This sleek kitchen is a masterclass in mixing materials, creating a high impact look with everyday functionality
As an interior designer, Amanda Durham had strong ideas about what she wanted from her kitchen. She planned for it to be beautiful, but ‘first and foremost, it had to be practical.’ Amanda lives in her Fulham home with her husband and two children, aged 18 and 21. They bought the Victorian house in a very run down condition, and modernised it from top to bottom. They extended the back of the house to create the large kitchen space, following the contemporary theme in the design. Prior to training as an interior designer, Amanda was a food writer and stylist. ‘Cooking is a huge part of my life,’ she explains, ‘so the first thing my kitchen needed to be was functional.’ She chose stainless steel for the worktops, which is easy to clean and maintain, and decided on a layout for the kitchen that made using it every day as easy as possible. ‘I love that the kitchen is a very social space. It’s ideal for entertaining, but also great for everyday use, as my husband can sit and chat to me while I’m cooking.’
Amanda had worked with the design firm, Kitchen Architecture, in a professional capacity and had been inspired by their bulthaup kitchens. The reason I wanted a bulthaup kitchen is because they’re so brilliantly engineered. The placement of everything is very practical – it really is a joy to use,’ she explains.
‘I knew from the beginning that I wanted poured concrete flooring,’ Amanda explains. ‘This can sometimes make a space feel cold, so it was important that the materials used in the kitchen combatted this. We chose warm finishes for the cabinetry, such as rich wood. Most people would shy away from using so many materials, but I love the drama of it. Each piece in the kitchen can stand on its own, yet blends perfectly within the design.’ ekbb Kitchen prof ile
This sleek design combines an eclectic selection of materials. The cabinets on the far wall and on the island are a modern aluminium grey with walnut edging. This is complemented by richly hued, special smoked oak veneer featured on the tall oven run. A special olive veneer is used for the secondary serving area, providing a pleasing contrast to the stainless steel worktops and wall panel. Kitchens from Kitchen Architecture start from £50,000.
Photos by Darren Chung
Article by: Katy McIntosh