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Real home: Smart Italian design creates the cosmopolitan feel in this kitchen
A six-seater dining table extends from the kitchen island allowing it to adapt to the need of the hour
written on: 23-03-2018 13:45pm
For busy professionals Mr and Mrs Gupta, it was imperative they were able to come home to a space that immediately made them shed the cares of the day. Equally, they wanted that benevolence to be conveyed to their guests. “I love to entertain,” says Mrs Gupta, “so we wanted a convertible room that works as a day-today functional kitchen and a hospitality space. We regularly gather large and small groups of people and I don’t necessarily want to be cooking big meals all the time, so we had to have a space that could be formal or informal and totally flexible.”
- Kitchen feature: Matt lacquer K6 cabinetry creates a streamlined profile and blends harmoniously with the Dekton® by Cosentino work surfaces in Irok, satin toughened glass splashbacks, and the 80mm profile pull-out sliding table in Unicolour Fossil laminate
One of the main ways this was achieved was with some canny Italian engineering. “Knowing that we wanted an island as a central gathering and work space, Daniele Brutto at Hub Kitchens suggested the idea of a dining table that could be integrated into that. It’s great because it doesn’t just slide completely away, it’s solid enough to be pulled out to seat up to six people.”
The table’s appearance of solidity belies its light weight and although it looks like natural stone, it’s actually made of a durable composite laminate. “It has lovely tone and texture to it. We chose it for its tactile nature, as we have throughout the space.” The choice of Dekton® work surfaces continues this theme, and its inclusion by their architects, Hogarth, ensures the look is seamless and that the rooms feel connected. This is also achieved through colour-matched leather and fabrics commissioned by designer Verity at Woolf Interior Architecture and Design; and indeed, a link is made to other areas of the house through more impressive design in the kitchen.
“The dumb waiter is a godsend. We have a cinema room upstairs, a roof terrace with dining space and a dining room, and the intention was to use all of these spaces. Realistically, you wouldn’t if you were dragging trays up, so it’s just how we wanted it.
“I’m super pleased with the final result. The beautiful cabinets mean all our stuff is tidied away ready to be used for any kind of event or meal, and it’s a high-functioning kitchen. I’d originally wanted a stove with a teppanyaki and a naked flame wok burner, but I’m glad we decided against making cooking the hero of the story. For me, it’s a trade-off. Would I trade the streamlined look that I have with big, silver or black iron appliances for the once or twice I might actually use them? I don’t think so.”
Q & A – Daniele Brutto, co-founder of Hub Kitchens
- What was your brief on this project? It was crucial that the kitchen flowed from one room to the other. The owners had taken down walls so they could open up and maximise the space. As it’s a multi-use space, they wanted the cooking area kept quite compact, but well-appointed with dedicated function areas.
- Italian design has always been well-regarded, how did it work with this kitchen? My father and I set up the company 10 years ago, and we’re Italian, so have established relationships with manufacturers there. The island had originally been just that, but by starting from scratch in the knowledge that our Italian colleagues would be able to deliver on what I designed, we were able to create a versatile piece of furniture.
- What aspect overall makes you happiest about this project? There’s a chimney breast that runs through the whole building that could have really impacted the amount of space in the kitchen. However, we were able to run it around the chimney breast and still design in storage space because our cabinetry is bespoke. I’m really pleased we were able to maximise space so the kitchen units don’t overflow. Also, the table was so satisfying to do, because neither the client nor the architect were convinced it would work. Mainly because it looks like a simple piece of design, but it has a huge amount of technicality to make it work. If you were to lift the lid off the island you would see how complex it is, but that’s the challenge of good design – to take something and make it look simple.
Credit: Jake Fitzjones (Images), Kate Rowe (Words) Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 253, May 2017