Just when we were starting to wonder if we had OD’d on brass accents, we discovered a kitchen in Normandy with a shiny backsplash: see Riverside House from an Upstart American Restaurateur. And then we came across this appealing setup that manages to feel both dressy and low-key. So now we’re thinking: bring on the brass backsplashes.
Naked Kitchens, a UK outfit with a combined showroom and workshop—both open for tours—came up with the green and brass design. Known as the Ladbroke, it’s one of 10 model kitchen on display at the company headquarters in Norfolk, England, which is also home to Norfolk Oak, makers of wood countertops. The operation was founded by entrepreneurs Jayne and Jamie Everett in 2006, when they needed a new kitchen themselves and “couldn’t reconcile the value proposition the market was offering: we saw the need for a well-priced offering made from quality materials,” says Jayne. They now produce custom kitchens—477 of them in 2018— and over the years have increasingly invested in high-tech machinery as a way to efficiently crank out traditional details like mortise and tenon joints and dovetails, which are then hand finished. Prospective customers can come see the work and gather inspiration from designs such as the Ladbroke—and then watch their kitchen being made.
Photography courtesy of Naked Kitchens.
The cabinets are composed of walnut-veneered birch plywood that shows through the cut-out handles which are highlighted in gold leaf.
Naked Kitchen’s bespoke designs start at £8,000 (the Ladbroke, they say, runs in the vicinity of £12,000). The company also has a more affordable line of modular, readymade cabinets called 80/20 Kitchens.
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