Founded in 1978, quality and longevity remain at the heart of Woodstock Furniture. Andrew Hall inspires the ethos of the company, putting the client at the centre of the process, listening and creating bespoke kitchen and furniture design solutions that are beautifully crafted to last from one generation to the next.
Creating a Classic Kitchen and Wine Room with Contemporary Twist
This open plan kitchen, dining and living room is part of a total house refurbishment in Wandsworth. The design brief was to create a classic kitchen and wine room, with a contemporary twist. However, this project was to be a challenge, as it involved a huge transformation of a Victorian property, requiring both both an interior designer and architect. Having appointed Woodstock Furniture’s expertise at their previous London home and home in France, the client was confident that they would be able to take on the challenge.
Andrew Hall from Woodstock Furniture takes us through this magnificent refurbishment below:
Constructing the Classic Kitchen With Contemporary Features
The major transformation from this project, was creating a 3m high basement. This sits under the whole house and part of the garden, housing a guest bedroom, utility room, media room, gym and wine room. Above this, on the ground floor, a large rear contemporary extension creates the kitchen, dining and living space with a wall of sliding glass overlooking the garden.
The client was very keen to incorporate the bespoke family dining table into the kitchen space. This was important, as there is no other dining space in the house. Rather than have a small island with a table beyond, we designed an L shaped island. We paired this with suspended deep buttoned leather banquet seating. Nestled within this seating area, is the artisan wooden table with waney natural wood edge. The high backrest of the bench also helps to conceal the large worktop behind, housing the hob cooking zone with Bora downdraft extraction.
The kitchen cabinetry is a combination of walnut frame and dark green paint, contrasting well with the light marble effect quartz worktops. The classic front frame kitchen in Farrow and Ball “Studio Green” is given a contemporary edge, with flush doors and walnut drawer fronts and accents. Buster and Punch brass handles add to the industrial look.
Integrating the Kitchen Utilities
To the rear of the kitchen is a tall storage wall. The wall features Gaggenau ovens to the left and Gaggenau fridge freezer and wine fridge to the right. The ceilings are over 3 metres tall, with the shelves reaching all the way to the top. Consequently, we constructed illuminated display spaces over the top, creating a decorative feel. Between the two tall banks, multi-panelled doors create concealed crockery storage. This is placed over the washing up zone, with the dishwashers and recycling bins kept out of sight.
With the luxury of a separate walk in larder to the corner of the room, a ladder was made to reach the copious amounts of high storage. An additional integrated freezer is also incorporated into the larder space. A large glazed dresser creates a reflective feature, with a stone shelf at the bottom. This creates the perfect zone for small appliances like toaster and mixers.
Constructing the Wine Room
Within the property, Woodstock Furniture also designed and manufactured an amazing wine room in the basement. We fitted crittal glazed doors at the entrance to the wine cellar. Through these doors, is a wine connoisseur’s dream…
A wall of Walnut wine shelves concealed behind tall glazed doors features a thermostatically controlled environment. This creates the perfect conditions for our client’s vast wine collection. Furthermore, the shelves encompass Diagonal shelves for batch wine bottle stacking, individual horizontal divided bottle shelves, angled display bottle shelves and slatted shelves for wine crate storage.
Lastly, a long high refectory table takes pride of place in the centre of the cellar. This final touch creates a place for friends to congregate for wine tasting soiree’s.