Utopia    Real Home 23 Aug 2017
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This classically elegant kitchen is anchored around a grand central island and striking black Aga

It’s not really surprising that this elegant, largely monochrome kitchen has been designed with its Aga as a focal point – the statement appliance was one of the few items on the Smith family’s wish list when they first began planning their dream kitchen with the team at Lewis Alderson & Co.

“There was only really one place it could go,” explains Tom Edmonds, Director at Lewis Alderson & Co. “The orangery-style extension features numerous windows, and the only long-ish run of wall was next to the French doors which lead out onto the patio.” To add stylistic gravitas to this important element, a false chimney breast was built in a style that matched the internal architecture of the space – generously proportioned, sleek and contemporary, yet with a nod to the property’s period origins.

With its high ceilings and many windows, the new extension dictated both the proportion and the form of the new kitchen, which, though fitted,
has a freestanding furniture feel to remain in keeping with the historic house. In addition to the island – which has been designed to look like two smaller cabinets pushed up against one another, since a single oversized unit may have fitted the room’s proportion, but would also have been overpowering – a large dresser-style unit houses the fridge and freezer, while a separate larder cabinet provides a place for store-cupboard foodstuffs.

The choice of door walks the perfect line between contemporary trend and classic elegance. “This style suits most spaces,” Tom explains. “It includes a subtle additional bead, which is a refreshing lift from the more standard and widely available Shaker style.” This isn’t the only clever twist, aesthetically speaking. The cupboard knobs, as well as the bar handles and cup, pulls on the drawers, nod towards traditional designs while being brought bang up to date with a sparkling chrome finish.

Cleverness abounds elsewhere, too. There are hidden cupboards in the supporting piers of the chimney breast – ideal for storing oils and condiments for use while cooking – while the thoughtful inclusion of a small built-under fridge on the island unit (close to the prep sink with its boiling water tap) means that milk for tea or coffee is instantly available. “The room may be large, but it’s still important to make sure the working triangle is small,” continues Tom. “All the right elements need to be to hand without walking back and forth around the island.”

Lewis Alderson | lewisalderson.com
Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine