JUNE 20TH 2018

Modulnova’s ‘Twenty’ is the pinnacle of architectural design for kitchens; monolithic forms which reveal little of their essence and everything of their materials. Inside these sculptural elements are highly functional interiors, with accessories specifically designed to organise work spaces and storage.  Maintaining the purity of line, tall cupboards conceal appliances and storage spaces which, as with all Modulnova designs, are organised and accessorised to order.

Shown here: The newest display in 
DesignSpace London’s Wigmore Street showroom sees Twenty appearing in a rich new palette of materials, combining dark oak and warm metal with the luxurious purity of natural marble.

Tall doors and base unit doors: Raw Oak veneer, colour Carbone  
Doors on island base units: Vein-matched Carrara Marble
Worktops and island detailing: Carrara Marble 
Splashback panels: ‘Bronze Dust’ from the Metals range

Kitchens from DesignSpace London start from £25,000


After living in the same London house for 15 years, the owners of this kitchen decided to renovate rather than move. The project quickly expanded to include digging out the basement and putting a rear extension to the house to create a large new multi-purpose living space overlooking the mature garden.

The heart of that living space is the bespoke Modulnova kitchen designed by Tom Karavla at 
DesignSpace London.  The clients worked with a Japanese interior designer to achieve a Zen-like peace and order throughout the house, in line with which Tom’s brief was to create “a calm kitchen”.

Oriented to make the very best of the garden views and natural light which floods the new space, the kitchen uses the
Modulnova ‘Fly’ range.  Gloss lacquer (in Grigio Steel) on flush floor-to-ceiling wall cabinetry reflects light back into the room, whilst satin lacquer (in Soko Piombo) on the working island gives a more muted finish in that zone.  

Overall, the palette is deliberately kept natural and neutral, allowing the architectural lines of the kitchen to speak for themselves within the space.  For the same reason, much of the functionality of the kitchen is hidden away behind pocket doors when not in use, from the twin Miele dishwashers to the giant Gaggenau fridge and freezer.  Even the extractor is discreet, fitted flush to the ceiling above the island.

It all looks effortless – but behind the calm exterior this is a kitchen designed not just for family life but also for entertaining on a large scale.  Every cupboard and drawer interior has been painstakingly designed down to the last detail including storage not just for everyday necessities but also for party china, glass and crockery. The space served by the kitchen is also carefully planned, with the main dining area within the open plan space, a comfortable snug adjoining the kitchen and the new basement providing yet another entertaining zone, perfect for teenagers to have their own space. 

AUGUST 24TH 2017
Launching ‘The 5th Room’

Known for their innovative design in kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces, DesignSpace London are launching ‘The 5th Room’. The new must-have for any home where cooking and entertaining take centre-stage, this temperature and humidity-controlled walk-in pantry integrates seamlessly into the kitchen. Individually designed and built, it offers a dedicated chilled space custom-fitted with storage systems.

As part of LDF, Wednesday 20th September sees the DesignSpace showroom hosting a by-invitation only talk with homewares brand Joseph Joseph’s co-founders, focussing on the design process behind their exciting new bathroom collection, which will be on display. The talk is followed by a cookery event in the demo kitchen, featuring state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances.

Please contact Arc if you would like to attend the evening
JUNE 13TH 2017

DesignSpace London’s coolly minimalist Southwark flagship showroom makes the perfect venue for Better Letters’ Summer Showcase, running from now until 28th July 2017 (Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 5pm.)

Better Letters (“Lettering Agents & Signwriting Contractors”) represent some of the most exciting signwriters working today, four of whose works feature in this Summer Showcase; James Cooper, Harry Fiever and David Kynaston are all UK-based, whilst Mike Meyer brings a breezy quick-fire style from the USA.  

The twelve pieces of work on show at DesignSpace London demonstrate the diversity of the four artists’ illustrative styles, whilst highlighting their shared focus on craftsmanship and love of the classic artform of lettering and signwriting. 
MARCH 23RD 2017

This bespoke kitchen, designed by Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London is a masterclass in spatial planning, siting a generously-proportioned and highly functional kitchen within a relatively narrow space.   

The footprint was created when the owners decided to rework their interiors, bringing their kitchen forward to take more advantage of the balcony and spectacular views over London’s Regent’s Canal.  

Their ‘must have’ priority was an island unit with prepping space and seating. Once the main run of cabinets was added into the plan, with the minimum practical one metre walkway between the two, it left a very narrow space. 

This planning issue was solved by making the island long and slim; at 800mm wide, this is the thinnest it could be without looking awkward or unbalanced. In practice, it works perfectly, partnering visually with the dining table at the centre of the open plan space beyond. 

Flooded with natural daylight, the kitchen plays to that theme with 60mm thick Carrara marble surfaces, satin-finished white lacquer cabinetry and a white glass splashback. Inset shelving with dark timber linings creates contrast areas within the simple modular forms of the cabinetry, which comes from Modulnova’s Twenty collection. 

Behind the sleek exteriors lies a sophisticated and extremely well-equipped kitchen. With high function appliances ranging from steam and pyrolytic ovens to a 4-zone ceramic induction hob and plenty of refrigeration, this is the perfect minimalist kitchen for two keen and creative cooks.

Designed for the penthouse apartment of an impressive Georgian building in London, this bespoke kitchen by DesignSpace London is the utmost in luxury; in both materials and functionality. 

The client asked for ‘rich finishes’ and designer Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London responded with a palette of exceptional materials including natural quartzite stone and specially commissioned metallised bronze lacquer finish on the cabinet doors, with walnut framing and wall panelling matched to the panelling throughout the penthouse - which was developed and interior designed by Vabel.  

The ‘Taj Mahal’ quartzite is an exceptionally hard and beautiful stone, used for the floor, the central island, the worktop and the backsplash cladding. The stone delineates the kitchen area within the open plan room and its characteristic veining creates a decorative feature within the refined austerity of the overall design.  

Designed and made to order, the kitchen uses cabinetry from Modulnova’s Fly and MH6 systems as minimalist building blocks - given visual depth and interest by the rich wood, stone and metallic lacquer. In such an apparently simple design, fine architectural detailing speaks volumes - such as the 45˚ mitred edge on the cabinet door tops, precisely mirrored by the worktop overhang.

The kitchen is zoned with all the cooking appliances and the sink on the back wall, leaving the island as a solid expanse of stone, free for prepping food and gathering guests. Storage was maximised throughout:  Solutions include deep drawers under the hob and island and wall units above the sink with super wide doors. These lift on an electric system, putting the entire contents on view.

The lighting too has been carefully considered. With a dramatic antique French pendant light over the adjacent dining table, it was important not to compete by installing suspended lighting in the kitchen. Instead, trough lighting is rebated into the walnut pelmet above the wall units, with a parallel line of concealed LED’s at their base. The focus is on illuminating the luxurious materials, with adjustable settings allowing the mood to be changed in response to the time of day. 

This kitchen was commissioned by a passionate art collector and designed to be as much a gallery space as a place for cooking and eating. There are, in fact, two adjacent kitchens: A vast architectural showpiece in Modulnova’s ‘Blade’ collection which acts as a family hub and entertaining area and a smaller, professionally equipped workspace in Modulnova’s ‘Twenty’ collection in white satin lacquer with a stainless steel worksurface.

The main kitchen combines ‘Blade’ in anodised black aluminium with elements from the ‘MH6’ collection in a bronze metallised finish. Utilising the latest technologies, the extraordinarily light and strong ‘Blade’ concept allows drawers up to a massive 1.5m wide.  

The centrepiece island was designed to make an impressive impact on the living space, with two key features to plan around; a custom made dividing panel/display wall and a lighting installation specially commissioned by the client for above the island.  Ultra slim, matt black granite tops enhance the rectilinear feel of this kitchen, where every aspect of line and volume has been minutely considered in the creation of a magnificent setting for art and lifestyle alike. 

A visual essay in charcoal and black, this Modulnova kitchen by DesignSpace London is a tribute to Modernism. Bold rectilinear forms conceal the working elements of the kitchen behind drawer fronts and ultra-tall doors. 

Only an array of ovens and a single chrome tap speak to the practical function of this space, which sits at the heart of an extraordinary house. The largest ever featured on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, it was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.  

By removing decorative detailing, you throw a spotlight onto the quality of the materials and the precision of the construction - and Modulnova kitchens are built with exactly this aesthetic. The island uses the ‘Fly’ kitchen in dark stained Oak veneer with a dramatic 30mm Nero Assoluto worksurface and integrated sink. The cupboards on the back wall, concealing both high-tech appliances and dedicated storage, are from the ‘Blade’ collection in Graphite Aluminium. 

Every joint, mitre and shadow line is precisely engineered to achieve the technical accuracy which underpins the best minimalist design. 

JUNE 28TH 2016

Launched during Eurocucina 2016 Milan Expo, Modulnova’s new Outdoor Kitchen draws on the great Italian tradition of cooking, eating and entertaining outside. 

Now available at DesignSpace London, Modulnova’s high-function version of a classic outdoor kitchen is built from solid Pietra Piasentina stone with a matt flamed finish. 

Designed with a strong modernist aesthetic, the outdoor kitchen is made up from three architectural modules: The main block combines a wood-burning oven with storage and fronts which conceal both a fridge and an ice-maker. Set at a right angle, the floating worktop has an integral barbecue pit and a deep stone sink. It connects to the final element, a table constructed from solid Teak slats and set with Pietra Piasentina stone block stools.
JUNE 16TH 2016

Famous for sleek, architectural kitchens and bathrooms, DesignSpace London are one of London’s most innovative companies. Underlining their pioneering approach to design, they have moved their flagship showroom from Battersea to London’s emerging new design quarter on the South Bank. 

new Southwark showroom is a dramatic 4000 sq ft space in which DesignSpace London have created fifteen display areas showcasing inspirational kitchen, bathroom and living concepts. Using dynamic Italian brands such as Modulnova and Lema, they push the boundaries of modular design and create today’s multi-purpose living spaces. 

The displays feature many new products never seen before in the UK including the latest in ‘technical’ materials and developments in pocket door systems, which can glide open to reveal over 2.5 metres of kitchen work space. The innovative Blade system demonstrates how seamlessly kitchens and living spaces can now be integrated, with a host of new surface finishes and new lightweight yet flex-free aluminium doors up to 2.7 metres high. Specially developed hinges and fittings allow designers to use them to create bespoke storage cabinets and wall cladding. 

Bathrooms too offer both new materials and an enhanced range of lacquer colours. Taking bathroom planning to the next level, drawers have purpose designed inserts for organizing make-up and other bathroom necessities. Freestanding baths and basins in both natural stone and new generation composites complete the sleek, contemporary appeal which is such a hallmark of the DesignSpace London look.

When it comes to interiors, grey is here to stay. Far from drab, this wonderfully versatile colour is the perfect neutral: calm, sophisticated and a beautiful backdrop to brighter pops of colour.
Colour expert Edward Bulmer notes that "Grey is a lovely colour with so many nuances, from soft pinky ‘dove greys’ to deep charcoal tones.  Some are very warm colours, others have cooler, more steely qualities.” In decorating terms Edward recommends: "Don’t feel that you have to paint all the walls in your sitting room in the same colour.  It could work really well to just paint one wall in your chosen grey and use it as a backdrop to a focus piece of furniture such as a sofa or sideboard.”
We’ve selected our favourite looks from across our clients for some grey inspiration:
JUNE 19TH 2014
Lema is one of the most influential names in contemporary Italian furniture, often collaborating with leading designers. Perfect for today’s zoned living, its innovative collections turn domestic space into dynamic space. New from Lema at DesignSpace London are two new wardrobe collections, Warm and Aria, both designed by David Lopez Quincoces.

Shown below left is Warm, named for its rich natural leather upholstery finish. Horizontal shadow lines break up the verticals of the tall wardrobe doors, creating a strong design focus. Available in a collection of leathers and fabrics.

Shown below right is Aria. Slim anodised aluminium frames hold the strong, lightweight glass panels. The glass is clear, allowing natural light to illuminate the inside of the wardrobes. Invisible hinges give the doors a sleek, uninterrupted line.

Warm and Aria are both part of Lema’s extensive ‘Armadio al Centrimetro’ wardrobe collection, allowing height, width and depth to be perfectly tailored to the space available. Custom interiors complete the bespoke designs.
JUNE 5TH 2014
Available in the UK at DesignSpace London, Modulnova’s dynamic and flexible solutions for kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces represent the best of Italian design.  

One of Modulnova’s most pioneering designs, the Cucina BLADE collection continues to make technical and aesthetic advances in kitchens. Its newest version sees patented ultra-thin glass panels and anodised aluminium used for both fronts and tops.  Super-strong, highly durable and wholly recyclable, this is the perfect meeting of high-function and architectural purity of line.  
MARCH 31ST 2014
DesignSpace London has opened a new Wigmore Street showroom showcasing Modulnova’s kitchen and living collections: Utterly luxurious, sleek and modern, their designs combine advanced engineering and hi-tech materials.

Offering 1600 sq ft of display space over two floors, the new showroom showcases three of Modulnova’s most iconic architectural kitchens: ‘Fly, ‘Blade’ and ‘Twenty’. Rectilinear styling gains razor-sharp focus in finishes including matt and gloss lacquers, textured timber veneers, glass and Kerlite. Multi-function islands and workstations are anchored by tall units with pocket doors, providing purpose designed appliance housing and dedicated storage.

Living spaces are given new definition by organisation. Modulnova’s innovative new ‘Library Unlimited’ modular shelving system is being seen for the first time in the UK, shown in the Wigmore Street showroom as part of a dynamic work/live display.

DesignSpace London offers a full design service for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces. Available at both Wigmore Street and DesignSpace London’s 5500 sq ft flagship showroom in Battersea.
APRIL 18TH 2013
DesignSpace London is launching Studio, Modulnova’s brilliant new concept for compact kitchens.
Studio is the perfect answer for small space living, a fully functional ‘hidden’ kitchen with a contemporary architectural aesthetic. Ideal for studios and open plan spaces, the working areas are enclosed within sleek, chic, modern cupboards. These can be built-in or constructed as a single or double-sided freestanding module to form a room divider.
Each Studio kitchen is individually designed and made to order, offering Modulnova’s exceptional choice of internal and external finishes including lacquers and wood veneers. Fold-away pocket doors allow total access to the working kitchen, which can comprise anything from a simple hob, fridge and sink set-up to a complete range of integrated appliances including extraction. Storage too, is cleverly tucked into the design, making Studio the ideal combination of form and function for urban living.

Designed by Alfredo Häberli for Schiffini

Seen in prototype at Milan in 2012 and now in production, Schiffini’s newest collaboration with Alfredo Häberli is the Pampa kitchen.

Pampa is both a follow-up to Häberli’s 2008 ‘Mesa’ kitchen and his homage to Vico Magistretti’s ‘Cina’, launched in 1985 as one of Schiffini’s pioneering handleless designs. 

Visually, Pampa is defined by strong rectilinear forms and a bold horizontal veneer; available in both natural oak and thermo-treated American walnut (as shown here).  A simple sculptural slit, little more than a shadow on the door front, serves as a pull. Creating this detail is a feat of engineering by Schiffini, using moulds and counter-moulds to ‘wave shape’ the wood. Wafer thin stainless steel worktops complete the aesthetic.

DesignSpace London showcases Schiffini’s most influential collections in a unique 5,500 square foot semi-industrial setting. An iconic name in Italian kitchens, Schiffini has been at the forefront of contemporary design since the 1950s. Classic designs are shown alongside new concepts from the company’s roster of leading industrial designers.



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