With that why in mind, we were able to begin considering which materials, which finishes and which details in the design would fulfil it. Examples of timber flooring came to mind, like herringbone parquet, though we felt that configuration would be too fussy and costly to replicate on any door panels. That’s what navigated us to our chevron layout instead – more of that later. We also very much liked the idea of a sliding door as that was new for us and would potentially make Holborn feasible in homes with less square meterage because it removed the requirement for space to open the cabinet doors. Black-bronze stiles to make a bold statement as opposed to something subtler like a hinge or handle appealed too.
Fundamentally, it was about stripping away all of the frills to take a concept to its most basic form, leaving a box that would encourage ingenuity and new ideas. We took this box and asked ourselves, what can we do to it so that it emerges as a contemporary design that is also classic and will remain beautiful for a hundred years and more?