Modern Minimalism

09 Oct 19

Interior architect Sophie Roussel designed this kitchen as part of a whole house renovation. Imbued with a Zen-like calm, it showcases forms and materials rather than function - creating a super-luxurious version of minimalism. 

The client had previously seen a similar Modulnova kitchen by
DesignSpace London and loved its strong visual presence. In this iteration, combining dark lacquered cabinetry with black and grey marble, it is perfect for the light-filled new extension with its roof lights and glass doors onto the garden. Adjacent to the kitchen, which is purpose-designed for entertaining on a grand scale, an open plan dining area seats up to 25 people.  Also served by the kitchen, the terrace provides outside entertaining space. 

The kitchen design puts the island out front as the focal point of the entire space. Sophie Roussel comments, “Everything happens around this island; the music, the drinks and the cooking.”  Supporting the island, the actual business of cooking and storage is largely concealed in this design, coming into play only when needed:  the extractor is hidden away, the hob is flush with the worktop, the fridge is fully integrated and a large pull-out drawer beneath the hob holds the toaster, food mixers and other small appliances. 

Both client and designer are delighted with the kitchen, with Sophie saying “Making a functional kitchen that is also a minimalist design statement is not an easy task. DesignSpace London were great to work with; they are really good designers with superb ideas.”