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Kitchen of the Week: A Simple System from Studio MacLean in London

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Kitchen of the Week: A Simple System from Studio MacLean in London

September 1, 2016

London interior designer Jason MacLean recently launched Yellow Dot Kitchens—his own collection comprised of simple shapes cut by hand in entirely custom specifications.

“Yellow Dot Kitchens consists of one kitchen design with a choice of round or rectangular reverse-machined handle details,” says MacLean. Each one “is a bespoke piece designed for each individual space,” including a custom-designed plywood carcass—so MacLean has no constraints with standard sizes.

As an early example, MacLean installed a Yellow Dot design in a West London family home. Though most Yellow Dot Kitchens are boldly colored, with laminated plywood doors and matching countertops, this one is more subdued in hue.

Photography by Chris Tubbs, courtesy of Studio MacLean.

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Above: The shelves and cabinets use the same woods in different combinations: The cabinet doors are solid cherry with backplate details of hand-burnt ash. The shelving is solid cherry with burnt ash upright supports.

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Above: Hanging above the open shelves are custom lights made by Wo & Wé in Lyon, France. On the countertop is a black wrought-iron cake stand by Robert Welch.

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Above: The kitchen faucets are from Crosswater. The black steel doors lead to a large entry hall.

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Above: Vintage kitchenware on display, including a Campden coffee set by Robert Welch.

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Above: White marble countertops have custom-made undermount marble sinks.

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Above: The kitchen opens directly into the dining room, with more custom lighting by Wo & Wé.

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Above: The dining chairs are a custom design by Eley Kishimoto, a longtime collaborator of MacLean’s.

See all our Kitchen of the Week posts, including A Six-Week Transformation in Los Feliz and A Low-Cost Before/After Kitchen in Brooklyn.

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Frequently asked questions

Who designed the kitchen featured in the article?

The kitchen was designed by Studio MacLean, an architecture and design firm based in London.

What is the overall aesthetic of the kitchen?

The kitchen has a minimalist and contemporary aesthetic with clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme.

What type of cabinets were used in the kitchen?

The cabinets are made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) with an acrylic finish.

What type of flooring was used in the kitchen?

The flooring is made of poured resin with a matte finish.

How is storage maximized in the kitchen?

The cabinets have a streamlined design with hidden hardware and are built up to the ceiling in order to maximize storage space.

What type of lighting is used in the kitchen?

The kitchen has a combination of recessed LED lighting and pendant lights over the island.

What type of countertop was used in the kitchen?

The countertop is made of Caesarstone, a highly durable and low-maintenance material.

Why is the kitchen referred to as a 'simple system'?

The kitchen has a modular design with a simple layout and a limited use of materials, resulting in a cohesive and functional space.

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