The kitchen centres around a large Chalon Worktable – one of the company’s signature pieces. “We have a standard range of furniture items, which we then tailor to suit the necessary design and to ensure that each kitchen has that distinctive and exclusive Chalon look and feel,” Maria explains. “Another staple piece in this room is the Housekeeper’s Cupboard – for food storage and integrating machines such as fridges. The client wanted, where possible, all appliances to be concealed, so as not to disturb the flow and symmetry of cabinetry around the room.”
A large Sub-Zero fridge freezer and microwave are hidden inside this pantry cupboard, and likewise dishwasher drawers are integrated within the run of furniture below the sink. A Lacanche range oven takes pride of place centrally positioned below the roof lantern; it features two ovens as well as space below to warm plates. The cabinetry itself is hand-finished in three colours, which helps to emphasise the charm of the individual pieces.
“Some of my favourite elements are the metal cup hooks hanging from the plate racks,” says Maria. “They are from a local Somerset supplier and are actually
www.utopiamag.co.uk flattened nails that were originally used to shoe horses. However, what I am most pleased with is the ease with which one can move around the kitchen, and how it is practical for everyday cooking and indeed entertaining. The room blends seamlessly with its surroundings and has such an amazing amount of natural light. It’s funny that facing and overcoming the crucial problem of planning is what ultimately helped to make the design so successful.” .
Kitchen design by Maria Carine, senior design consultant, Chalon UK Ltd’s Hambridge in Somerset showroom. Hand-painted wall tiles by Maggie Mumford for Chalon. Kitchens from £30,000 01458 254 600 | www.chalon.com
Novy D878 extractor +32 5636 5100 | www.novy.com
Lacanche oven 01202 733 011 | www.lacanche.co.uk
Fisher & Paykel DD605IH DishDrawer dishwasher 0845 066 2200 | www.fisherpaykel.co.uk
Sub-Zero 736TC fridge with freezer drawers 020 8418 3800 | www.subzero.com
Brass & Traditional Sinks 4095 French farmhouse double sink 0845 201 3040 | www.sinks.co.uk
Perrin & Rowe 4460 Phoenician tap with lever handles plus rinse 0845 313 5001 | www.triflowconcepts.com
Miele KWT 4154 UG-1 wine cooler & microwave 0845 365 6600 | www.miele.co.uk