17th Oct 2018
For the past year or so, Richard & Jill Bushnell have been renovating their detached family home in Buckinghamshire, but when it came to the kitchen design they looked to Designer Toby Patch to bring their exacting vision to life. For these extremely busy professionals working at the forefront of the technology industries (Mr Bushnell, a director of an LED lighting company and Mrs Bushnell, last heard from mid business trip to Japan) a high specification, low maintenance kitchen was essential.
The design started with a brief for clean lines and unfussy door furniture. There was some deliberation over the most workable layout but (after some colaborative reworking) final designs were approved with enthusiasm - promising a kitchen that would be the centre of the home, bridging to the outside space from two side by large glazed openings.
Toby designed handle-less doors with shark nose edges; giving a modern but tactile finish, using solid oak reveals as openers. Set back oak cabinetry, above an antique mirror splash back, is grain matched across the four cupboard doors, tying in with the oak handle reveals and solid oak drawer inserts. The oak adds depth and texture to the entire space, complimented by warm white LED strips which are inset into the cabinets, illuminating the splash back and worktop space below.
White Corian worktops by DuPontTM Corian® offer a solid nonporous, homogeneous surface material, made of an advanced composite - 1/3 acrylic resin and 2/3 natural minerals. For high traffic areas, such as a kitchen or central island as used here, this is an ideal substance and absolutely effortless to keep clean.
There are many benefits of installing a Quooker tap much of which we go into great detail here, but in summary not only do they look great, they save time, energy and workshop space.
The cabinets were spray finished with Farrow & Ball Off-Black paint for a smooth contemporary finish. Every part of this kitchen has been thoughtfully planned to fit with the requirements of this high-spec low-maintenance busy family home; as practical for every day use as for showstopper evening entertaining.