Charlie Smallbone of Ledbury Studio has unveiled the Marquetry Collection. This new bespoke kitchen has its debut in the studio of interior design and architectural practice, Hill House Interiors.
Here Charlie reveals all about Ledbury Studio’s latest offering.
Tell us about the project brief?
The brief was an interesting one! We were asked to conceal the conventional elements of the kitchen behind beautiful cupboard doors so that the generous open-plan space can instantly switch from living to dining to cooking. To achieve this, we specified two sets of pocket doors that slide back to reveal appliances and a wealth of storage. Particularly savvy are the walnut veneer larder pull-outs that we installed either side of the bank of ovens (above). Although narrow, they are great for stashing all the cooking essentials you’ll need to access at a moment’s notice.
Can you explain what has influenced the cupboard design in The Marquetry Collection?
In keeping with Ledbury Studio’s signature aesthetic, The Marquetry Collection is a contemporary take on traditional artisanal skills. Directional veneers were applied by hand to form a decorative pattern and inlaid with aged bronze. Bespoke handles also in aged bronze add the finishing touch.
The island is stunning – what influenced your thought process here?
The front of the island is clad in solid brass which has been distressed by hand, then aged and patinated. As a design feature, it injects texture and provides a contrast with the smooth marquetry panels. A porcelain surface wraps round the solid brass panel, chosen for its combination of stylish good looks and hardwearing properties. Non-porous porcelain is also a practical choice for the integrated sink, and creates a beautiful backdrop to the open shelving. By locating the hob on the island, we have maximised the sociability of the space. While preparing dinner, the designated chef can carry on a conversation with whoever is perched at the breakfast bar or sitting at the dining table.
What does the open storage add to this kitchen?
Open storage never fails to inject a generous dose of personality into a kitchen. Although our brief was to hide the majority of the kitchen, it was important the design shouldn’t just be a blank canvas. So, by adding bespoke walnut shelves above the kitchen sink we provided space to express some individual style.
Ledbury Studio kitchens start from £50,000.