Large Marble Island in Statuary Marble
Artichoke worked with the renowned interior designer Ilse Crawford to develop the style of this bespoke kitchen in a Grade II listed Regency house. We made two furniture ‘elements’ providing the main functions for the kitchen. Care has been taken not to interfere with the original interior architecture of the room. Tall Georgian windows enable light to flood over the furniture as well as providing delightful views of the grounds. Limited palettes of fine quality materials help create the feeling of an art installation, enhancing the drama of this fabulous room.
Primary materials: Bookmatched Statuary marble and hand burnished gloss pigmented lacquer. The kitchen scullery is in English oak, finished in soap, a traditional Georgian period finish.
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Best for… indulgenceMarble Nobody really needs a marble worktop in their kitchen. There are plenty of other tough alternatives on the market. And yet nothing says light, upmarket elegance and five-star chic quite so wonderfully. Natural marble is cool to the touch (and great for rolling out pastry), and each piece will be individual. Marble is also fairly easy to keep clean. It does scratch, however, and you’ll need to keep acidic solutions away from it (so watch out for that stray lemon half), as they can corrode it. Certain substances, such as red wine, may also stain if not mopped up speedily.Discover more ways to use marble in your home
1. Be bold with bookmatchingThere’s no denying the beauty fine materials bring to this monolithic kitchen, but extra wow comes from the way the marble has been used. It has been ‘bookmatched’, meaning a single block is sliced into sheets, which are laid side by side so the adjoining surfaces mirror each other, like an open book. Here, slabs of statuary marble have been chosen for their bright white background and thicker dark grey veining, contrasting elegantly with the lacquered base cabinet.Wondering what’s the best material for kitchen cabinets?