Our dream? Industrial design and practicality in a kitchen with a central island opening onto our living area.
Roxane and Tim’s wishes
This young retired couple, natives of Bournemouth, have chosen Guildford in Surrey in which to build their ultra-contemporary house, with the aim of making the most of their free time. Originally, Roxane and Tim fell madly in love with the Factory trend, in the form of the Melia matt varnished black kitchen with its glossy varnished grey-beige fronts and wooden worktop.
Because, although they fancy a lot the Loft trend, they wanted a striking kitchen, in keeping with their new home, to occupy a vast high-ceilinged space.
The kitchen designer’s viewpoint: Sam
For this generously proportioned open kitchen, a large set of tall units occupying the full width of the wall was envisaged. The whole thing is integrated into a matt black surround, contrasting with the white wall. Decorative open-shelf units emphasise this unit's highly elegant aesthetic.
Ergonomics and practicality are key
Thanks to the internal fit-out of the units and the ease of circulation between the washing, storage and cooking areas, this layout is particularly well optimised for everyday use. Even the position of the dishwasher – integrated at height into the unit for greater convenience – has been carefully considered.
A central island in black, stone and wood
In terms of the island, Roxane was looking for something quite original. She wanted a cooking area with open-shelf units and a bookcase. Contrasting with the wood, the stone worktop also adds to this kitchen’s "wow" factor. This is a perfectly lit space, thanks to the large openings and the beautiful glass partition.
Any little extras?
The matt black suspended hood, like a decorative light fitting, which allows an unrestricted view from the living room.
The very elegant sockets embedded in the worktop.
The Philia handles which provide wonderful horizontality and a “handleless” look.
What are the stand-out features of Roxane and Tim’s fit-out?
The sense of movement brought to this kitchen by differing the thicknesses of the wooden surfaces: 7 cm for the island (around the wooden surface and at the base of the open-shelf units), compared to 4 cm for the washing area.
Combining design, ergonomics and practicality, this is a made-to-measure kitchen which perfectly lives up to Roxane and Tim’s expectations.