Rock solid

By Elspeth Pridham
June 13, 2019

Minotticucine created this black aluminium and stone kitchen for an apartment in Clerkenwell

Anyone walking the streets of East London during the recent Clerkenwell Design Week will have noticed Clerkenwell Close, the eye-catching residential block built by architect Amin Taha featuring stone, concrete and burnished metal across interior and exterior. Minotticucine recently installed a handsome kitchen into one of the open-plan apartments which is flooded with natural light.

“The client is based in London and LA with a company representing visual artists, he has a keen eye for design and detail and had looked around but nothing really inspired him,” Minotticucine showroom manager Achala Knights says.

After visiting the showroom the clean, minimalist lines of the Minotti kitchens caught his eye. Knights says, “We suggested using black burnished aluminium tall cabinets with pocket door systems to hide all the functional elements of the kitchen, combined with solid stone fronted base units, with the same stone for the worktop and continued as a wall cladding. This gives the kitchen a monolithic look, which appealed to the client. With a lot of thought and space planning we managed to accommodate all the appliances he wanted and yet gave him enough storage within the area.”

Knights wanted the kitchen to complement the architecture of the space not fight against it. She says “The style and materials complement the finishes used in the architecture of the building. There was a lot of thought in the choice of materials used. The burnished black aluminium complements the window frames and other metalwork. The Fossil Noir stone, although dark, has a lot of warmth, and texturing the stone on the drawer fronts, makes it tactile.”

What is the most outstanding feature of the kitchen? Knight says, “The Fossil Noir stone has small real fossils embedded in it which makes it so interesting. We created a small bar area in wrap around stone, with a very fine mitred edge, giving the solidity of a block of furniture. Also, varying the textures of the same stone across different elements gives it depth and creates shadows and light.”

Appliances used in this project include: Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, BORA and Quooker.

(Amin Taha is currently in dispute with Islington Council over the future of Clerkenwell Close after they claimed the natural stone façade was not fully detailed in planning documents)