For this bespoke commission, our clients wanted a bold statement kitchen featuring handleless lacquered cabinetry with lots of storage. An island would be the hub of the open plan space when entertaining, with an informal seating area for when the couple were dining together. They also requested dark worktops to complement the black AGA that they already owned, and, to provide a nod to the Mid-century Modern style, they wanted open shelving and we suggested further natural timber accents to soften the look of the space, including the 130mm plinth and the cornices.
The 30sq. metre open plan kitchen is part of a 46sq. metre modern brick extension, with a living roof, added on to a Victorian cottage near Thame, Oxfordshire. We designed the kitchen and made the furniture at our cabinet workshop in Bierton, Bucks. while the extension was being built, and we installed it once the new floor had been laid and tiled by the builders.
The kitchen is designed in a u-shape with three runs of handleless lacquered cabinetry in Peignoir by Farrow & Ball, a neutral colour with a pink hue to complement the floor tiles. The AGA sits at the centre of two feature windows facing out the garden and directly above it is a concealed recirculation canopy hood by Siemens. On either side are two small cabinets to house jugs and cafetieres, all with the same slab fronts.
The 20mm thick splashback behind the AGA made from the same polished Silestone quartz material used for the worktops that feature a double pencil edge in Et Noir, a black stone with a strong off-white vein running through it. This is also used for the sills, the upstands and the waterfall edges of the island. On either side of the AGA are soft-close deep pan drawers, all with walnut dovetail drawer boxes, and corner base cabinets with walnut internal carcases and shelving.