In Brief

Beautiful bespoke kitchen with solid character oak freestanding units. The superb feature island is topped with a recycled paper richlite worktop. The design mixes traditional elements with industrial touches, resulting in a fantastic extended family kitchen dining space.

In Detail

This fabulous eclectic kitchen features a recycled paper or richlite worktop and a solid oak freestanding kitchen unit. We incorporated a mixture of fitted and freestanding units in our kitchen design. This was to create a balance between traditional and industrial influences. The result is a stunning and timeless kitchen.

The brief

Our clients’ house was bought as two separate flats. This means there was a lot of shuffling around and restructuring to do, to create their new family home. 

Where this kitchen is now, there was previously a bedroom. Our original designs were to turn the bedroom into a kitchen. On reflection, our clients decided to take the plunge and extend the property to incorporate a larger kitchen-diner. This resulted in this fabulous new kitchen diner.

Kitchen design

Our client wanted a unique kitchen with an eclectic feel, incorporating lots of wood and industrial-style touches. Our brief was to include a large kitchen island, a dresser and some ‘unfitted’ or freestanding pieces of furniture. It was important that our design restored the original Victorian cupboards above the doorway. We opened up the chimney breast to uncover a brick archway in the chimney breast. This was the perfect place to locate a large range-style oven.

Richlite worktop

The kitchen island with the recycled paper work surface is the central feature of the new kitchen diner. The richlite worktop is made from many layers of recycled paper set in resin to form a unique and tactile solid surface.

The kitchen island

The kitchen island houses a double belfast sink as well as a dishwasher and lots of storage.  The richlite worktop also matches the shelves we used to create the freestanding kitchen unit at the end of the kitchen island.

Sustainable materials

Complementing the kitchen is a freestanding kitchen unit. This solid oak open shelving unit has recycled paper shelves, to match the richlite worktop. Alongside is a freestanding kitchen dresser with a reclaimed iroko sideboard. 

The iroko was previously school lab benches, complete with chewing gum and graffiti. The solid painted shaker doors are painted in the Farrow and Ball shades “Pigeon” and “Shaded White”.    

The result is a unique kitchen – a stunning, sustainable kitchen-diner living space.

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