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Johnny Grey

Johnny Grey Studios


Johnny Grey
Johnny Grey Studios
2311 Fillmore Street
San Francisco CA 94103
phone (415) 307-7238
www.johnnygrey.com

Projects

Moscow

Moscow

County Limerick - Europe

County Limerick - Europe

West Sussex - England

West Sussex - England

Chelsea Kitchen

Chelsea Kitchen

Showtime TV House

Showtime TV House

Kitchen in Bath England

Kitchen in Bath England

San Francisco Showhouse

San Francisco Showhouse

Finnie

Finnie

SFDC

SFDC

New Hersch

New Hersch

Bourne

Bourne

Boyle

Boyle

Gilchrist

Gilchrist

Orandi

Orandi

Bay Area Kitchen

Bay Area Kitchen

Yorkshire Kitchen

Yorkshire Kitchen

Biography

British kitchen designer Johnny Grey was born in London and raised on a farm in the Sussex Downs in England. One of his first kitchen projects was for his maternal aunt, British cookery writer Elizabeth David.
When the sink cabinet in her rather rustic kitchen began to fall apart, Elizabeth suggested that her 17-year-old nephew should build her a new one, this time at the right height and with a solid construction. Johnny built the new cabinet in the street, much to the amusement of Elizabeth's neighbours in Chelsea.
Johnny was later educated at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture. After graduating, he set up a design studio and furniture workshop and also pursued a brief career as an antique dealer.
In the early 1980s, while working with British kitchen manufacturer Smallbone of Devizes, he pioneered the "Unfitted Kitchen," resulting in a new freedom and creativity for designing kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms without built-in rigidity of continuous counters and wall based units.
Johnny has authored and contributed to several volumes on kitchen and home design: Kitchen Culture: Re-inventing Kitchen Design (2004/2005/2007); The Complete Home Design Book (1998); The Hard-Working House (1997); The Kitchen Work Book (1997); and The Art of Kitchen Design (1994).
For the last several years, Johnny has been involved with neuroscience research at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK with Professor John Zeisel on the subject of well-being and architecture. His global speaking engagements have included a design tour of Canada, Australia and New Zealand to discuss "Sociability and Sanctuary" of kitchen design. In 2008, Johnny won the Simon Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in the kitchen industry.

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