A streamlined urban kitchen with modern country elements was the brief for this fresh, family space in central London
One of the biggest aims when designing this super sleek kitchen was combining a 20-year-old Aga into a modern scheme to fit a busy family of five. ‘When I first saw the space, it needed completely re-doing. It’s a small kitchen and was cluttered and dated,’ says designer Daniele. ‘The owners had fallen in love with their Aga and wanted it as the centre of their new kitchen design. As the nature of cooking with this appliance means that it’s switched off in the summer, a separate hob and oven was required but the flip side of that meant that for eight months of the year, the extra oven and hob were going to be a waste of space.’ The answer came in the form of a design which focussed on a simple island and sleek built-in cabinetry in a cool two-tone colour scheme, creating a secondary cooking zone that was as unobtrusive as it was stylish.
‘The wall cabinets are a high gloss cool blue while the fitted cabinets and island are colour-matched to the Aga,’ explains Daniele. The layout flowed from there onwards with concealed storage devices, like the pull-out appliance tray hidden behind doors and the slimline larder unit to hold everyday ingredients. The design also had to tie in the living area cabinetry with the kitchen. Creating an unobtrusive island in a small space that did not detract from the key feature in the room was a challenge. ‘We overcame this with a simple design for the island, ensuring it became an interesting focal point but didn’t overwhelm the space,’ says Daniele. And are the clients happy customers? ‘They are indeed. In fact I’m back this summer to fit three new bathrooms as well.’
Kitchen by Hub Kitchens. Tel 020 7924 2285.
Photos by Jake Fitzjones
Article by: Ciara Elliott