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Buff Concept Store
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GRAS has combined Scottish Ash, concrete and stainless-steel to form the restrained interior of buff – a design-led manicure studio in Edinburgh. Sustainably sourced timber was layered with contemporary materials, transforming the Victorian stone arched interior into an evocative, tactile experience. A series of carefully proposed joinery items designed for the studio creates a harmonious offering, resonating with clients’ own ethos and rooted in a functional simplicity.

In the context of an increasingly visible ash dieback disease caused by the fungus, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, that is still projected to affect up to 75% Scottish Ash, the project offered opportunity to address ecological but also ethical urgency of material choices and specification. The process of sourcing and making of the joinery was a result of another close collaboration with Edinburgh-based designer and maker, Daniel Brophy.

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

Client

buff

Completed

2023

Size/Area

29m²

Type

Interior

Awards

Longlisted Finalist for 2023 Dezeen Awards

Project Lead

Paula Szturc

Project Manager

Derek Baxter

Furniture

Daniel Brophy

Photography

Murray Orr

Buff Concept Store

Buff Concept Store Details

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Bespoke stainless-steel sink and Scottish Ash fronts

The project offered opportunity to address ecological but also ethical urgency of material choices and specification, responding to ash dieback disease devastatingly affecting Scottish Ash.

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Splashback detail

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Bespoke drawer inserts made from timber offcuts

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Workbench detail — neutral concrete top with Scottish Ash and stainless-steel base

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Joinery by Daniel Brophy

Material Focus

Carefully chosen for their robustness, concrete and stainless-steel were layered with versatile and durable Scottish Ash to provide sensory-rich, contrasting tactile experience for workbenches, free-standing furniture and kitchen surfaces.

  1. Scottish Ash
  2. Concrete
  3. Stainless-steel