This handmade kitchen was designed for a new house deep in Wiltshire countryside, nestled in old English forestry of an English estate.
Designing a substantial new three storey stone building around what was an existing inner courtyard , the builders used a blend of salvaged natural stone and new locally sourced Chilmark Stone. This is only the tip of the iceberg, with steel windows handmade in Italy, reclaimed Welsh slate and Dutch internal features many of which were sourced in reclamation yards from across Europe, this was a project which was four years in the planning and then another four for the build.
The pared back Scandinavian aesthetic mixes with reclaimed classical detail
The kitchen's high celings required bold proportions
With ceiling heights exceeding 3 metres, the scale of the bespoke kitchen design needed to be grand enough to fill the space, and yet retain the pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic requested by the clients.
A beautifully elegant bespoke design was created, with turned legs, posts, mouldings and panelled doors. All panels are consistent and aligned perfectly around the room, creating a seamless line of oak at high level. Our design was inspired by a dressing room which we adapted wonderfully to create this bespoke kitchen style. Accents are in a mixture of solid European oak wood and painted.
In the preparation zone Nick incorporated a unique work surface. Here he made use of a felled Yew tree, found in our clients’ parkland grounds, the wood has been used sympathetically to form the end grain worktop and integrated compost bin.
Yew timber is incredibly strong and durable. Traditionally, the wood was used in turnery and to make long bows and tool handles. One of the World’s oldest surviving wooden artefacts is a yew spear head estimated to be around 450,000 years old.
Into this yew work surface we cut a small circular hole, removing a section to be used as a lid to a compartment that will house a compost bin below the surface. However it did not go unnoticed that yew wood is also toxic, and so a full toxicity report was obtained from Kew Gardens to ensure that the wood was safe to use!
Creating a chopping block from the client’s Yew is just one way we added bespoke design and precision carpentry skills to this handmade bespoke kitchen.
We also lined the cutlery drawers with baize. Baize is a coarse woollen cloth which is more durable than felt and works very well in kitchen cutlery drawers.
The Scandinavian styling was brought together by the colour scheme used for this particular handmade kitchen. All the base and wall cabinets are painted in a light and airy colour from Paint & Paper Library ‘Salt I’, while the island is Farrow & Ball’s ‘Inchyra Blue’, finished beautifully with antique brass edge pull handles from Joseph Giles.
The owner has married these two colours together beautifully in her chosen soft furnishings and the Swedish bureau and hardwood breakfast table gives warmth and contrast to the room’s overall feel.