6th Dec 2016
One of the key interior architecture concepts for 2016 was ‘broken plan spaces’. The phrase, coined by eminent UK architect Mary Duggan, suggests that through the use of physical partitions and split-levels, there can be distinct but interlinking ‘rooms’ within the same open plan area. Kitchens link to libraries, snugs, home offices and play rooms through clever breaks in flooring, carefully designed joinery pieces, steps, partitions and a million other innovative solutions. The result is a new level of interest in interior design and architecture which was becoming somewhat lost in the out going trend for vast characterless open plan spaces. As such, when it comes to kitchens, we don’t want our cabinetry to dominate the space - but instead to become an integral part of the sequential internal and external scheme.
The broken-plan concept was particularly useful to SB interior designer, Rachel Barrett, when redesigning the BarrKitchens showroom. Requirements for designer workspace, client meeting space as well as an entertaining area were all part of the internal brief.
Dividing the work area from the entertaining/ meeting space with a Crittal-style wood framed glass partition meant that designers could continue to work whilst client meeting were taking place. The industrial look of the workspace was completed by moment look was enhanced by the vinyl wrapped ‘concrete’ panels behind and tarnished copper accessories from Dousing and Reynolds. The island exhibits a slit top surface - one side walnut block and the other ‘dark concrete’ Compac. Cabinets on the meeting side of the island are spray finished and rose copper trimmed - to complimenting the surrounding iron mongery.
The first installation on entering the BK showroom is the ‘Blues and Steel meet Red Retro; a fusion that brings out several current interior trends. Draw fronts in a steel mesh, a totally original BarrKitchens design are complimented by stainless steal textured bar handles and matt black sockets by Buster and Punch. The kitchen is finished in Little Green ‘Dock Blue’ with a feature ‘Brighton’ trestle leg and drawer inners. NudCollection concrete lights with red and blue flex add to the retro feel, along with feature ‘1881’ vintage auction print from Lassco (similar prints are available). Enamel kitchenware, fire engine red kitchen aid and other retro kitchen pieces finish look.
Beyond this is the Green and Gold kitchen. We can’t take full credit for this one; the inspiration came from StuartBarrCDR client India Hicks, who unwittingly inspiring our green and gold kitchen design. India’s ‘Island Living’ business offers a range of unique home style items all strongly influenced by her island lifestyle - where the dark green palm leaves of the Bahamas are tinged with the golden sunlight that filters through them. Her wonderful BarrKitchens boot room bravely used this dark sophisticated ‘Obsidian’ shade to stunning effect. A la India we have added some sumptuous touches to our ‘Obsidian’ kitchen; a gold trim runs through opulent pearlescent herringbone tiles, leather and polished brass fixings sit side by side in the same way as gold jewelry sits against a brown leather clutch. We hope she approves!
Finally a truly traditional offering to the showroom is our classic in-frame cockbead kitchen. The scribed plinth gives it an ‘Old Rectory’ feel complemented by the addition of glass paneled wall hung cabinets and a Georgian window style mirror. As with all BarrKitchens cabinetry the internals are hand made from solid wood (clients choice) with every joint mortared or dovetailed and, in this case, finished with crackle effect ceramic knobs and handles from Hafele. With a ‘Cream’ AGA against the Little Greene’s ‘Mid Lead’ cabinetry, with ‘Gauze’ internals, the country kitchen look created is authentic and perfect.
Please come and take a peek for yourself. The BarrKitchens showroom is open between 9 and 4.30 Monday to Friday - no appointment needed. Alternatively to book a consultation with BarrKitchens designer, Lucy Hillier, call 01844217706.