Solid ash extending table

A 10-12 seat extending table in solid ash some 3.1metres long in full extension. In normal station it is an 8 seater with a width of 1metre 10cm. The light ash wood with striking long grain creates a real drama and presence in the room. This was made by rogue-designs in November and was installed just prior to the festive period.

These are some of the shots from the workshop during the making process followed by some in situ shots. The idea was to retain the top patterns of the ash through to the extensions. The design process given the limitations in size and mechanics lead us to explore the separating of one of the legs into two, with two extensions at one end. We created a carriage that slid from inside to reveal ribs that held the two leaves of the top.

Here you can see the extension at its fullest. The ribs that allow air to flow, and keep the leafs flat. The leg side stretchers were given a shoulder support in the main stable leg in order to taxi along allowing it to be a guide for re-completing the closure. See below. 


The small bars sit on top of the side rails to bring the leaf upto the same height.

Done and in situ alongside the daybed.  The finish applied was an Osmo oil that helps to retain and maintain a natural look.

The corner detail showing how beautiful Ash is with its light golden hues and swirling grain. Most of the proportions throughout were controlled by way of the mean division of beauty and proportion.

The 6mm shadowed detail breaks up the large section of the legs making them appear more delicate and refined as well as concealing the point where the 2 end legs separate to extend.

a peaceful bedroom and dressing room - north oxford house

Ash and glass wardrobes, handblown glass lighting, iridescent curtains.

Through the course of designing and researching for other rooms within the house, the design language for the bedroom became an extension of this yet with added softness.

We designed and built a fitted bed console with extending cupboard spaces either side as bedside tables. Small directional snake lights were installed for reading by. The wood is ash and was oiled for a soft finish.

Over the wooden chest in the bedroom (owners own- see above) hangs a stunning glass lamp by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi. It is hand blown by the designer as part of his design movement Produzione Privata, which is all about returning to the handcrafted and hand created using traditional methods. He is also a founding designer of the lighting giant: Artemide

We knocked through a full height opening linking this bedroom to a smaller adjoining room, to create a walk in dressing room. Both rooms have large windows virtually opposite each other, and the light floods through this linking opening, 

The colour scheme combines a heritage light teal with soft natural cream, to continue the naturalistic and healthy aspect. The bedroom was painted in a rich matt duck-egg blue, and the dressing room papered with a delicate design in ivory and blue of abstract poppies by David Oliver

The dressing room

features 3 large wardrobe units (designed and made by rogue-designs) made of solid ash and ash veneered panels with 8mm glass which is

 laminated and whitened through the centre of it making it opalescent in nature.Two tall units sit in alcoves either side of

the chimney breast. The third and main wardrobe has three sliding doors that open up to hanging space, and storage cupboards above making use of all the available room height.  It also incorporates a PIR sensor that lights the wardrobe when the door slides open.

We continued with the blond wood, ash, on this floor to keep the feel of lightness. We created a profile for the ash picture rail that would act as an architectural accent as well as a utility bar. Instead of a conventional picture rail, we took the idea and used it to great purpose i.e. unifying the two rooms. It made sense of the openings! It also housed hand crafted wooden pegs that act as clothes pegs. In the dressing room a mirror is created from the profile and integrated into the line. 

The curtain choice in both rooms always allows  light to be accepted through into the rooms, giving an ethereal quality to the room. The simplicity and continuity of glass, ash and deep soft natural wool carpet (from the fantastic range of natural flooring at Textures flooring) make the most of this space. 

Quiet luxury.