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. 

A Celebration of Marble  

July 16th, 2021

A Celebration of Marble

From mossy green to splashy gold, LANSERRING sources speciality marbles directly from quarries all over the world. No two pieces are alike – much like the bespoke kitchens we design – and so for us, marble is a statement of absolute individuality.⁠

Marble adds a coolness and a sophistication to our kitchen designs. Emblematic of classical decadence, we enjoy using marble subversively: updating luxury for the new age.⁠

Many of our clients like to select the marble for their kitchen personally. They join a member of the LANSERRING team at the historic quarry of our trusted supplier. Together we are able to view the stone at its awe-inspiring birthplace and trace its unique natural veining and variations until we find the perfect piece for their home. The sense of connection that this experience inspires is the difference bespoke design can make.

Here we include some examples of marble from the LANSERRING materials gallery and our portfolio.

Solar Panels at the LANSERRING workshop  

July 2nd, 2021

Solar Panels at the LANSERRING workshop

As family business people and as craftspeople, sustainability naturally underpins our future planning. We are proud to share our recent progress on one of our most important sustainability projects.

It has been a full year since we installed the solar panels on the roof of the LANSERRING workshop in Riegersburg (completed early 2020). In the long summer days, we produced more energy than we used. We were able to store this energy for use in winter to supplement the manufacturing waste-derived briquettes we use to power the boilers, reducing our carbon footprint year-round.

Sustainability is an incredibly important part of the LANSERRING ethos. We embarked on a journey of identifying the sustainability of both our product and process from the outset. It’s in our blood: Austria as a nation is very forward-thinking, and uses a lot of sustainably-generated energy, whether hydro-electric, wind or solar. LANSERRING’s sustainable values are a matter of national and traditional pride.

The Art of Sourdough Baking  

June 23rd, 2021

The Art of Sourdough Baking

The choice to centre breadmaking in our new Celandine Manor collection was affectionate and deliberate. In conversation with clients, friends and colleagues, we’ve discovered a shared pursuit of homely rituals. In the time that we’ve been sequestered at home, and family spaces have become crowded and dynamic, peaceful practices offer moments of stillness and mindfulness. For many of us, making sourdough has become a pillar of stability in a strange time. 

Sourdough is the oldest method of making leavened bread: its origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Prior to their civilization – as early as the neolithic period – our ancestors had been making and eating flat breads. The first person to discover fermentation must have felt a sense of the divine: the loaf is transformed, given a lighter composition with an unctuous, complex flavour.

The original recipe for sourdough is wonderfully simple and remains unchanged over the millenia. It begins with a starter: a mixture of flour, water and a little sugar. Lactic acid from human hands and wild yeasts from the air settle into the mix and after a few days, fermentation brings the starter to life. Making sourdough is a symbiotic life-giving process. Treated with respect, a sourdough starter can feed families over many years. It can be shared with family and friends and passed down generations.

We are often told that meditation offers myriad mental health benefits which in turn have the power to transform our physical health and holistic wellbeing – and yet we are instinctually resistant to mindfulness practices. Our minds dance away from us when we attempt to wrest control over chaotic thoughts. However, in conversation with fellow sourdough makers about mindfulness, we realised that few of us knew what it would become for us. At first, we may have just wanted to make a loaf of bread and only later did we realise we have developed a mindfulness practice.

Baking a loaf requires the use of all your senses. A baker works with living microorganisms – they need to respond to texture, tension, scent and even sound. To create beautiful sourdough, a baker needs to be wholly present and connected with the dough. It is a sensuous, subtle and powerful experience.

Our Celandine Manor installation honours the rewarding, soothing practice of breadmaking, which, for many members of our community, has been the antidote to mental health challenges in lockdown. We are grateful to be a part of this great tradition, which has seen mankind through many a strange time.

The breadmaking island in the Celandine Manor collection is made from solid marble, into which deep bevels have been cut, giving the installation a sense of solidity and gravitas, while still feeling contemporary and clean. Reeding along the length of the island brings relief to the natural patterning of the marble and echoes the same rhythmic principles at work in the traditional panelling. A recess runs along the worktop, allowing flour to be easily swept down into the sink.

LANSERRING Launching in New York  

April 23rd, 2021

We are delighted to announce that LANSERRING is coming to New York. 

New York has been part of our vision for LANSERRING from its inception. From our headquarters in London, we have achieved a global brand reputation within the luxury property industry but our New York showroom will allow our American friends and clients to experience our latest designs closer to home. 

LANSERRING unites the world’s greatest design talent with best-in-class craftsmanship. We are currently working on projects on every continent. Our international community has been the making of us, and we look forward to strengthening those relationships with this next chapter in our story.

The LANSERRING New York showroom will open in Summer 2021.

International Property Awards – Interior Design Website  

April 16th, 2021

We are honoured to share that we have won an award in the category of Interior Design Website at the International Property Awards 2020-2021.
Creating stories is at the heart of our work at LANSERRING, and so it is delightful to hear that this comes out in many different ways.⁠ Our website is the best place to discover the LANSERRING story, with musings on our blog and case study photographs in our portfolio.

The LANSERRING Hallmark  

April 9th, 2021

Introducing the new LANSERRING hallmark: a symbol of our pride, the final flourish of our brush on the canvas. Originally inspired by a topographical map of Riegersburg, our final design honours the natural grain of raw wood and amorphous veining of marble.

⁠A LANSERRING kitchen is the embodiment of the passion of our designers and devotion of our craftsmen. It is our pleasure to put our signature on such a piece of work.

The LANSERRING Service Tray  

April 2nd, 2021

In the latest addition to the LANSERRING Lifestyle collection and following the warm reception received by the LANSERRING Toolbox, we present the LANSERRING Service Tray. Designed with a Sunday morning in mind, this tray is perfect for carrying your tea or coffee set through to the family breakfast table. 

The LANSERRING Service Tray is an oiled American walnut frame housing magnetic dividers which can be removed or adjusted to secure your chinaware. Both the wood and textured fabric lining can be matched to your bespoke LANSERRING kitchen.⁠

To commission a LANSERRING Service Tray for your home, please contact us.

The Breakfast Cupboard  

March 16th, 2021

The breakfast cupboard in our Barnes House kitchen tells a story through craftsmanship.

Positioned near the island’s bar stools, it has its own internal worktop and plenty of pull-out storage for cereals, bread and dried foods. The drawers feature traditional finger joints and are detailed to look like autumnal storage for picked fruit, allowing the air to circulate and prevent spoiling. 

A LANSERRING kitchen is a work of art designed to be lived in. Functioning as a stage for family life, its features must complement and support your lifestyle. To the curious eye, a piece like this Breakfast Cupboard makes a statement about our client’s values and family. It is dynamic and organised, hard-working and tasteful.

Though a substantial piece, it is colour-matched to the surrounding walls and woodwork and subsequently almost melts away into the background.⁠