This kitchen is an oasis of calm within a new, multi-purpose space at the back of a Victorian villa in West London.
Its positioning, within the return of the L-shape extension, was well considered by the architects, Dyer Grimes Architects, ensuring uninterrupted panoramic views within the open plan design and taking advantage of natural daylight from lantern lights in the roof above.
The new kitchen forms part of a much larger project that doubled the living space of the house, completely transforming it for the young family that live here.
Although the new building is wholly contemporary, the clients and architects wanted to unite it with the original house. They came to Martin Moore to commission an equally clean-lined but classic handmade kitchen that respects the Victorian origins of the house.
Martin Moore maintained the prevailing calm by avoiding cluttering the kitchen with visual detail. Divided into three distinct working zones; prepping, cooking and storage, it combines beautiful pieces of freestanding and fitted furniture which provide cleverly concealed storage space.
Cool beauty that it is, this kitchen is also the super-organised hub at the heart of a busy family life.
The panelled wall opens to reveal two large fridge freezers as well as a spacious larder and an appliance cupboard complete with a coffee machine and microwave, allowing people to make hot drinks without crossing into the main cooking zone.
Tonally, the mood stays calm, with chalky off-white walls and hand-painted cabinetry in two different matt greys. Taking its cue from this palette, the cooking zone uses a dark granite, matching the black enamelled range cooker whilst the island features a pale quartzite worksurface with its polished finish amplifying the natural daylight from above.
The wooden floor with its low-sheen oiled finish acts as a warm counterpoint to all the cool colours. It also unites the old and new elements of the building, running through the entire area of the new build and back into the original front room of the house.
Cabinetry from Martin Moore’s Modernist Collection painted in Pale Grey and Storm Cloud (island)