Modern Regency Kitchen
The Client’s Brief
- Traditional painted Shaker kitchen with a contemporary twist
- Functional working kitchen with a huge WOW factor that would complement the style and architecture of the property
- Breakfast bar area to seat 3 people
- Large feature island with plenty of worktop space
- To look at the space with fresh eyes and stay open minded as to how we could maximise the storage space but not detract from the overall design
- To create a design that would blend this traditional property with its contemporary modern extension
Our client came to us having been to a couple of other kitchen companies. They felt that the designs presented to them so far were lacking the creativity and impact they were looking for. The Architect employed for their project suggested that the client came to see us for a chat at the showroom and we soon began work on the design to incorporate the above brief.
Our client’s main objective was to unify the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ and were more than happy to give us a free reign enabling us to work with an entirely ‘blank canvas’. We set to work to create a story that would result in a design with a meaning that would give the WOW factor required.
The key starting point was to begin seeking inspiration and to research the style of architecture of the property. The façade of this handsome house was of Regency style and so that is where we began the journey to find the foundation for the design.
We researched some of the original urban planning projects undertaken by architect John Nash who was commissioned by the Prince Regent for many projects throughout the early 19th Century.
Our final focus for inspiration was the urban design for Regents Park in London. The unique shapes of the layout when viewed on plan gave us the vision for our unique design. We mixed the geometric shapes of the pathways to define the shape of the central island and reflected the natural elements of the park such as the trees and lakes with a selection of materials of similar texture.
The radius units to the front of the island reflect the shape of the numerous crescents seen on the outskirts of the park. The Corian worktops are a visual representation of the main pathway that dissects the park and the circular Corian breakfast bar represents the pathway that circles the Jenkins Nursery.
The central part of the breakfast bar is hollow and houses a circular disc of Burr Oak, this being our connection to the woodland.
The Burr Oak disc is then layered with a bevelled glass top, both encircled with a chrome mirror bead to represent the surface water and lakes that surround the Jenkins Nursey.
The painted Shaker furniture features a subtle bespoke element added to the large radius corner pilasters. We designed a channel of Burr Oak that was embedded into the pilaster so that we could incorporate the texture of the wood within the painted furniture. At the same time, the style and material of contemporary door fronts on the island now blended into the traditional shaker units, reflecting the desire to blend the Regency architecture with the modern extension.
The bespoke handles chosen for the wall units exhibit a hint of brass enhancing the oak beading and offering a connection to the traditional brass wall sockets and switches featured throughout the room. These small but consciously chosen features have enabled our very bold design to blend beautifully into its surroundings.
The book matched crown cut oak veneer that sweeps around the entire island is the ultimate statement of luxury as it flows across doors and seamlessly encircles the breakfast bar units. We are proud to exhibit the skills of our bespoke joiners and thank them for their expert craftsmanship whilst working with us on this project.
The Lennon natural granite worktops were chosen to reflect the earthy textures of nature. We visited many granite yards on our client’s behalf to source slabs that would incorporate the depth of texture and colouration required. After a long day, we hit the jackpot and as you can see, they are stunning.
Other elements of the design include the relocation of the door to the utility room, allowing for a tall run of units which offers extensive storage and a visual impression of width to the room.
Finally, a bespoke corner dresser compliments the main kitchen area providing additional storage and a place for books and ornaments. The dresser was designed with a Burr Oak inner lining and open glass shelves with lighting.
- Spencer Marchand Bespoke cabinetry hand crafted by our bespoke furniture makers.
- Main Kitchen: In frame Primed MDF shaker fronts with butt-hinges, hand painted on site.
- Island: Bespoke handleless design with book matched crown cut oak veneer door fronts and cylindrical bar column.
- 19mm oak MFC carcases throughout.
- Solid oak dovetailed drawer boxes with felt lining and solid oak cutlery inserts and crockery dividers
- Lennon natural polished granite worktops to main kitchen and utility
- Cameo’ white Corian circular breakfast bar and raised island shelf
- Mix of hand-crafted door handles; ‘T-Bar’ knob handles in brushed steel with brass accent and solid metal brushed steel Pull Bars.
- Utility: Kesseler Lay-on Shaker in wood effect laminate – factory sprayed in ‘Beach Pebble’