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Real home: concealed pantries and a hidden door in a London kitchen

'Modern yet classic' was the order of the day for the cook-space in this Edwardian property...
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 12-03-2019 09:00am

When it came to giving their kitchen an overhaul, the owners of this Wandsworth home knew exactly what they wanted.

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"We wanted our kitchen to be an open-plan space, as we envisaged spending most of our time there," they tell us. "That said, we also wanted clearly defined zones and a natural flow, too. Above all else, we wanted a classic, timeless design that wouldn't date, as we don't plan to move again."

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co


As a family who love entertaining, it was also essential that the kitchen could offer suitable space for hosting guests and 'plenty of parties!'. 

The project in a nutshell

The property: A four-storey Edwardian townhouse in Wandsworth, London

Who lives here? A professional couple with three young children

The designer: Tom Edmonds & Neil Matthews from Lewis Alderson & Co

The budget: Around £70,000

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co


The family hired an interior designer - Paul Carter from Vivid - and had strong ideas of what they wanted having browsed magazines and trawled online resources for inspiration. "We really wanted it to be modern but in a classic way," they tell us. "We thought using stainless steel in the design would introduce a harder, more contemporary edge to Lewis Alderson's work."

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co


Tom and Neil from Lewis Alderson add: "They wanted an elegant, timeless space but with a modern twist, and really relished that it would be a one-off design".

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co


Tom and Neil continue: "We wouldn’t normally go for a design that uses a peninsular and an island together as it tends to cut the room in half (usually opting for a larger island), but it was essential creating the kitchen zone within the larger space. Within that space we added informal dining on the outside edge of the island, to give the children and visitors a place to sit and not intrude in the prep areas when in use".

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co


(On the subject of the island, it's worth noting its bespoke hand-turned legs are unique to this kitchen.)

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Clever concealing of certain elements adds a secretive edge to the space: "we designed a false cupboard to disguise a door into the exterior hallway," the Lewis Alderson team explain. "The small exterior door was put in to assist emptying the bins so they aren't brought into the formal hallway."

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The U-shaped layout of the kitchen makes the most of the room's dimensions by incorporating floor-to-ceiling cupboards, including two concealed pantry-style cabinets.

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The Lewis Alderson team's advice for planning your kitchen redesign? Consider how you buy food and design your storage around it. 

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"It's a good idea to think about how you shop, be it daily in local shops or with a weekly delivery," they tell us. "This will indicate how much food storage should be included in the design, and importantly how you cook, whether it's once a day, three times a day, batch-cooking... This will help in selecting the right appliances for you, their size and capacity. Obviously a major consideration in the design is how large your family is, how often you entertain and for how many people. If you can clarify these points before starting your project, it will help from the outset." 

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Katie Byrne


Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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