Metal Finish Kitchen
When Sir Ernest George designed this sevenbedroom house in 1871, it is unlikely that he envisaged his masterpiece one day boasting a liquid-metal-finished kitchen complete with underfloor heating, built-in ceiling speakers and an instant hot-water tap. However, when design-savvy duo Emily and Phillip Arnold moved in, they had strong ideas of how the kitchen in their Chislehurst house could be updated to suit their lifestyle, without conflicting with the historic detail of the rest of the property. Cue an initial design consultation with Scott Nicholson, the owner of and head designer at Chamber Furniture, a seven-month design process and finally an efficient 16-week build. The result is an airy New York-loft-style design that unites perfectly with the rest of the house.
When the Arnolds moved to Chislehurst, they chanced upon a Chamber Furniture display in an interiors shop and instantly fell in love with its design and craftsmanship. Fast forward to 2015 and the couple had become a family of five (plus two dogs) and had finally settled into their forever home. The time for their dream kitchen was now. There was no doubt in their minds that they wanted a Chamber Furniture kitchen. ‘The quality was like nothing we had seen before,’ says Emily. The couple agreed that they wanted a kitchen in which to relax, where their friends could share good food and happy times with the family.
However, initially, their vision was far from shared. ‘I started off thinking we should go for a Shaker-style kitchen, with my husband wanting something ultra modern. We were very fortunate that, with the expert guidance of Scott, the end result was a kitchen we both completely loved,’ explains Emily.
The Arnolds’ original kitchen was over two rooms on two different levels. A substantial amount of building work had to be done to get the space and scale right for the new kitchen. The floors needed to be lowered and steel supports installed. Faced with a low but vaulted ceiling at the end of the room, they decided to open it up to give a feeling of more space. ‘Kitchens these days are bigger than ever before, so getting the scale of everything right is imperative,’ explains Scott. Then, for the wow factor, ‘we spent months looking at different finishes and surfaces,’ says Emily. ‘The metallic finish just gives it that edge.’ ‘This is the first project we have done with a liquid metal
finish and it really sets this kitchen apart,’ says Scott. ‘Once that was decided, the rest of the design fell into place.’
The bespoke furniture achieved the simplicity and elegance that Emily and Phillip had hoped for, but the space also allowed for some original touches. The pendant lights from Buster + Punch add a sculptural aesthetic, while ‘Avorio’ tiles from Surface Tiles’ Jumble range add character. ‘We specifically requested that the tiler jumble them up as much as possible. It went against everything he believes in!’ Emily says with a laugh.
Bespoke cabinetry throughout the kitchen is peppered with clever storage solutions. ‘The pull-out and swerve trays are fantastic,’ says Emily. Meanwhile, modern appliances by Miele and Liebherr and a much-used Quooker instant hot-water tap are all seamlessly absorbed into the design. This metal finish kitchen has become the centre of the Arnolds’ home, the result of a patient wait for the perfect property, the clever design ideas of an industry leader and the (almost) shared vision of the design-savvy owners. The rest, as they say, is history.
Chamber Furniture, The Old Timber Yard, London Road, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7DZ. Tel: 01959 532553. www.chamberfurniture.co.uk
Kitchens start from £40,000
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