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.
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.
Bespoke drawer inserts made from timber offcuts
Workbench detail — neutral concrete top with Scottish Ash and stainless-steel base
Joinery by Daniel Brophy
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.
- Scottish Ash