We love a challenge here at Sustainable Kitchens and are constantly looking out for interesting projects to get our teeth stuck into. When the opportunity arose to design and build a plywood, contemporary eco kitchen in a beautiful and unique eco house designed by Architect Charlie Luxton we could barely contain our excitement.

Contemporary Eco Kitchen with lye treated drawers and Smeg oven

Contemporary Eco Kitchen – The Brief

Tara’s love for cooking, her need for a kitchen in which she could run Vietnamese cookery classes and a passion for clean modern design really drove the design process for this kitchen.  From the very beginning, Tara knew that the worktop absolutely had to be stainless steel and very quickly decided to finish the cabinetry in exposed Birch Plywood.

We are overjoyed with the floating shelf which we fabricated from the leftover Dinesen floorboards laid throughout the house, it glides seamlessly around the room, houses discreet LED lighting and houses the extractor.  The piece de resistance for me is that centre island; clad on 3 sides with stainless steel and running on immense industrial castors, it wheels effortlessly around the room.

Tara also kept a detailed blog about the whole project, if you are interested in hearing about the whole process then please visit her website Future.Simple.Passive. 

We were delighted with our entire experience of working with Sustainable Kitchens. The design process was a complete pleasure. We wanted a unique contemporary kitchen and they enthusiastically embraced the challenge. Sam really listened to what I wanted and was prepared to change, refine, experiment as many times as was necessary until all the detailing was perfect. Nothing was too small or insignificant- and this was all juggled with entertaining my toddler in their showroom kitchen! It was such a personal service, I was able to see the cabinets being made up in the workshop and kept up to date with progress. Installation was brilliant and Charlie made sure that the attention to detail was maintained to the very end. The workmanship is excellent and the pleasure gained every day from using our beautifully crafted kitchen is priceless.


Project Information


Cabinets – Birch Plywood with a white lye stain and clear matte varnish

Worktop – Brushed stainless steel


Oven – Smeg single oven
Hob – Ikea Mojlig + Neff T51T53X2
Fridge Freezer – Existing
Dishwasher – Free-standing
Hood– Elica HT 80
Sink – Kohler Vault Stainless Steel Offset Double Bowl Kitchen Sink – 3823-1
Tap – Supplied by client
Splashback– Stainless steel


Sam Shaw : We loved the challenge of the movable island, The clients were after something really creative that they wanted to be involved with every step of the way whilst we were able to bring our expertise to the challenges of having a hob in a movable island and bringing their imagination to fruition.


Architect – Charlie Luxton

Flooring and shelving – Dinesen


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