Arts & Crafts Kitchen

Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple

This is a stunning modern take on an Arts & Crafts kitchen. Original Arts & Crafts movement kitchens were usually plain/painted affairs, for use by servants, or were basic. We're talking 100 years ago.

So any modern kitchen in this style has to look back to the style of furniture & interiors, rather than kitchens, for inspiration. Thats what this kitchen is all about. Quality of design & materials, faithfull to the style, modern & forward looking; carrying on the exploration of Arts & Crafts principles.

This was an expensive wow factor kitchen, with a high level of craftsmanship required. The overall effect could be achieved in many ways, saving on the overall cost & yet still achieve this look.


Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple

The design is boxy & square, much in the Mission style. The use of 2 woods, cherry & maple, follows the wider range of timber used in American furniture. The woods were chosen for their excellent tone (both warm) & contrast when combined with each other.

The units were mixed up, either being predominantly cherry or maple. Most doors were Shaker style, as seen on much Arts & Crafts furniture. The large island had 2 different heights, for added interest and better preparation heights.


Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple

It seems every kitchen of this size & quality has to have a large American style fridge freezer. This one was integrated in one corner with some furniture. The idea was to make it look like a large single unit, as might have been found in a large country house kitchen. As such it was painted cream with cherry details. The doors include semi-opaque glass.


Kitchen Details
Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen furniture in cherry & maple Arts and crafts movement fitted kitchen radiator

These are details photographs of the kitchen. The left photo was darkened a bit to better showing the veneered 'squares' design used on some shaker doors & drawer fronts. The flat drawer fronts had a contrasting line of banding in the middle. These required great skill to get right, and is an expensive touch. It does add some classy craftsmanship to the overall kitchen. The middle photograph shows a detail of one of the pilasters used on the ends of furniture runs. Its shows the inlaid veneer banding in the contrasting timber; the pilasters were both cherry and maple, with the other timber as the inlay. The kitchen radiator was a perfect match to the veneered squares on some of the door/drawer fronts. It captures the square forms of the furniture.




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