December 2018

Doors and Exploration

We sailed into waters around the Lipari and headed towards the islands marina.. The main sea front promenade is peppered with colourful houses with exquisitely weathered timber doors and window frames. This one in particular caught the eye with its dissolving render and flash of red  set against these aged wooden doors. The wood on these doors tell a story of a life lived to the fullest. Beautiful doors in a landscape.


Neighbouring doors offer their own majestic dereliction. The texture warn intuit the walls and moustache like sill… nature fighting back to reclaim its land.














Towards the end of the promenade we bumped into this native looking wood man… He wasn’t overly impressed when I suggested he would make a lovely kitchen or wardrobe door…. but as you all know we don’t chop down trees to make our furniture. We re-purpose old barn wood beams and give them a new lease of life.








Wooden sailing boats and standing coastline of the volcanic chain on our way to Salina turned out to be the island with the best treasure trove of old wood. The colours and textures married with the beauty of the surrounding hill sides and was a visual fest, a treat for the senses of intrepid wood loving explorers and a tremendous joy adventuring and discovering the islands secrets.






September 2017

Raw wood top tips - Featured on Houzz

Get the Raw and Rustic Look

This month we were pleased to hear that we had been featured on the interiors website, Houzz. The article was about achieving a raw and rustic look, so no surprise they wanted to use an image by raw wood specialists Brandler London image.

For the article, Houzz included our warehouse conversion based in Southwark. This project made use of existing raw wood joists and exposed brickwork, bringing new life but holding onto character.

Alongside us, the article spotlighted other designers that were able to combine the use of natural and industrial materials into their designs.

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Giving helpful tips to create cozy yet contemporary living spaces. Projects featured included impressive uses of incorporating raw wood and metals into spaces that had exposed brickwork or distressed plaster. As well as making the most of your scuffed floorboards.

The Design

We were able to keep to the Brandler style by placing raw aged pine alongside polished concrete worktops, creating a crisp and contemporary design. We were lucky enough to reuse the raw wood from the existing joist to create the cabinet doors. Pair this with the buildings exposed brickwork and our choice of a soft green for the walls, we were proud of how light and relaxing a living space we had achieved.

“…vintage bricks instantly add character to any space. In a kitchen they create warmth, and here work brilliantly alongside natural wooden units.”

Other features of the design included recessed handles with routed steel back-plates as well as retrofitted lighting by Buster + Punch and fully fitted kitchen appliances.

At Brandler, we pride ourselves on being makers of bespoke cabinetry, and our Southwark warehouse is another example of how good we are at working weathered barn wood into high-end contemporary designs.

Please take a look at some other kitchen designs we have work on here.

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July 2017

Kyoto & Japanese Joinery

We, at Brandler London, possess both an appreciation for aged wood and fine craftsmanship.  As a result, we appreciate the incredible beauty of the centuries-old wooden architecture of Kyoto, Japan.


The city features architectural masterpieces exemplifying the art of Japanese joinery. Many modern masters still use these ancient techniques in woodworking. However, we concentrate on how these constructions show the amazing qualities developed in weathered and aged wood. As cabinet makers specialising in reclaimed wood, we need to understand how differences in tone, texture, and colour came about to each piece of material. We must learn to develop designs with historic materials in a modern context.


In 2014, Brandler London’s design director, Chris Brandler, visited Kyoto and documented his trip in these photographs.


These wood planks and columns not only show the age of centuries, but also they show the impact of the sun, water, humans, and even gravity in their appearance. Vertical members fade from warm red to chalky grey in a matter of metres, showing just how powerful environmental factors can be on these materials. Door handles show the traces of human touch with oiled highlights. Patterns developed with time to show just how important conscious choices made about materials are in woodworking and joinery.


 About Kyoto

Kyoto is a city that immensely values its history. UNESCO named the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto a World Heritage Site. Of Japan’s National Treasures, nearly a fifth of them exist in Kyoto. The city possesses approximately two thousand shrines and temples. (Source) The city, country, and world prioritise protecting these historic structures. Even in World War II in the midst of great international conflict, both domestic and foreign decision makers protected Kyoto due to its cultural importance.


To conclude, these landmarks raise a couple questions for us:

  • What happens to these aged wood materials when the historic architecture isn’t deemed worth saving?
  • How can these materials be reclaimed and used in a modern context without losing their hard-earned character?


Our portfolio of work in reclaimed wood continues to grow in constant pursuit of answering that question.