The inspiration for the design was to create an intimate family kitchen for two keen cooks with a large family. They wanted it to be the heart of the home creating zones to cook, eat and live in but also feel open plan . The kitchen is a free flowing space with elegant, characterful cabinetry. Middleton are inspired by classical, fine English cabinetry and at every stage are meticulous about the detail. This means they are able to create such honest, handsome kitchens.
The client’s favourite aspect of the kitchen is the bespoke secret door to the housekeeper’s pantry. As a functional, fun element to avoid a clash of further door joinery detail, the bespoke secret door is disguised as a cooks bookcase. In this area the counter tops are made from beautiful old reclaimed timbers to allow for a more forgiving informal aesthetic.
The design works well as it has dedicated destinations for food storage, crockery storage, food preparation and food presentation. As well as a concealed back kitchen. This functions beautifully for times when it’s just the homeowners or under greater demand when the whole family are around.
Owner and founder of Middleton, Jasper Middleton is involved with every project at all stages and is passionate about the creation of unique, beautiful spaces to cook. Middleton worked hard with the clients on this project on the architectural layout of the space to ensure that it made best of the views to the open Downland, maximised light levels, whilst allowing for a flowing kitchen that performed on a social and functional level.