Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 60


Kitchen Design Ideas: An Interview With Johnny Grey

Johnny Grey is one of the most unique and influential kitchen designers in the world. He has been heralded as both "The World’s Best Kitchen Designer" byMetropolitan Home magazine and "The Kitchen Designer’s Designer" by the British publication .
Inspired by his aunt, the late cookery writer Elizabeth David, he sees the kitchen as much more than a room in which to prepare meals; it represents the sociable heart of the modern home and is the inspiration for his books and original ideas about homes of the future.
What changes in kitchen design have you seen over the past decade?
Our latest progression in kitchen design incorporates brain research, which is revealing how — in emotional terms — we work. We look at how the brain is affected by space, by all the various "hard-wired" needs of humans.
Earlier this year I gave a talk in Winchester, England, at a conference titled "Space, Architecture and the Brain." I attempt to apply the ideas from conferences such as this to increase the sense of wellbeing in the home. We term this type of design "Active Living Spaces."....
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Johnny Grey
The World's best kitchen designer
British kitchen designer Johnny Grey was born in London and raised on a farm in the Sussex Downs in England. One of his first kitchen projects was for his maternal aunt, British cookery writer Elizabeth David.
When the sink cabinet in her rather rustic kitchen began to fall apart, Elizabeth suggested that her 17-year-old nephew should build her a new one, this time at the right height and with a solid construction. Johnny built the new cabinet in the street, much to the amusement of Elizabeth's neighbours in Chelsea.
Johnny was later educated at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture. After graduating, he set up a design studio and furniture workshop and also pursued a brief career as an antique dealer.
In the early 1980s, while working with British kitchen manufacturer Smallbone of Devizes, he pioneered the "Unfitted Kitchen," resulting in a new freedom and creativity for designing kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms without built-in rigidity of continuous counters and wall based units.
Johnny has authored and contributed to several volumes on kitchen and home design: Kitchen Culture: Re-inventing Kitchen Design (2004/2005/2007); The Complete Home Design Book (1998); The Hard-Working House (1997); The Kitchen Work Book (1997); and The Art of Kitchen Design (1994).
For the last several years, Johnny has been involved with neuroscience research at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK with Professor John Zeisel on the subject of well-being and architecture. His global speaking engagements have included a design tour of Canada, Australia and New Zealand to discuss "Sociability and Sanctuary" of kitchen design. In 2008, Johnny won the Simon Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in the kitchen industry.
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Splinter works UK

Splinter Works was formed in 2009 and is a collaboration between Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington. Our mission is to create sculptural furniture that is engaging and inspiring.
We strive to enrich the lives of the people who use our furniture, by creating pieces that enhance their environment and elevate the experience of everyday life. Our aim is to create work that is individual, thought provoking, aesthetically beguiling, intelligently designed and a delight to use.
Our designs are experimental and theatrical, but the function of the piece is always paramount. We love to play visual tricks especially where balance comes into question. Opposing dichotomies of solidity versus weightlessness, motion versus stillness, and strength versus fragility are played out in our ambitious designs through innovative materials.
Our ambitious projects are fuelled by our passion for absolute quality, technical ingenuity, artistic integrity and a solid belief in creating the most considered and exquisite work befitting of its purpose.
Tipping Point
Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel, Reclaimed Teak and Glass
H 1050 W 5500 D 5000 mm
Tipping Point is a visually arresting sculptural kitchen; appearing to defy gravity by impossibly resting on a knife-edge. The highly polished stainless steel enhances the effect offering an eye-catching pair of arcs, balancing in perfect symmetry. The lustrous surface creates elegant elongated reflections of the surrounding environment, effortlessly integrating into the immediate surroundings.
This piece functions as a cooking stage, completely serviced with sink, draining board, dishwasher, induction hobs, storage, and all the necessary utilities. One arc features an integrated curved sink and drainer, the drainer is realised in reclaimed teak, prized for its resistance to water. The opposite arc offers a cooking surface, which is conceived in black heatproof glass with an induction hob. Both counterparts echo the same curved drawers in solid walnut. The raised perimeter offers a bar height surface at which to sit or serve


Aspen, Olive Ash, Walnut, Maple, Grey Quartz, Glass, Stainless Steel, Enamel.
L 7m W 3.5m
This old tithe barn with its strong character features required sensitivity of design, and we quickly established with the client that we would create an equally striking but totally contemporary aesthetic to offset the environment. The contrast allowing the eye to appreciate both parts separately yet there is a synergy in the whole effect.
The kitchen was originally destined to sit elsewhere in the building but we suggested the client use the main vaulted room instead, embracing the massive dimensions (11.5m x 7m) to facilitate thoroughly open plan living. We identified key views and pathways to see how people would naturally move through the space and connect socially with one another, whilst also enjoying the vistas through the building and the surrounding views.
The main culinary zone has been designed at an angle to jointly address the landscape through the triple height windows, the dining area and the lounge area by the fireplace. There are intentional pinch points so you naturally walk around the working area in the kitchen leaving room for the cook.
Due to its large size, the functionality of the kitchen was broken down into areas so that it works effectively. The larder is cleverly tucked in behind the fridges and freezer keeping all food storage together. From here food journeys to a prep area before passing along to the ovens and hob and ultimately the dining table or the circular bar-height table via the glass serving ledge. Plates are returned to the top end of the kitchen, to the large double sink and dishwasher, and eventually to the crockery cupboard.
The bold shapes of the kitchen structure were inspired by the large space. It was vital to keep the scale of the installation fitting to the grand scale of the environment. The striking wood veneers accentuate the design, and create a unique, experimental and sculptural form.
Antique Pewter Finish, Sycamore, Walnut
H 1m L 4m W 1.6m
Our client also required cabinet to make drinks and breakfast separately from the kitchen as well as a TV cabinet for the adjacent room. The Trick cabinet serves both of these roles in one unit. It seemingly floats between both spaces, serving food and drink from one side at the dining end and housing television equipment on the reverse side in the lounge. It is tapered which gives an optical illusion of exaggerated perspective, making the form seem longer than it is and again, as in the kitchen and barn itself, it plays with scale and proportion. The tapering also neatly accommodates the height of the fridge and dishwasher needed at the dining end, and the smaller domestic scale preferred for the lounge with its lower ceiling, and reduced storage requirements.

Compact Cookware

The Vacimi collection makes cooking a cinch with minor innovations that have a big impact. A few of these include a diamond pattern on the underside of each aluminum piece that helps to evenly distribute the flame from a burner. The glass lids feature a convent flip-top that controls steam and pressure with a simple press of the hand. Lastly, the stackable design makes better utilization of storage space in cramped kitchens.
The Vacimi collection includes a multi-pan, a 2-handled pot, stew, steamer and 2 lids for a total of 6 pieces.
Designer: Vacimi


An enchanting kitchen that exudes whimsical charm

This enchantingly whimsical kitchen exudes a charm that encapsulates the perfect combination of modern and vintage appeal.
“The owners of this enchanting kitchen – a butcher and a baker – were after functionality, comfort and charm. The exclusive design caters to the owners’ love of entertaining and cooking together. Both have full access to the kitchen, while maintaining their own space. The owners love the pantry and its ability to hide away dry food and appliances while doubling-up as a light-box feature. The use of raw metals, recycled wood and vintage fixtures offset the contemporary cabinetry. This whimsical mix of modern vintage offers character and appeal. It’s rustic, playful and picturesque.”
Designer: Barbara Pettigrew for The Kitchen Place
An enchanting kitchen design from The Kitchen Place.
A vintage kitchen design.
Modern meets vintage in this enchanting kitchen design.
A quirky pantry in an enchanting kitchen.
An enchanting kitchen design from The Kitchen Place.
An enchanting and eclectic kitchen from The Kitchen Place.
An eclectic mix of vintage and modern in this enchanting kitchen design.
Vintage and modern blend beautifully in this kitchen design.
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This original kitchen design by Alessio Bassan of Key Cucine consists of a monolithic unit suspended on a recessed base. The surfacing material used is PaperStone® a recycled paper fiber and non-petroleum-based resin product. The modular surface, with it’s meticulous attention to detail, features a checkerboard countertop and panels in four different shades.
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