21st May 2018
This week the Royal Hospital Chelsea is host to the annual Chelsea Flower Show; the most prestigious flower show in Britain that has been going since 1913. At this years event there is no shortage of inspiration coming from a wealth of industries, not least the fields of kitchen and design which we obviously like to keep our finger on the pulse with...
Two kitchen giants have come together to create ‘Elemental’ - A kitchen by Charlie Smallbone and the clever souls at deVOL. Wood, metal and stone all come together to create a luxury and contemporary kitchen that they will be launching at the Chelsea Flower Show inside a fabulous conservatory by Caulfield. As with all things deVOL, a little bit of rustic, a little bit of cool and a lot of incredible craftsmanship is what you can expect.
Tom Raffield and his team are also making their debut appearance. The master craftsmen and furniture designer, has been a firm staff favourite since we were blown away by his impressive stand at Decorex 2016. They will be showcasing a brand new collection of products; this is the first time a furniture and lighting brand has been invited to exhibit. On exhibiting Tom says, “Collaborating with a garden designer, and especially one as talented as Darren Hawkes, to create a Main Avenue garden at Chelsea Flower Show has always been a goal of ours, and one we are incredibly excited to finally reveal. The pavilion and spiralling bench are surrounded by Darren’s expert, wild, rustic planting to enhance the flowing continuity and mirroring of natural, organic materials featured both inside and outside of the space”.
We have also been keeping a close eye on the Instagram of ‘Garden Club London’ the Award winning garden design, planting and landscaping firm. They have been posting sneak peaks of their garden all week ‘Loving how as soon as the kitchen is installed it becomes the heart of the outdoor home with gatherings!’ Their design features a fully working kitchen and intricate metal work from MKM Creations. See more here .
LG Hausys and LG Electronics, who manufacture the beautiful Hi-Mac quartz worktops, have partnered with landscape architect Hay Joung Hwang to create the ‘Eco-City’ show garden stand MA321. The garden, which reimagines inner-city living and aligns with LG’s commitment to ‘Innovation for a Better Life’, aims to help combat air-pollution and improve well-being. The garden will be both self-sufficient and energy efficient. The latest aquaponics systems will be used to provide nutrients from fish waste to nourish a vertical vegetable and herb farm, and new solar technologies will replace conventional building materials to power LED lighting that creates the perfect conditions to help vegetables and herbs grow.
Finally, although not kitchen related, we love the project ‘River of Flowers’ the Non - profit passionate about creating 'rivers' of wildflowers in cities for bees also exhibiting at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 run by Kathryn Lwin see more here.
We look forward to the Chelsea Flower Show every year and if we can’t go along ourselves will be watching the highlights on the BBC. Gardens and nature are a constant inspiration for us at BarrKitchens; we can’t wait to see what this years Chelsea has up it’s well tendered sleeve and who will win the coveted Chelsea Gold’s tomorrow morning.