Industrial kitchen with bespoke painted furniture
Mr and Mrs Gerber came to K&I Kitchens, a Stoneham retailer based in Belsize Park, London, in search of a kitchen that ticked all the boxes. Influenced by contemporary industrial design, the couple required a fresh, bright space in their property in Muswell Hill, with somewhere serene to cook and entertain, with an added child-friendly element. The result was a cleverly organised room, full of personality, ambience and subtle details, created in partnership with interior designer, Matteo Bianchi.
The Gerbers fell in love with Stoneham’s Edwardian collection, selecting cupboardry that exhibits tell-tale signs of Shaker style with its special in-frame construction and classically proportioned doors, boasting vintage-style gold handles. The couple opted for a bespoke Farrow and Ball shade for their Stoneham furniture to establish an on-trend look – a deep, moody blue. To add further personality, the base of the units are recessed and separated by individual panels to create the illusion of freestanding furniture, offering a spacious, light feel to the room.
Caesarstone worktops in Snow complement the colour scheme perfectly, alongside the Gerbers’ Spekva walnut breakfast bar and shelves, used to display the family’s favourite cookbooks and cookware. The shelves also feature LED strip lighting underneath to illuminate the family’s sink and food preparation areas.
A combination of different finishes and materials was crucial to creating the Gerbers’ desired industrial-influenced kitchen. Whilst tiles bedeck the walls in the cove of the kitchen, the wall right of the room’s entrance features stripped back, exposed bricks, blending the rough with the smooth for a modern industrial design. In addition, the column to the left of the kitchen has its plaster bare and is wrapped with glass, introducing another unique material to the mix.
Special elements include state-of-the-art appliances from both Bosch and Elica – from Bosch, their most cutting-edge dual oven model and from Elica, a slick electric conductor hob and extractor fan. Steel-like pendant lights, that look as though they have been upcycled and bought from a thrift shop, hang above the breakfast bar and add to the room’s industrial feel. For the family’s children, a charming corkboard lining covers a hidden cupboard, beautifully displaying the children’s certificates and artwork from school. Last, but certainly not least, individual wine racks floating on the Gerbers’ wall allow the couple to conserve cupboard space and flaunt their finest bottles of wine and liquor.