The Gallery Kitchen

This kitchen has a unique dual function as it is used as a domestic living space and also a gallery. The ingenious idea of exhibiting art in the heart of her home is down to Katherine Oliver, founder of nomadic gallery and art consultants Oliver Projects.

Katherine’s family of four had outgrown their Victorian terrace in south east London and called on Delve Architects to resolve their space issues, whilst seizing the opportunity to also create a room for the unusual dual use required.

Delve provided inspiration for the ground floor extension with images of Mediterranean courtyards full of herbs and flowers and brutalist architecture – a juxtaposition we appreciate!

As well as our locality, Katherine opted for Pluck’s cabinetry as she wanted a style that did not ‘dominate the room or interfere with the exhibition space’. This sentiment reflects a key aspect of Pluck’s design – our cabinetry and furniture is not flashy nor showy, but has a quietly confident beauty, meaning it can be embraced by the homeowner’s personal taste and looks at ease in a myriad of architectural surroundings.

Generous storage was key in the kitchen as the clutter of family life has to be packed away easily for the switch to gallery mode. The design includes a wall of Sweet Chestnut cabinetry that includes a fridge-freezer, larder and also space for coats and outdoor kit.

The Half Moon White cabinetry stores children’s toys, whilst hiding a quirky angle in the wall. Brockwell Moss cabinetry subtly delineates the cooking area in the kitchen and the design incorporates some soft Ruskin Blossom on the inside of the larder and shelves.

And what about the clever details that make this space gallery-ready? Delve included a concealed picture hanging system in the ceiling, the lighting can be moved to adapt to the art being exhibited and display shelves can be adjusted for different size pieces.

Photographer: Emanuelis Stasaitis