & Architecture Awards offer a number of different categories covering residential architecture, interior design and product design. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.

Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.

Pickled to Perfection  

September 19th, 2021

Pickled to Perfection

As a response to a developing client interest in understanding the provenance of a healthy diet, combating food waste and an enthusiasm for preserving food in traditional ways, we have designed a pickling cabinet for our New York Gallery. Pickling has been practised internationally for thousands of years and is thought to have numerous health benefits. 

Creating your own pickled vegetables can be fun and rewarding. We recommend experimenting with the recipe below.

 

Ingredients

500g vegetables – Such as cucumber, beetroot, shallots, radishes or cabbage

3 or 4 types of seasoningSuch as 1 clove of garlic, 1 tbsp black peppercorns, 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds, 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes, 2 bay leaves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 

700ml vinegar Such as white wine vinegar or cider vinegar

100g sugar 

Sterilised jar 

Method

Wash and chop the vegetables, then cover in 1 tbsp of high quality sea salt. 

Lightly toast the spices in a medium saucepan until they begin to smell aromatic. 

Pour the vinegar and sugar into the spice mixture, let the sugar dissolve and bring to a simmer.

Pack the vegetable into sterilised jars, cover with the hot vinegar and seal. 

Store in a cool dark place for around 2 weeks and once opened, store in the fridge.

Photobook – Making of New York  

September 1st, 2021

We’ve arrived.

The LANSERRING community is a platform offering access to world-class craftsmanship from Austria and design ingenuity from London and we’ve just opened our doors in New York. We are excited to make our mark on this wild, wonderful city.

Timber is Transcendent  

August 13th, 2021

LANSERRING style is – in its purest form – about materiality and craftsmanship.

Our designs are characterised by thoughtful layering of materials to create tactile and liveable spaces which enrich the lives of their inhabitants.

Timber is the foundation of a LANSERRING material palette. Against cool marble and metallic detailing, it introduces warmth and softness. With hand painting and luxurious oil staining, we are able to render precise shades for custom colour palettes.⁠

Timber is transcendent: it captures time in its very texture. Its subtle ridges form fascinating patterns, both geometric and chaotic, reminding us of our own strange and wonderful mortality.⁠

Here we offer a few samples of timber from the LANSERRING materials gallery, as well as our photographs of the sustainably managed woodlands surrounding our workshops from which we source them.

Sculptural Engineering: Old King’s College Island  

August 13th, 2021

Sculptural Engineering: Old King’s College Island

The natural focal point of our award-winning kitchen design at Old Kings College is the sculptural island. It is made of two distinct components: a marble cube and a timber and brass workbench.

The cube has the appearance of a solid marble block that has been hollowed out with such precision that the stone has become translucent: at the edges the marble has been bevelled to 5mm. It had to be specially quarried in Northern Italy specifically for this project so that we could deliver on this design while matching the marble to the flooring, the wall cladding and the work surfaces.

The larger component of the central island is the timber and brass workbench, which references the workbench of a master craftsman or gardener in its layout. The useful tools and utensils are laid out in bespoke handcrafted pull-out trays suspended between brass legs – a nod to a craftsman’s shadow board. In this way, the design hints at nostalgia but remains uncompromising in its ambition as a paradigm of sculptural engineering.

In the middle of the timber bench is a trough with modular inserts which offer flexible uses. The herb planter is designed for trimmings from the outdoor herb garden to be collected and brought inside, while the wine bucket and trivet complete the set. They can be lifted out of the worktop to reveal a generous ice trough, ideal for serving seafood when entertaining.

Within the island, the marriage of marble and timber was a challenging one, since a tension exists in their juxtaposition driven by the diversity of their natural origins. They are united by materiality, attention to detail and quality of execution. This union helps to nest the whole kitchen in the eclectic interior filled with art and sculpture. The island therefore feels at one with the home: the masterpiece on display in the kitchen.

 

In Collaboration with Studio Vero.