• Bespoke Kitchen Projects from Spencer Marchand

Millenial Lifestyle Kitchen

The Client’s Brief

  • Contemporary handleless kitchen to blend into an open plan living space
  • Island with breakfast bar to seat at least 3 people
  • Feature wine cooler
  • How to utilise the space to avoid ‘dead-zones’
  • Incorporate an American fridge within a sleek contemporary kitchen
  • An area designated to charge phones & drop off keys
  • Overflow utility room to compliment the kitchen

Our client initially popped into the showroom with some architects plans after finding our details on the internet.

During the first appointment in the showroom we took a full brief, sketched a pencil design that the client was very enthusiastic about and assisted with their selection of door and worktop finishes.

Their house was to be extended to the rear to provide a large open plan living space with the kitchen situated to the right side of the property. A further extension to the left side property would extend beyond the kitchen area into the beautiful garden. This presented and interesting space to work with. The key was to link these separate areas with use of colour, textures and finishes but more importantly to create a design that would provide the required flow.

Another concern was how to make best use of the space behind the kitchen island. Our clients felt that a simple rectangular island design would leave the floor space behind feeling very empty.

Our Solution

After considering the brief, we designed a simplistic L-shape kitchen with a long rectangular island providing plenty of storage and usable worktop. To lead the eye to the dining and seating area to the left of the house, we designed a large double sided breakfast bar placed at 90 degrees to the island forming an interested T shape. It would provide a more sociable layout and the subsequent positioning of the bar stools gave views of the overall extension and the vista out to the garden. This would also make great use of the area that our clients feared would be dead space. 

An American fridge was housed within the tall bank of units to the right of the room with two pull-out larders positioned on either side to give balance. This was neatly panelled to allow for clearance of the doors and a top box was added so that it blended nicely into its contemporary surroundings. The ovens were set to the left of this to be nearer to the working kitchen space whilst also embracing the ‘asymmetric’ design of the kitchen. 

For social events, guests using the bar feel like they are in the ‘sociable’ side of the space creating a relaxed environment that links then to the dining and soft seating area. 

A structural pillar that had to be retained on the left of the entrance door inspired us to design a recessed reduced depth run of units for charging phones and dropping off keys which fulfilled another aspect of our client’s brief. We suggested glazed wall units as we wanted this run to represent a dresser with a softer feel as opposed to an extension of the kitchen cabinetry. 

The wine cooler was housed neatly within the breakfast bar support leg providing a feature when looking towards the kitchen from the dining and soft seating area. This offers functionality as it serves those areas so guests don’t need to venture into the working kitchen. 

The colours and finishes chosen helped the kitchen blend into the overall colour scheme. Dark matt finishes below counter top height with light matt finishes at eye level to increase the sense of space. 

Polished surfaces were added with the use of quartz worktops and metallic glass splashbacks. Both bounce the light around the room whilst the matt finish of the cabinets gives a softer look to blend with furniture in the open plan areas. 

The space feels very sophisticated and has a tremendous feeling of calmness making it a wonderful place for family and guests to enjoy. Our client was delighted with the outcome and felt it accomplished every aspect of the brief.


  • Pronorm Y-Line Handleless matt laminate in Crystal combined with Stone Grey
  • Pronorm Dun Catania wood effect breakfast bar
  • Archi-Tech glass sided metal drawer boxes with translucent melamine/graphite inserts
  • Polished Bianco Quartz worktops with a fine grey chip
  • V8000 Bronzed Sparkle toughened glass splashbacks with metallic paint finish
  • Black GM Glass fronted wall units above back dresser run
  • Grey wood effect porcelain floor tiles (by others)