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Our favourite kitchens

Last month we teamed up with the award-winning Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens to share their top tips for creating a sustainable and stylish kitchen. In case you missed it, read it here.

When we’re designing a home, the kitchen inevitably comes up early on in the conversation with our client. The kitchen is the nerve centre of the home. It’s a place to unite, eat and create memories. With that in mind, we’d love to know what you think of our selection of favourite kitchens.

We’re thrilled to be joined by Rob Cole, founder of Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens who has shared his favourite kitchen with us.

Mick De Giulio, Lake Forest, Illinois, 
What I love about this barn conversion kitchen by Mick De Giulio is the consideration for the history of the space its in, the choice of materials and styling fits with the rustic space which used to be home to the horses. They’ve also managed to take what was a slightly awkward space and make it into a highly functional kitchen to cook and eat in; it even doubles up as a party space. There’s lovely warmth and light to the space and some beautiful detail features like the sink aprons, bespoke hood and pan hanging, which all give a nod to the stables theme. The focus on clever space planning, storage ideas and attention to detail really pay off. [Rob Cole]

From Works, Sheffield

I think this kitchen looks like a really calming place to be – I could definitely spend a sunny weekend cooking and baking in this space. It was created by From Works – a Sheffield-based company, built in Sheffield using local materials, and inspired by the Peak District. I think this sense of locality should be the easy and normal way of doing things, rather than being a notable feature! [Claire]

Craftworks, London

I love this chapel which has been converted into a dramatic, family home by CraftWorks. The vaulted ceiling of the chapel has been transformed into a highly sculptural form which lets plenty of light down into the spaces below. The kitchen which sits below it is pretty impressive, complete with pulpit study nook above. It looks like a great place for a dinner party although I’m not too sure about the gold plated sockets and taps! [Alan]

Merrett Houmøller, London

Food brings people together and the Befriending Kitchen is the epitome of this. The idea, in collaboration with the British Red Cross & RIBA, is for the pop-up kitchen to provide meals for young asylum seekers and refugees as part of the Refugees and Befriending Projects. [Fera]

Yoshichika Takagi + Associates, Japan

Love the open nature of this kitchen with a few spaces climbing up above the main kitchen. [Tom]

Kitchens of Dissent, Soviet Union

Following the death of Stalin in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev recognised the desire within the Soviet Union to move away from communal living and set out to develop mass housing that provided families with their own personal kitchen spaces. These kitchens then became ‘hotbeds of dissent and culture” as the states spying intensified. ‘Dissidents’ interested in the cultures beyond the Iron Curtain would circulate illegally pressed records banned by the regime, passing on battered manuscripts of illegal novels and sharing many a hushed conversation with the tap running to conceal themselves from unwanted ears! [Liam]

Uncommon Projects, London

I get most excited about kitchens that feel embedded in the architecture of a home, rather than just being fitted furniture. This Kitchen in Hampstead Heath manufactured by Uncommon Projects is clearly integral to the feel and flow of space as it passes vertically up through the void to join kitchen with the study above. It’s clear that the kitchen designer and Architect (MWArchitects) collaborated to make this work so well. I’m also partial to a plywood kitchen with punches of colour; delightful. [Paul]

Louise Miller, London

I chose this one because it ain’t your typical kitchen – no matching cabinets here but gorgeous tiles linking all the bits together and creating a very unique kitchen. [Julie]