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Real home: Geometrics and symmetry fall into place in this kitchen extension
A turn-of-the century house meets sleek design in this kitchen that blends the best of both
written on: 14-03-2022 14:00pm
"You can probably tell that I’m a big fan of mid-century Scandinavian design!” says fashion buyer Fi Coe as she walks us around her elegant turn-of-the-century townhouse. “It wasn’t a theme I planned, it’s just evolved over time. I love geometrics and symmetry and designer Orla Kiely’s colour schemes of yellows, oranges and acid greens always fall into place. The Norman Cherner-style chairs were something I bought for the kitchen before we had even started planning.”
- Owners/residents: Fi Coe, her husband William and their children Sophie and Charlie
- Kitchen feature: A contemporary mix of ultra-sleek with warm wooden elements, this kitchen incorporates a central island unit in composite stone Diresco Premium Cuba Brown and kitchen cupboards in Glass Matt Platinum Metallic by Next12
The existing hand-painted Shaker-style cabinets were re-used in the utility and boot rooms. Removing a large chimney breast from the centre of the room, they then added an extension with sky lights to create a lofty, light and streamlined look, incorporating a false ceiling so that they could box in contemporary lighting. “I like different light combinations so there are about five options in this space alone,” Fi says. “I also believe that design shouldn’t be substituted for functionality and that you can have both. The kitchen was planned in a notebook I carried around with me, so when I saw things I liked I took pictures and drew designs and measurements.”
The main inspiration for Fi came from looking at stripped-back contemporary schemes, but ones that weren’t going to be a ‘flash in the pan’ and look dated in a few years. She explains, “We live very close to my children’s school so the kitchen is always full of teenagers and all the bags and clobber that comes with them. I wanted a beautiful design but also wanted the space to feel lived in and not like a showroom. I love stripped-back contemporary design but I wanted it to feel comfortable too.”
Working with a local cabinet maker Nick Bourne, Fi created her vision for a stylish yet comfortable space by choosing sleek handsome modern cabinetry with custom-made pieces added. There’s a bespoke built-in bench with stools and table designed to match the chairs she had originally bought. The result? Timeless, but cosy too.
Q & A – Nick Bourne, cabinetmaker at Nick Bourne Furniture and Joinery
- What was your brief? To supply and fit a very modern, clean family kitchen to an extended part of the house, and to include all built-in appliances. The brief developed to include bespoke furniture.
- Did you encounter challenges? Care was needed to fit into a “framing” constructed by the contractor to the architect’s design which surrounds the main hob run in the kitchen. The kitchen was produced by a German company and we had to modify some of the cabinetry to produce the large wall shelving and cabinetry opposite to the hob run in order to achieve the desired and final result successfully.
- Tell us about the work you did. As well as supplying and fitting the cabinetry we sourced stonework from a trusted supplier. Particular attention was paid to the island area, incorporating mitred corner joints and a seamless thickened edge to the seating side. The client sourced the chairs and we made the matching table and bench. We also produced three matching stools for the seating side of the island and created the bespoke imac station with concealed keyboard drawer.
- What do you like most about it? Everything! It occupies the room beautifully. I really think the stools tie the scheme together perfectly.
Credit: Darren Chung (Images), Ciara Elliott (Words) Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 252