As part of a modern extension to a 1930’s property, our clients commissioned Searle & Taylor to design and create a contemporary minimalist Scandi-style kitchen that combines muted earth tones with matt textures and bespoke blonde oak furniture.
Our clients, a professional couple with three young children, wanted a practical kitchen with easy-to-clean surfaces and lots of storage to maintain a stylish and uncluttered look to the open plan room. We suggested they opt for contemporary lacquered laminated handleless furniture by Austrian brand, EWE, that includes carcases, internal storage, pull-out drawers and slab doors in White and Fango colourways. We then suggested that all other natural oak cabinetry was designed and made bespoke by Searle & Taylor to perfectly exemplify the Mid-century Danish aesthetic.
Designed in an L-shape with a central island, this kitchen is split into practical zoned areas. The handleless white cabinetry that faces the island comprises the sink run that includes cupboards, pull-out bins, two 60cm integrated dishwashers by Siemens and a Caple undercounter wine cooler. At the centre of the 20mm Calacatta Gold Suede worktop with specially fabricated drainer grooves is an undermount sink by Franke and a patinated brass Quooker Fusion 3-in-1 boiling water tap. On either side are two bespoke blond oak dresser cabinets with on-trend reeded glass panels and patinated brass handles. The same blond oak under-cloak bridges both sides at the base of the overhead cabinetry, which also features LED lighting strips, adjustable for task lighting and for warmer tones.
The tall run is integrated into the wall for a clean and uninterrupted look. It features tall cabinetry in Fango, a neutral earth tone colourway and comprises further storage cupboards with two Miele 60cm ovens positioned side-by-side. On either side of this central bank are tall cooling appliances, a tall larder fridge by Siemens and a fully integrated tall freezer with internal ice-maker by Liebherr.
The kitchen island combines form with function, featuring clean lines throughout. It features the same Calacatta Gold Suede worksurface, which has been built up to 60mm thickness with waterfall end panels on either side, presenting a flowing effect. Mounted within the surface is a Novy Easy vented induction hob, and with no requirement for overhead extraction, there are three natural oak pendant lights by Tom Raffield.
The task side features pull-out drawers along the run, together with a built-in 29cm warming drawer by Siemens. The facing side features blond oak designed in a typical Scandi vertical slatted aesthetic, with a quirky bespoke twist. It comprises three side-by-side concealed deep cabinets with push-to-open doors. This side of the island also features an overhang to accommodate bar stools by Where Saints Go.
Designers: Gavin Alexander with bespoke additions by Darren Taylor
Photographer: Paul Craig
As seen in: Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine
"Searle and Taylor have built the most stunning kitchen for us which has fulfilled the brief completely. They worked with us on building a bespoke design to pull together the look we imagined, and with the functionality we needed. The team were meticulous, detail driven and creative and listened and responded well throughout the process.
"We would highly recommend them and would certainly use them again for another project."
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