Stylish Simplicity by DesignSpace London

05 Mar 24

This house, situated in the picturesque southern countryside, is an ultra-contemporary new build. The owners envisioned designing a modern and architectural home complete with sharp, clean edges and state-of-the-art materials. Wanting to carry this style throughout the property, they chose DesignSpace London to create a kitchen to complement the sleek exterior. Simon Gray, designer at DesignSpace London, worked with the unique architecture of the house to create a beautiful, contemporary kitchen.

Keen that the kitchen look modern but organic, Simon and the clients decided to incorporate natural materials, including oak cabinetry and striking leathered quartzite worktops. Besides aesthetics, it was also important that the kitchen was functional; the cabinetry cleverly hides the more practical elements of the kitchen, such as a dishwasher and bins.  Integral recessed handles in the Frame cabinetry ensure the design remains seamless.

The large open-plan kitchen, diner and living area opens to the rear of the property through an expansive sliding glass door, creating a truly ‘indoor-outdoor’ space. The kitchen, with its striking waterfall island, reflects the exterior architecture: the light colours, materials and feel of the external timber cladding and enveloping concrete frame are echoed within the property’s communal area.

In keeping with the pared-back and contemporary aesthetic, minimalist high-performing appliances were the perfect choice. Situated on the island, the Bora hob features a built-in extractor to prevent the need for a bulky overhead version, and a fridge freezer is built into the wall, ensuring the sleek design is maintained.
As keen hosts, it was important that the kitchen felt convivial. The generous island provides ample space for seating so that guests can perch and socialise with the cook, and there is generous space around the island to allow unrestricted movement. The dining area, situated near the glass doors and patio for a near al fresco experience, provides further seating for guests.

To the rear of the kitchen, a skylight runs the length of the space, limiting the height of the tall units. An ideal solution was to incorporate a long shelf; letting light pour in without obstruction, as well as providing a place to display prized possessions and artwork, it helps to retain a linear look whilst perfectly framing the white tiled splashback below.