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Real home: This London kitchen is all about crisp lines with great storage

The second time around, this remodel finds the right balance between beauty and practicality
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 30-01-2022 12:15pm


Louise Chapman and her husband Meyrick bought their six bedroom Edwardian semi in West London over a decade ago and embarked on a major renovation that included extending and remodelling the kitchen. But in 2014 Louise, who originally trained in interior design and now develops overseas properties, found the kitchen just wasn’t finding that “sweet spot” between beauty and function.

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- Owners/residents: Louise Chapman and her husband Meyrick
 
- Designer: Joseph Kardani-Zadeh, owner of Point 5 Kitchens in London

- Style: Contemporary, minimalist

- Kitchen feature: This kitchen is all about crisp lines with great storage. To keep the minimalist aesthetic, the cabinetry is almost all handle-free, with push mechanisms to open

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“I love cooking, it’s my passion,” she explains, “but previously we had a separate formal dining room and a long, thin kitchen. I wanted to open it all up, so when we had guests I could be part of things.” She also wanted to let in more light and see the garden, creating that often elusive in/out flow. Their solution this time round involved enclosing an internal courtyard with a glass roof and taking out some internal walls to create a single huge kitchen and dining area, with folding and sliding doors onto the garden. “It’s now one large space, which is absolutely fantastic and works so well,” she exclaims.

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Another aspect to the practical side of things is the couple’s clever use of built-in storage, from the spiral wine cellar in the floor to the office area with sliding pocket doors to hide papers and the computer. “If I have guests, I can just shut the doors,” says Louise, who also specified a large utility and laundry room to be incorporated into the new design. This now lies just off the kitchen, to keep the “mess” out of sight.

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In style terms, the feel is very contemporary with handleless doors and short kickboards with a shadow gap. Yet colour and texture are very important and Louise took her cue from an old piece of antique furniture that she owns; a Spanish cabinet with an ambiguous grey colour and raised wood grain. This look was reproduced in the kitchen cabinetry by bespoke designer-makers Point 5 Kitchens. The striking island unit seems to change colour according to the light, from a latte hue to a blueberry shade. “It’s perfect, just as I imagined it,” says Louise. “The kitchen is a success due to the sense of space and light, while the colours and textures combine to create a sense of calm. It’s such a nice room to be in, both beautiful and practical.”

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Q & A – Joseph Kardani-Zadeh, owner of Point 5 Kitchens in London

- What was your brief?
We had a very good customer in Louise, who had clear ideas in terms of style, colour and especially the central island. We just worked on refining it. The layout in particular evolved maybe five or six times, but it was achieving the right colour and texture in the kitchen cabinetry that was important. In all, I think the space is now working really well.

- Tell us about the colours and materials.
Louise has a key piece of furniture and she wanted to recreate that feel in the kitchen. The units are finished in a thick oak veneer, which we ran through a brushing machine to give the right texture. This was a back and forth process and we provided several different samples until Louise was happy and we then stained it. The fridge and office cabinet are colour matched to the worktop and spray painted in a matt finish. We have our own scanner to match up the colours exactly; details like that are exactly what bespoke is all about.

- What are your favourite design elements in the kitchen?
It was really nice to work with such different colours; they’re really lovely and always provoke a reaction from guests, who perceive them differently. The hidden office space is a very useful element and I love the thickness of the island worktop.

Credit: Marc Wilson (Images), Alexandra Pratt (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 242

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