A true showstopper, this kitchen is the centrepiece of a stunning duplex apartment in London. We combined classic Shaker cabinetry with contemporary architecture, timeless marble, minimalist glass and warm oak.

Grand Grey Shaker Kitchen with oak staircase and frameless glass balustrade

Grand Grey Shaker – The Brief

When our client came to us, he was in the process of a fully renovating and extending a duplex basement/ground floor flat on a Victorian terrace in London. He wanted a Shaker kitchen that would act as the focal point of the basement floor.

Prior to our consultation, we discussed an open plan entertaining space that incorporated an area for one of his prized possessions: a baby grand piano that had been passed down from generation to generation in his family.

Getting to know the flat itself, we saw the need to design a living space that seamlessly flowed into the sunken garden. Colour was key, so we landed on RAL 7012 – Basalt Grey.

A large island unit houses a breakfast bar with seating at one end. That portion is topped with an oiled oak worktop, which transitions into a Carrara marble worktop at the working end of the island. A double Belfast-style sink with a Quooker boiling water tap and cold filtered water feature form the centre point of the unit. We subtly integrated the dishwasher, bespoke pull out bins and food storage cabinetry. On the reverse side of the island, you’ll find a long, slatted display cabinet that provides space for decorative accessories and cookery books. The lower end of the island has good use, too: it displays a wine climate cabinet and glazed glass storage – perfect for entertaining.

Running around the perimeter of the kitchen, the cabinetry holds an integrated fridge-freezer, pull-out larder and double oven tower (with steam oven and warming drawer), as well as bespoke designed drawers and cupboards. Two glazed wall cabinets flank an oak-clad extractor canopy.

As keen cooks, our clients love entertaining their families and friends. They had a strong desire for design-led cutting-edge technology in their choice of appliances, which resulted in an array of Gaggenau appliances. The flush mounted gas hob is formed from a modular two-piece gas burner and single wok gas burner. Vertically mounted knobs were incorporated into the drawer cabinet below. Other tech features include a pop-up plug socket, which was carefully integrated into the oak worktop, as well as an InSinkErator waste disposal solution.

For a finishing touch, we chose black metal knurled pulls and knobs from Buster + Punch, adding an industrial edge to this gorgeous grey Shaker kitchen.

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Our clients are enjoying their kitchen and will feedback soon

Project Information


Cabinets – RAL 7012 – Basalt Grey

Perimeter – Carrara Marble

Island – Carrara Marble and Oiled Oak

Charlie Draper, Designer

Charlie Draper : It was a joy to design a kitchen in this Victorian London townhouse basement. The owner wanted to create a something that would unite the rooms original period features to the modern industrial extension. The Shaker furniture and Marble worktop compliment the age of the property, while the industrial kitchen accessories along with the rest of his furnishings help to bring the whole industrial feel together.


Cabinet Hardware – Buster + Punch 

Crockery – Stine Dulong from Skandihus


Charlie O’Beirne of

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