Rethinking Custom Joinery with CJH Studio

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    We enter the final two spaces in CJH Studio’s collaboration with Laminex, placing a spotlight on the possibilities of Laminex Woodgrain through highly-considered joinery.

    Joinery that’s both experimental and exacting is the hallmark of CJH Studio’s exploration of Laminex Woodgrain. Across four key spaces – the bathroom and laundry, kitchen, living room and wardrobe – CJH Studio have ascertained how the material can be moulded, mixed and layered to meet everyday needs. At the same time, through a high-end approach, CJH Studio have challenged what multi-functional design looks like in the home. 

    Together, the living room and wardrobe are a case study in being creative with storage – with CJH Studio’s director Cassie James-Herrick envisioning a design response that’s tailored and practical, and designed to last. We spoke to Cassie about how the living room sees a Danish influence surface through the design details and how the living room and wardrobe flip a conventional approach to storage on its head. 

    Produced in partnership with Laminex. Explore more of CJH Studio’s Laminex Woodgrain collaboration here

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    Cassie designed a custom seat made from Laminex Danish Walnut with Warwick Lustrell Charisma in Pumice leather and a Laminex Sublime Teak desk and drawer in a Chalk finish. 

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    The joinery features Linear Standard Vincent Bronze handles. CJH Studio reinterpreted the appearance of ‘bookshelves’ to create inviting shelves to display coffee table books and magazines.

    The Living Space

    Cassie admits Melbourne’s lockdown and the need to work from home informed her thinking in the living space. She describes it as a ‘multifunctional’ move. “The design in the living space was to allow each function to interact seamlessly, yet with the ability to be closed off while the other is in use,” Cassie says. This made way for joinery that’s not your typical bookcase or built-in storage. Instead, Cassie proposed it to be like a piece of furniture in the space, using light-mid tone woodgrain from Laminex’s Chalk finish range in different woodgrain directions. 

    For example, the Laminex Sublime Teak desk and drawer area in a Chalk finish features a custom seat made from Laminex Danish Walnut that can be completely reintegrated into the overall joinery system at the end of the working day. On the other end, Cassie designed a petite bar using the same Laminex Mirror Smoked Metallic seen in the kitchen space – easily closed off to minimise clutter. “A complex design, yet simple in appearance”, Cassie says it’s one of her favourite ideas across the campaign. Echoing a Danish approach to cabinetry and craftsmanship, Cassie used Laminex Danish Walnut in a Chalk finish to create a much warmer palette than the other spaces, as the prominent woodgrain material featured through the cabinetry.

    Cassie sourced Australian design pieces and accessories to showcase in the living room with stylist Bek Sheppard. Volker Haug wall lights, Jardan armchair, Weave Home rug, Just Adele stone coffee table, Warwick fabrics and a sculpture by Caroline Walls are all featured in the considered curation. 

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    The living room features a curation of Australian-designed and made furniture, including a Just Adele coffee table, Jardan armchair and Volker Haug wall lights. 

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    A fold-out bar uses the same Laminex Mirror Smoked Metallic laminate as seen in the kitchen space – and the same concept of being able to close it off to minimise any clutter.

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    Cassie says the living room joinery was conceived as furniture in the space, featuring functional elements such as the bar that can be closed off when others are in use.

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    Laminex Elegant Oak cabinetry in a Chalk and Natural finish reveals the warmth of subtle woodgrain.

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     A sculptural woodgrain back panel behind the Tasmanian Oak dowel custom rail calls on the curves CJH Studio has explored throughout the campaign.

    The Robe Space

    Cassie says the robe and dressing space was a personal challenge. The space reconsiders how it can incorporate all of the functional elements of a wardrobe and how it can be interacted with while still featuring ‘traditional’ types of storage. Full-length floor to ceiling style joinery shows the detail of the woodgrain structure, crafted from Laminex Elegant Oak in a Chalk and Natural finish. A thin Tasmanian Oak dowel custom rail was selected to ensure all eyes were still on the curved woodgrain back panel, accentuating the sculpted narrative that runs through the entire campaign.

    A plinth kicker and drawers, made from Laminex Catalana Marble underscore the woodgrain cabinetry while also providing a place to store shoes. A laminate usually seen on benchtops, Cassie saw an opportunity to use it in an unexpected setting – just like the Laminex Raw Cotton used for the dressing station and tray details. “The contrast laminates are used in the flush-mounted tray, encouraging a place to store those things like watches and perfumes,” Cassie says. A concealed makeup space with a seat also lifts to reveal a mirror when in use – and when not in use, it can be so easily tucked away. “Although seamless in its resolution, there are a lot of hidden and considered details in the robe to allow each function to highly perform, yet aesthetics and refined appeal to remain visible.”

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    CJH Studio designed the Laminex Catalana Marble plinth kicker and drawers as a clever way to store shoes. 

     

    “Although seamless in its resolution, there are a lot of hidden and considered details in the robe to allow each function to highly perform, yet aesthetics and refined appeal to remain visible.”

     

    – CJH Studio director Cassie James-Herrick

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    Laminex Raw Cotton was used for the dressing station make-up area with mirror, and tray details for watches and perfume.

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    Australian design highlights in wardrobe space include the Linear Standard Murrary hooks and TRIM oak handles, Ross Gardam lamp and Fomu Odie chair.

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    Bremworth Galet carpet in Sienna and paint from the Haymes Artisan collection provide a textural footing to the wardrobe space.

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