When Luke and Estelle Chandresinghe of London-based Undercover Architects renovated their
19th-century townhouse, the kitchen is what gave them the most trouble. In fact, they did it twice. “The kitchen, which is quite small, is the one space we struggled to get right,” Luke says. They integrated storage into the kitchen island and designed the kind of custom solutions you’d expect to find in an architect’s own kitchen. The finishes include a mix of blackened steel, blanco marble, and evocative color. Here’s a closer look.
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Michelle Young. Above: The bookcase-like coffee and tea station is painted a proprietary color. For a similar palette, see Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and Little Greene’s French Grey Mid. Stored on the shelves are wood-topped storage jars (try Chabatree Limpid Jarsr) and small appliances: a DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch Espresso Maker, KitchenAid Pro Line Electric Water Boiler, and Dualit New Generation Classic 4-Slice Toaster. Between appliances is a stacking three-tier cake tin from Garden Trading (no longer available). The countertops are polished white blanco marble. Above: A KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is set up on the kitchen island. Above: On the stovetop is a Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup Espresso Maker. A Caribbean blue Le Creuset Salt Mill and Pepper Mill, Waring Pro Health Juice Extractor, and Waring Pro Commercial Bar Blender. The pendant light is a simple twisted wire bulb pendant similar to Zangra’s customizable Bakelite Pendant Lamp or Schoolhouse Electric’s Lowell Pendant with a G40 Clear Bulb. Above: The sculptural blackened steel hood and upper cabinets “are a nod to Donald Judd,” Luke says. The upper cabinets are painted in Little Greene’s Basalt blue-black paint color; above the island is an oversize custom sheet-metal pendant light. Above: The architects created a welded steel stand for the custom white blanco marble sink and paired it with a matte black Vola Kitchen Single-Handle Faucet. For more moody kitchens, see our posts: Above: On the Mercury 1200 Range Cooker is a Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Pan. In the hallway, a Stendig Calendar by Massimo Vignelli hangs on the wall.