The House Guest Podcast by Country & Town House
From our home to yours – we were delighted to be interviewed for The House Guest Podcast by Country & Town House.
Listen to Carole Annett‘s conversation with LANSERRING CEO Bernd Radaschitz and Director of Design Alex Beaugeard, where they discuss design as well as our brand history and heritage. Learn more about our concept to completion design ethos, customer aspirations and life in the Radaschitz family’s Austrian home!
Saltaire by LANSERRING
LANSERRING is proud to present a new collection, Saltaire: our concept for luxury in a new age. Inspired by its own canvas, it finds its home in this repurposed industrial space, dating back to the 1800s. Our design celebrates the innate character of the historical architecture and in doing so, seeks to redefine the meaning of luxury for a sustainably-minded contemporary family.
Saltaire takes its name from a Yorkshire worker community – now a world heritage site – originally founded by a philanthropic industrialist during the revolution. For this collection, our design team focused on principles of community and harmonious living, and our new collection is the culmination of those musings.
Saltaire feels airy and informal, pulling in natural light and a sense of the outdoors through a sheltered winter garden for which we removed the skylights, drawing in fresh cool air. In the original brick buttresses of the old factory, we discovered the perfect punctuation points for our installations. The pieces feel harmonious but distinct – coherent but individual.
The effect is one of an art gallery, where artistically crafted but functional pieces elevate the art of cooking. A favourite feature among our team is the sink and preparation block. The entire run is machined from two monolithic blocks of mossy Calacatta marble. At the back, there is a trough to be populated with soaps, condiments, planters or succulents. From the spacious preparation space, your sightline extends into the winter garden and through the windows again into the dining and living area.
Saltaire reworks the open-plan concept, preserving the community atmosphere while creating distinct spaces and emphasizing individual installations.
The LANSERRING Design Team Sketch Challenge
Recently on our Instagram page, we challenged the LANSERRING design team members to sketch an innovative design detail for a new kitchen. We left the brief for the challenge deliberately broad to allow their imaginations and individual styles to flourish, providing an insight into our harmonised creative process.
At LANSERRING, our designers work to a set of house Design Principles but have the freedom to create anew for every client. We are not a system brand; we don’t work with building block pieces to construct patchwork products. Each LANSERRING kitchen is a complete custom build, with original and deeply personal creations for each client.
In this social media challenge, you can see our Design Principles at work. They infuse a sense of harmony across our portfolio. We design with signature materials from trusted suppliers and execute with specialised master craftsmanship. The end results embody the LANSERRING spirit, but feel completely new and personal.
The LANSERRING Toolbox
In rich American walnut, gleaming brass and luxurious fabric, we introduce our new feature product: the LANSERRING Toolbox.
Showcasing the excellence of LANSERRING craftsmanship in every detail, it strikes the considered balance between functionality and style. Invisible screws secure the hinges of a cantilever system that glides open to reveal thoughtfully designed dividers. Brass engraved labels designate compartments for the cutlery required for a three-course menu, as well as bespoke salt and pepper grinders. In the lower compartment, the LANSERRING Authenticity Card and USB guide is proudly positioned.
Our reinterpretation of the traditional toolbox is designed with a LANSERRING kitchen in mind. Opening wide so that all compartments are visible, the toolbox can be stored neatly within a kitchen drawer. There, its contents remain neatly accessible until it is clicked back into its folded shape and transported to the outdoors or dining table when necessary.⠀
An exquisite accessory to your kitchen, the toolbox perfectly embodies our philosophy. It is a paradigm of functional design rendered in elegant materials and executed with unparalleled craftsmanship. During the design process for the toolbox, we focused on your experience of your kitchen, looking out for ways in which we could enhance your everyday. We created a product that both soothes a pain point – laying the table – and elevates the ordinary with style and grace.
Creating a space that feels calm and yet inspiring requires balance.
The equilibrium of textures, tones and materials are critical to the success of our work.
The simple palette we developed for our Hampstead House project explores that notion of balance, using the formal structure of straight grain oak and brushed aged brass to contrast against the lively marble and playful handle details. Although the timber is stained in rich bitter chocolate tones, the associated greens in the Calacatta Arabescata marble and the aged brass help to bring the warmth of the tones into play.
In the brief, our client asked us to explore rhythm through the language of geometry. It was only the unparalleled skill of our master craftsmen that allowed our studio team to leverage light, shadow, space, angle and motion in their playful use of material and form. The fine and consistent joint lines featured across the timber panelling yield a feeling of calm order and clarity. Juxtaposed with this geometric precision, we also drew inspiration from the soft raw veining of the marble. A timeless material, it adds an elegance and sophistication to this well-balanced ensemble.
Elle Decoration Coverage
In their June 2020 issue, Elle Decoration published a feature on LANSERRING’s kitchen design for the Old Kings College property. The project showcases our craftsmanship at its finest, including a masterful workstation island and a magnificent glass-fronted pantry, both pictured. Elle describes the kitchen as “a space that’s now perfectly designed for entertaining, with luxurious touches of marble and brass”.
Designed in collaboration with Studio Vero, Elle focuses on our elegant and soulful palette. We selected a deep brushed indigo veneer on the cabinets to harmonise with the craggy textures of the raw materials used. The floor and worktops come from the same block of golden Calacatta marble, echoing aged brass accents throughout the space. A sculptural theme plays across the features of this space, lending it a rhythm and aesthetic balance with its functional context and synchronising it with the eclectic wider home.
We are delighted to feature as part of the story of this beautiful property.
“Our goal is to preserve this landmark of Styria, but also to actively shape it”
– Dr. Prince Emanuel vuz Liechtenstein
The Riegersburg Castle was built atop an ancient volcano, by a noble knight named Rudiger von Hohenberg, with its first mention dating back to 1138. The original structure was built as a lookout due to its unique location having a distinct advantage – only one side needed defending, as the other three sides have a sheer drop. Throughout the history of the castle, it is has offered shelter to locals during times of intense conflict. In modern day, the Riegersburg Castle is still being used to serve the locals, focusing on entertainment and education. It has been lovingly cared for by the Lichtenstein family since 1822, and 25 of its 108 rooms have been turned into a public museum. In 1987 the family collaborated with the Provincial government to install a permanent exhibition about witches and wizards and open the castle up to the public. Since then, they have expanded the exhibitions to include the history of the castle and its weaponry.
In addition to the exhibitions, you can see a spectacular bird of prey reception at the top of the Riegersburg Castle where golden eagles, griffon vultures, and snowy owls and many others take flight. The tavern, located near the top of the castle, provides panoramic views where you can enjoy local food and beverages, as well as a children’s playground. As the highest point in the town, the castle can be seen from where ever you are in Riegersburg. Visitors can access the castle multiple ways;
- By walking around 20 minutes along the castle path, through several ancient archways.
- By Panoramic lift, with breath-taking views over Riegersburg town
- Thrill-seekers can scale the side of the mountain via ferrata
Founders of LANSERRING, Bernd and Johann Radaschitz, grew up at the foot of this mighty castle, friends with the Lichtenstein family who own it. Its grandeur and style have been a constant source of inspiration for our bespoke joinery, since the workshops founding 1923.
Speaking to our love of family values and commitment to authentic design, we were delighted to be interviewed by Bloomberg for Bentley Motors’ latest campaign, around crafting excellence. “The Tale of Two Joiners” is an insightful interview with LANSERRING co-founders, Bernd and Johannes Radaschitz, detailing the origins around our standard of crafting excellence, and the creative exploration that is integral to our bespoke projects.
An excerpt from the article:
“The brothers’ success working with cutting-edge technology to craft natural materials at their Austrian workshop and their design studio in London’s Notting Hill, has enabled them to build two successful businesses, Lanserring and Interior-iD, under the umbrella of the Radaschitz Group. Their commitment to creating unique, precision-built handcrafted interiors has won them a growing number of clients.”
Prime Resi featured our collaboration with Jenny Packham, in a recent article titled “LANSERRING & Jenny Packham collaborate on ‘transformative’ dressing room concept”. The renowned Journal of Luxury Property gives their take on the concept: “The result moves the traditional concept of a dressing room on from a glorified cupboard into something “transformative”, combining LANSERRING’s craftsmanship skills with design cues taken from art galleries, top-end boutiques – and Packham’s most famous creations.”
At LANSERRING, every bespoke project comes to life in our workshop in Austria, where our master craftsmen have been trained to excel and achieve the highest standard of quality. Here we create unique pieces that enhance everyday life, whilst withstanding the rigours of life.
At the heart of this process are our apprentices, who are often recruited from the same college that LANSERRING co-founder and CEO Bernd Radaschitz attended. Apprentices study every aspect of the craft, learning to design and make, while working alongside our in house artisans. The workshops have been recruiting and training apprentices since it first opened its doors in 1923. It is a long-standing tradition and respected mode of education, and apprenticeships in Austria are source of national pride.
Nowadays apprentices attend college between the ages of 15 –18 years old. In intimate classes of just 15, they hone their skills whilst keeping a key focus on health and safety at all times. During their first year of study, the students are not permitted to use the machinery at all and must first prove a respect for the process and the collaboration between man and machine. Alongside this they study maths, German, English and political studies. This comprehensive learning is complimented by extra-curricular competitions throughout the school year that encourage students to engage their imaginations, empowering the new and innovative thinkers.
Upon completion of a three or four year college course pupils can go on to further develop their skills at a Masters School for another two years. This course focuses on joinery, interior design and architecture as well as core skills such as business management, sales and project management. Their final exam takes the form of a masterpiece creation created in just one week in the college’s workshop. Briquettes are made from the scrap wood produced and are used to heat the entire workshop, sustainability being integral to every project.
At LANSERRING we invest in the quality of product through the quality of craftsmen by maintaining this trusted and revered tradition of apprenticeships. Every student that works with us during their studies is encouraged to pursue their individual specialisms and is then aided in finding a permanent role suited to their abilities. Apprentices bring fresh perspective and modern trends that we can utilise and learn from to keep our designs innovative and practical for the ever the changing world. For those that continue in our workshop their training and development is a lifelong journey of exceeding excellence and perfecting every individual project.