2LG Studio founders create garden pavilion with a “touch of Beetlejuice” for their own home

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Interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, founders of 2LG Studio, have built a white-stained timber pavilion with a circular cutout window in their back garden.

Garden pavilion by 2LG Studio

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Garden pavilion by 2LG Studio

Designed during the coronavirus lockdown, the pavilion was the final element of Cluroe and Whitehead’s five-year renovation of their own home in Forest Hill, southeast London.

a bench in front of a tree: 2LG Studio has built a pavilion in the founders' back garden

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2LG Studio has built a pavilion in the founders’ back garden

“It was time the garden had our attention and we wanted to create something that could be a focal point, but also unite the inside of our home with the outside,” explained Whitehead from 2LG Studio.

“Our home has been our passion project over the past few years – it’s been the catalyst for so many of our product design collaborations over the years, so it felt natural to extend that out into our garden. It has given the garden an incredible sense of space and it draws you outside,” he told Dezeen.

a close up of a cage: The pavilion has an enclosed dining area

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The pavilion has an enclosed dining area

The simple pavilion was built across the rear end of Cluroe and Whitehead’s garden on a timber platform reached by two steps.

A seating area with two sofas occupies one side of the deck, while a dining area enclosed by a structure made from slats of British-grown larch is on the other.

a chair sitting in front of a window: It is made from white-stained timber slats

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It is made from white-stained timber slats

Cluroe and Whitehead washed the slats with an eco-friendly stain to give the timber a white shade that allowed the woodgrain and pink tones of the larch to remain visible.

A circular cut out was created to provides views back to the house from the dining area and, along with the white tones, be reminiscent of the house in the film Beetlejuice.

a bench in front of a building: A circular cutout visually connects the dining area with the house

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A circular cutout visually connects the dining area with the house

“We have always been obsessed with the white house in Tim Burton’s 80s classic, Beetlejuice, so we wanted to give a nod to that with this design,” said Whitehead.

“The circular cutout window, large scale trellis and whitewash finish gave us our touch of Beetlejuice at the bottom of the garden, whilst keeping it in line with our own design style.”

The cutout was informed by the house in Beetlejuice

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The cutout was informed by the house in Beetlejuice

Cluroe and Whitehead designed two small tables and a wall-mounted disc from onyx offcuts found, via a video call, in the warehouse of stone company Solid Nature. The pink hue of the onyx is meant to complement the white timber structure.

A pair of 3D artworks by Atelier Bepop were also hung on the structure’s back wall.

a large purple umbrella: Whitehead and Cluroe designed a pink onyx table for the deck

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Whitehead and Cluroe designed a pink onyx table for the deck

“In keeping with the ethos of our home interior, we wanted to reach out to our design community and make some new connections

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Virtual Kitchen led by ex-Uber execs raises $20 million from Founders

Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, Uber has largely turned into a food delivery company. Former Uber employees, meanwhile, are finding another way to benefit from the dramatic change in the restaurant industry.

Virtual Kitchen, a start-up founded by two ex-Uber executives, has just raised $20 million of fresh capital, according to a filing on Tuesday with the SEC. The company provides technology to set up commercial kitchens designed for delivery, allowing restaurants to get food to customers without the expense and hassle of running a dining room or storefront — a model that’s especially attractive in the age of coronavirus lockdowns. One of its customers, Poki Time, said late last year that it was converting all three locations to virtual kitchens.

The company was founded in 2018 by CEO Ken Chong and Matt Sawchuk. Chong was previously a product manager for Uber’s marketplace business, and Sawchuk was a group manager at Uber Eats.

The partners are going up against their former boss. Travis Kalanick, who was the CEO of Uber until he was ousted in 2017, is the founder or Cloud Kitchens, which reportedly raised $400 million from the from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund last year. According to market research firm Reports and Data, the global market for cloud-based kitchens will grow from about $650 million in 2018 to $2.6 billion by 2026. 

Restaurants that partner with Virtual Kitchen or Cloud Kitchens can still use delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub. Uber has come to rely on its delivery business since the pandemic closed down much of the economy and led employers to convert to remote work. Uber said last month that gross bookings for Uber Eats jumped 113% in the latest quarter, while its core ride-hailing business plunged 73%.

The round was led by Keith Rabois, a partner at Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and comes just over a year after a $15.3 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Base10 Partners.

Virtual Kitchen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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