The Muswell Hill Kitchen
The addition of a small extension with glass doors and a large roof light transformed this kitchen by adding more natural light to this long and narrow space. In addition, our client who is a prolific cook wanted to maximise every inch of storage space. Our solution was to increase the height of the cupboards to meet the ceiling, retaining the original coving, and using a shadow gap in between, as the lighting recess running all around the room. The recess then joins seamlessly with the ceiling coving above, which in turn becomes part of the furniture, linking the architecture of the room with the kitchen cupboards and making them appear as one.
The kitchen design is mainly taken from our Ledbury Shaker collection, but the client was also keen to introduce our signature use of metals. We added aged brass to the edge of the cooker hood and also used it for the plate rack’s supporting brackets, the hanging rails mounted on the splashbacks and the cupboard handles. Fluted glass was chosen for the cupboard fronts to keep the design light and airy but without having the contents on display, and the kitchen was handpainted in situ to compliment the client's collection of chinaware. Finally to increase the sense of light and space Verre Eglomise was chosen for the splashbacks whereby pure gold leaf is applied to the reverse of toughened glass and antiqued. Demonstrating an eye for detail our client requested a floral design be gilded on to the surface behind the hob, transforming it into a standout feature.
Our kitchen is a long and narrow space but Charlie and the team at Ledbury Studio have done an amazing job of fitting absolutely everything in that we wanted. From a breakfast cupboard and a place for all our cookbooks to plenty of worktop space and cupboards that extend all the way up to the ceiling, it’s perfectly tailored to our lives. Though I have to say, the stand-out feature is the verre eglomise splashback. We knew we wanted a floral motif and Charlie went out of the way to achieve this stunning design. We love it.
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