How would you design the perfect luxury kitchen? It’s a question The LuxPad has pondered a little too often; our check-list includes an enviable kitchen island, masses of natural light, lots of discreet storage space, all the latest appliances, the list is endless… Ticking all of the right boxes are the following 10 luxury kitchen & dining spaces from some of the world’s most prestigious developments. Property experts from Maxwell-Baynes, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate to renowned interior designers including Sophie Paterson share luxury kitchen spaces from their recent projects and talk The LuxPad through the features that make them stand-out…
Rickesh Patel, Design Director at luxury design house Morpheus London comments on the open-plan kitchen and dining area at the spectacular and striking new build home Ashberg House which spans nearly 9,000 sq. ft. Designed by Morpheus London, the home is inspired by the famous Ashberg Diamond, once included in the Russian Crown Jewels.
“At Ashberg the idea of the family kitchen area was to make it discreet yet highly functional. The service kitchen where most of the action takes place is neatly tucked away behind two pivot doors, leaving the grand kitchen as an area to add the final touches to any meal in front of guests, lending itself perfectly to entertaining, leaving clutter and chaos behind closed doors. It was vital to the design of Ashberg house that there be a unity within the whole design concept, and the luxury kitchen was designed to be in synergy with the living area. The kitchen joinery and the living area joinery has a unified style for a seamless appearance, creating a cohesive living and dining space. The kitchen is often perceived to be the heart of the house and this idea is very much alive at Ashberg; the open-plan environment encourages families to enjoy the space together whether cooking, dining or relaxing, creating the perfect gathering place for a busy modern family.”
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Sophie Paterson of Sophie Paterson Interiors has been appointed for the interior furnishings and decoration of The W1 London, the eagerly anticipated boutique developed on Marylebone High Street, by W-One International. Sophie comments:
“People spend most of their time in their kitchens these days- from personal experience I know my dinner guests always gravitate towards my island in the kitchen at our dinner parties as it feels like a more relaxed social setting than a dining room or sitting room. I like to ensure that the kitchens I design create a beautiful and luxurious backdrop to any social gatherings by ensuring that it has beautiful materials and wow factor.
One of my top tips is to use marble such as calacatta Oro for the splash back- it is a more practical way of incorporating this luxurious material into the kitchen rather than a worktop and when bookmatched has a great impact. I also frequently use interesting pendant lights above the island. For the W1 development in Marylebone we specified bronze pendants with silk shades with an art deco feel to mirror the architecture of the building. They are great for mood lighting in the evening but create a focal point throughout the day as well. On several recent projects, we have incorporated bronze and metal finishes onto the wall cabinet doors which looks so glamorous and chic. Kitchens are no longer small utilitarian rooms that are tucked away, most of our projects have open plan kitchens so it is important that the material selection is equally as luxurious as the rest of the interiors.”
Dara Huang, Founder of Design Haus Liberty comments:
“Kitchens can be particularly theatrical places if you’re an excellent cook, tending to be used to give a show when hosting friends or family for a meal. Large kitchens offer an extra wow when walking into the space, constituting a completely different design than the rest of the house as show piece. It really depends on the individual’s interests in the kitchen and how it might be utilised if for example as the heart of the house.”
James Taylor, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Hadley Property Group comments:
“Hadley is very focused on getting the details right, and thinking about what a resident might want from their home. It is a misconception that kitchens aren’t used in luxury developments. While many of our purchasers eat out frequently, whether that be for pleasure or business, it leads to the fact that a special evening is the night they can stay in and cook for themselves, friends and family. Popular cooking shows such as The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef have also given rise to a trend for guests wanting to watch the cooking process in action in an open plan kitchen. As I used to be a chef, I was particularly focused on the design and functionality of the kitchens at our flagship development, Chelsea Island.
There are the practical features required, particularly in an open plan space, such as ensuring that extractors are powerful enough, and that there’s enough space in the kitchen for shelves and storage. At Chelsea Island, we’ve ensured the kitchens encompass these functional aspects, but look beautiful too, so they are appropriate spaces to entertain. Marble surrounds the breakfast bar and is used on the walls of the kitchens. However, because it is porous by nature, we’ve used a clean and elegant composite stone for the worktops, which can take the heat of a hot pan and are easy to clean. We have also ensured that each kitchen has an ample amount of worktop space to enable the best amateur cooks to prepare and serve in spacious, uncluttered surroundings. Everyone likes a gadget – my favourite at Chelsea Island is the Miele dishwasher that opens by tapping twice with your elbow or the back of your hand. Very useful if your hands are full or covered in cake mix. Like the rest of the building, we’ve managed to strike a balance between a kitchen that looks beautiful, but is practical and fit for purpose.”
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Tom Rundall, City & East Residential Development Partner at Knight Frank comments on the One Tower Bridge Prospero Penthouse:
“As the ‘heart of the home’, the layout, specification and design of an apartment’s kitchen has long been a priority for buyers, more recently becoming a focal point for entertaining. We have seen some developments introducing outdoor kitchens, which are ideal for those who enjoy cooking and dining with guests, as well as being a mark of exceptional quality.
The Prospero penthouse at One Tower Bridge is a best-in-class example of this, with the outdoor kitchen allowing residents to entertain in the rooftop garden against the dramatic backdrop of the London skyline.
The Prospero Penthouse at One Tower Bridge is among the most premium of the scheme’s collection and commands a prestigious location at the top of Sandringham House – an 11-storey building adjacent to Potter’s Field Park.”
Charlie Walsh, Director, Sales at Lodha UK comments on their Lincoln Square development: “The luxury kitchen design within our Lincoln Square apartments have been meticulously crafted by our interior architects Bowler James Brindley to mix a sumptuous collection of calm and beautiful materials to bring together a stunning kitchen design that blends wood and marble seamlessly. The carefully thought out design allows hosts to prepare and serve dinner all the while maintaining conversation and interacting with guests from the beautiful island unit. With floor to ceiling windows and terraces / balconies to most units, preparing a special meal with a stunning view of the Royal Courts of Justice is a wonderfully unique experience.
The development has also gone one step further and provided residents with a decadent private dining room for those who really want to impress their guests. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the dining room seats up to 36 people and can be divided into two areas by movable panels and curtains which disappear into the walls when opened. Patricia is fond of mixing materials and the dining room is beautifully crafted; two soft rugs contrast with gold panels on the ceiling while spotlights are skilfully positioned creating a relaxed setting. A truly magical design, these private dining rooms provide the perfect environment to celebrate a special occasion with all the theatre and design you’d expect to find in the private rooms of a top-end London restaurant.”
Lincoln Square a new development by Lodha UK is located in London’s historic and legal quarter, between the cultural hub of Covent Garden to the west and the financial district of the Square Mile to the east.
Prices from £995,000.
7) Five-bedroom home in Bordeaux from Maxwell-Baynes, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate
Michael Baynes, Founder of Maxwell-Baynes, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in South West France comments: “In France the entire culture revolves around food, in fact the most celebrated members of French society are the chefs and producers of fine foods/wines. In the Bordeaux region, a luxury kitchen is much less a show piece room but more a backdrop for what it is used to produce. Commonly there is a large stone fireplace and a long heavy wooden table that dominate; lighting is often soft and fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses are well placed around the surfaces awaiting transformation. The guest of honour is the wine which is introduced as if a Hollywood star had just entered the stage and with that the theatre of the French culinary experience is made complete.”
Five-bedroom home in Bordeaux, France Price: EUR1.1 million
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8) Villa in Rocafort, Santa Barbara, Valencia from Rimontgo, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate
José Ribes, General Director, Rimontgo, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Valencia, Spain comments:
“The luxury kitchen has gone from being a space for family gatherings to a social entertainment space, which is why in recent years it has also increased in size as a separate entity (more traditional) or as part of an open-plan design with a lounge the latter has seen a great increase in demand due to smoke and odour extraction technology.
This new importance placed on the luxury kitchen is reflected in technological appliances, countertops, coverings (Corian, Silestone by Cosentino or Krion by Porcelanosa Group) and of course the furniture and lighting sectors – this is one way to stand out. Perfect examples of this include: Luca Meda’s designs for Dada Kitchen or Vicent Van Duysen’s fitted kitchens for Molteni&C.”
9) 55 Lighthouse Point Dr, Florida from Michael Saunders & Company, Christie’s
International Real Estate’s affiliate
Michael Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company, Christie’s International Real Estate’s affiliate in Sarasota, Florida comments:
“The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. Now more than ever, buyers want a room that is more than just a place to cook, it’s an area to celebrate their passions. Whether it be their desire for using farm-to-table skills incorporating fresh, organic ingredients; bringing in a professional chef to teach their friends the finer points of pulling together an elegant dinner; or simply showcasing their favourite local caterer at an intimate dinner party, homeowners want the room to be a reflection of their lifestyle.
Professionally designed kitchens have become equivalent to pieces of fine art. Our most modern homes use clean-lined custom cabinetry to hide appliances and showcase finishing details. While in other cases, the appliances take centre stage as the focal point of the room and paying homage to the chef’s trophies like Thermidor ranges and Sub Zero refrigerators. The trend in the past few years has been a return to the importance of “home” – a place to enjoy family, friends and life. The kitchen provides that place.”
10) Luxury Home in Montreal, Quebec from Profusion Realty, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate
Louise Rémillard, President of Profusion Realty, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Montreal, Canada comments:
“In Montreal, entertaining means a good part of the evening is spent in the kitchen discussing recipes, fine herbs, novel combinations of ingredients and artistic food presentations! Huge islands are a great way to observe every move and ingredient that is being put together”