Kitchen cultivar Part 1
From dark to light, colourful to bling, sleek to eclectic, these kitchens have heaps of personality, are ergonomically functional and have been designed to complement the overall aesthetic of the home.
The je ne sais quoi element of this kitchen, part of a church conversion in northwest London, is that despite having an old-world charm about it, the materials and fittings used have an industrial aesthetic, which adds a contemporary edge. Designed by Rupert Bevan, this duality was exactly what he and his team wanted to achieve so that the open-plan kitchen fitted into the broader look of the home. The brass cladding on the kitchen island, concrete island top and portable light timber trolleys on either end work hand in hand with the steel cabinets and hob. The vintage-looking glass cabinet and timber herringbone floors soften the industrial fittings and add an element of warmth and sophistication.
For a similar look, try Vamp Furniture in Woodstock, which restores vintage-inspired cabinets making them as good as new; Elba Appliances for steel freestanding gas hobs; Italtile for industrial-style kitchen taps; and Oggie Flooring, which has a range called Legno made from European FSC Oak in a herringbone application.
50 Shades of Slick
This kitchen, designed by Alpine German Kitchens – official agents of Poggenpohl Kitchens – for a home in Hout Bay is a fusion of the award-winning +Integration and +Segmento designs that have placed the brand Poggenpohl at the forefront of kitchen design worldwide. The pebble-grey UV-acrylic matt lacquer of the cabinetry is a refreshing change from the stark monochrome tones that have become so commonplace in many contemporary kitchen designs. The +Integration design has been incorporated along the back section of the kitchen, where the customised wall units conceal a built-in Miele extractor fan above the La Canche stove. The kitchen island features elements of the +Segmento design concept, characterised by the aluminium, anodised handle-less finger grip, the pilasters and extra-large base drawer. Adding to the list of high-end appliances is a Viking fridge and freezer. The Tom Dixon pendant lights are from Créma Design.
‘Muted colours that come from the grey end of the spectrum are popular because they are earthy and natural, and therefore enduring’ – Andy de Klerk, Cabinetworks
Light and Airy
Various shades and treatments of wood in the furnishings as well as the floorboards, together with the off-white cabinetry in this Oxfordshire home, creates a light and modern effect, but one that’s never stark. This kitchen was designed by Bulthaup, modelled on the company’s B3 kitchen design and characterised by seamless joinery and the illusion of floating cabinetry.
‘There is a trend towards mixing natural materials like natural-looking timber slabs with patinated metal. It sort of fits with our African context’ – Andy de Klerk
Expert craftsman Andy de Klerk, whose bespoke cabinetry business, Cabinetworks, has created some exceptional kitchen cabinetry over the years, tells us what’s cooking in kitchens
What have been the most enduring trends in recent kitchen design?
Profiles like countertops, doors and panels have been getting thinner, which is a European trend that our clients seem to like. Also, materials in engineering are developing rapidly, which allows for this trend, such as the 10mm Neolith sintered porcelain countertops and doors that are very popular right now.
Cabinetworks is known for timber cabinetry, and now you are venturing into bamboo. Can you elaborate on this?
In the last few years we have primarily used oak as well as American walnut. Each project is unique and the materials are used to complement many factors, starting with the architectural and interior aesthetic. We like bamboo and have learned how to use it effectively. Any FSC-certified sustainably grown timber is suitable for our purpose.
Any other materials that you are fond of for kitchen design and why these?
Neolith countertops for their sleekness and durability, Blanco sinks for their superb manufacture, and Blum Legrabox drawer systems – all very new and cutting edge.
What are your top tips for people wanting to renovate and overhaul their kitchens using timber or bamboo?
Start from the core outwards using excellent materials and the kitchen will last and function for decades. Use the best quality hardware, materials and cabinetmakers. A kitchen is like a car: you use it every day.
Have a glance at Kitchen Cultivar Part 2.
- Vamp Furniture: vampfurniture.co.za
- Elba Appliances: elba.co.za
- Italtile: italtile.co.za
- Oggie Flooring: oggie-sa.co.za
- Alphine German Kitchens: agk.co.za
- Miele: miele.co.za
- La Canche: lacanche.co.za
- Créma Design: cremadesign.co.za
- Bulthaup: bulthaup.com
- Cabinetworks: cabinetworks.co.za
- Smeg: smeg.co.za
- De Longhi: delonghi.com
- Marimekke: marimekko.com
- Snaidero Cucine: snaidero.com
- Province Lighting: provincelighting.co.za
- Kenzan Tiles: kenzan.co.za
- CTM: ctm.co.za
- Nevada Furniture: nevadafurniture.co.za
Photographs:Lar Photography and supplied