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Softly does it Bespoke furniture pieces, a sophisticated mixture of materials and an innovative lighting scheme combine to stunning effect in this contemporary kitchen setting

Having searched for three years for the right inspiration for their new kitchen, the homeowners of this late 1970s detached home in Waterlooville in Hampshire finally found it in their local Finewood Interiors showroom. “The client really liked one of the sets on display, explains Andrew Donald, creative and managing director at Finewood Interiors. “From this starting point, we worked with the features of their kitchen space, which was housed in a newly built extension.”

The owners wanted a modern and visually dynamic scheme, with a definite wow factor. “Our challenge was to create something really unusual, which combined a variety of finishes and shapes in a scheme

94 that still felt natural and comfortable,” says Andrew. “The room had to have something exciting around each corner and something different to see from all angles of the room.”

The bespoke handle-less cabinetry features a mix of curves and flat slab doors, in a variety of hi-gloss lacquer or olive ash veneer, with dark stained wenge trim panels. Throughout the room, appliances are generally fully integrated and open storage is limited in the room, which aids the uncluttered and serene feel. Worksurfaces in a combination of ‘Lady Dream’ black granite, ‘Kashmir Pink’ granite and ‘Cracked Ice’ laminated sparkling glass create a sophisticated yet informal mix and match ambience. ...

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