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3 Kitchens That Stay True to Their Materials

Wood, mortex and brick are the true heroes of these kitchens
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 05-09-2021 19:00pm

1. Wooden wonder
Wood is one of the oldest building materials and has been used to make kitchen furniture for hundreds of years. Even with the advancement of technology, this craft has seen a renewed interest as a reaction to industrialisation and the need to return to a simpler, more handmade material culture.

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Kitchen by Kettle of Fowey for designer Tom Raffield 

A great example of this craft is a recent project by high-end wooden furniture and lighting designer Tom Raffield, who uses the traditional method of steam bending for his work. Given his trade, it is no surprise that his dream home showcases his favourite material – wood.

The kitchen by Kettle of Fowey is an homage to the material and highlights its different variants and textures. The open kitchen features a dark charcoal island with concrete worktops and sliding doors that cleverly conceal the sink and surrounding shelving.

2. Shades of grey
Designer Hayley Robson of Day True Interiors creates a kitchen-living space that exudes industrial charm. Aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, the kitchen is primarily cladded in grey mortex (a mortar floor covering that has the same effect as polished concrete). The mortex worktops, splashback and extractor hood give the space an interesting texture that boasts of hardwearing surfaces with gleaming edges and clean lines. Black wood textured units, industrial-style suspended bulb fixtures, polished plaster walls and a charcoal floor made from herringbone engineered wood further complement the grey mortex.

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Mortex worktops and extractor hood, Kitchen design by Day True Interiors, Credit: Gary Summers

Although Hayley sticks to a neutral colour palette for the kitchen, the space is anything but boring. The designer manages to bring in plenty of personality through displaying art and accessories. Personality is definitely something that isn’t lacking in this sleek and sophisticated yet cosy space, proving that you don’t need a loud colour palette to make a bold design statement.

3. Brick in the wall
Homeowners Anne-Maren and Tobias Phillips had a mammoth task ahead of them when they decided to buy this home. The place was once a pair of two-storey red brick Victorian workers cottages that had been put together badly in the 1980s.

Credit: Malcolm Menzies (Images), Kay Prestney (Styling)

As the ground floor was one uninsulated solid concrete slab, it caused a lot of damp issues that the previous owners tried to fix to no avail. However, the duo decided to tackle the problem by digging back to the dirt and excavating the concrete and hardcore. The floor has been redone with recycled glass insulation and a limecrete slab containing underfloor heating. To fix the walls, they ripped out everything, exposing the bare brick while internally insulating with hemp.

The exposed brick walls form the backdrop to the kitchen, which also uses stainless steel, recycled pine, slate and marble. The red bricks and aged wood especially combine to give this family friendly space a rustic yet sophisticated look.

Also read:
5 Ways to Incorporate the Copper Trend into Your Kitchen
7 Alternative Wall Finishes to Use in Your Kitchen

Which one of these kitchens is your favourite? 

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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