Past meets present in Mette and Chris Lowe’s kitchen, which successfully combines elegant modern simplicity with a historic setting
After returning from a spell living in Singapore, Mette and Chris Lowe decided to give their home in Wiltshire a complete overhaul. Having renovated nearly every room in the house, it was time for one last, but very important, project. ‘The kitchen was looking especially tired, and in real need of an update,’ recalls Mette.
Given that their home is a listed Jacobean manor house with the kitchen in a late Victorian extension, the project had its fair share of challenges, involving planning permissions, plumbing, heating, lighting and electrical work. As well as improving the insulation, adding new underfloor heating and flooring, they also took down an internal wall in the adjacent utility to create a larger laundry room, removed a bulky water tank suspended from the kitchen ceiling and added an underfloor wine cellar.
Although probably the most significant challenge was a design one, as Mette explains: ‘I’m Danish and like Scandinavian sleek minimalism, so we were very focussed on how to create a modern kitchen which could fit comfortably into such an old house,’ she says. The solution came in the form of bulthaup b3 furniture from Hobsons Choice. ‘Once we had seen the crisp look of bulthaup, it was very difficult to look at anything else,’ says Mette. ‘The natural colours combine with clean lines to such a beautiful effect and in a way that we felt would blend harmoniously with the original stone windows and old timber beams of the room.’
Working with Hobsons Choice design consultant Laura Warren, Mette and Chris, have created a space designed for cooking and entertaining. It works well when friends are expected for a casual dinner or when the couple’s adult daughters come to visit, just as it does when Mette wants to catch up on her laptop at the kitchen table or watch the news on television. With a dining table and chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner and a contemporary-classic pendant light designed in 1968 by Bonderup and Thorup – ‘I am like an ambassador for Danish design,’ laughs Mette – the room feels gently warm and welcoming. ‘I spend a lot of time in this room and it always has a very good feel,’ she says.
Kitchens by Hobsons Choice start from £35,000
Photos by Darren Chung
Article by: Amelia Thorpe