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The Integration of kitchen and dining in a Scandinavian style.

 29/10/2019      Blog

When creating an integrated kitchen and dining space for our customer, we needed to accommodate a large island with walkways and an extending dining table to create a comfortable space for cooking and entertaining. A recent refurbishment, the room was built with prominent gable end windows which frame the forest outside. We suggested that a kitchen with a Scandinavian flair would make a nice compliment to the exterior view. To achieve this look we used the Leicht Solid - C range on the lower units. This range embodies Nordic style using a wood edging around the doors. This line was used on the lower presses in white with the edging in Oak. The tall units are from the Leicht Valais range in a matching Oak finish. The worktop is a beautiful accompaniment in Calacatta Gold from Silestone.

For the appliances, we recommended the siemens appliance pack, including two studioLine ovens in all black. This colour is exclusively available from select dealers and stylishly suits the look matching the handles, seating and the sleek Siemens induction hob. From a functional standpoint, we included a Quooker instant boiling water tap. By using the timeless tones white and black paired with natural Oak and marble, we were able to bring the vision our customer had for their kitchen to life.

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Creative Solutions for Unique Spaces.

 08/10/2019      Blog

This customer in Rochford had an exciting challenge for their kitchen design. While we were converting two rooms into one, we had to maintain a structural wall due to restrictions, as this was a listed building. While there was plenty of space to design a fabulous kitchen, it needed to be segmented in a way that felt whole and maintained an unencumbered workflow. Our designer in the Leigh on Sea showroom had some great ideas.

Many people would install a traditional kitchen in a country-side house. Fortunately, these amazing clients knew that Kube was the place to find a solution for this unconventional space, and they were open to something innovative. We felt it was vital to utilise a lacquer gloss finish and quartz worktops to reflect light and create a connection between the two rooms. Contemporary handle-less cabinets from the Leicht Largo FG range in Carbon Grey and Mohair produces a sleek, streamlined look and provides continuity. The touch of wood softens the gloss while adding warmth to the room, and the open drawers add an inviting glow with remote-controllable Kube emotion lighting. The pantry, storage, prep, and clean up areas are concealed nicely from view.

A Bora Basic Flex Induction hob, Caple Touch to open Wine Cooler, and Quooker Fusion Square hot water tap are standout features in the kitchen. For the WOW-factor, walking through the traditional style home into this contemporary kitchen has a stunning effect.

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The Sushi Bar

 24/09/2019      Blog

One of the primary focuses of our client, when designing this kitchen, was to create a social space that would be ideal for entertaining. They were in the process of renovation and planned to open two rooms into one open-plan area, with social gathering a core aspect of the design. They wanted an island with seating, so the cook and the guests could interact while food was being prepared. The success of an island is in the ease of access around it. With the requirements of the room in mind, we recommended a peninsula. This design satisfied the client's desire to have a social cooking space as well as ensuring easy access to the lounge and through the room to the back garden.

The fine details are where this kitchen shines. It was essential to our client that we included comfortable seating for four. They wanted the breakfast bar at table height, making it uniquely lower than the work surface. We achieved this requirement by framing the breakfast bar, nicknamed "The Sushi Bar," with gable panels in the same material as the door fronts. This method created an exciting overlap feature of the breakfast bar appearing to be built into the peninsula.

The kitchen is from the Leicht Minera-C range in Kiruna with Calypto wall cladding and breakfast bar. The door finish is resistant to finger marks, making it very easy to maintain within a busy household or where there is a lot of entertaining. The worktop is from CRL Stone in Chestnut.

A Bora induction hob with built-in extraction is the perfect cooking surface to be positioned on the peninsula. It keeps lines of view open and facilitates conversation with its quiet operation. The ovens and cooling appliances are from Siemens. For convenience, a Quooker instant boiling water tap is included, which makes a quick cuppa. We placed a Siemens integrated coffee machine and Caple wine cooler in a separate dedicated housing. By locating them away from the cooking area, guests and family members can help themselves to refreshments without interfering with the chef.

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Leicht Announces Climate-Neutral Manufacturer Certificate

 29/08/2019      Blog

Here at Kube, climate change and the impact it has on the environment is important to us. Therefore, we are happy to announce that Leicht, who is one of our main suppliers, has been awarded a certificate recognising the brand as a climate-neutral manufacturer of furniture.

As a company that works heavily with wood, reducing their greenhouse gases is a top priority for Leicht which is why they obtain their heat from regenerative energy sources. Leicht have switched to completely green electricity at their plant in Waldstetten, with their plant in Kirchheim following by spring 2020. Watch this space as we bring you exciting news about their new factory too...

On their road to climate neutrality, Leicht had one gap that they are proud to have closed - they have become an active member of the Climate Pact for the Furniture Industry, giving them the official label “climate-neutral furniture manufacturer.” This certificate allows Leicht to demonstrate the complete neutralisation of their CO2 emissions. They will be taking part in the three-stage climate pact for the furniture industry, including balancing, reduction and compensation. The DGM Climate Pact is an association of companies working in the furniture industry supporting the climate protection goals of the United Nations - one of its main goals is the reduction of CO2 emissions.

We at Kube are acutely aware of the environmental issues that we face globally, which is why it is incredibly important for us to play our part too. We are proud to be associated with manufacturers who share this ethos and put environmental changes at the forefront of their policies.

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Style, Location and Space

 04/07/2019      Blog

This seaside apartment has panoramic views of the Thames Estuary. Our challenge was to design a kitchen that would not only function flawlessly within the space but also accentuate the location and the picturesque surroundings.

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The room we installed the kitchen into is relatively narrow, and the client had their heart set on an island with seating for four. These specifications presented an exciting design challenge and one that Rob, our designer in the Leigh On Sea showroom, was eager to solve. To ensure there was enough space around the island for traffic to move comfortably, we devised a breakfast bar that is more narrow than the width of the main island. The unique breakfast bar fits the contours of the room nicely and facilitates face-to-face dining.

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The result is a beautiful kitchen from our Sirius-C range in Mohair Gloss. The breakfast bar is in Limes Oak with a matching splashback and cladding behind the open shelving. The worktop is Silestone in Coral Clay on the island and in the prep zone which reflects the style and location harmoniously. Siemens appliances feature throughout including an induction hob with a retractable extractor. The kitchen is sleek and streamlined in appearance but is bursting with useful features that are befitting to comfortable modern living.

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