Bespoke modern shaker kitchen

A bespoke, fully handmade and hand painted kitchen is based on the modern shaker style with shallow simple profiles. It is painted in a warm grey along with the walls to give a sense of enclosure. Overall, the design is understated with its palette of oak, matt honed Carrara marble and dove grey, but charged with warmth.

Simple techniques like replacing some of the door panels with glass to further enhance the light touch' visually allow a transit from one end of the building to the other.

From the kitchen door, a large bank of fully fitted units utilise every inch of space from floor to ceiling, and conceal the underfloor heating elements, integrated fridges, freezers and wine storage, bread drawers and cheese shelf, leaving an ample pantry section.

The solid oak shelving with integrated LED lighting above the sink area is a display space for some of the collected ceramics of the client. The vertical lines of the tongue and groove above the sink address the need to balance and take the visual weight out the the large units to the right.

The flooring is a large format honed Romany Blue limestone from Portugal and laid down in a quilted running length pattern, with various widths to subtly break up the large expanses.

The island unit has a multi top; oak and carrara marble pastry section. The oak leads the eye towards the dining and lounge section of the space whilst the marble is utility. Above, the task lighting is kept clean and simple, with downlighting in a warm light LED.

A view from the sink area shows the island's projection and its position within the kitchen/extension as a whole. The circular light in the dining area is Frisbi by Flos. It's very dramatic and adds another pleasing shape to the room. It hovers above the table and dims to a glowing halo which is extremely appealing in an evening.

Designed by rogue designs and beautifully constructed by Barr Kitchens.  

contemporary kitchen in Georgian house

Georgian house: kitchen 

features: minimalist Leicht kitchen, jerusalem stone tiling, cork flooring, corian and soaped oak worktops, artemide lighting

Our client for this project had taken on a big challenge: to transform a quirky and landmark Georgian townhouse from its slightly tired state into a sensitively 'modern' home with enduring design qualities. Along with local architect  Richard Twinch she undertook major restoration and renovation works, including building a ground floor extension with a fantastic oval light-well as shown below. We were commissioned to work on the kitchen and bathrooms, which were required to be high spec but understated and timeless.

Working with Martin Williamson from  In-House Design, we designed a beautiful Leicht kitchen that makes use of all available space. The kitchen is subtle, minimal and practical; all distractions are removed with handle-free doors and built in or concealed appliances, lending it a feel more of furniture than many kitchens.

The doors are lacquered in soft matte olive and vanilla, with a cream corian worktop and built in appliances including a gaggenau extractor and induction hob. The kitchen opens up into the new extension space with its spectacular roof light, and double doors link through to the garden.

The island unit is designed as a stand alone piece of furniture, reminiscent of a  trunk or chest with its soaped oak wrap-around worktop and finger joints. 

The architectural lighting (fixed on what was once a support beam for a dentist's chair that was located in the room above) is a classic artemide design by Michele de Lucchi, and spots built in to the cupboards and shelves provide valuable task lightning. The pale laquered cork flooring compliments the soaped oak, and this other natural element ensures the space is warm with character despite its clean lines. 

The corian sink  is inconspicuously incorporated in the worktop, with a silk steel finished tap.

Our client chose Jerusalem stone, full of character and fossils for the splashback tiling. it is perfectly fitted from worktop to underside of wall cupboards, and a huge single piece makes up the splashback behind the hob. Flat spate brushed steel sockets are unobtrusively set into the stone. Two soaped oak shelves that match the island worktop lighten and add interest to an otherwise dark corner. On display are some of our clients' extensive collection of fine basket making by makers such as Jenny Crisp , Matthew Lewis, Molly Rathbone and Felicity Irons. For more details about beautiful baskets please visit the resource at Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum or the wonderful Basketmakers Association.

Clean, timeless elegance and practicality.