Westbourne Place

Notting Hill, London

DESIGN: Designed by Ella Marks, in collaboration with the Barr Kitchens team.

BRIEF: To create a space with a sense of warmth and familiarity, which would strike the perfect balance between functionality and design. An enjoyable space which would allow friends to relax.

CABINETRY: A blend of maple and oak, rattan and micro cement. Contemporary slimline Shaker cabinetry is handmade from solid maple, finished in a low sheen lacquer. End panels and feature panels (housing aprons and dusters alike) follow the same in-frame style. Drawer sets are each designed to resemble an individual antique chest of drawers, dressed with Victorian reclaimed pull handles (client’s own). In the bar and library area, a complete wall of cabinetry comprises of double floor-to-ceiling larder cupboards, inset with traditional Vietnamese rattan. In between sits a retro bar section, with a curved over panel and a shelved, antique mirrored back. The drawer set below is flanked by twin slim wine fridges. Shelving is underlit throughout, with bold LED strips to the maple and with tiny spotlights to the oak, both enhancing the warmth and character of the space.

FITTINGS: A Fisher & Paykel American-style fridge-freezer sits into a snug maple frame. A Perrin & Rowe aged brass Ionian tap set, with rinse function, and Parthian Mini hot tap bring the ultimate in aesthetically pleasing functionality. Micro cement was applied to a made-to-measure ply frame, giving a robust, textured surface akin to natural concrete. A Lacanche range cooker is backed by chef-friendly stainless steel.

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