After a full-scale refurbishment, Humphrey Munson has announced the re-opening of its St. Albans showroom. The showroom is located in a beautiful Grade II listed building on Holywell Hill, in the heart of St. Albans. Within the walls of this historic building resides three of the company’s fully operational display kitchens: the Nickleby, Longford and Spenlow models (as featured).
A striking example of a traditional country-style-inspired kitchen – the Spenlow design features a combination of classical painted cabinetry and the attractive Smithfield weathered oak finish, all of which is given a fine finishing touch through the addition of polished nickel Quilp handles. The Spenlow cabinetry puts a contemporary edge on the traditional raised and fielded panel door, with a unique design crafted by Design Director and Founder of Humphrey Munson, Peter Humphrey, who commented:
“This kitchen really reflects everything I love about the balance of traditional English design and clean lines – a truly classic contemporary kitchen designed with modern family living in mind.”
The kitchen is positioned with a false chimney and complementary Wolf dual fuel range cooker with teppanyaki and chargrill features. This area is flanked by a baking countertop cupboard on one side and a drinks cupboard on the other, while within the chimney alcove are parallel niches to stores spices, herbs and condiments. The striking splashback is crafted from an antique effect mirror which works to gently bounce light around the kitchen.
A baking pantry, drinks countertop cupboard, day pantry – finished in the bespoke Smithfield weathered oak finish – and a large crockery cupboard provides ample storage space and all the essential elements for a kitchen that can transform from everyday use to an entertainment centre in a flash. In addition to these, the showroom’s Spenlow kitchen area features a walk in pantry with pantry tables and artisan shelves from top to bottom; “we love these walk in pantries,” the company commented, “because they serve a utilitarian purpose by having space for everything in a way that’s visible at a glance, but also they are designed to look as beautiful as the main kitchen.”
Creating an experiential space was essential in this showroom renovation, and that meant ensuring all the model kitchens are fully ‘live’ and include working appliances and accessories throughout. Louisa Blackmore, Creative Director at Humphrey Munson, commented on this: “It’s so important to us that clients experience the true look and feel of a Humphrey Munson kitchen when they visit one of our showrooms, so ensuring all the kitchens are fully live is part of that experience. We use these kitchens like our clients use them – everything from having coffee and catching up on emails to cooking lunch and trying out different recipes.”Humphrey Munson | humphreymunson.co.uk