One of the first things most people do when considering a new kitchen, is to buy a bunch of interiors magazines for ideas and inspiration. One of the UK’s leading interiors magazines, ‘Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom’ magazine, recently selected a Beau-Port project for one of their main editorial features (July 2016 issue). The nine page feature focuses on the fascinating story of Jo and Dave Ibbotson’s new build eco-home on the borders of Surrey and Hampshire. It explains how they called upon the expertise of Beau-Port’s Mark Johnson, who helped them create a statement kitchen as part of their large open-plan living and dining space.
The major design focal point of the kitchen is an industrial-inspired stainless steel island and Jo Ibbotson explains this choice in the article. “It’s handsome, chunky proportions suit the scale of the room, and we love the contrast of the textured raw-look oak breakfast bar against the sleek steel.”
The extensive editorial feature uses full page photographs of different angles of the kitchen, giving readers the opportunity to really get a feel for how Beau-Port’s design expertise created a unique kitchen, that perfectly balances dark and light shades and contrasting materials.
The article tells the couple’s story of how the kitchen design evolved to become a mix of steel, white, carbon and oak to create this striking contemporary kitchen. Mark was also featured in a Question and Answer section of the article, explaining his approach to the design:
EKBB: How did you begin the design?
Mark: Jo and Dave chose the stainless steel island to make a stylish feature in the room, so that was the starting point. It is custom made at over 3m long, with an integrated sink, seamless worktop and side panels that sweep to the floor, making it an eye-catching design. To add more interest and provide a soft and warm contrast to the cool steel, the attached breakfast bar has a painted and distressed oak effect finish, to work with the warmth of the solid oak floor and beams.
Can you tell us about the wall furniture?
Picking up on the drawers in Snow matt lacquer on one side of the island and Carbon on the other, the base units are finished in the same white. The wall units in the same Carbon are designed to tie the look together, and provide more storage. The handleless design is clean-lined and contemporary, in keeping with the linear island, while the slender black granite worktop echoes the monochromatic look.
And the hood?
In a large open plan room, the ducting required for a conventional extractor hood above an island can be unsightly. This Twister design has a stylish black aluminium finish and integrated LED lighting, does not require ducting, is easy to install and uses an ionisation system to purify the air.
The full article, by leading interiors writer Amelia Thorpe, is in the magazine’s July ’16 issue.