The Convivial Kitchen - DesignSpace London

18 Nov 21

More than anything else, the owners of this detached new build in Hampstead wanted a kitchen that could bring people together; be it for casual family living or large, formal gatherings. Designed to blend seamlessly within the large open-plan living/dining area, DesignSpace London created a kitchen that more than matched the brief. 

The overall style is smart and sophisticated, forming a beautiful focal point within the room. Modulnova furniture in a black Oak finish is contrasted with striking metallic panels on the island and splashback, giving the kitchen a warm, dramatic look. Light, natural stone worktops help to lift the dark colour scheme, and its veining adds visual interest.

Forming the social hub of the house, the kitchen is designed with entertaining in mind. The hob is placed on the island so that the owners can easily converse with guests, and the bar stools are arranged in an L-shape allowing people to face each other when sitting at the island. The layout is arranged to accommodate a large dining table - used for formal gatherings - as well as a more casual seating area, overlooking the leafy garden. 

Masses of purpose-built storage space - another ‘must-have’ - is concealed behind tall pocket doors and low-level units, keeping pots, pans, crockery and table linen stored neatly out of sight. Gaggenau appliances are arranged together in housing that also includes a tall wine fridge, situated close to the dining table for easy access when dining with family and friends.

A tall shelf unit cleverly divides the open-plan space, helping to subtly delineate the various zones within the room.  
Designer Richard Atkins says: “The kitchen is successful because it integrates so well into the rest of the space. The dark elements complement the dark lighting, open shelving system and table. The metal elements give the kitchen a dramatic and interesting dimension and the layout allows the room to be used exactly as the clients intended.”

As well as creating an integrated kitchen/living/dining space, DesignSpace London were also tasked with designing a bespoke utility/boot room. Used as a ‘clear up’ room when entertaining, it features copious amounts of storage, and even a shower area for the family dog.