Designer    Case Study 20 Mar 2018

Rural, rustic and traditional vs. urban and industrial – worlds collide in the Cattal Street kitchen

The Main Company has been creating handcrafted, bespoke kitchens from its North Yorkshire workshop for the last 40 years, incorporating both modern and traditional designs, but the company’s latest project, Cattal Street, an updated barn conversion, blends the two expertly: A modern and urban style is achieved with dominant industrial materials like brass, steel and concrete, while rustic salvaged wood and variegated brick are also abundant, hinting to the original barn structure. The Main Company also used an open-plan layout to embrace the impressive barn proportions and craft a large multi-functional space that could contain a variety of different materials without being cramped.

Rustic and traditional

Featuring engineered pine wood, reclaimed from Oldham Mill Board, with solid oak drawer boxes and lacquered birch plywood carcasses, a sense of the origins of this barn conversion is preserved in the characterful selection of visibly-aged timber. The pillars of assorted brick further echo the period beginnings, even though they are used to hold large pieces of modern glazing – in itself a perfect example of how old and new can work together.

Urban and modern

The concrete end units and floor, the brass of the lighting and shelving fixtures, and the stainless-steel of the pantry doors and built-in appliances, all bring this kitchen away from the rustic and towards the industrial – out of the country and into the city. The breakfast bar’s high chairs, with bare metal frames and orange seats, complete the colour palette of black-grey-brown-orange; timeless tones suited to the old and the new features.


The Main Company |