The Sushi Bar
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.