An eclectic mix of materials was chosen for this kitchen designed for an open-plan living space in a period house on the outskirts of Manchester.
Working with Artisan Interiors ltd, our team developed the scheme with a refined industrial vibe that is echoed throughout the space with simple clean lines and natural materials.
The oak doors and framework were heavily wire-brushed and treated with a dark stain to add warmth and a 'raw' texture to contrast with the smooth finish of the stainless steel appliances and the brass grip rail and bar top.
A generous double sink on the rear wall is undermounted below the quartz worktop with plenty of space for preparation and draining either side. An antiqued mirrored backsplash reflects the natural light and enhances the feeling of spaciousness.
Wall cabinets above have steel tube and mesh doors with brass hinges and detailing giving a subtly defused view of the crockery stored within them.
The island provides a natural division between the kitchen and the rest of the dining and living area. It is also the focal point for the cooking with a large Gaggenau gas hob and neat extractor that emerges from the worktop when needed but tucks away out of sight when not.
The antiqued brass bar top to the rear of the island has subtle lighting on the underside giving out a warm glow and further highlighting the different textures of the materials
A feature ceiling element above is made from steel tubing and mesh coordinating with the wall cabinets. This offers a display area if required and allows the brass and glass pendants to pass through it ensuring a well lit working space.
To continue the theme into the dining area we designed and made a marble topped sideboard to match the kitchen wall cabinets.
"We knew we wanted a sideboard that although tied with the kitchen, also stood proud as an individual piece. We continued the metal front doors with contrast brass hinges, but we added the Calacatta viola marble top which is its own unique feature. The client wanted to store all her best china in it and we love how visible this is. It might not be used every day, but it’s not forgotten in the back of a cupboard."
Zoe Feryhough, Artisan Interiors
For the separate boot room and utility just off the living space, a darker stain was used for the simple flat panelled oak doors with practical long handles in brass. With quartz worktop and backsplash this is a smart pared down scheme echoing the functional yet elegant aesthetic of the whole space.
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