The Wey Valley Kitchen
Our clients wanted Charlie to create a design that made a real statement with a sleek, uncluttered style that concealed a lot of the internal workings. This design was particularly complex in both specification and layout, incorporating varying finishes, pocket doors, pantry cupboards, clever storage solutions and accent lighting.
Working closely with Hill House Interiors to ensure a consistency of design throughout the whole interior, Charlie developed The Marquetry Collection for this kitchen,The first of its kind, the grey colour-wash on natural walnut joinery is crafted with a cross-laid veneer in an exquisite herringbone marquetry design, accented with liquid metal bronze inlays on the doors and custom-designed bronze patina hammered bar handles. The entire kitchen cabinetry is bordered with a brushed brass frame with hidden LED lighting that gives a fabulous halo effect.
With the clients’ love of authentic international cuisines, they required a separate preparation and cooking area that would contain the aromas of such cooking. Tucked away behind sliding pocket doors, the ‘spice kitchen’ includes an additional oven, hob, fridge freezer, as well as plenty of storage space, and echoes a more muted version of the primary kitchen design.
In the main kitchen, concealed behind retracting pocket doors, two cupboards open to reveal convenient pantries complete with worktops, mirror splashbacks, LED lighting, shelving and an integrated microwave. Further along, access to the utility and boot room is designed to look like part of the kitchen, with double doors that are finished in the same grey-washed walnut on one side, and high gloss black lacquer on the other to coordinate with the door design implemented throughout the rest of the house.
Centrally, a stunning L-shaped island is topped with Cambria Berwyn quartz worktop. With a 60mm down stand, this provided the worktop with a sophisticated floating effect above the recessed handle-less doors. On the end panels, the joinery features a more intricate design, with segmented, quartered marquetry, whilst on the main run, the design was kept simple with a streamlined vertical finish.
A breakfast bar is integrated into the island which, paired with comfortable bar stools upholstered in a combination of woven faux leather and elegant stripe-cut velvet, provides relaxed and sociable seating.Designed to fit seamlessly into the feature island, a completely bespoke banquette dining area is a fantastic space-saving option for an informal, family-friendly dining space.
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