As part of the process of researching their new build home the clients visited a Grand Designs show where they saw a fantastic Stoneham kitchen with a curved island. The brief was to recreate this as closely as possible, and the finished kitchen had to look like furniture to blend in with an extremely stylish open plan living and dining space.
Since the overall look and finish of the kitchen was to be made in a bespoke way with every detail matching the clients’ needs, Mark firstly recommended they visit the extensive Stoneham showroom in London. This visit crystallised what the clients wanted and following on from this Mark worked with them to firm up design features, door finishes and bespoke touches. In the process of designing the kitchen the sink was moved from the island to the back wall where it functioned better, allowing the installation of a Quooker Fusion tap and waste disposal unit.
The door used is Holwood in Anthracite Oak finish with black mirror glass on the bank of tall units which house the Liebherr fridge, freezer and wine chiller, and on the two end cupboards of the front side of the island. The black mirrored doors match the black of the Siemens appliances which include a bank of three ovens and a coffee machine, and a five burner induction hob with a covered Tepan Yaki plate
The curved front panel of the island has a Zebrano finished inset which is illuminated and changes colour. ‘It looks spectacular at night’ comments the client, ‘it has a sort of purplish colour as well which is amazing’.
For the final finishing touches aluminium strips have been inset into the curved pillars which frame all the ends of the furniture and a Zebrano facia is inset into the cornices. The five metre long corian worksurface is shaped into sweeping curves, and for an additional feel of luxury the edges of the worksurface have been carved with a feature groove.
‘If I had to do it all again I’d go for exactly the same. The whole kitchen just flows and works so well. Mark and David the fitter did a great job’.