This sociable kitchen makes excellent use of its split level. By placing the range in the heart of the space, our client can cook and entertain their guests at the same time.

The loft kitchen parquet flooring tiles with criss cross wine rack concrete worktop and farrow and ball railings cabinetry

The Loft Kitchen – The Brief

Every morning, the sun floods a particular pocket of this room. During her consultations with the family, our designer Charlie realised there was an opportunity to incorporate this into the kitchen design, so she lowered the worktops to create a casual breakfast bench. Now, the kids eat their cereal in the sunshine before getting ready for school.

From morning to evening, this is a sociable home. As the couple wanted to make sure whoever was cheffing was part of the conversation, we positioned the bespoke range (colour matched to Farrow & Ball’s brilliant orange shade, Charlotte’s Locks) on the peninsular. Whether chit-chatting with guests or showing the kids what they’re making for dinner and how, the position of the cooker has been key to creating a sociable atmosphere.

As they love to host big groups of friends, our clients knew that having easily accessible extra seating would be a welcome addition to their kitchen. One of their beloved pieces of furniture was a wooden bench, so we measured it up to incorporate into the design. With its own bespoke cubby hole, it blends in with the structure of the kitchen and can be whipped out whenever friends come over for a bite to eat.

Clever details like that are what gives a kitchen real personality. Take a closer look at the criss-cross wine racks, bespoke recycling centre and that show-stopping wooden extractor fan that doubles as a shelf for plants and decoration. The shelf even has a built-in iPad stand and USB charging point, so following recipes can be done without fingerprints dirtying the screen!

Project Information


Cabinetry – sustainably-sourced solid oak

Worktops – Concrete worktops supplied by Tinney & Co

Bottom run of cabinetry – Farrow and Ball’s Railings

Larder area – Farrow and Ball’s Blackened

Charlie Draper Square May 2018

“My client and I worked out the colour palette together, and I absolutely love it – particularly the shocking orange details. This whole kitchen has been a joy to create. It’s good fun to work on something a little different, like a sunken worktop-come-breakfast-bench.”


Photography – Charlie O’Beirne of

Architects – Cryer & Coe

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