Sapphire Spaces have been shortlisted for Kitchen Design Over £100,000 Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2021.
Sapphire Spaces designed and installed this contemporary kitchen which forms the central point of this private new build residence in Exeter. They worked very closely with clients over a two-year period to create the client’s dream kitchen.
The space needed to complement and echo the clean lines of the buildings contemporary architecture but also needed to be a practical working kitchen as the clients use the space to entertain; regularly enlisting the assistance of a professional chef for such occasions. Sapphire Spaces spent a long time working out circulation routes and how the space would be used before planning the layout and the correct positioning of the appliances.
As this newbuild is of considerable size Sapphire Spaces had to be careful with the kitchen layout so it didn’t look lost or out of proportion with the large open-plan living space. They also had to be mindful of the sunken lounge area at the other end of the room. The design and style of the lounge area is tranquil, light, and airy so Sapphire Spaces didn’t want to create a large, dominant kitchen area.
The final design was kept to a simple white palette (even down to the detailing of sinks and taps) with clean architectural lines, as a result the minimalist look of the kitchen is not interrupted by harsh metals. The white was contrasted by a lovely oak bar top to provide some warmth which also complemented the oak interior of the concealed pocket door cupboards and the dovetailed drawer boxes.
The indoor/outdoor design of this home also had impact on the final design as Sapphire Spaces did not want the kitchen to be competing with the beautiful landscaping outside. Therefore, they decided on an almost ‘hidden kitchen’ with many appliances and day to day functions concealed behind pocket doors.
The project works so well because Sapphire Spaces maintained the open plan feel of the space. The island was suspended off the floor to ensure that the limestone tiles very fully visible throughout and the tall bank of units housing the ovens was designed as if it were a freestanding piece of furniture with the sight line of the ceiling continuing through to the adjoining space, so it doesn’t feel closed off.
A highlight for Sapphire Spaces was the Kitchen being christened by Michelin starred Chef Michael Caines who cooked for guests at the housewarming party. He was happy to feedback that this was the best domestic kitchen he had ever cooked in. Mission accomplished.
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