Materials matter in this contemporary kitchen

Anthony McLean, head of design at Minotticucine, explains why finding the right materials is key to good kitchen design

Can you tell me a bit about the property? A renovated Georgian property, home to a busy young family. They wanted something contemporary yet timeless and practical to suit their everyday lives and to compliment the architecture and history of the house.

Minotticucine kitchen in fossilised oak
The base units were inspired by a Japanese minimalist aesthetic

Who was your client for this project what was their brief? With three children, two dogs, and three cats, the clients required a kitchen that struck the perfect balance between aesthetic beauty and functionality.

What was your starting point for the kitchen? As with any of our projects, we started with the core requirements of the client in terms of function and materials. For this particular project, the clients wanted an unmistakeable Minotticucine design, but with practicality always at the forefront. 

Minotticucine kitchen
Brown Amber quartzite worktops bring warmth to the scheme

Tell me about the materials used? The Fossilised Oak timber veneer used on each base unit is beautiful, but also hard wearing and is the ideal finish with our Hanami base units, inspired by Japanese minimalist aesthetics.

The worktops chosen were Brown Amber natural quartzite, a very hard-wearing surface that has long veining similar to a marble, but carries many of the practical characteristics of a granite. These finishes, complimented by dark concrete tall unit doors, give the kitchen an earthy, warm feeling ideally suited to a contemporary family home such as this. 

What was the biggest challenge in this kitchen project? Finding the correct material is always a challenging process, however it is essential as each material has to be carefully selected to suit the client’s unique requirements.

A pivot door conceals the pantry

What is your favourite design feature? The Minotticucine pivoting door, allowing access to the hidden pantry behind the main kitchen tall run, is always a fantastic addition to any project. The ability to completely conceal this flush with our tall units and its ease of use, makes it a design favourite amongst many of our designs.

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