White gloss kitchens are what I try and avoid designing whenever possible. It’s been done too many times, it’s too clinical and is a bit too Howdens (no offense Howdens).
So I designed a white gloss kitchen…
Kitchen and Appliances
This client was lovely. Their one prerequisite was that they wanted to keep all the appliances. As a rule this isn’t an issue at all. In this instance, however, all the appliances are American and we all know American = massive.
American appliances work in America. In London, however, space is of a premium and we were working to the millimetre on this project in order to make everything fit. I do understand why they were kept. Gaggenau* and Viking are beautiful appliances and the kind of appliances that you fix rather than replace.
The space was previously finished entirely in a walnut veneer. Which is nice and expensive but also very dark. It doesn’t make an enclosed space feel open, at all. Add 4 walls to this and not much natural light and it creates an incredibly confined space to cook and entertain in.
The solution was to take out 2 walls, adding just over a metre onto the width, supported with an exposed steel, roof lights and structural glazing together with folding doors for additional light and a more open-plan feel.
Using a minimal white gloss kitchen made the space look even more light and reflect the surroundings which also complimented the (massive) stainless steel appliances. Painting the rear wall a dark blue (Farrow & Ball, Downpipe) made the wall the focal point and still kept the contemporary open plan feel.
The quartz worktop is ‘super white’ which has a very slight grey fleck which compliments the stainless steel of the appliances. 100mm upstands behind the sink and the island installed as 1 large single piece.
Extremely happy client = Happy designer.
*I know Gaggenau are German. This particular oven was the EB333 which is rather wide.
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