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The Larder Cupboard: the Mary Poppins of the kitchen

The Larder Cupboard: the Mary Poppins of the kitchen

Bespoke larder cupboard with spice racks and baskets by Guild Anderson Furniture

Bespoke larder cupboard with spice racks and baskets by Guild Anderson Furniture

The Larder Cupboard is the perfect modern day pantry: a classic storage cupboard that calmly embraces a multitude of different items,  foods and spices, china and appliances, and skilfully hiding away the everyday mess of a family home.

There is something wonderful about the capacity and easy access – and opportunity to be more organised – that a Larder Cupboard brings to a busy household. Clever kitchen design should be practical and space efficient as well as looking good, and a significant cupboard ticks all these boxes. At full height, a double dresser also adds symmetry, presence and style to a kitchen.

Specialist fine furniture makers, Guild Anderson, often include a Larder Cupboard in their design plans. One client describes why the family loves the bespoke larder cupboard Nick Anderson designed as the main feature for their new kitchen/dining room quite so much. It altered the flow of the room and, as the dresser was designed at the right height with good visibility and access for little hands, there is significantly less mess spread around the kitchen. She describes how the treasured cupboard meant her youngest was now more independent and able to help themselves to their own breakfast, while she could focus on getting everyone ready for the day ahead.

As with all their cabinetry, Guild Anderson makes every piece to order from their workshops on the Fonthill Estate at the edge of the Blackmore Vale. Furniture commissions cover the South West and include kitchens, laundries, bootrooms, studies, dressing rooms, even gunrooms wine storage and cinemas.

The Larder Cupboard remains a favourite bespoke item. Designed to the last shelf dimension, specifications detail the internal lighting and paint colours; wood or stone worksurfaces, doubling as a storage / food prep area; and either traditional or ‘pocket doors’, designed to invisibly slide back inside the cupboard out of harms way. Another recent commission included a Larder Cupboard made to fit the height and depth of the client’s beautiful and original, vintage collection of spice jars.

The 1950’s kitchen was remarkable for the introduction of the open plan kitchen and ‘modern’ appliances; the 1960’s for flanks of shining, Formica units (with food hatch); the 1970’s for pine wood paneling and the rotisserie oven, and today’s best kitchen friend has to be the Larder Cupboard.

Head of Design, Nick Anderson, describes the Larder Cupboard as not so much a kitchen ‘unit’ but a furniture personality in its own right. A pantry and larder combined in a single, elegant kitchen cabinet, the Larder Cupboard is a food storage resource for culinary inspiration as much as a tidying-up repository for pretty much anything – leaving you with an immaculate kitchen in an instant by simply closing the doors and a quick flick of a well-aimed Thornback & Peel teatowel.

Nick Anderson, Guild Anderson Furniture: T 01747 820 449 /


Full height bespoke larder cupboard with oak shelving and spice racks

Bespoke larder cupboard with oak shelving and spice racks

Compact larder cupboard with folding doors

Compact larder cupboard with folding doors


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