The Kitchen for Hosting in Herne Hill

Our clients are known for their fabulous cocktail soirees and dinner parties so they wanted their kitchen to be a social space where friends and family can gather whilst they cook and mix drinks. “Adding a bar area somewhere in the kitchen was non-negotiable” they said when speaking to Kitchen Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine about their renovation and we were happy to oblige! 

Previously two separate flats, the couple enlisted the help of architect Robert Ware to return the Victorian terrace to a grand three-story home. The work included a ground floor extension with curved windows overlooking the landscaped garden.

Our design includes a relaxed entertaining zone on one side of the room, where the drinks cabinet, wine fridge and glassware is kept and a more serious cooking area on the other side with Gaggenau ovens and a Bora hob – as well as a larder and all the other kit needed to whip up a delicious feast. 

At the centre of the room, and acting as a bridge between the two areas, is the kitchen island. Complete with Diespeker terrazzo and luxurious waterfall edges, the island is very much the focal point of the room. 

The use of colour and materials reflect the couple, it’s bold and playful to have two different finishes on either side of the room, the dark and brooding Coldharbour Grey opposite the warm tones of the London Plane wood, with coral pink Ritzy acting as a unifying hue, tying the scheme together.

This room has two different ceiling heights and one side has a glass roof, so this informed how we distributed the colour; Coldharbour Grey sits under the higher ceiling with its abundance of natural light thanks to the row of skylights. The darkest corner of the room has a fluted glass cabinet that includes internal lighting, meaning this potentially awkward spot includes elegant and practical storage.

There are little touches throughout our design that are very personal to Mike and Tim – a custom spice drawer, the nook for the dog bed, shelves for their curated treasures and the larder’s internal colour – a fun pop of minty green.

The kitchen for hosting in Herne Hill has been featured in The Sunday Times, Elle Decoration and Kitchen Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine

Photographer: Rachael Smith