The owners of this Edwardian house tasked Martin Moore with creating a highly functional, cohesive family kitchen that better suited the style and heritage of the property. The clients wanted to replace the previous glossy, handle-less kitchen with one more rooted in traditional craftmanship.
Inspired by the architects and craftsmen of the 1920s, Martin Moore’s New Deco kitchen was the obvious choice; featuring clean, contemporary lines and elegant detailing, the New Deco has a strong sense of permanence and perfectly exhibits the unique beauty of exceptional, well-crafted furniture.
Zoning was crucial to the success of the new kitchen. The cooking area forms the centrepiece of the room and the Aga is framed by Martin Moore’s signature chimney breast mantle. The large island runs parallel to the cooker, ensuring maximum ease whilst cooking, and was designed for a dual purpose - acting both as a prep area and a washing up zone.
The original layout offered minimal storage, and therefore incorporating extra storage was of paramount importance. Martin Moore housed a capacious fridge freezer and larder on one side of the island, helping to keep all cooking ingredients, oils, herbs and spices close at hand.
Although one of the first things you see when you walk into the room, the opposite wall had never been put to good use until Martin Moore designed a freestanding appliance cupboard for this area. Incredibly spacious, it offers storage for china, linen and cutlery along with small appliances including a coffee machine and toaster. As well as a dedicated cupboard for dog food, the island features open shelving, allowing the owners to display their cookbooks and beautiful ceramic ware.
Contrasting worktops were used for the T-shaped island; Honed Steel Grey granite on the ‘working’ surface of the island and beautifully veined Bianco Eclipsia Quartzite on the ‘social’ area which is also featured on the striking splashback.
With a more relaxed feel than the formal dining area adjacent to the kitchen, the ‘island table’ acts as an intermediate dining space where the family can gather. Sitting opposite each other is a highly social layout and allows traffic flow through the kitchen without disturbing the cook.
The colour scheme of the kitchen is predominantly soft and neutral with small pops of colour. Taking their inspiration from Martin Moore’s New Deco display in the Altrincham showroom, the homeowners chose a bold teal colour for the bar stools as well as the dramatic feature wall in the dining area.
The finished kitchen has a warm, inviting feel and, having been planned to perfection, allows the family to come together in a comfortable, sociable space.
Cabinetry: Martin Moore’s New Deco Kitchen Collection
Paint colours: Martin Moore’s ‘Pale Ivory’, ‘Lead’ (island), and ‘Grey Flannel’ (appliance cupboard)