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Kitchen of the Week: A Minimalist Galley Kitchen in a Georgian London Townhouse

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Kitchen of the Week: A Minimalist Galley Kitchen in a Georgian London Townhouse

October 5, 2017

The owners of this handsome Georgian townhouse in North London are a professional couple with two children who wanted a modern, hardworking kitchen but didn’t want to compromise the integrity of their home’s 200-year-old cornicing, skirting, and moulding. Their solution? They turned a broad hallway into a galley kitchen with Jack Trench Kitchens cabinets that appear to float above the original oak wood floors. The cabinets, part of the company’s Shell collection, have American white oak fronts with white Corian carapaces—an engineered shell that “visually separates the cabinetry from the wooden floor so that the two timbers do not clash in any way.” Let’s take a closer look.

Photography by Alexandria Hall, courtesy of Jack Trench Kitchens.

The cabinet on the left is cantilevered, while the cabinet on the right stands on a plinth for structural support. Both are fully encased in Corian, the signature of the company’s Shell collection.
Above: The cabinet on the left is cantilevered, while the cabinet on the right stands on a plinth for structural support. Both are fully encased in Corian, the signature of the company’s Shell collection.

The owners’ key design brief was that the kitchen look and feel like furniture rather than a conventional built-in kitchen.

The cabinet at left houses an oven, a combination microwave-oven, and an induction burner. The cabinet at right holds the refrigerator and dishwasher. All appliances are by Siemens.
Above: The cabinet at left houses an oven, a combination microwave-oven, and an induction burner. The cabinet at right holds the refrigerator and dishwasher. All appliances are by Siemens.

At one end of the galley is a sitting area that steps down to a “snug”—a small living room—and out to the garden. The light overhead is by Workstead.

The cabinet fronts are vertical grain American white oak veneer. The Corian countertops in Glacier White extend into backsplashes on both sides of the kitchen. Small open shelves of solid white oak sit atop.
Above: The cabinet fronts are vertical grain American white oak veneer. The Corian countertops in Glacier White extend into backsplashes on both sides of the kitchen. Small open shelves of solid white oak sit atop.

 Above the countertops hang Vox Pendants by Niclas Hoflin for Rubn. The kitchen walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.
Above: Above the countertops hang Vox Pendants by Niclas Hoflin for Rubn. The kitchen walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.
At the other end of the kitchen is a small dining room with a marble Saarinen Dining Table and a vintage, green enamel pendant light overhead.
Above: At the other end of the kitchen is a small dining room with a marble Saarinen Dining Table and a vintage, green enamel pendant light overhead.

Next to the dining table is a Cantilevered Sideboard from Jack Trench, made of matching white oak with Corian sliding doors.
Above: Next to the dining table is a Cantilevered Sideboard from Jack Trench, made of matching white oak with Corian sliding doors.
The sideboard is an extension of the kitchen and stores breakfast cereals plus everyday plates and glasses.
Above: The sideboard is an extension of the kitchen and stores breakfast cereals plus everyday plates and glasses.

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