A New Riff on an Old Form

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A New Riff on an Old Form


We are very excited to announce a new design joining our collection of kitchen and dining room furniture: Charlie's Kitchen Dresser!

The kitchen dresser, alternatively known as a Welsh Dresser in the UK or simply a Hutch in the US, has a long history. Before built-in cabinetry became standard in the early 20th century, kitchens had a collection of freestanding furniture to store plates, bowls, and pantry items. The dresser and a large work table were typically the dominant pieces in the room.

In Ireland, everything from chickens to the family papers was stored in the kitchen dresser, in addition to the usual collection of pottery and glass.

History tends to come full circle and we are seeing kitchens opening up again and customers wanting storage that bridges kitchen and dining spaces.

Development for Charlie's Kitchen Dresser began in earnest at the end of 2021. We had a scale model kitchen dresser hanging on the wall holding miniature pottery by Miranda and we all liked the clean lines to appeal more modern tastes. We also liked that the straight lines, square profile, and clean maple plays well with our beloved Naked Tables. So many families have come together to make their table together at one of our events, and we wanted to provide the opportunity to fill out the dining rooms where those tables make their homes.  

From the model, Charlie made a sketch with rough dimensions which he then sent to our draftsman. After a little back and forth working out the details, he produced a dimensioned drawing from which he could produce a full breakdown -- a drawing showing each individual piece and how it goes together. At that point, it was ready to be handed off to our furniture maker.  

With the plans in hand, Nick began working on making the full sized version. The boards for the side panels are carefully chosen to appear consistent in grain and color. The panels for the doors are book matched, which means that the board is split on the band saw.  

Dovetail joints on the drawers and main body of the piece keep everything stable.