a modern kitchen

We designed this kitchen for a very light and airy modern extension to an Edwardian house. The brief was : clean lines; maximum storage space; a large island - as large as possible; and an easy distance between cooker, sink, and preparation area.

Chris Eckersley : 'For a modern kitchen I've always been a big fan of the cabinets designed in the 1960s by Nigel Walters for Wrighton International. In about 1982 I worked as a freelance designer for a company that supplied Wrighton, and realised that for build-quality and design they were in a league of their own. Their selling point - unique in those days - was their high gloss polyester finish, which is incredibly tough and very beautiful. So for this kitchen, which is full of light and reflections, I suggested a polyester finish for the large storage wall. The overall look was then softened by the use of oak for the other cabinets. Novus Finishing did all the polyester panels for us and Alan made the cabinets. The kitchen has a high ceiling and so we made everything bigger than normal to suit the space.'

This is what the client had to say :
'Chris brought his artist's eye to the design of my kitchen. He understood the proportions of the room far better than me. The two wall cupboards looked absolutely enormous when they were being built at the workshop, but once they were up it was clear they were absolutely right.
My kitchen is fuss free and low maintenance which was just what I had asked for. The blue polyester finish is very easy to clean and doesn't show smudge or finger marks at all. My pantry cupboard holds all my kitchen goods, I know where everything is - even though you might not believe that....
We had our whole house renovated at the time, and the kitchen installation by Alan was probably the most hassle free part of the entire project.
Chris and Alan did what they said they were going to do, and they did it when they said they were going to.'

The colour is 'Pigeon Blue' from the RAL Classic range (RAL 5014).