Customer Spotlight: ELK Kitchens

Meet ELK Kitchens…

ELK (that’s Extreme Logic Kitchens) provide a genuine alternative to the status-quo. They build unique kitchens from their own concepts, designed to minimise material and redefine functionality. The team’s incredibly clever geometric designs innovate the construction of kitchens, always providing unsurpassed quality to their customers.

elk kitchens extraordinary O45 feature island

ELK’s team is driven by smart thinking and concepts that differentiate them from the competition. They offer three innovative systems for kitchen construction, each built on a foundation of unique, clever geometry:

The first; the O’45 (example above) was born of a desire to create an innovative design approach that would lead to a new aesthetic. The result is a design that balances modern engineering with traditional craftsmanship. Super-efficient, function focused utility centres are crafted to deliver a genuine alternative to traditional kitchen design.

The second. GRID. was designed to elevate the “linear” urban kitchen to a new level. ELK’s innovative system offers customers the ability to create truly bespoke kitchens designed to fit any space. The quality of materials is elevated from generic man-made boards to finely crafted, engineered hardwood.

The third: ARC, represents the high point of ELK’s liberated kitchen system. Logic taken to the extreme generates a fluid free-form expression. Craftsmanship and technology fuse to create extraordinary geometries which are timeless and peerless.

ELK raises the bar by pairing exceptional utility with optimised storage; their clever engineering transforms storage into display, pairs functionality with intuition, uses less floor space, and pursues sustainability in its truest sense – less is more.

ELK’s philosophies inform every project they take on, and sustainability is ingrained in everything they do. The team behind ELK have been at the forefront of designing sustainable environments for over 30 years, and now they’re applying their thinking to kitchens. Their design approach continually reviews the relationship between process, geometry and material, helping them use less than half the material of a conventional material. As a result of efficiency of storage, ELK can achieve more with less.

ELK’s approach uses the highest quality FSC approved natural materials (that’s where we come in!) and their ambition is to leave the planet a better place than they found it; a mission we can get behind.


Project Spotlight

Innovation is the key to any ELK project, and can be found in the little details they introduce to their work. Their fruit rack not only looks great, but keeps fruit fresher for longer using the victorian method of storing fruit so it doesn’t touch, with plenty of air circulating. Their O45 V drawer inserts come in a variety of clever options, from their apothecary drawer to their crockery rack, all carefully designed to fit perfectly into their One Tree Console.

The detailing of the One Tree Console goes to the heart of ELK and its patent and design registrations. The remarkable five way junction is stabilised and supported by clever internal geometric technology, allowing their design to defy gravity.

Nestled between the V drawer ‘trees’, the ELK Barn Drawer can be accessories with unique inserts designed to maximise storage potential. Ideal spaces to store pans, plates and small kitchen appliances, the drawer is named for its resemblance to a hay barn gable. With solid frontal or framed glass doors, the Barn Drawer can transform your cupboards from simple storage to a beautiful display.


Timber Spotlight

English Woodlands Timber provides ELK with high quality, sustainable timber for use throughout their innovative kitchen designs. Learn more about the team and their offering.

ELK’s master craftsmen go to great lengths to select high quality, sustainable timber for use throughout their projects, hunting for grains that match the direction of the geometric shapes found throughout ELK’s frame based kitchens. They pair our ash, oak and maple with painted door panels to ensure the feeling of woodiness doesn’t become overbearing.

a detail of a rippled ash board on display in the office 27mm ash in the racks at the woodyard 27mm ash interior cladding detail on in the POD at the woodyard no fixings

Ash is one of ELK’s favoured timbers, thanks to the strength of grain and its wide availability in both white and olive hues. Because this gorgeous timber is in plentiful supply and grown locally in the UK, it pairs beautifully with their dedication to sustainable joinery.


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All About Oak Grades: Have you heard of the Goldilocks Principle?

The Goldilocks principle says there’ll always be one (grade) that’s ‘just right’…

goldilocks tasting the three bowls of porridge

That makes sense to us. The idea that there’s a ‘just right’ for things.

Goldilocks didn’t know which bowl would work, she used trial and error to find out which one was just right for her breakfast.

She messed up everybody’s porridge, broke a chair and fell asleep in the process, all whilst engaged in bit of fairytale trespassing.


Thing is, in the non-fairytale world, it’s sometimes hard to tell which porridge is going to be ‘just right’ without having to do the test.


Wood Products: A closer look at waney edge Oak

In the ‘olden days’ we used to call it through & through.

Now it’s called waney edge. Or natural edge. Or most often, live edge (that one makes us chuckle… & grimace at the same time!*).

It is an appealing thing in it’s own right, a waney edge board.

It’s the real deal.

Just a split sharp-toothed second away from the log, the standing tree, the leafy canopy, the wilding woodlands.

This is timber in it’s primary conversion state.

Look around you wherever you are and the wood you see in the windowsills and sofa frames, the doorsets and kitchen worktops started out this way.

If you’re a joiner, builder or furniture maker that likes to take boards-to-make based on a cutting list, this is the stuff that we select from for a waney edge spec.

Alternatively, you can self-select straight from stock by building up a picking list or a basket online.

Watch these videos of David & Tom turning some of our waney edge Oak to get a feel for the quality of our stock and our approach to timber.


Wood Products: here’s a closer look at waney edge Oak


Wood Products: turning some 80mm quarter sawn waney edge boards


Wood Products: here’s a closer look at 27mm kiln dried Oak boule


Wood Products: turning 5m long 27mm Oak waney edge boards



More about Oak…

Search our stock for waney edge Oak boards to buy

Watch more English Woodlands Timber videos on YouTube


*live edge – because it’s alive with woodworm maybe?!! The sapwood, sitting just under the bark of the tree, is where wood borers lay their eggs so their young can hatch & feed on the sugars in this starchy outer layer.



Working with Northwood Forestry…

James Burnford, well respected owner of neighbouring Northwood Forestry, regretfully closed his timber business in November 2020.

northwood forestry boules fresh sawn

Since then James has been working closely with English Woodlands Timber owners Tom Compton & Ian McNally to mitigate the impact of the closure on his customers.

Together they have agreed a way to maintain a timber supply for Northwood customers that James feels will meet with expectations and requirements. (more…)

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