Designer    Feature 25 Mar 2013

Ultra Contemporary: Newcastle home owners go from traditional to flat out modern

A house extension brings about a radical update of this kitchen space with an ultra-contemporary – and highly practical – new scheme.

Going from traditional to all-out modern in the kitchen would be quite a culture shock for many, but that is exactly the change that the owners of this Newcastle home opted for when redeveloping their home.

The kitchen was created by designer Julia Brown of Mowlem & Co following the clients’ decision to extend their already substantial property in which the same kitchen studio had already fitted a kitchen four years previously. The room was being knocked through to more than double the size, and after considering re-using their original kitchen – which was in a classic English style – they came full circle and decided to go totally contemporary with glossy finishes.

The brief was to complement the length that had been given to this room and to include a working practical kitchen layout to incorporate dining for eight, casual bar seats at the island, and a more formal bar area for the many social evenings they hold.

This hand-made bespoke kitchen – which was shortlisted for the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2012 – utilising Grey Ash veneer on the tall bank of furniture which features a chunky ‘goalpost’ detail and external handleless design. Appliances in this bank of furniture include ovens by Gaggenau and refrigeration from Siemens.

All base cabinets are Latte sprayed up to a high gloss finish in Mowlem’s factory and are all made in a linear style thanks to its handleless form. Worktops by Caesarstone complete the look.

A wall of hidden storage cabinets also cleverly conceals the sliding door mechanism which opens the doors to the hallway in an effortless motion, all of which is finished in a Grey Ripple Sycamore veneer.

A corner of the room is dedicated to the bar area, which is all made in a Dark Stained Oak finish and includes an ice making machine and Sub Zero wine cooler.

Other little touches in Brown’s design – such as mirrored plinths, extra-wide double drawers, and granite shelving in for the larder internals – give the kitchen a level of elegance that the clients wanted included in this very much up-to-date new look for the heart of their home.

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