Ella's Kitchen Company was started in 2004 by me, Katherina Saunders. I was inspired by a combination of wanting to draw from my Norwegian heritage, as well as by the thought of leaving a legacy for my children - in particular my daughter Ella, who was named after my Norwegian grandmother. It was my maternal grandmother who left me the original Norwegian Cabinet from her kitchen - something that I had seen and used throughout my childhood in Oslo.
When we moved to Shropshire in 2003 with our three young children, my beloved Norwegian Cabinet was the first thing to go up on the wall in my kitchen. I had always loved giving my children cooking lessons as part of life at home with 'mum', and so when I made the decision to start working again, it was a natural progression to give children's cookery classes in my own home.
This planted the seed that was to become Ellas Kitchen Company. I found that half the fun of these cooking lessons was the children queuing up to use the flour, sugar and spices from my Norwegian Cabinet. At the end of the cookery class they would beg me to convince their parents to have these kitchen cabinets in their own homes - and it made me think... why not start making them?
How the Cabinet is made
After 18 months, my first 12 scoop storage cabinet was ready for launching on an unsuspecting public. I had loved the Ludlow Food Festival the previous year and therefore it seemed only right that I should launch my Norwegian Cabinet at the Ludlow Food Festival just down the road from home in Shropshire. It was so exciting.
I have stayed faithful to the manufacturing process that will make Ella's Kitchen Cabinet an heirloom. Built using responsibly-sourced, European wood, the cabinet is made and hand-painted by Steven, a local Shropshire craftsman with low VOC, Little Greene Paints. The Ella's Kitchen Cabinet Scoops and EKC marked Bottles are both created using artisanal methods with recycled materials. Sustainability and eco-friendliness are both important philosophies to me. I hope that creating items that are built to last, and not be thrown away when people move or improve their homes, will go some way to helping our environment.
I have created something which is child-friendly, convenient, simple to use, mouse-proof and provides intelligent storage to help you organise your kitchen and home.
Every part of EKC is stamped with our logo, EKC is a trademarked and registered design.
Our Team at EKC
This is our wonderful photographer Paul, who hates his photo being taken but is great a taking pictures of lovely wooden painted boxes!
This is Jenny painting one of our Cabinets