Classic shaker kitchen with beautiful curved furniture

Customer Story

The brief

While the owners of this stunning house in Hertford Heath have always loved their home which they have lived in for five years, they didn’t feel that their previous kitchen quite lived up to the rest of their property. As graphic designers, they both have a keen eye for detail and wanted a classic kitchen which complemented the rest of their home. They also desired a space which perfectly captured their fun and sociable natures, requesting an open design ideal for entertaining family and friends.

The solution

Upon entering the kitchen, there was a glaring problem which Dobsons’ designer Sally Johnston would first need to resolve; the large pillar supporting the roof, which the owners disliked as it blocked the view of the garden and didn’t allow for the flowing, open-plan space they desired. Overcoming this challenge required some extensive structural work which meant replacing the existing column with a more visually pleasing, rounded steel column. The change of design involved incorporating the column into the new centrepiece island, which made it far less obtrusive to the entire space. The new design provided clearer lines of sight and greater ease when moving around the kitchen.

The impressive three-metre-long island provided a centrepiece for the design which would act as the hub for family life in the expansive open-plan space. As a clear standout feature of the kitchen, it was important that the island was completely seamless. Finding a material which would accommodate this was challenging, but the clients opted for Hanex Clara for its invisible joints, allowing for a smooth finish which works well with the sophisticated dark green Vert Studio tone.

Away from the island, the rest of the minimalist, classic kitchen is painted in ‘Dove Grey’ to provide a light contrast and keep the room feeling airy and spacious. Curves were not only used to provide interest and flow to the island, but also to soften a potentially awkward return wall. The look is completed using stylish milled solid satin brass handles for a luxurious finishing touch.

As well as being beautiful, the kitchen is also functional, with the island incorporating a trio of modern kitchen technologies. The owners’ cooking needs are met by a smart Bora venting hob, while a Miele wine cabinet and Kaelo bottle cooler ensure guests’ drinks are kept chilled throughout the evening. Given their busy family life, plenty of storage was high on the clients’ list of priorities too. A large Fisher & Paykel American Style fridge is surrounded by plenty of larder storage, providing all the space the family need to store their essentials and keep their kitchen clear of clutter.

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