Guild Anderson are known for their hand-made, elegant kitchens. Their customers’ preferences for style and finish may have subtly changed in recent years, but the kitchen island remains a much loved prerequisite.
‘For most kitchens,’ Nick Anderson comments, ‘space can always be found for an island. For larger rooms, they are needed for both practical and aesthetic reasons. A fabulous, well-designed island creates the centerpiece to a room, a social point that everyone gravitates towards.’
‘When Guild Anderson design a kitchen,’ Nick adds, ‘we listen carefully to our clients’ everyday lives – which door they come through with the grocery bags, where homework or the laundry is done. An island can alter the shape and flow of a room for the better. If the kitchen today is a multi-purpose room, the island is its central pivot, solid and hardwearing – and each one we make is unique.’
Today’s luxury is space not design. An island provides practical extra storage, can house a central sink or hidden appliances, the dishwasher, fridge, wine cooler, or have castors to move and make way for a large party. Proportioned to fit the space, a kitchen island can be topped in wood, granite, slate, or polished concrete to suit the style of the room. No Guild Anderson island is the same, with cabinetry designed to order from their workshops on the edge of the Blackmore Vale.
So, be it for prepping, serving, clearing, somewhere to stack the ironing, for homework, hot chocolate before bedtime, a coffee and a chat with a friend, or Friday night cocktails with your other half, the island is more than a stable storage space but an anchor around which family life revolves. Simply put, they complete a room.