Aha! Design: A Countertop Pocket for Plates

Woodchuck Countertop Plate Pocket

We’ve been following furniture and interior design studio Woodchuck for a while. Its founders—woodworker Rutger de Ruiter and stylist Tinta Luhrman—have a knack for creating pieces that feel at once humble and clever. One of our favorite designs from the Netherlands-based couple is a built-in wooden pocket that runs along the back edge of their kitchen counter; they use the slim trough to store plates, cutting boards, and, near the sink, soaps and cleaning products. It’s essentially a catchall for their kitchen counter.

Photography courtesy of Woodchuck.

Woodchuck Countertop Plate Pocket
Above: Having a ledge on the countertop to hold things means the couple can make do with just one tier of wall shelving. Tinta says the wood pockets are made from birchwood and treated with Osmo hardware oil.
Woodchuck Countertop Plate Pocket
Above: Behind the sink, the built-in pocket corrals cleaning products and soaps.
Woodchuck Countertop Plate Pocket
Above: The couple design and build kitchens for clients as well. Shown is an in-progress design with their signature plate pocket on the counter.

Woodchuck Umi Play Kitchen with Countertop Plate Pocket
Above: The plate slot also shows up here in Woodchuck’s Umi play kitchen; €492.
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