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Profile: A Georgian Kitchen Designed to Socialise

Complementary colours come together to add warmth to this large kitchen and orangery dining
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 15-12-2021 12:15pm

Lisa Cook followed her dream, moving from London to Berkshire. She says, “We bought an Arts & Crafts house, and now we’ve converted it into the Georgian idyll I envisaged. The house was gutted back to the bare bones because we had the ceiling heights and proportions to turn it into a modern Georgian house.”

The antiqued mirror splashback helps the cook to stay part of the party

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- Owners/residents: Lisa and Dean Cook and their three children; Sophie, 12; Toby, 10; Ollie, four; Wilbur, the Golden Retriever, and Jambo and George, the cats

- Designer: Michael O’Sullivan, senior designer and showroom manager at Martin Moore Fulham

- Style: Country, contemporary

- Kitchen feature: This space combines complimentary colours using the light in the kitchen and orangery diner. Darker accents are utilised to appropriate scale and contrast against the cooler elements

The placement of the glass cabinet opposite the orangery and the roof lanterns means that light bounces all around the space

Lisa was fearless, however, to be confident that her perfect kitchen came to life she sought out a design partner. “We had David Salisbury come and do the artwork and build the orangery, and I realised that the kitchen would be no less of a specialist job. I wanted a kitchen that would last forever – one that is timeless, and that I can paint and update over the years because it is quality. Through my design work on various client projects, I knew the level of quality that Martin Moore offer, and I wanted their level of service, the ability to have input, and to work with someone who gets the job done.” She explains how it worked. “Michael O’Sullivan did the overall design while I sourced certain elements like the worktops, and we created the larder together. Together, we modified the architect’s plans and created storage and workspace from the former cloakroom.”

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Tall housing leads into this separate, private larder area where everything can be laid out, so the island can still be the focal point

Lisa and her family now have a spacious place to hang out and entertain any time. “It’s such a crucial hub so don’t make rushed decisions. Also, although I chose Martin Moore, I did see several companies. Get all your ideas together, and consolidate them. Only once I’d done that, did I feel ready. So, mainly, do your homework,” she advises.

The mix of colours in cabinetry and accessories helps to define separate functions yet create reference and unity of space

Q & A – Michael O’Sullivan, senior designer and showroom manager at Martin Moore Fulham

- Were you surprised to be called in to work on the kitchen of another designer?
Not at all, kitchens are an area of speciality. Years of experience gained from prior kitchen projects and insider knowledge into both new and time-tested products, mean we are equipped to ensure money is well spent. We are adept at poking around what people really want, and use past projects and outcomes to guide. For example, we placed a sink in the island, so that prep space has a washing facility, meaning that a main sink to the back of the kitchen can hide dishes between courses when entertaining and the island remains clear. Also, I feel that where island sinks positioned centrally create two equal work spaces, it’s often the case that one sees daily use while the other becomes redundant. By offsetting the prep sink, you create a huge workspace to accommodate any task and a smaller one for smaller tasks.

The exquisitely finished island is always a clear central space thanks to the clever, task-based design throughout the rest of the kitchen

- Can a kitchen ever be too big?
Sometimes large spaces can be a little soulless with too many pieces of furniture, but this is an ideal scale for a nice, ergonomic working kitchen. The way the whole room wraps around creates distinct spaces that are connected. It meant there were some nice things we could incorporate, like fitting the butler’s pantry in the dining room, the glazed units above the sink to show off glassware, framing the large range, and creating a stud wall to house the walk-in larder and adjoining storage. We extended the range mantel to box in the large, French window fridge, so that it becomes part of the architecture and not just a bunch of disparate cabinets and appliances. Equally, it gives things space to shine. For example, the wall cupboards don’t wrap around the corner. The glass cabinet is distinct from the panelled cabinet so the sink elevation is distinct from the Aga elevation.

Credit: Darren Chung (Images), Kate Rowe (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 250, February 2017

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