Minimalist Kitchen Design
Whilst minimalist kitchen design may not be to everyone’s taste, and in Peter York’s Sunday Times article he actually argues against the trend for smaller properties, less possessions and the minimalist movement, but in the right property and for the right client the effect can be stunning and can create a cool, elegant and calm place to live.
Peter’s Sunday Times article was illustrated with some images of a minimalist kitchen we designed and manufactured for a contemporary new property in Blackheath, South London. The house went on to win the Evening Standard New Homes Eco and Living Award 2015 and it was also voted The UK’s Top Eco Home in The Guardian Online in 2014
“The epitome of a cool minimalist vibe”
The whole project is the epitome of a cool minimalist design. What appears at first glance to be a single storey modern house is actually a 2 Storey house house meeting the most stringent Eco coding. The house sits in a cleverly landscaped space with the open plan living space upstairs and bedrooms below on the ground floor. The kitchen does the same; what appears to be a simple white kitchen actually conceals a number of very clever features, subtle design detailing and also includes the very best Gaggenau appliances to ensure the Eco credentials are carried through to the kitchen design.
We continued the level of architectural thought and consideration visible throughout the fabric of the building into the design of the kitchen and created a fantastic space for cooking and entertaining that provides an anchor to 1st floor open plan living space.
Having worked with the clients before on their previous home we already had a starting point for how they live and use the kitchen. However this property was the complete opposite of the previous home; where their new home was and Architect designed, futuristic Eco house their previous house was a unique Grade 2 listed Victorian house.
When it came to designing the kitchen the brief was to create a good working space and somewhere to entertain. A good illustration of the level of detail that we considered when setting out the kitchen was that the initial footprint actually came from ensuring everything was aligned to the grout lines of the floor tiles!
Deceptively Clever Design
On the outside the tall cabinets follow the splayed walls of the building. The tall kitchen cabinets are constructed to appear as if they float with only a slender 100mm protruding from the faux walls we created. This gives the potentially bulky structure a ‘lightweight’ feel, which deceptively houses both a massive Gaggenau RC472301 762mm wide Integrated Fridge and a narrower 457mm wide Gaggenau RF413300 Freezer. The freezer is hard plumbed in to provide both ice and water on tap.
As the ovens are the only visible appliances in the kitchen it was decided to specify the German brand Gaggenau also. The iconic manufacturers ovens have a unique appearance, protruding from the cabinetry and their rotary dial controls have a distinct and stylish appearance and of course the German engineering and quality is second to none.
The top oven is the Gaggenau BS475110 Combination Steam Oven which is hard plumbed in. This is superior to the way most steam ovens operate from jugs of water filled from the tap and it means the oven is always ready for action. Below the Steam Oven is a normal Gaggenau BO471110 Oven and to complete the “stack” at the bottom there is a Gaggenau WS462110 Warming drawer.
The Spirit of Minimalist Kitchen Design
Alongside the ovens is the 1st tall cabinet incorporating fully retractable doors. The doors open back to reveal the vibrant painted yellow interior. The cabinet has a stainless steel worktop and a back painted glass splashback painted in the same Dulux Yellow and an integrated Miele microwave is a useful addition to make this an ideal prep space that can be closed up when not required.
The whole kitchen provides masses of storage space with a large corner larder and single pantry cupboard. The second cupboard on fully retracting doors includes a sink and boiling water tap.
The island was created to appear as a block. 13mm White Corian with a moulded sink and slab ends that run down to the floor blend almost seamlessly with the factory lacquered white cabinets.
The furniture was painted with a 30% sheen rather than a gloss finish and this gives a softer feel. As adding handles to the doors would have spoilt the clean lines Touch Electric drawer boxes were used instead on the back of the island to keep the minimalist, monolithic slab appearance.
To offset this very clean architectural cabinetry the addition of an 80mm cast concrete breakfast bar creates a dramatic and striking contrast. We created the shuttering and the builder poured the concrete. Both the breakfast bar and the sink run cabinets follow the splayed walls of the building.
The island also incorporates a Gaggenau CI491103 Induction Hob that’s flush fitted to the surface. A normal surface mounted hob would have ruined the clean lines. Extraction was a big issue as under the Code 6 rules it wasn’t possible to have an extractor duct going out through the external walls so instead a specialist Gutmann Invisible Recycling Extractor was used.
The tap on the island is a simple Quooker Boiling water tap.
Where the island features Electric Touch drawers all the tall cabinets featured a “Shadow Gap” handle detail; this handleless design is not only effective but also adds some definition to the cabinetry.
Design & Manufacture
By being able to design and manufacture every component part of the kitchen in-house we were able to produce something truly special that complemented the quality of the Architecture. The complexity of the cabinets, from supporting and concealing the fridge and freezer through to the fully retracting cabinets with the bright yellow interiors made the process both challenging yet extremely rewarding for all involved and to see the final effect with the doors wide open onto the terrace on a beautiful sunny day is extremely pleasing.
You can see the full set of images below and read Peter York’s Sunday Times article here
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