‘Kitchens by Holloways’ are delighted to announce their nomination as a finalist in the Kitchen Design of the Year (over £25,000) category at the forthcoming Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.
The nominated kitchen was created for a Victorian terraced home in London. The family who commissioned this kitchen wanted to create the light and airy aesthetic of a New England beachfront property.
These clients love to prepare home cooked food for family and friends, and they enjoy entertaining, so the kitchen’s functionality was a key consideration during the design process – hence the inclusion of a Wolf range cooker with six gas burners, good extraction (from Westin), a large fridge, and a huge walk-in pantry.
In fact, the pantry is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. That’s because ‘Kitchens by Holloways’ removed a section of the external wall and extended the pantry into the shaded side alley. Strategically placed airbricks create an effective cooling draught within the pantry, which is prevented from entering the house due to the use of draught excluding seals integrated into the pantry door.
At more than 4m long, the central island is a perfect focal point for social gatherings, whilst also providing ample space for food preparation and setting out canapés. The absence of join lines between the horizontal and vertical sections, and the 1m long unsupported cantilevered section suggests this island was constructed using poured concrete around reinforcement bars. In fact the island was constructed using square sectioned steel bars, clad in plywood and coated with Kourasanit – a mix of powdered lava and water which is hard wearing, stain resistant, less expensive, and less disruptive than concrete.
The kitchen pulls together a wide range of ‘earthy’ materials to provide the texture, character and imperfections which give the space warmth, despite painting all cabinets and walls in Farrow and Ball ‘All White’. In addition to the tactile nature of the Kourasanit island, the pantry and fridge surrounds are clad with painted pine boards, the floors are Douglas Fir, and the walls are painted bricks.
This kitchen formed part of a kitchen extension which was designed and built by Kitchens by Holloways. The property is in a conservation area, so Kitchens by Holloways obtained planning advice prior to submitting a final application and obtaining planning approval. This enabled the designers at Kitchens by Holloways, working together with the client, to ensure the extension design provided the ideal interior setting for this kitchen. The location of roof lights, the combination of timber cladding and exposed beams on the ceilings, the style of windows and patio doors, and other interior features such as the window seats and chimney breast with cast iron wood burner, were all designed in parallel with the design of the exterior and the kitchen design, to achieve the desired outcome.
The Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2018 celebrate and recognise the industries finest kitchen and bathroom designers over the past year and is judged by some of the UK’s most talented and experienced experts from across the fields of UK kitchen & bathroom design, architecture and interior design.
The Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2018 winner’s presentation will take place on the 8th October 2018 at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London, WC2.