The wrench of leaving the city became an unmissable opportunity when it involved the renovation of a neglected Queen Anne-style mansion into a light and airy family home. The new owners wanted an expansive, social island at the centre of the kitchen and a large range cooker. To maximise space in this narrow room our designer tucked the tall fridge and freezer into a hidden chimney breast. This allowed the generous Aga to be positioned on the opposite wall. To reflect the property’s heritage and the young family’s lifestyle a tailored version of our English Collection was chosen and hand painted in a muted palette of contemporary neutrals and greens. As a contrast a dramatic dark grey was used for the back kitchen furniture.
Family life tends to revolve around the kitchen and the owners of this Grade II-listed Georgian property came to us for a bespoke design for a large family kitchen, combining everyday practicality with elegance for evening entertaining. Ergonomically designed, the new L-shaped kitchen offers efficient storage with appliances strategically located to minimise travel. We framed the Aga in a New Classic chimney surround to create an architectural centrepiece. Furniture from our Georgian-inspired New Classic and English collections reflect the building’s heritage and our client’s preference for an uncluttered look. The garden views were stunning, so our kitchen designer gave the room’s sight lines special consideration resulting in a space ideal for cooking and relaxing.
Vision and determination in equal parts saw the transformation of an Arts & Crafts shell into a classical neo-Georgian house. As an interior designer, our client could see through the tired exterior to the bare bones of the original building. To her experienced eye, it offered the chance to create the family house, and family kitchen, she had always wanted. Having specified Martin Moore for so many of her own clients’ projects, she knew how successfully we could collaborate in this vision. Spacious and flooded with natural light, it brings a sophisticated urban eye to a warm, country kitchen sensibility, accommodating the busy bustle of family life just as gracefully as it hosts a formal dinner party.
To accommodate the kitchen and dining area a contemporary, double height extension was added to the rear of this large Victorian home. The challenge faced by our designer was to design a kitchen that was in keeping with the architecture of the house and also complemented the modern glass structure. By keeping wall cabinets to a minimum and recessing the larders along one wall the clean lines of the furniture are maintained. The cupboards are hand painted in delicate shades of grey to suit the minimalist aesthetic. Capacious, bespoke storage keeps the kitchen clutter free.
After renting the property for several years our clients were delighted when the landlord agreed to sell them the house located on a scenic lake in Surrey. Our designer worked closely with the new owners to realise their vision for a large family kitchen within their extensive open plan living area. Drawing upon the clients’ Danish heritage and their furnishings our designer created a pared-back furniture design. Situating the island against a half wall, behind which the large refrigerator and freezer are concealed, anchors the kitchen within the space. The open shelving either side of the extractor provides storage for items that are both practical and beautiful.
This spacious kitchen is the new heart of a family home. A place where three generations come together to cook, eat, relax and enjoy quality time. It is the second kitchen commissioned by these clients from us, the first being for their holiday home. This new project, for their home in The Wirral, is on an altogether grander scale, occupying a purpose built extension with a commanding view of the surrounding gardens. Involved right from the first discussions it was the Martin Moore designer who suggested an extension both as a way to gain space for the new kitchen and to make sense of the room flow through the ground floor of the house. Large areas of glass walling limit the physical area available for kitchen cabinetry so two L-shaped runs of furniture were devised, one fitting within the other to create a brilliantly ergonomic solution. The Martin Moore Stone Aged Melbury stone floor subtly references the architecture of the original house.
Bringing the breezy outdoors lifestyle of Sydney across the world to England’s Home Counties, this kitchen was designed in response to a very specific brief. It needed to accommodate a relocated family with both teenagers and younger children, two busy parents, a packed social calendar and a love of the seamless inside/outside living which warmer climates make so easy. Very clear in their vision, they asked for many specific elements to be incorporated in the design, including the homework area/home office, an indoor drinks station serving the outside barbeque kitchen area and a dedicated juicing zone complete with organic waste bin. Served by both glass doors opening the kitchen up to the garden on fine days and an open fireplace for winter gatherings, this high function kitchen is surely the perfect marriage of two cultures.
As experienced property developers, our clients had decided that for this high-end property they wished to commission bespoke furniture in a classic, contemporary style. The Modernist kitchen, with its modern lines and references to the past, was the perfect choice for this glamorous home. The kitchen is accessed through a number of doorways so it was important that each run of furniture was elegant and symmetrical. Mirror backed glazed cabinets store glassware close to the sink and curved cupboards flank the range and echo the curve of the bespoke extractor.
Our designer first designed the kitchen for this listed medieval home a couple of years earlier, but the project was put on hold when the clients temporarily moved to New York. Upon returning to the UK the kitchen project was revived and a new design, influenced by the American lifestyle, was drawn up. The long narrow kitchen was replaced with a large, light garden room with an island, which comfortably seats 8. A cocktail bar was created in a small adjacent room and a bespoke Appliance Cupboard designed to allow coffee to be served to guests relaxing on the terrace.
Our English Collection was the perfect addition to our clients’ five-bedroom 18th century manor house. As the ceilings are 3.5m-high, our kitchen designer created a symmetrical design with double-height wall cabinets for a sense of scale whilst bringing the surrounding wall forward to minimise bulk. The Cook’s Table divides the cooking area from the nearby dining table and entertaining area providing space for people to gather. We hand painted the furniture in the soft palette the clients had liked so much in our kitchen showroom. Contrast was added with a darker worktop on the lighter painted furniture, and vice versa, for a pleasingly understated look.
"A relaxed kitchen at the heart of the home" was our brief and the design formed part of a larger extension project. Our kitchen designer worked closely with the client and interior designer from the beginning. This ensured that windows, doors, plumbing and electrics were correctly positioned and helped create a unified interior scheme. The island’s cobalt blue paint finish influenced the palette throughout the house. Ample storage space was provided including a capacious larder with marble ‘cool shelf’. There are zoned areas for preparation, cooking and cleaning, with plenty of space for visitors to gather and lend a hand.
The previous owners of this grand Victorian mansion had installed an ultra-modern kitchen and also stripped the space of all its original architectural features. The new owners were not daunted by the task of restoring the room to its former glory as they have renovated a number of properties and previously commissioned Martin Moore for two earlier kitchens. To reinstate the architectural interest our designer created a chimney breast around a large centrepiece Aga featuring a series of lit alcoves to display a collection of china. Two columns were designed to "frame" the view into the kitchen from the large formal dining room opposite. In keeping with the room's heritage much of the furniture is freestanding, including the break-fronted cupboard which houses a tall freezer, fully fitted double larder and a large refrigerator. There is a separate butler's pantry which is used for everything from storing vegetables to serving as a bar area at parties.
Our designer was involved from the very beginning of this renovation project so suggested moving the kitchen to the back of the house to achieve the indoor/outdoor lifestyle the clients desired. Now the generous kitchen, dining and living areas open on to the large patio and garden beyond. The main challenge was achieving a holistic feel to such an expansive space. The classic English design and neutral palette is dotted with contemporary twists and strong accent colours to bring the scheme together. Behind a false wall, a snug leads directly onto the indoor swimming pool. Many metres of our Aged Woburn natural stone flooring flow seamlessly through the indoor space and out onto the terrace and around the pool, visually unifying this remarkable house and garden.
Whilst the property is located in the stunning Kingdom of Perth, business brought the owners to London on a regular basis and therefore they chose to work with one of our London based designers. Their brief was to design a kitchen that would be at the heart of this country home but was simple and contemporary rather than overtly traditional. The key to this elegant, uncluttered aesthetic is careful planning and innovative storage with a place for everything and everything in its place. A bank of tall larders and refrigerators keeps all groceries and fresh ingredients in one place. Cookery books are cleverly stored within the island seating area. A Wolf oven has been sited in the island and an induction hob placed next to the Aga for cooking when the range cooker is turned off over the summer months. Hand painted in a fresh light ivory teamed with a dramatic blue central island the kitchen is light and bright even on an overcast Scottish day.
With 3.9m high ceilings and terraces on three sides this apartment has a delightful sense of space and light. However, the large French windows mean there is just one wall available for fitted furniture. Our designer made that wall work hard by taking the cupboards as high as possible, glazing the doors to ensure they did not dominate the room. Valuable worktop space is provided by a large island which also incorporates under-counter refrigeration, a dishwasher and storage. As the island faces the living room the front also features glazed doors to display pretty china and glassware. To reflect the open-plan space the colour palette is calm and the beautifully decorative granite worktops have a tactile leathered finish with "waterfall" ends that drop down to the floor. Bespoke furniture was also commissioned for the bedroom and bathroom to accommodate the exceptional scale of the rooms.
To the credit of our designer's skill and vision, four small rooms were combined to give this traditional brick and stone Cheshire cottage a large open-plan kitchen and living space. Elements from our Classic and New Classic Kitchen Collections, hand painted in historical colours, complement the property’s Victorian heritage. Two large cabinets flanking the doorway house the refrigerator and provisions. All other appliances are concealed, with the exception of the Aga, which is allowed to take centre stage. The steel beam, evidence of the previous warren of rooms, is concealed behind the Aga’s false chimney breast. We planned our kitchen design before building work commenced, which is further testament to our designers’ skill and vision.
The owners of this attractive new-build home wanted a kitchen with a pared-back Scandinavian feel to complement the tongue and groove clad ceiling and white washed beams. Our kitchen designer addressed the challenge presented by the beamed ceiling and three floor levels by creating wall cabinets of differing heights. Rather than site the extraction in the ceiling, he added two three-zoned hobs side by side, with an extra-wide downdraft extractor directly behind. The appliances’ T-shaped arrangement accommodates the control panels cleanly and symmetrically, and the large refrigerator and freezer are housed on the floor to suit the lower ceiling height.
The finishing touch for this impressive Victorian home was a large open-plan kitchen and dining room. To enhance the sense of space, our designer incorporated only a few tall cabinets to expose as much wall as possible. Cleverly concealed storage space, such as provided by the Appliance Cupboard, retains the work surfaces and houses the microwave, coffee machine, toaster and food mixer. The curved worktop and island breakfast bar, crafted from walnut, both complement the statement staircase and soften the linearity. The island also features a preparation sink with a larger sink tucked away in a corner by the dishwasher - ideal for when guests are round.
After two years of painstaking restoration to this property, originally built for a family of Victorian bellow makers, it was time to focus on the kitchen. The kitchen was extended to create a light, airy space for family gatherings and dinner parties. Kitchen furniture from our English Collection sits in the spacious room with an abundance of natural light, while the cabinets, hand-painted in a soft stone colour, work well with highly polished white granite to further enhance the sense of space. The colour palette, including the island’s slightly darker paint finish, was chosen to complement rather than compete with the vibrant garden views.
Older houses have their charms and often as many challenges. This 1930’s thatched cottage was in need of sympathetic modernising. After months spent searching, our client visited the Esher Kitchen Showroom and chose the Modernist collection. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art Deco period, this choice offered sensuous curves, rolled edges and panels of walnut for a subtle contemporary glamour. The old farmhouse table was replaced with a large island to retain the sociable heart of the kitchen, perfect for enticing friends and family to gather for breakfast or drinks.
This Fulham terraced home had been significantly increased in size with a loft conversion, basement and side extension. The kitchen itself now features a wall of glazed doors and Velux ceiling windows. The new layout was not ideal for wall cabinets or extraction so our kitchen designer relocated the cooker and designed a long low dresser with an attractive backlit splashback. The resited cooker is flanked by a large refrigerator and freezer, both concealed by elegant panelled doors. A slim island with prep sink and breakfast bar reduces traffic flow and creates an ideal family room.
Having already worked with this client twice before, it was a privilege to be asked to help renovate their rambling late-Victorian parish rectory. By opening up a narrow chimney breast, we created a space large enough to house a four-oven Aga, the room’s focal point. A partition wall was removed to open the cellar into the kitchen and also allow light to flood through a long forgotten window. The centrepiece of this welcoming family kitchen is the substantial Cook's Table with the industrial-style 1940's pendant light.
Sometimes inspiration strikes just in the nick of time. Our client wanted to unite their kitchen, orangery and living area with a single holistic style to create a space for relaxing and entertaining. Building work was already underway when the interior designer recommended our services, so our kitchen designer drafted plans quickly to avoid delaying the schedule. The main island has three zones; the cooking zone closest to the Aga which includes a small convection oven and storage for pans, the washing zone with dishwasher and bins, and the eating zone which is located at the breakfast bar with cupboards for china and tableware. A second, smaller island serves the living areas and has glassware storage, a wine fridge and pull-out wine drawer.
Our brief was to create a multi-purpose family room that would complement the existing architecture and feel welcoming for guests. Ideally, a social space should link a room’s different zones and the large dresser successfully unites the dining area and kitchen hub. Sight lines are another key factor and our kitchen design ensures the chef’s ability to chat to guests whilst cooking. Other features include state-of-the-art appliances and a wine cooler located on the island for entertaining. Contrasting with the classic styling is the discreet glass light over the island, whose tiny sparking LED bulbs give a glamorous light at night.
The kitchen in our client’s Victorian villa had been shoehorned into one corner, offering limited work surfaces with an island two metres from the main kitchen. After the owners decided on a contemporary, yet still classic kitchen design, we suggested the Architectural Collection, and introduced warm accents of oak and pale hues on the painted furniture. By relocating the French doors, we were able to create a long run of cabinets along the main wall to provide a square footprint to the room and a large, open-plan living space. The new informal dining area seats six and built-in appliances with hidden extractor replace the traditional range.