Retro Shaker – The Brief
Style aside, storage was the biggest consideration. This compact space had to be as functional as possible for this growing family in London without losing its playfulness. Every effort was made to ensure that the maximum amount of storage was available while keeping it fun. We were able to squeeze in a half larder with a bespoke wine rack and room for a microwave. Below the larder the washing machine and tumble dryer are tucked away for easy access. Another hidden aspect is the extractor fan which is installed behind the cabinetry above the hob providing a clean aesthetic. The space was small but we were able to utilise the high ceilings to create extra tall cabinetry.
The couple came to us with a colour palette and strong style aesthetic with help from their interior designer giving us a great framework to start with. We went for a neutral palette for the cabinetry so that the colourful accents would shine. The orange and blue green accents add a bold look while the Smeg fridge and floor tiles add a quirky retro feel. The breakfast bar is separated from the rest of the kitchen by its oak worktop. It provides extra seating linking the kitchen to the living and dining area. This gorgeous kitchen is as much about what you see as what you don’t.
We were directed towards Sustainable Kitchens by our designer. Although initially a bit hesitant of working on our kitchen remotely (company is in Bristol, we are in London), our initial worries were unfounded: the team at Sustainable Kitchens was incredibly responsive, easy to work with, and professional. Their appointments by Skype early in the process were actually more time efficient than those of other kitchen companies, and they were quick to iterate design concepts. As the project went on, they used targeted in-person meetings at our home to supplement the online correspondence, in a way we felt was a good fit for our needs. Sustainable Kitchens were one of the few (if not the only!) kitchen companies that really understood what we were trying to do. Our ground floor has exceptionally high ceilings and we were looking to open up our kitchen and living/dining area by removing a wall. Most companies (even bespoke ones) ultimately tried to impose their own vision and types of cabinets, without in-depth regard for the space, our personal aesthetic or the overall works plan. Sustainable Kitchens really listened to our needs, worked with our ideas and made them better. Their designers are top notch. They also handled a couple of key issues with a great deal of grace and professionalism. The overall product is truly fantastic: beautiful high-quality cabinets, plenty of storage space and a long bar oak countertop, all of which fit perfectly with the house. Our builders separately told us that they really enjoyed working with the Sustainable Kitchens installers. We would use them again (if we ever had a need) and have recommended them to friends.
Oven – Beko OIF22300X Built In Electric Single Oven
Hob – Smeg S64S Cucina 60cm Stainless Steel
Hood – Faber Inca Plus 520
Fridge/Freezer – Smeg FAB30LFA 70/30 Fridge Freezer
Dishwasher – Smeg DI6012-1
Microwave – Existing
Washing Machine – Beko WMB71543W
Tumble Dryer – Beko DCU7230W
Sink – Shaws Pendle 600
Tap – Watersmith Heritage Valencia Pull-Out Mono Mixer
Designer: Jess Couceiro