Stone-clad kitchen

By Jo Weaden
September 4, 2019

Eggersmann Design was asked to create a sleek and elegant kitchen that didn’t compromise on functionality. The five-bedroom self-build house in Wimbledon features concealed appliances and an island unit that has been cloaked in stone, including the cabinet fronts and the 4.3m-long worktop.

A functional but sleek, contemporary kitchen with an understated yet impressive feel was the brief given to the kitchen design company. “As the owners love to cook and entertain, their requirements extended beyond looks to include practical surfaces, bespoke storage and hardworking appliances,” says Gary Singer, founder and creative director at Eggersmann Design. The original layout within the old kitchen didn’t work for the family, but the room was light and expansive which gave the company an uncomplicated space to work with. It was “more intuitive to use by switching cooking to the island therefore providing better interaction with guests and we also moved the cooling appliances to a more accessible location where they can be easily reached by the family without interrupting the cook,” comments Singer.

The island unit, which acts as the central cooking hub, has been clad entirely in Taj Mahal quartzite – even the cabinet fronts, which have been made from 11mm-thick solid quartzite slabs. “The same stone is wrapped around a steel sub-structure to create a 4.3m-long worktop with intricate details such as 45-degree mitre joints and recessed grip areas to create a monolithic appearance,” says Singer.

The cabinetry behind the island unit has been crafted using a dark pigmented concrete through a hand-trowelled application that has been built up in layers. Hot-rolled steel forms the sink area worktop and splashback, it features two welded-in sinks and draining boards. “The finely textured matt steel surface is resistant to fingerprints and scratches, making it perfect for this young family,” adds Singer.

The design of the kitchen has obviously gone to great lengths to conceal the various appliances. “One of the most notable points about the appliances in this kitchen is how unnoticeable they are,” says Singer. The wine and beer fridges are under the counter and the Gaggenau ovens are recessed flush with the cabinetry, while the Sub-Zero cooling has been hidden behind tall doors. A bespoke downdraft extractor has been concealed with a quartzite covering which only appears from a gliding feature in the worktop when in use.

The upholstered banquette seating adds a pop of colour to the kitchen. “The sensual shape was inspired by a sofa the client had spotted while travelling. Alongside flashes of warm brass, plum leather and walnut, this relaxing seating area serves to soften the kitchen’s hard surfaces,” remarks Singer. The contrast between the unit’s rich textures and patterns with the soft accents of purples and oranges create a sleek and modern kitchen that fits the brief perfectly.