This new Arts & Crafts kitchen looks so good & authentic it could almost pass for an original kitchen, in some country house. That was the intention. The kitchen, both in design, materials & strap hinges draws heavily on CFA Voysey's designs. The designs have been scaled to a decent sized family home kitchen, showing how you can take this style & adapt it to modern day living. The Aga range is the focal point of the kitchen; a cream range might have toned in better with the units, but the client preferred this colour. Wood tones are important here, from the oak floor to the solid oak units & Iroko wood worktops. Even the antiqued copper fittings match in.
The framed kitchen is typical of quality original looking kitchens. Whilst the furniture is all built-in it very much has an unfitted look about it. It offers the same storage a more modern looking fitted kitchen could, but just does it in a different way. The un-fitted look is emphasised with open shelves, plate racks, the units on legs without plinth. The appliances were banished to a utility area of the kitchen. The new double Belfast sink echoes the old 'Butlers' sinks' found in Edwardian country houses.
The kitchen has many CFA Voysey elements about it; the solid oak Shaker panelled doors, the long strap hinges, handles, etc.. The 2 hanging lamps will be replaced soon by something more in keeping with the style, they were left until fitting was completed. The kitchen also has a hanging 'airer', which can raised/lowered, a typical feature in period/country kitchens.
The 2 photos above show the ironmongery used for this kitchen. You can read more about the hinges & handles here. The style of these classic looking Arts & Crafts antique copper handles & hinges is CFA Voysey, especially the lovely long strap hinges. The metalwork was given an antique finish, and the tones match in very well with the Iroko worktops. Bespoke ironmongery like this, while expensive, lift this type of furniture to a new height, giving it a feeling of total authenticity.
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