AN ORGANIC ASSEMBLY
AUGUST 2ND 2017

 
Working with repurposed buildings requires exceptional sensitivity and design know-how. Functionality can be slotted in seamlessly, but the forms must connect with authenticity to the original structure.
 
Originally a church assembly hall, this building sends the first glance upwards, to the towering roof with its cast iron spans and clerestory window lines. Set against this, the Martin Moore kitchen brings the eye back down to comfortable ground level, with warm tones, natural materials and the unmistakable look of real furniture, built on a grand scale in response to the setting. 
 
With lighting, storage, functionality and work space all needing equal consideration, the design, by Toni Silver at Martin Moore, started from one long island running directly down the centre of the room, with a lowered end adding an unfussy detail. Overall, the furniture is designed to seem as if it has been assembled, rather than fitted into the space.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, there are no prescribed designs or sizes to limit either the client’s brief or the designer. This allows a completely bespoke response which respects and enhances the architecture of the room whilst putting every inch of space to its most effective use.  



The island houses a dishwasher, recycling bins and drawers for cooking equipment and crockery. A capacious double sink is set into the lively natural Quartzite worksurface used both on the island and around the hob where it features as a worksurface, upstand and cook’s shelf.  Antique mirror glass behind the hob throws light back into the room. In a major feat of engineering, an extractor fan was installed into the sloped ceiling above the hob. Brick pillars on either side form a visual connection to the building’s history.     



Commissioned by a client who knows food, cooks brilliantly and likes nothing better than a party, this is an intensely social space with every modern convenience.  Not only is the kitchen an ideal gathering space but there are also two sets of double doors opposite the hob.  Opening through into a large party room, they create a perfect flow through the building and the garden living space with its outdoor sofas and cooking fireplace.
 
Additional storage is provided by shallow cupboards which flank the double doors and capacious drawers on either side of the range.
 
All the craft and tradition which built the assembly hall is reflected in the furniture: Designed using combinations of different materials, proportions and finishes and with a number of witty, highly individual, touches, it looks to have been put together organically rather than in any way imposed on this extraordinary space. 



There is both drama and glamour in this design. Drama in the sheer scale of the furniture and glamour in the luxurious palette of colours and materials used.
 
Smaller details have big impact too; from the glint of copper inside the pendant lights to the hot pink interior of the beautifully fitted out larder cupboard.  More than anything else, it is built around the client… in the case of the banquette seat, literally so. Over six feet tall, he wanted somewhere where he was able to stretch out comfortably with the Sunday papers, making this bench seating, with its storage beneath, an excellent multi-purpose area for both quiet time and social events.
 
Kitchen details
All cabinetry from Martin Moore’s ‘New Classic’ collection, combining hand painted elements in Martin Moore’s ‘Cobalt’, ‘Dove Grey’ and ‘Hot Pink’.
 
Worktops: Natural Quartzite
MARTIN MOORE MASTERCLASS WITH HOUSE & GARDEN
JUNE 20TH 2017

Martin Moore and House & Garden jointly hosted a Masterclass with Lee Westcott, one of the UK’s most exciting and influential young chefs. Chef/Patron of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green Town Hall, he has just been awarded 4 AA rosettes for his innovative modern food. Martin Moore’s beautiful Notting Hill showroom offered the perfect venue for a celebration, giving twenty-five House & Garden readers a rare opportunity to see Lee in action outside his own kitchen.  

Preparing a seasonal menu focused on British product, he wowed everyone’s palates with his cooking, which has been described as “pure, natural and honest.” A beautiful kitchen, spectacular food and the chance to see a top chef working close-up…. The perfect recipe for an unforgettable event.
MARTIN MOORE STONE NEW E-COMMERCE WEBSITE
MARCH 27TH 2017


Martin Moore Stone has launched a brand-new website, bringing together its extensive range of new and antique stone floors and fireplaces. Offering e-commerce for the first time, the site is entirely built around customer service; with design inspirations, detailed specifications, advice, sampling and even delivery bookings. The new website is supported by a new brochure full of inspirational imagery. 

Martin Moore Stone grew out of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens, sharing the same reputation for classic English design values.  Its new and antique stones offer iconic varieties in colours, textures and finishes to suit everywhere from traditional country houses to minimalist urban interiors. Also on offer are bespoke floors which are designed and made to order using a combination of materials including slate, marble and antique stone.

Natural limestones and marbles are seen again in Martin Moore Stone’s fireplace collection, which features just the right degree of architectural detailing for both period houses and modern living. Bespoke fireplace designs are also available to order.

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CROSSING CONTINENTS
FEBRUARY 9TH 2017


Bringing the breezy outdoors lifestyle of Sydney right across the world to England’s Home Counties, this kitchen was designed in response to a very specific brief. It needed to be the heart of a new home for a relocated family with both teenagers and younger children. Particularly so because the parents have a packed social calendar, making family time especially precious. Another key element of the brief was their love of the seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle to which they were so accustomed to in Australia.  

A modern build with an Arts & Crafts feel, the house lent itself to the open plan contemporary kitchen for which the clients had asked. Very clear in their vision, they had a long list of elements which needed to be incorporated into the design. These included a homework area/home office situated within the kitchen, an indoor drinks station serving the outside barbeque area and a dedicated juicing zone complete with organic waste bins. 



For Martin Moore designer Pam Baker, one of the earliest tasks was to establish a good flow for the room. It’s an extremely large space with dominant areas of glass at both ends and required expert planning to get the feel and the ergonomics right. The key to maximum functionality was to have two large islands; one focused on cooking (with an extractor in the ceiling above) and the other on prepping, in addition to which they both offer dedicated storage. Forming a work zone at the heart of the kitchen, they are served on one side by a wet zone and Appliance Cupboard, and on the other by tall wall cupboards housing state-of-the-art appliances. Shown below, the double doors between the ovens and the fridge/freezer appear to be cupboards but in fact give access to a large walk in pantry behind. 



Both islands feature Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops and side cladding. This was requested by the owners who have a vision of living in this house for many years and wanted to make the sides of the island extra-resistant to knocks and bangs of lively children enjoying playing in the kitchen space. 



Likewise, the ‘homework station’ (seen below) will become a home office for adults in the due course of time, but meanwhile, it provides an organised space for children to work, whilst still being in the ‘flow’ of the kitchen. Flanking it on the left is a handwash sink and to the right a dedicated drinks zone with fridge drawers and a wine cooler. Both zones are sited and designed to serve the outdoor BBQ kitchen as much as the indoor cooking and eating areas. 



The kitchen furniture, made to order in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, combines hand-painted elements with oak - in direct homage to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic of the house, which features oak doors and window architraves. Blue walls add on-trend modernity.

MOVE OR IMPROVE
DECEMBER 6TH 2016


The owners of this classic 1930’s Surrey detached house inherited a Martin Moore kitchen when they moved in in 2005.  They lived with it happily for years until the time came for their children to leave home and the “move or improve” question came up.  Having spent years creating a wonderful mature garden, the grounds became one of the key reasons to stay put and completely renovate the house, giving it a new, contemporary look throughout.

A large three storey extension at the back of the house provided the space for a brand new kitchen/living space.  What had previously been a rather narrow and slightly dark space was more than doubled in size to become an airy new room opening straight onto the garden with tall bi-fold doors.  

The existing Martin Moore ‘English’ kitchen, which was more than ten years old, was removed before the extension build started.  But still in perfect condition, it was gifted to another member of the family who used it to build her own ‘new’ kitchen. 



Meanwhile, back in Surrey, the new space was being planned down to the last detail by Pam Baker at Martin Moore’s Esher showroom.  She designed and equipped the island as the aesthetic and practical centrepiece - the meeting point where kitchen functionality and social space cross over. Its form is mirrored by a wonderful, square oak kitchen/dining table, also built by Martin Moore. 

Planning out from the island, two walls were used to create distinct zones - both served by the island.  On the back wall, a sophisticated and highly equipped cooking zone is situated at one end, including extra-wide ovens, a 4-zone induction hob plus gas burners and hidden extraction.  At the far end of the run, the wet zone includes a sink and integrated dishwasher.  The two areas are united by a practical high-level cookshelf, with base and top cupboards providing dedicated storage.  The combination of natural oak and handpainted furniture in this kitchen creates a fresh, modern, relaxed look, perfect for open plan living.



On the side wall, the symmetrical plan has a roomy Appliance Cupboard at its centre.  Bi-fold doors open to reveal a built in coffee machine and microwave, with other large appliances including a toaster and mixer plugged in and ready to use on the shelf below.  The drawers beneath house napkins, placemats, cutlery and other table-laying necessities.  Identical sets of double doors flank the Appliance Cupboard:  One side houses a large fridge/freezer whilst the other provides crockery and pantry storage. 

Pam Baker also designed the elegant freestanding oak cupboard. Its glazed doors display simple, modern tableware, whilst its ¾ height provides a perfect place to display a big vase of flowers or bowl of fruit. 

Set back behind the cooking and prepping zones, Martin Moore also built a completely fitted out utility/laundry room.  The whole project demonstrates how even large kitchens require extremely detailed planning, from ergonomic zoning right down to the level of where individual items - from the ironing board to the toaster - will live.  This level of planning creates kitchens which can be both highly functional and intensely sociable… which exactly fulfilled the brief for this completely bespoke kitchen. 

The furniture is Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ design and the extensive new kitchen/living space is united throughout by an ‘Aged Caxton’ limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone.  Its warm tones chime with both the oak furniture and the elements which are hand painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Stone 2’… perfectly matched by Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops.  Martin Moore signature back plate handles with a cylindrical knob are in brushed chrome, adding another note of modernity to this contemporary classic design.

THE HEART OF A FAMILY HOME
OCTOBER 6TH 2016



This magnificent kitchen is the new heart of a family home. A place where three generations come together to cook, eat, relax and enjoy quality time. It’s the second kitchen which these clients have commissioned from Martin Moore, the first being for a holiday house. This new project, in their Wirral home, is on an altogether grander scale, occupying a purpose built extension with a commanding view of the surrounding gardens.

Martin Moore designer Matthew Sedgwick designed both the holiday home kitchen and this new one. Involved right from the first discussions of the project, it was Matthew who suggested an extension both as the way to gain space for the new kitchen and to make sense of the room flow through the ground floor of the house.  Pushing out from the original house, it mirrors a large modern conservatory extension at the other end of the building, connecting ‘inside with outside’ in new, very useable ways and restoring the symmetry of the building. 



Light and bright, the kitchen hits a ‘classic contemporary’ note which perfectly suits both the house and its owners, with their large family of children and grandchildren. Cooking and eating together was one of the key drivers of both the form of the kitchen and its functions, but an unfussy, uncluttered aesthetic was just as important. The architecture of the original house has an Arts & Crafts feel, which is subtly referenced in the proportions and detailing of the new kitchen.

Large areas of glass walling limit the physical area available for kitchen cabinetry, so Matthew Sedgwick devised two L-shaped runs, one fitting within the other to create a brilliantly ergonomic solution. The outer run includes a beautifully fitted out larder cupboard, an appliance cupboard housing the microwave, toaster and other electricals on top with crockery below, and a tall fridge freezer. The return has been cleverly extended visually to run out into the glass roofed area, creating generous space for the large hob feature flanked by ovens and extensive storage. 

Mirroring the L-shape, the island puts every facility within immediate reach. Two warming ovens situated just below worktop height directly face the hob zone for ideal functionality. Other seamlessly designed-in conveniences include two separate sinks, a dishwasher, bins and additional storage.  A deep overhang creates an informal seating area.  



The adjacent round table provides kitchen dining for immediate family, with a large more formal dining room close by - accessible either straight through the house or, in fine weather, straight across the terrace.  As part of the kitchen, Matthew Sedgwick also designed a purpose-fitted utility room which leads out through a boot room into the garden, keeping all wet or dirty tasks out of the main kitchen area.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, there are no prescribed designs or sizes to limit either the client’s brief or the designer. This allows a completely bespoke response which respects and enhances the architecture of the room whilst putting every inch of space to its most effective use.  As this kitchen shows, this level of thoughtful organisation and zoning is just as crucial to large kitchens as to small ones.  



Kitchen details

All cabinetry from Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ collection, combining hand painted elements (colours from Paint & Paper Library ‘Stone’ range) and natural oak with a lacquered finish

Worktops: Caesarstone Osprey quartz (polished)

Floor:  Aged Melbury limestone by Martin Moore Stone

CASE HISTORY: CLOTH HALL
AUGUST 4TH 2016


Martin Moore designed and built this purpose-fitted dressing room in an extraordinary 14th Century building in Kent.  Originally a Cloth Hall, it housed traders selling fabrics including wool, silk and leather. Today this important building has been restored in every detail, transformed into a home which occupies a series of unique spaces.   

Although very familiar with period houses, creating a dressing room in a centuries-old roof with a sloping floor, randomly angled walls and prominent beams was an exciting challenge for Martin Moore’s designer David Sant.  However, as every piece of furniture is individually designed and made to order, it was a case of responding to each separate wall, providing organised space without compromising the room’s essential character.

Handbuilt in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, in American Walnut with nickel handles, the furniture is as solidly constructed as the house itself, with an authenticity which perfectly complements this exceptional building. 



Tall breakfronted cupboards occupy one entire wall, with shelves and drawers optimising space above and below the hanging rail.  A separate set of shelves holds a fabulous collection of designer handbags. The impressive shoe collection has a cabinet all of its own, set beneath one of the most dramatically sloping walls. There are no doors on any of the cabinetry, both to conserve space and to ensure that everything can be seen. To help this, all of the units are backlit.

A dramatic island holds centre stage in the room. As with the tall cupboards, this is divided into ‘His and Hers’ sides. The top of the island has glass insets looking down into lit accessory bays, neatly sectioned to store and display watches, cufflinks, earrings and other small treasures. The roomy drawers below are leather-lined and compartmentalised to the owners’ specific requirements.

The result, was a triumph for Martin Moore’s responsiveness and abilities. David Sant describes it as, “Calm and consistent, using a very eccentric space to create a completely organised, personalised and luxurious dressing room. It’s a wonderful luxury.
UTILITY... MAKING THE MOST OF EXTRA SPACE
JUNE 23RD 2016

Whether it’s a utility room, back kitchen or scullery we dream of, we’d all love to have that little bit of extra space close to - but separate from - the kitchen. 

As masters of maximising space, bespoke kitchen makers Martin Moore are regularly commissioned to purpose-build back kitchens, utility rooms and walk-in larders alongside their main kitchens. Often these can be in surprisingly small spaces: Because the furniture is made to order, it can make the most of every inch.

The utility room shown here has several very specific purposes including ventilated lower cupboards specially designed for vegetable storage and an extra-large sink which the owners call their “soaking sink” – big enough to hold their largest pans. The space is also used as a bar whenever they hold large parties.  

Handpainted in the same off-white as the main kitchen it adjoins, the utility room has honed Nero Assoluto granite worktops and upstands. Glass wall cladding reflects light back into the room. 
COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED…
MAY 16TH 2016



The Danish couple who commissioned this Martin Moore kitchen bought a ‘tired’ 1970’s house in Surrey because it overlooked a beautiful lake and open woodland. They knew that they could build an entirely new house on the site, with all the bright, warm, open-plan space so typical of Scandinavian homes. 

In true Nordic style, they wanted the kitchen to combine the integrity of classic, hand built wooden furniture with a clean aesthetic. Martin Moore’s 
Architectural furniture provided both the perfect look and, very importantly, the ideal vehicle for the many functional considerations in the brief; a practical space with maximum work surfaces and storage, an extra-large peninsula rather than an island, to prevent small children getting underfoot and a splendid range cooker, perfect for baking.  

A super-organised space, with a very warm heart, this kitchen epitomizes the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ - enjoying the simple good things in life with people you love.



The clients were specific that they wanted the look to be uncluttered and the furniture was custom designed and built designed around this principle. The sheer size of the kitchen allows the generously scaled cupboards and drawers to house all kitchen and dining necessities, with purpose-fitted interiors creating beautifully organized spaces.  There are no wall cupboards and the large fridge and freezer are tucked away in an adjacent area - close to, but not in, the main kitchen space.

Aesthetically, the cabinetry features slender mid-rails to accentuate the linear design, and the drawers are flat fronted - without beading - giving a contemporary look.  Smaller details also contribute to the modern open plan look; from the simple cylinder knobs to the open shelving set around the bespoke extractor hood.  



The colours and textures are perfectly in tune. The furniture is hand painted in light grey (Little Greene French Grey Mid 162) and set against pure white walls which accentuate the calm mood.
 
Underlining the Scandinavian aesthetic, natural oak flooring has been used as a counterpoint to add warmth and tonality.  The worktops throughout are made of white Corian, perfect for a totally seamless look and particularly ideal for the worktop of such a large peninsula. 

BACK TO BACK KITCHENS
MARCH 30TH 2016

As kitchens have increasingly become both the functional and social hub of modern living, we have all had to learn to multi-task in even the most carefully zoned areas. But where there is space to create the ultimate, the new must-have is a ‘back kitchen’.

A back kitchen is definitively not a utility room… rather, it’s a modern take on the scullery traditionally found in large period houses. Today, it’s a purpose-designed space where busy cooks can delegate prepping tasks, store less frequently used china and glass, keep wine ready for parties and house back-up appliances such as an extra dishwasher and freezer. Ideal for people who entertain regularly, it keeps the main kitchen area uncluttered - even in the midst of a great party.


Martin Moore are increasingly being asked to incorporate back kitchens into their bespoke designs. The back kitchen shown here is painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Downpipe’. The worktop and upstands in ‘Organic White’ Caesarstone. 
HOUSE & GARDEN READER EVENT AT MARTIN MOORE SHOWROOM
MARCH 4TH 2016

Thirty-two House & Garden readers gathered for an inspiring cookery masterclass hosted by Martin Moore at their Notting Hill showroom and Chef Mark Hix, brand ambassador for Sub-Zero and Wolf.

Mark’s verdant, seasonal menu celebrated exceptional ingredients from British artisan suppliers including beef from Glenarm Estate, Little Wallop cheese and Wye Valley Produce asparagus. Whilst cooking, his commentary was packed with invaluable chef’s tips, such as using gluten free flour to create non-stodgy batter.  





Carrying through the British theme, each dish was beautifully assembled on bone china plates made in Stoke on Trent by William Edwards - creating a feast for all the senses.

Meanwhile, at the back of Martin Moore’s spacious showroom, Mark Hix’s brigade had been working hard cooking the same recipes to provide lunch for a - by then - extremely hungry audience! From the asparagus risotto to the buckthorne posset every mouthful was a culinary journey into springtime. 



The cookery masterclass rounded off with a House & Garden gift bag, which included a stylish Martin Moore cooks apron and recipes for all the delicious dishes demonstrated by Mark Hix.


A VERY ENGLISH AESTHETIC
JANUARY 15TH 2016

Drawing on the classic forms of English furniture, the elegant and well-ordered proportions of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens make them perfect for Georgian, Victorian and even modern homes. Every kitchen is expertly, traditionally, custom-made in their Yorkshire workshops.

Martin Moore’s 
English kitchen combines fitted and freestanding pieces to create a calm and ordered space. Evident in every detail of the furniture, its very English aesthetic is brilliantly applied to modern living. Elements include the imposing freestanding dresser combining storage and display with bi-fold doors concealing a sink, microwave and coffee machine. 

The cabinetry is hand painted in Martin Moore’s own paint in cream and pale grey, whilst the Caesarstone worktops reflect this neutral scheme, with ‘Ginger’ against the wall and ‘Dreamy Marfil’ on the island. A chic white metro tiled splashback completes the look.

MARTIN MOORE LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
NOVEMBER 17TH 2015

Classic English furniture maker Martin Moore has launched a new website built around projects. Real life locations ranging from historic country mansions to city townhouses showcase the character and individuality of Martin Moore’s handmade, bespoke kitchens and furniture. They also highlight how perfectly the company’s essentially English style fits both traditional and contemporary living.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and undertaking work throughout the UK and Europe, Martin Moore remains a family business. From kitchens and utility rooms to dressing rooms and freestanding furniture, every commission is custom-designed and built in its own Yorkshire workshops and installed by its own craftsmen. The website also features Martin Moore’s own natural stone collection.

 

NEW MARTIN MOORE DISPLAY
SEPTEMBER 29TH 2015

 

Drawing on the classic forms of English furniture, the calm and well-ordered proportions of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens make them perfect for Georgian, Victorian and even modern homes, where they can be highly contemporary - as shown in the simple lines and minimal detailing of this ‘Architectural’ kitchen.

Combining painted hardwood and English Oak, the cabinetry is framed and panelled in a classic style which will never date and which works beautifully in both fitted and freestanding elements. White worktops, white walls and a pale stone floor underline the modern aesthetic. Taking this on a step further, the panels are framed with gleaming chrome inlays. A new design option within Martin Moore’s Architectural kitchens, this introduces a refined way to add discreet luxury or zone a large living kitchen.

Images show the new Architectural Kitchen display within Martin Moore’s Altrincham showroom, with a Martin Moore Stone floor.

 

MARTIN MOORE'S APPLIANCE CUPBOARD
AUGUST 17TH 2015


Blending the spirit of classic English cabinetry with the essentials of modern living, every Martin Moore kitchen is entirely individually designed and built.

Here, Martin Moore have created a large alcove to house a bespoke Appliance Cupboard. Every aspect of the cupboard has been designed in response to the owner’s needs. The fitted microwave and plumbed in coffee machine can be hidden away behind cupboard doors. These also conceal other bulky kitchen appliances such as juicers and mixers, ready to be slid forward when needed. China and glassware for informal dining at the breakfast bar is ready to hand and the cupboard provides dedicated storage for awkward pieces such as cake stands. Because the shelves are relatively shallow, it’s easy to see and access everything. A generous worktop runs the full width of the cupboard, with drawers below holding kitchen linens.

Part of Martin Moore’s 
Architectural Collection, this Appliance Cupboard combines the proportions of a classic English dresser with the modern aesthetic of simple, refined cabinetry. Gleaming chrome inlays highlight the timber. Underlining this contemporary look, the alcove itself is clad and framed in the same natural oak used to build the cabinet.

COLOUR IN THE KITCHEN
MARCH 17TH 2015

Colour in the kitchen can bring warmth and energy to a scheme. Richard Moore, Design Director at Martin Moore notes that, “The fashion in terms of colour is for greys and off-whites, perhaps with an accent colour, such as light blue or green. People are willing to choose a stronger colour for small touches, such as a feature island, or a bright blue cupboard interior.”

Pops of fresh, bright colour are the perfect counterpoint to a calm, neutral kitchen.

Shown below, a freestanding dresser from Martin Moore’s 
Architectural collection, with the interior painted in Martin Moore’s Med Blue.
 



 

BESPOKE SPLASHBACKS
FEBRUARY 18TH 2015
 
 
Martin Moore’s handmade kitchens include luxurious materials for worktops, floors and walls.
 
From marble and timber to mirror and tiles, their bespoke splashbacks are not just about kitchen practicalities… They are focus points in themselves, designed to create impressive backdrops for beautiful cabinetry and appliances.
 
Images show (above) book matched lavender marble. Below from left: sculptured walnut, antiqued mirror glass, metro tiles. All by Martin Moore. Kitchens from Martin Moore start from £35,000.
 
SHADES OF GREY
JANUARY 28TH 2015
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:
 
 
 
 
MARTIN MOORE STONE IN THE KITCHEN
JANUARY 12TH 2015
Martin Moore Stone sources quality natural stone from all over the world, to suit anywhere from country cottages to contemporary townhouses. They offer a huge range of stone, suitable for any room in the house, as well as a stone design service for bespoke projects.

Every Martin Moore showroom has its own stone studio, showing stone floors ranging from reclaimed antique materials and handmade terracottas to the purest white limestones for architectural interiors. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in both natural stone and marble.

Shown below from left: Aged Jervaulx, Aged Bernac, Aged Muscat.
NEW FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM
DECEMBER 16TH 2014
                 
 
Martin Moore have opened a new London flagship showroom in Notting Hill, London’s latest design district. Perfectly in tune with this, their handmade English cabinetry is sleek and sophisticated: A palette of warm contemporary neutrals plays beautifully against contrasts in white ceramic, stainless steel, nickel, mirror glass, copper and brass. Textures too range from the highly polished to honed, tumbled and antiqued.

This is a journey in real furniture; custom designed, custom made, custom finished. Four collections of Martin Moore’s bespoke cabinetry are on display, showing a range of designs which blend and flow into one another. This reflects how most customers’ kitchens grow from a variety of furniture inspirations and incorporate a range of different materials and finishes. This is easy to accomplish because every Martin Moore kitchen is an individual design response, built entirely to order.

Left: Martin Moore’s New Classic kitchen is hand painted in warm shades of blue and lavender toning with the natural marble and granite tops and antiqued stone floor by Martin Moore Stone. The large island, complete with its knee-hole desk, is both a social space and a high-function working zone, forming the central feature of a kitchen which is minutely planned in every detail. Design accents include the spectacular book-matched marble wall panel, handmade glass lights and rose gold taps picking up on the new trend for warm metals.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Below: Martin Moore’s English kitchen combines fitted and freestanding pieces to create a calm and ordered space. Evident in every detail of the furniture, its very English aesthetic is brilliantly applied to modern living. Elements include the imposing freestanding dresser combining storage and display with bi-fold doors concealing a sink, microwave and coffee machine.


Throughout Martin Moore’s work, the sheer quality of the cabinetry underlines the vibrancy of English craftsmanship today. Their kitchens incorporate virtuoso furniture-making techniques, with innovative cooking technologies seamlessly integrated into the traditional timber construction. There is much to admire in the gleaming, high performance appliances from names such as Wolf, Gaggenau and Sub Zero… and even more to admire in the way that every kitchen offers so many brilliant ideas. Martin Moore’s signature style combines fitted and freestanding furniture, allowing the architecture of the room to take centre stage.

Even the largest kitchen needs the best possible use of space and expert zoning: Behind every door and drawer, the smallest detail of form and function is fully considered; whether it be a capacious pantry cupboard or a purpose-designed drinks zone with fridge, warming drawers and coffee maker, utterly dedicated to the perfect cup of coffee.

Right: Martin Moore’s New Architectural kitchen combines natural oiled oakwithcontemporary painted elements in white. The oak is given new urban edge by the addition of gleaming chrome slips. The display features one of Martin Moore’s signature Cook’s Tables acting as a magnificent freestanding centrepiece. Seen left, a compact cookzone is cleverly planned to offer utmost practicality, with a state of the art zoneless induction hob, teppanyaki and gas burners. The boiling water tap with its own shallow sink offers the busy cook another must-have facility.
 
 

 

Left: Martin Moore’s Modernist kitchen is inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Intensely glamorous, it combines the rich warmth of solid walnut with hand painted cabinetry. Testament to the company’s exceptional cabinetry skills, the design has a strong focus on curves; defining the central island, the ends of the fitted runs and the corners of the cabinets themselves. A large freestanding bow fronted cabinet creates the perfect larder. The clever use of concealed lighting behind the cabinets underlines this kitchen’s luxurious contemporary feel.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015, Martin Moore were one of the very first handmade kitchen companies. In the early days, they built their kitchens from reclaimed timbers, but soon began to develop their own hallmark style of classic, timeless, English furniture, designed and made to order with a quality which transcends fashion. Still family run, Martin Moore now have seven showrooms and work across the UK, designing and building bespoke wooden kitchens, utility rooms, bedrooms, dressing rooms and freestanding furniture.

Everything is solidly, traditionally, custom-built in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops and they undertake the entire installation, including fitting, painting and worktops. They have their own stone company, Martin Moore Stone, and mix their own paints. This end-to-end approach allows Martin Moore to install rapidly and efficiently… and to give a true lifetime guarantee: Uniquely, this transfers to the new owners of a kitchen when a property is sold. 
 
ONE KITCHEN - FOUR LOOKS
AUGUST 11TH 2014

Martin Moore’s handmade English furniture stars in ‘Kitchenalia’ – a new book by interiors expert Vinny Lee, published by Jacqui Small on September 25 2014. An inspiring guide to kitchen styling, it includes three design teams dressing the same classic Martin Moore kitchen with their own distinctive looks.

In three very different makeovers, Mini Moderns give the kitchen a bright retro feel in turquoise whilst House of Hackney layer it in luscious green jungle prints and Summerill & Bishop use eclectic accessories to create their textural, multi-coloured style.

Vinny Lee comments, "Martin Moore’s English Kitchen in a classic off-white painted finish was absolutely perfect for our designer transformations. Elegantly proportioned and timeless, it responded fabulously to the introduction of different colours, patterns and artefacts. We’ve shown just how easy it is to dress a new kitchen or update an existing one to make it your own very individual space.”
 
Martin Moore’s classic ‘English Kitchen’…


Although referred to as The White Kitchen, Martin Moore’s English kitchen is handpainted in a subtle off-white finish, giving a warmer feel than pure white. The simple scheme draws attention to the classic detailing, accessorised with white china in different styles.

As styled by Summerill & Bishop


Long time friends June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop opened their kitchen shop in 1994, selling things they would want in their own home. For this kitchen they chose bright glassware and linens to introduce ‘spot colour’ as well as textured platters and pots.
 
As styled by Mini Moderns


Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of Mini Moderns focussed on colour and pattern, mixing their own range of wallpapers, paint and accessories with vintage finds for a bright, retro look.
 
As styled by House of Hackney


Frieda Gormley and husband Javvy M Royle, founders and directors of House of Hackney, dressed the kitchen in a bold single colour and pattern scheme, with their Palmeral print on wallpaper, china, oven mitts and more.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MARTIN MOORE
APRIL 9TH 2014
This month, as the days get sunnier, we photographed a new Martin Moore location for House & Garden's July 2014 'Kitchen & Bathroom Living' supplement. Photographer Alex James and stylist Jo Barnes were assisted by House & Garden's Art Director, Scott Moore. The owner was interviewed and photographed with her (very well behaved!) dogs.
 
Located in a Victorian house, the open plan kitchen features a generous main  island with three zones for cooking, washing and eating - perfect for entertaining. Elements from the New Classic and English collections were used and the cabinetry was painted in calming neutral shades from Farrow & Ball. This really is classic English style, adapted to modern family life.
 
We can't wait to see it in print!
CLASSIC ENGLISH STYLE
MARCH 19TH 2014
Martin Moore’s designs are rooted in the forms and conventions of English furniture. Their proportions, drawn from the classical order, can be seen in Georgian, Victorian, and even modern architecture. Above all, they suit British houses.  

But they are not necessarily ‘traditional’. In fact, they can be very contemporary, with simple lines and minimal detailing. Seen below is an updated version of the classic English dresser, an elegant freestanding piece that exemplifies Martin Moore's style.
KITCHEN STORAGE SOLUTIONS
OCTOBER 24TH 2013
The best kitchens are fully functional as well as beautifully designed. Richard Moore, design director at Martin Moore, notes that "At Martin Moore we always start from a visual perspective when designing a kitchen and build from there. First and foremost we want to create a beautiful piece of furniture that suits the room and the space and then behind the façade we can create storage solutions specifically tailored to meet our clients’ needs.”

Appliance cupboards are a smart way of creating integrated storage whilst keeping your appliances hidden and preserving the architecture of the room, creating a clean, uncluttered look. Martin Moore kitchen designs often incorporate bi-fold doors, a clever feature that works well for something like an appliance cupboard which houses crockery and appliances. When open, the doors fold right away, giving access to the cupboard across its full width.
BESPOKE UTILITY ROOMS
AUGUST 7TH 2013
A really well designed utility room is a joy: we all need somewhere to do our laundry and store countless useful things.   

As masters of maximising space, bespoke kitchen makers Martin Moore are regularly commissioned to build utility rooms alongside their kitchens. Often these can be in surprisingly small spaces. Here, a former corridor is transformed into a brilliantly organised new area packed with dedicated storage. Because the furniture is made to order, it optimises every inch of space.  

Handpainted in cream, the cupboards shown here are designed and made to order from Martin Moore's Architectural collection.  The bespoke worktop surfaces are quartzite and the floor, also by Martin Moore, is tiled in ‘Sivas’, a practical white limestone that completes the clean, contemporary look. 

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