Kitchen | Georgian House | Gloucestershire

A different light on design

The project required a unique design approach for the bespoke orangery inspired kitchen in this new-build house that derived its design from early Georgian architecture.

The architecture of the rooms dictated our design approach. The kitchen is in a large high-ceilinged orangery inspired wing of the house with full length doors on all elevations. While this ensured the room was flooded with natural light throughout the day, it provided very little wall space for kitchen furniture.

How space and architecture worked together

Artichoke’s solution was to create an impressive four metre long island of two parts – a taller part on the front face presenting as a fine oak Edwardian retail display cabinet, and a lower run on its rear working side.  This approach provides an attractive and original aesthetic for people sitting at the table whilst also hiding the work surfaces and sink area from view.

To create interest on the back wall, a long bell-shaped bespoke extractor hood was commissioned from Officine Gullo to sit above the La Cornue range and to match the length of the island.   Combining a striking and elegant feature with efficient extraction, the hood also provides task lighting and storage for pots and pans within its underside.

Technical and aesthetic design

The hand finished aged oak cabinetry is designed to reflect a repurposed antique kitchen island and is used for the display of porcelain.  Lit from within, the cabinets also present a dramatic evening scene, defining the space and providing extra atmosphere. All the cabinets, including the painted elements in the kitchen, are made from rift cut European oak and steam bending used to ensure the island’s front plinth shows a single unjointed piece of timber.

To make the grain of the oak grin through painted surfaces, Artichoke used lacquer as the undercoat instead of primer to stop the oak grain being filled. The satin nickel knobs are from Belgium. The knives, a gift to the client from us, were made from English steel with apple wood handles picked from the Burrow Hill Cider orchards in Somerset.

The Artichoke effect

Our unique design for this kitchen and the master craftsmanship of the detailing complements the architecture to create a kitchen unlike any other.

It is our commitment to every detail that brings effortless luxury to this kitchen and is an expression of our belief in useful beauty – such as how the marble shelves in the scullery line up precisely with the timber glazing bars. Carrara marble forms not only the pantry shelves but also lines the pantry walls and the backs of the glazed cupboards in the scullery.  This is not only a beautiful feature but a practical one (Carrara marble was the marble of choice in Georgian and Edwardian houses and our study on its use in English country houses can be read here).

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