This kitchen, fitted this summer, was commissioned for a client’s 18th century mas, or Provencal farmhouse. This stylish juxtaposition of a contemporary design scheme within a traditional space is used to a dramatic and awe-inspiring effect.
Taking centre stage is a chic 4 metre long central island. The American black walnut veneer and textured granite worksurface, are a real design statement, contrasting with chalky white walls and a rustic beamed ceiling. Sitting snugly within the island is a Mercury 5 gas burner range, with a stylish Oranier Santina Isola hood above, featuring a built in ambient lighting system with 9 colour options to suit every mood. With echoes of the curvaceous form of the designer cooker hood, the island gently curves along one length, providing recessed display shelving and curved drawers for extra storage.
While one side is about seductive curves and display, the other is where the serious business happens. Deep pan drawers frame the stove, with 2 dishwashers and an under counter bin hidden out of view along its length. A bespoke, cool stainless steel panel sits behind the range, fitted flush within the worksurface, a contrasting detail that’s both stylish and functional for pans or making pastry.
A minimal stainless steel preparation sink is paired with a bespoke solid walnut drainer that sits flush with the worktop. A further chilled water sink sits at the opposite end for those hot days.
This island makes cooking a delight for even the most reluctant of chefs.
Sitting alongside, a run of tall elegant cabinets show to full effect the craftmanship involved in a Rusland Movement kitchen. The doors, behind which sit a separate fridge and freezer, feature slip-matched walnut veneers. Consecutive leaves are taken from the same veneer then joined together in a repeat pattern, to dramatic effect. No kitchen is complete without a larder and this one has two, the first hidden away in the run of cabinets, with plenty of shelves and storage built into the doors. At the end of the run is a beautifully designed hot drinks station, with a veneered walnut tamboured door that slides effortlessly out of sight when opened. This cabinet includes hand built trays that slide smoothly across the tops of the drawers, perfect for those little extras.
Standing proud at the end of room is a second larder, this one freestanding with sculptural lines. Its elegantly rounded doors mirror the curves of the island with striking veneers that again show off the beauty of the wood. Inside there’s plenty of storage for your collection of crockery, cutlery and glassware.
The kitchen is completed by a bespoke 10 seater dining table and benches in contrasting oak and birch with a ColorCore Formica top. The curved theme is subtly referenced in laminated oak struts, gently supporting the bench seats.