We would like to take the honor of congratulating the prestigious Matthew Quinn for winning Kitchen & Bath Business Person of the Year! The editors at Kitchen & Bath Business chose the Person of the Year and the six Praiseworthy Picks based on how they are leading the way and making a difference in our industry.
Wood Countertops by Matthew Quinn
Grothouse had the honor to work with Matthew Quinn on many occasions, including the prestigious House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016. His designs are more than inspiration, they are truly unique innovations.
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Quinn featured a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edging along the table and pedestal base.
Also a part of Kitchen of the Year was this White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop featuring an Anvil™ Argentum Metal Textured Finish applied to show the wood grain. Matching floating shelves were crafted in the same finish.
While kitchen styles have changed from year to year, wood has always been a top choice for kitchen countertops. Wood kitchen countertop history dates back to the early 1900’s when all things house-related were taken over by an exciting wave of modernization.
The earliest countertop materials were stone and wood. Those who cooked over a fireplace or open flame used the fieldstone hearth as their countertop. Wood wasn’t far behind in the timeline of countertops, and was used just as early as the stone hearth. As cooks began to move away from the fireplace and into a dedicated kitchen, the earliest countertops were still made of stone and wood, the most available products.
Things changed when the 19th century rolled around, like countertops made of lush materials, such as marble, fine woods and occasional metals. These were often found in the most upscale kitchen pantries or serving areas. In the kitchen itself remained the domain of wood.
Wood countertops have had a long presence in kitchens and pantries in the form of work tops or wood tables. Pine, maple, and oak were top choices for worktops at the turn of the 20th century.
Wood Kitchen Countertop History
This 1920’s L-shaped kitchen features a wood countertop, white cabinetry and beaded board panel backsplash. While this kitchen has countertops at the same height, countertop heights were far from standardized and there would be multiple heights in the same kitchen often.
Many of the features that are standard to modern kitchens today were created during the 1950’s, like having a wood cutting board in close proximity to the sink and food prep area.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s societal changes were taking place that impacted kitchen styles. The kitchen became a source for honing culinary crafts, displaying designer cookware and served as the hub for social activity. Wood countertops top of the lower cabinets and the kitchen table.
The first kitchen islands were introduced in the 1970’s. Pictured above is a Dutch country style kitchen with a butcher block island, checkerboard wall paper, delft backsplash tile and yellow cabinets.
The idea of a completely open kitchen with appliances designed to show off came into being in the 1980’s. This kitchen features a large kitchen island with a wood counter and a stove with a cooktop created for display in addition to function.
This booth unveiled the groundbreaking Liebherr Monolith – a refrigerator built for the future with whisper quiet operation and advanced technology. 84 inches from top to bottom, this impressive monumental wonder of German engineering takes food preservation to a new level. With superior food-saving advancements and energy efficiency, Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity.
Custom Table Details
The three inch thick table top was crafted out of White Oak. It features a chevron pattern and inset brass screws down the center of the table top. A custom stain was used to achieve the white color. An eighth inch Roundover was selected for the top, bottom and vertical edges of the table top for a sleek look.
The table base and base foot are coated in Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish with a Durata® Satin top coat. The Ferrum finish replicates the gray color of iron, matching the grays used throughout the rest of the design. The edges of the base were rounded a quarter inch to continue the sleek look of the table top.
Grothouse is honored to have crafted a table for the unveiling of this stunning Monolith inception kitchen. To see more custom tables by Grothouse, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.
Every Wednesday, we give a glimpse into the products and happenings going on in the Grothouse shop, called Wood Crush Wednesday.
Wood Crush Wednesday | The Team
Wood Crush Wednesday features members of the Grothouse team and projects they are working on. Below is craftsman Eric inspecting a batch of samples.
Craftsman Adam was caught organizing our shipping department and making room for a BIG top.
Even our Customer Service Team works with wood everyday, with a custom wood desk top. Here is Rich, hard at work on his Mahogany wood desk top!
Our product engineer, Steve, and Director of Operations, Jake take a break for some afternoon silliness to cultivate creativity!
Wood Crush Wednesday | Products
Wood Crush Wednesday also features the most unique custom wood surfaces, including tables, bar tops, Anvil metal finished countertops and more. Below are just a few of the wood crushes we have shared thus far.
Here is a 1,000 POUND TOP made of solid Wenge wood for a customer located in Canada. This top features one of our largest edge profiles, the Camelot.
A custom table shows off its intricate legs for days.
About the Design: Creativity was used to balance the design of this vignette, establishing a modernistic masterpiece. Parallel in design between the top upper cabinets and the wooden section of the peninsula, there is a continuous line across the top of the cabinetry corresponding with the stainless-steel bar running laterally along the way. This cutting-edge kitchen is stylish, yet functional in nature.
Making a peninsula, the Pastore™ Table is the focal point of this design. Each side of the peninsula features push to open cabinets to store large pots and pans. The kids’ corner, located on the rear of the piece, creates a play area low to the ground for children to enjoy.
Cabinetry: Aspire Cabinetry Full Access Frameless line by Wellborn Cabinet in Midtown DLV Gloss Marine, Midtown DLB Matte Graphite and Arcadia DLV Cotton Pine
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID of Kitchens Unlimited.
About the Designer: Karen Kassen is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, member of the NKBA and an Allied member of ASID. She and her husband, Joe, purchased Kitchens Unlimited in 1998. A graduate of Auburn University, with a B.S. in Interiors and Housing, she has been practicing kitchen and bathroom design in Memphis for over 23 years.
A Tip from Karen: When designing an all white kitchen, use wood tones and warm accents to keep the room from appearing sterile and feeling cold.
Countertops: Polished Marble and Grothouse Zebrawood Pastore Table sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. This table features plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the table overhang.
Backsplash: Full Height Polished Marble
Wall Color: Custom
Other Appliances: Dacor, Miele, SubZero and Wolf
Additional Comments and Advice: By integrating plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the countertop overhang, you avoid interrupting the beautiful waterfall edge of a Pastore table with an unsightly electric outlet.
Grothouse also crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish, which is a real metal coating that replicates the appearance of nickel silver.
Grothouse manufactured matching floating shelves constructed of a smooth composite substrate to match the wood bar top. The shelves are also gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish. The bar and the shelves are sealed with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Satin sheen.
Grothouse Wood Surfaces is honored to have been a part of this absolutely stunning design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. To learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertop finishes, click here.
Matthew Quinn is one of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design. He has worked around the world to provide original, memorable spaces. In his designs, function is amply addressed, as well as aesthetics and comfort.
His work is seen in applications and publications worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous national design awards and he serves on multiple design boards for high-end kitchen product manufacturers.
Matthew observes the environments, lifestyles, and desires of his clients to inform his custom design solutions. His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience.
This is not the first time Grothouse has been privileged with the opportunity to work with Matthew. Matthew designed the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen. Grothouse crafted a custom Walnut Wood Pastore™ Table for the kitchen, pictured below.
The kitchen was featured in House Beautiful magazine’s November 2014 issue as Kitchen of the Month.
Stay tuned to see Matthew Quinn’s design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 #HBKOTY!
Reclaimed Wood Tables crafted by Grothouse are made from 100 percent real reclaimed, heirloom quality lumber. The wood used is predominately from eighteenth and nineteenth century Pennsylvania barns. The natural imperfections in reclaimed wood lend history, character, and beauty to any style design, from modern to industrial to traditional to rustic.
Reclaimed Wood Tables | Features
Reclaimed wood tables by Grothouse can be crafted for any desired use, whether you would like a reclaimed wood dining table, table top, coffee table, restaurant table, end table, etc. They can also include a variety of features to add function to the space. The reclaimed wood dining table featured in this blog post was designed by Lobkovich. The Grothouse team worked with the designers, J. Paul Lobkovich and Emily Neifeld, on the design of the table to include a multitude of features.
This reclaimed wood table can double as a dining area and a kitchen island. It has eight drawers, perfect for storage and organization. The table top is 1-3/4 inches thick and crafted of antique reclaimed chestnut in flat grain construction. The table is 50 inches by 98 inches and 37 inches in height.
One important feature was that the table had electrical outlets. Grothouse prepared the table for the outlets on the inside and outside of the drawers. In doing so, a one leg drilled with a hole was used so that wiring could be fed to each electrical unit. On the exterior, Grothouse crafted custom matching outlet covers of the same reclaimed wood to minimize the appearance of the outlets. On the interior, shallow outlets were used that featured USB plug-ins for easy access to charge phones and electrical devices.
To help with lateral strength required to support a table of this size, a metal “X” was designed to mount to the underside of the table. The “X” was made of stainless steel and unlacquered brass and designed to complement the La Cornue Range and custom hood.
The table is supported by solidly constructed reclaimed wood legs crafted out of the same chestnut wood as the table top.
The table top is complete with a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges, and vertical corners.
To view more designs featuring reclaimed wood tables by Grothouse, visit our Image Library. To see more designs by Lobkovich, visit their Houzz page.
Grothouse commercial wood surfaces are the perfect addition for evoking comfort and building ambiance at any bar or restaurant. Wood surfaces are a naturally warm material – much warmer than plastic, metal, or stone surfaces. Wood also absorbs sound and helps quiet a room full of guests, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Its forgiving nature avoids accidental chips to fine china and stemware, and its beauty helps you spare the expense of weekly linen service.
Commercial Wood Surfaces
Most Grothouse Commercial Wood Surfaces for restaurants and bars are finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish, a proven finish that withstands the wear and tear of commercial environments. It’s maintenance free finish leaves treated surfaces completely waterproof. Water left on the surface dries with no water rings. Red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. Want to see our Durata® finish in action? Perilla Restaurant, 9 Jones Street New York features Grothouse tables with Durata® finish that have been used continuously since 2007.
Catelli Duo is a restaurant and wine bar in Voorhees, New Jersey that features Grothouse Live Edge and Walnut Wood Tables. According to Catelli Duo, their restaurant offers a contemporary concept in fine dining – inviting, approachable and intimate. They offer a place where people can gather in an elegant yet vibrant atmosphere and interact freely with great food and one another. The wood surfaces they designed for their restaurant fit perfectly with the atmosphere in their restaurant. Below are images of the restaurant. Click here to learn more about the commercial wood surfaces.
The Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania has an immaculate custom Ash Elephant Bar Top produced by Grothouse. Brittingham’s mission is to create a place where guests stay long, enjoy fully, and leave reluctantly. The bar top cohesively fits into their mission. Grothouse crated custom ash dowels to fit in the brass elephant hooks. You can learn more information about this commercial bar top here and you can see images of the bar below.
The New Continental Tavern is a pub in Yardley, Pennsylvania that has a Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top. The bar top includes Chicago Bar Rail and a 4 inch drink rail. The Continental offers the finest in Tavern Fare and Sumptuous Spirits, in an atmosphere that is comfortable, inviting and reminiscent of bygone days when hospitality was paramount. The custom wood bar top crafted for The Continental adds to its warmth and charm.