Cutting-edge design and luxury materials: an Italian kitchen is a smart choice
Breakfast bars are an ideal place to include a visually striking and unexpected feature. Adding an acute angle to what would usually be a straight run of composite worktop not only draws the eye, but also divides the functional area of the room. Sharp kitchen (above) by Daniel Liebskind for Poliform Varenna, price on application.
Open shelving that keeps kitchenware and gadgets readily to hand echoes a professional kitchen, and can be ideal for the keen home cook. Combine deep drawers, wine racks and tall cupboards for ultimate storage. Valcucine’s SineTempore kitchen from £30,000 at Forza
Elmar at Laurence Pidgeon
Stainless steel is a firm favourite in professional kitchens as it can withstand heat, impact and is ultra-hygienic. Soften the industrial look by teaming it with rich wood and smart white-gloss cabinetry. The Elmar kitchen by Laurence Pidgeon starts at £20,000
Flat-fronted, sleek furniture in a monochrome palette emphasises natural textures such as exposed brick. Here, unfitted, open shelving accentuates the height of the room, while one side of the island serves as both a breakfast bar and a work station. Boffi’s Aprile kitchen, from £30,000.
Who says freestanding has to be traditional? The tall units in Modulnova’s Twenty range are ideal for separating zones in large open-plan kitchens. Pocket doors pull right back allowing full access to its contents, but can also be closed to conceal the kitchen when not in use. From £25,000 at DesignSpaceLondon
Hand-treated oak softens the bold lines of this sleek design for a scheme that’s both characterful and contemporary. Elle kitchen, from 1,373 euros for a base unit, Cesar
This contemporary kitchen by Lida Cucina sits seamlessly in the architecture thanks to the rounded Integra Pedini cabinetry in a grey oak veneer finish. Well-considered curves help establish the flow of traffic in a space, and can also be used to create a more sociable area, softening hard lines. Around £75,000.