Dulwich Village Kitchen

‘Pluck really are the champions of colourful kitchens and good on them for leading the way when it comes to kitchen colour!’ said interior journalist Thea Babington-Stitt when judging the Ideal Home Kitchen Awards 2022, where this kitchen won the ‘Best Use of Colour’ category.

Set in a semi-detached Arts and Crafts home in south east London, the spectacular garden view influenced the palette, with Brockwell Moss and Ritzy cabinetry framing the scene as you walk into the room, an extension designed by Lipsinki Pates.

The homeowner has lived in the house for many years and amidst his busy working schedule, it is a focal point for his children, grandchildren and friends to gather; the kitchen a place to entertain and unwind through his love of cooking. Indeed, the appliances for the new kitchen were determined before anything else.

The connection to the glorious garden is a wonderful feature we wanted to celebrate, so along with the colour scheme, the layout enhances this relationship, whilst also being based around the flow of the room, where you come in and where you would naturally congregate.

Central to the design is the island, which acts as a hub, uniting the different areas of this large space. On one side is the Gaggenau hob, a serious bit of kit, emblematic of the serious cooking that will go on here.

The other side of the island includes a wine fridge, a nod to the social space this is. The coral pink Ritzy, combined with the dramatic Brazilian quartzite worktop communicates that this spot of the kitchen is intended to draw your attention.

On the opposite wall to the island, keeping the garden vista clear of storage, sits a run of Brockwell Mass cabinetry, including a larder, above which there is a set of Spoke shelving, a place for the homeowner to display their collection of Georgian and early Victorian tea caddies and other characterful objects. The worktop here is a more mellow quartzite Bianco Macaubus with soft green veins.

The other side of the island, where food prep happens, has a wall of Brockwell Moss cabinetry integrating Gaggenau ovens, a sink area and includes the coffee machine. The green of the cabinetry continues into the adjacent utility room.

Other design details we deployed to unite the different areas include the Ritzy skirting and all the handles are backed with London Plane, the wood’s grain adding some little squares of texture.

This kitchen has been featured in The Sunday Times, Livingetc and Domino.

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies