Kitchen | Early 20th Century Villa | Tuscany

Kitchens for passionate cooks

Built by a Swiss emigré at the turn of the last century, the villa was run for decades as an hotel. Our clients saw the potential for a remarkable home.

They entertain often, cook exceptionally well and wanted a grand cooks kitchen – an eclectic space which looked as if it had been built up by previous owners over time.

Re-building the heart of the home

However the Villa was in advanced state of disrepair. Together with the local Italian architect we drew up plans which moved the kitchen into the centre of the villa from where there was access to the different outside terraces.

Our next challenge was to research the local Tuscan architectural language and materials, and to forge relationships with local artisan stonemasons capable of achieving what we had in mind for the kitchen and rest of the Villa.

Smart architectural solutions

Our first task was to resolve the interior architecture of the space which included designing and setting out the groined vault ceiling.

Deploying this architectural trick allowed us to create drama and also gave us sufficient room within the newly created ceiling void to hide pipework and extraction.

The plastered brick islands are typical of local Tuscan rustic architecture. The arched doors are hand planed with bespoke wrought ironwork made by a blacksmith in Yorkshire.

Materials to lend a sense of history

A variety of styles were deployed in the bespoke kitchen furniture to give the impression that the room had evolved through various owners over time.

The central islands were designed in brick and plaster, with hand planed and finished arched chestnut doors at the ends, hinged on bespoke wrought ironwork, all typical of the local Tuscan vernacular.

The oak dresser below features bespoke espagnolette ironmongery with rounded inside corners on the lay-on door frame to introduce a French element to the piece, while the furniture flanking the Wolf range oven is classical in feel.

Design is in the details

Artichoke’s design team designed all of the architectural moulding detail throughout the Villa, including the windows, skirting, architraves and the kitchen fireplace which we had made in Pietra Serena sandstone by local Italian stonemasons.

A wrought iron spit for roasting meats over the open fire was designed by Artichoke and made by an English blacksmith.

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