Nunhead, London

Nunhead, London
Formica on Birch plywood
Spray lacquered Santos Rosewood on Birch Plywood
What did I make?
Doors and drawer fronts with integral handles
End tall unit with built in display
End panels, under-panel to wall units with integral led lighting
What would I charge for a similar project?

This couple were in the process of having an extension built at the rear of their Victorian terrace house. They came to me with an initial layout but with some unresolved questions about finalising this and what materials to use.

After chatting at some length and looking at samples they decided to go with a combination of veneer and white formica. This lead on to deciding to go with cupboards at the back of the island, partly to show off the veneer but also for tidiness.

I took them to visit the veneer suppliers where we found this spectacularly wide rosewood that makes a real impact repeated across the cupboard fronts and around onto the end panel. The same veneer was used in a longer length on the tall units.

To tie the two materials together, rosewood was used as an insert in the integral handles on the white Formica fronts.

At first, we were going to have a full height shelving unit to the left of the oven. However, as building work progressed, it was clear that the space available would result in shelves that were just not deep enough to be of much use. I recalled that in our initial meeting they were a bit sad that they were losing the surface of their free-standing fridge for displaying their children’s artwork and various decorative magnets. I suggested that we could retain the unit but put a metal board into the top section and use the bottom part for hanging tea towels and oven glove. This meant that the kitchen had a display area for the children that couldn’t be seen from most angles, thus retaining the adult overall look. The tea towels and oven glove would also be hidden away.