This incredible building was originally a church assembly hall, and so features impressive lofty ceilings with two parallel runs of windows that, with the full-length glass doors that lead out to the garden, allow a mass influx of natural light. In contrast, the Martin Moore kitchen boasts a warm, snug aesthetic with deep Cobalt blue and Dove Grey painted finishes.
Designed by Toni Silver at Martin Moore, the kitchen began as purely one long island running directly down the centre of the room, which created a visually dramatic effect. A lowered edge makes the island seems more inviting and homely, with a warm wooden worktop and woven storage baskets.
The main section of the island features an in-built dishwasher, recycling bins and capacious drawers for cooking equipment and crockery. A Quartzite surface tops the island and houses a double sink; this attractively textured stone is also employed around the hob, on the upstand and the cook’s shelf. An antique mirror wall behind the hob cleverly plays with the light, bouncing it around the room, while brick pillars either side of it pay homage to the buildings history.
Masses of storage is available through the island, shallow cupboards that flank the double doors and drawers set either side of the range cooker – putting kitchen essentials within easy accessibility. Above the range cooker, a contemporary, flus-fi extractor fan is fitted into the sloped wall – an impressive integration that means the kitchen isn’t swamped by a large extractor, nor did the original architecture have to be tampered within in order to fit necessary kitchen appliances.
The furniture appears organically designed, packed full of personality and using traditional in-frame designs that reflect the originally craft and assembly that built the church hall. Each element has been carefully considered, with quirky elements such as the hot pink interior of the fitted larder cupboard, to make for a visually interesting and surprising characterful scheme.
And the beauty of bespoke furniture is best explained through the creation of the banquette seat; the homeowner is over six foot tall and wanted somewhere capacious and comfortable, where he could stretch out and enjoy the Sunday newspaper, so Martin Moore crafted a specifically sized seat that would equally assimilate into the style of the kitchen rather than appearing out of place.Martin Moore | martinmoore.com