Live Edge Countertop 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Live Edge Countertop in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen
Live Edge Countertop in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock

Christopher Peacock designed the kitchen in this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, located in the Arthur Sachs Mansion in New York’s Lenox Hill neighborhood. A Live Edge Countertop of English Wych Elm custom crafted by Grothouse spills over the center island as a seamless extension of the Silestone marble countertop.

What is a Live Edge Countertop?

Live Edge Wood Countertops embrace nature with their unique organic shape. Live edge refers to the bark side of a piece of lumber. The edge is not sawn and the natural shape of the tree remains. This style of millwork is treasured by clients wanting to introduce organic elements into their home.

Herb garden in deep crevice of Live Edge countertop in 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Peacock planted an herb garden in one deep crevice of the countertop.

In the Kips Bay kitchen, Christopher Peacock did just that. Peacock planted an herb garden in one deep crevice of the Live Edge countertop. “It looks very organic, like it’s growing out of the counter,” said Peacock. The counter adds an organic, yet modern feel to the kitchen.

Notorious for white and classic kitchens, Christopher Peacock used the Kips Bay Show House to experiment with color and texture. The kitchen features espresso Lambourne cabinetry with hand-picked English Wych Elm accents custom crafted by Grothouse from left over pieces of the Live Edge Counter.

Drawer fronts crafted from left over pieces of the live edge countertop
English Wych Elm drawer fronts custom crafted from left over pieces of the countertop.

This kitchen has received a colossal amount of attention from media. CBS New York News shared a video covering the house. The video can be seen here.

Learn more about Live Edge Countertops on our website and visit our Image Library for more design inspiration!

Custom Cutting Boards

Custom Cutting Boards are indispensable in kitchens today. They can be mobile or in a permanent location that is easy to access.

Custom Cutting Boards by Grothouse
Custom Cutting Boards by Grothouse

Custom Cutting Boards | Construction Styles

Cutting boards can be crafted in Edge Grain Construction or End Grain Construction.

Below is a Peruvian Walnut Edge Grain Cutting Board designed by Griffey Remodeling. This cutting board was placed strategically close to the stove top and the sink, making it easy to access for food preparation purposes.This cutting board is 5 inches thick and includes a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on Top, Bottom and Vertical corners of all edges.

Edge Grain Custom Cutting Boards
Peruvian Walnut Edge Grain Cutting Board design by Griffey Remodeling

We highly recommend choosing a cutting board crafted in end grain construction. End grain is generally ten times harder than edge grain. End grain is ideal for applications where looks and functionality are important. Knives keep their edge far better when used on end grain cutting boards because the blade slides between the wood fibers much like cutting into a firm brush. An added benefit is that end grain does not show knife marks quite as readily as edge grain.

Pictured below is a custom Random Mix Sapele Mahogany End Grain Cutting Board designed by Past Basket Design. The cutting board is 7 1/4 inches thick with a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on top horizontal edge, bottom horizontal edge, and vertical corners.

End Grain Custom Cutting Boards
Random Mix Sapele Mahogany End Grain Cutting Board design by Past Basket Design

Custom Cutting Boards | Features and Options

Cutting boards are not limited to features and options. A cutting board can include any of our edge profiles.

Cutting boards can also include laser engraving. This feature allows you to truly customize your designs. Many clients have used Laser Engraved Cutting Boards as gifts. Anything can be engraved – from images to logos, even designs. The possibilities are endless. Below is a cutting board Fisher Group designed with the company logo  in the upper left hand corner and ‘Habitable Art’ in the lower right hand corner.

Custom Cutting Boards design by Fisher Group
Custom Cutting Board design by Fisher Group

Cutting boards can also include a waste or trash hole. The food scraps are quickly swiped into the hole for efficient food preparation. The holes can be crafted with a custom lid if desired. Grothouse offers custom made steel lids as pictured or flush mount lids with flip up handles. We can also craft a lid of wood if you desire. The size and shape of the hole can vary based on your intended use. This element of customization can add a decorative flair to your well-organized work space.

Custom Cutting Boards with Trash Hole
Custom Cutting Board with Trash Hole

Custom Cutting Boards by Grothouse are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ to ensure a food safe, nut-allergy-free surface ready for food preparation.

To view more cutting boards and for design inspiration, visit our Countertop Image Library.