Home to a busy couple who own their own businesses, this Victorian house boasts plenty of ornate original features and period charm – but with their eye for the contemporary aesthetic, and a love of entertaining, the couple decided that a complete remodel of the ground floor would be in order. The result is a stunning open-plan space which is flooded with light, and retains all the period charm of the property juxtaposed with up-to-the-minute minimalist design.
With cooking and entertaining high on the clients’ list of priorities, high-end appliances were the order of the day. “A good-sized preparation area was important to them, as was the ability to have small appliances accessible and permanently plugged in – as their lives are so busy, the couple really value design that facilitates an efficient use of time,” Simon continues.
A steel-backed glass doors of the Gaggenau ovens and warming drawer echo the metallic, reflective qualities of the mirrored doors on the island unit, but in a way that tones with the marble worktop. Additionally, the sizeable island allows for plenty of storage space – on the ‘working’ side, there are eight capacious drawers which enable easy access to essentials while cooking.
The doors are made from a multi-core oak ply with an exposed edge – which is an honest use of the material, rather than it pretending to be solid timber – in a smoked, matt finish. The beauty of the natural wood grain is shown off by the minimalist door, unhindered by any cabinet hardware.
In keeping with the sleek and understated look, the top-of-the-range Bora tepan and induction hob, with the powerful downdraft extraction unit between them, sit seamlessly in the marble countertop on the island unit. With such a pared-down aesthetic, it’s even more important that attention to detail is exacting, as any imperfections will be noticeable. Every element – right down to the control knobs and kitchen accessories – needs to be beautiful, if understated in its style, and the installation needs to be absolutely faultless.