Pantori is an adaptable, tailor made, freestanding pantry larder, designed by carpentry Intern Steph Leake and handcrafted by Jack Badger for Japanese crepe eatery, Nojō. Inspired by the Japanese design philosophy of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, embracing naturalness, simplicity and subtle imperfection, a combination of Japanese and English joinery. The design of the Pantori finds an inventive new use for the waste sawdust and shavings, by creating a substrate for mushrooms to grow in. These are to be picked and eaten in Nojōs’ delicious crepes. Oak selected for a strong outer frame and ash for its inner drawers. Additionally, the oak board provides extra workspace or service area when needed. The board can be hung flush with the frame to become more compact for storing. The rails are housed dovetails which tighten when driven in, giving strength and no need for mechanical fixings. The traditional Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban inspired the scorching of the oak, which also helps preserve the timber. The entire unit has been hand planed and then finished with natural oil. Space-saving functionality is incorporated into the design; there are two extra rails, which allows for taller items such as kilner jars. Inspired by Japanese joinery and their precision, the top of the Pantori has been jointed using three way mitres, then wedged tenons for added strength. Straight-grained ash in particular was selected for its flexibility, for use in the woven bottoms of the drawers.
Designer: Steph Leake
Maker: Jack Badger Ltd.
Wood supplier: Brooks Brothers Timber
Project Architect: Holland Harvey Architects
Photography: Adrian Lambert Photography
Winner of the Wood Awards 2016 Bespoke category.