For busy professionals Mr and Mrs Gupta, it was imperative they were able to come home to a space that immediately made them shed the cares of the day. Equally, they wanted that benevolence to be conveyed to their guests. ‘I love to entertain,’ says Mrs Gupta, ‘so we wanted a convertible room that works as a day-today functional kitchen and a hospitality space. We regularly gather large and small groups of people and I don’t necessarily want to be cooking big meals all the time, so we had to have a space that could be formal or informal and totally flexible.’

 

One of the main ways this was achieved was with some canny Italian engineering. ‘Knowing that we wanted an island as a central gathering and work space, Daniele Brutto at Hub Kitchens suggested the idea of a dining table that could be integrated into that. It’s great because it doesn’t just slide completely away, it’s solid enough to be pulled out to seat up to six people.’ The table’s appearance of solidity belies its light weight and although it looks like natural stone, it’s actually made of a durable composite laminate. ‘It has lovely tone and texture to it. We chose it for its tactile nature, as we have throughout the space.’

 

 

The choice of Dekton® work surfaces continues this theme, and its inclusion by their architects, Hogarth, ensures the look is seamless and that the rooms feel connected. This is also achieved through colour-matched leather and fabrics commissioned by designer Verity at Woolf Interior Architecture and Design; and indeed a link is made to other areas of the house through more impressive design in the kitchen. ‘The dumb waiter is a godsend. We have a cinema room upstairs, a roof terrace with dining space and a dining room, and the intention was to use all of these spaces. Realistically, you wouldn’t if you were dragging trays up, so it’s just how we wanted it.’

 

 

‘I’m super pleased with the final result. The beautiful cabinets mean all our stuff is tidied away ready to be used for any kind of event or meal, and it’s a high-functioning kitchen. I’d originally wanted a stove with a teppanyaki and a naked flame wok burner, but I’m glad we decided against making cooking the hero of the story. For me, it’s a trade-off. Would I trade the streamlined look that I have with big, silver or black iron appliances for the once or twice I might actually use them? I don’t think so.’

 

Kitchens from hubkitchens.com start from £40,000.

 

Photos by Jake Fitzjones

 

Article by: Kate Rowe